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From Dave Fisher <>
Subject Re: Symphony contribution
Date Thu, 14 Jul 2011 02:32:03 GMT
Exciting all around.


On Jul 13, 2011, at 6:44 PM, Donald Harbison wrote:

> (With my IBM hat)....
> The intent here is to shift the primary development focus to Apache
> OpenOffice over time. Just as LibreOffice has business commitments to SuSE
> Linux Enterprise Desktop, and the other Linux distributions, so does IBM
> with Symphony and its user community. It would appear that both LibreOffice
> and Symphony share this challenge, as both packages have much in common with
> the future success of Apache OpenOffice.
> We are all undergoing a fairly radical re-planning excercise. The IBM intent
> is to 'get off the Symphony fork' within the frame of what's possible, by
> focusing our energies and resources on Apache OpenOffice working
> collaboratively and openly in the community. We invite LibreOffice to
> undergo a similar transformation.
> Transparency is key here, as we all agree.
> /don
> On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:07 PM, Simon Phipps <> wrote:
>> On 13 Jul 2011, at 23:00, Rob Weir wrote:
>>> However, we at IBM have not been exemplary community members when it
>>> came to  This wasn't necessarily by design, but for
>>> various reasons, that was the effect.  Yes, we participated in various
>>> community councils, and sponsored conferences and worked together on
>>> standards.  But when it came down to the code, we maintained Symphony
>>> essentially as a fork, and although we occasionally contributed code
>>> back, we did not do this well, or often.
>> Thanks for saying this, Rob. I for one appreciate the openness of this
>> statement.
>>> First, we're going to contribute the standalone version of Lotus
>>> Symphony to the Apache project, under the Apache 2.0
>>> license.
>> While I'd not expect you to disclose secrets, can you say something about
>> IBM's future intent with this code? Do you intend to develop Symphony as an
>> open source project in the future, or is this a one-time code drop? It will
>> make a difference to our collective planning.
>> Thanks,
>> S.

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