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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject Putting Windows First ( was RE: null)
Date Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:17:36 GMT

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> From: Hammam Alyamani []
> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 00:36
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> Hello There
> How is everyone is doing? I hope you are all good.
> I have a suggestion, since there is a dedicated Mac OS version of
> OpenOffuce called NeoOffice, and since everyone is just switching to
> LibreOffice because it's where everyone is at now, why not you dedicate
> Apache OpenOffice fo work on windows exclusivley?!

I assume you were referring to the fact that LibreOffice has very successful take-up as part
of Linux distributions.

With regard to where Apache OpenOffice appeals, the following recent report is useful for

   For the eight months since release of AOO 4.1.2 through 2016-06-30, 
   there are 29 million downloads, averaging about 850,000 per week down
   to about 600,000 as we enter North American Summer in the last week.  
   Platform take-up is relatively constant:

   87.5% for Windows,
    7.8% for Macintosh, and
    4.7% for all other distributions

So, if one gave priority to the community where AOO has the most reach, your suggestion is
not out of line.

There is a conflict with the allegiance, interests, and skills of the AOO developers though.
 That essentially turns the above list on its head.  The way AOO is constructed reflects that

Suppose (1) There are enough developers having the capacity, capability, availability, and
will to pair the Apache OpenOffice code base down to one devoted to modern Windows operation.
 Then (2) that would probably have to happen outside of the Apache OpenOffice project.  The
same goes for making an Apache OpenOffice that is completely a Java application.  

Anyone could do that.  Apache OpenOffice is open source, and either kind of fork is permissible.
 I suspect the barrier is that (1) cannot be satisfied.

 - Dennis
> I don't see people complain about Neo being a Mac only package and
> making use of Mac capabilities, so why not do the same for Apache
> OpenOffice?
> Just a thought, and looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank you.
> --
>   Best Regards
>   Hammam Alyamani
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