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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Fake OpenOffice site?
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2012 02:01:37 GMT
On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 8:09 PM, Shane Curcuru <> wrote:
> No, that website and any related websites are not affiliated with the Apache
> Software Foundation, the Apache OpenOffice podling, nor with the
> software product.
> We strongly recommend that you do not do business with the owners of that
> website.
> Past releases of software products are available at:
> Note that while the product does not have any future release

Products don't have release plans.  Projects do.   If you see the code
starting to have a release plan of its then own please enter a defect
in Bugzilla so we can fix any emergent intelligence that got into the

> plans, this Apache OpenOffice project plans to use most of the code from
> that product to create a great new - and always free - office productivity
> suite.  You can learn more about this podling's plans for the future Apache

This is a very tortured way of expressing some very simple facts that
should be known by route by every PPMC member:

1) Oracle contributed the source code and trademarks to Apache

2) We have an project here at Apache working on the next version of OpenOffice.

I'd encourage us not to try to be too clever in expressing these basic
facts.   In particular, we are not creating a "new office productivity
suite".  If we were it would be called version 1.0, not 3.4.  In fact
everyone involved in this project has been consistent in saying that
our initial Apache release would be a modest completion of the earlier 3.4 beta.  So I have no idea why you would feel
entitled to start delivering your own, conflicting marketing message
on this point.

> OpenOffice product here on their blog:
> Reminder: if the domain name does not end in "" or
> "", then the domain you're looking at is almost certainly not
> affiliated with the ASF or this podling, nor with
> Note also that Apache projects are *always* offered for free download. If
> you ever see an Apache (or product offered with strings
> attached, or where payment is required, please consider coming to an
> website to get a free copy.  There are companies that sell
> support contracts related to Apache software products, or training, or the
> like - but you should never have to pay to download and install an Apache
> software product.
> Thanks for the tip.  It's likely we'll be contacting that domain owner to
> complain about their confusing links using our logos and products.
> - Shane Curcuru
>  VP, Brand Management
>  The Apache Software Foundation
> On 2012-02-01 6:37 PM, Nardia Keenan wrote:
>> Hello
>> Is this site part of It has the seagull logo but says it's
>> free then asks for money
>> Thank you
>> Nardia Keenan

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