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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Next steps for Symphony and AOO
Date Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:16:21 GMT
On 6/13/12 11:03 AM, Guy Waterval wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> Hi all,
> 2012/6/12 Rob Weir <>
>> Our challenge is to find the best way to bring these two code bases
>> together, to make the best product.
>> I think there are two main approaches to this problem:
>> I.  Merge code, from Symphony, feature by feature, into AOO, in a
>> prioritized order.  This is the "slow" approach, since it would take
>> (by the estimates I've seen) a couple of years to bring all of the
>> Symphony enhancements and bug fixes over to AOO.
>> II.  Use Symphony as the the new base, and merge (over time) AOO (and
>> OOo) enhancements and bug fixes into the new trunk.  This approach
>> quickly gives a new UI, something we could fairly call Apache
>> OpenOffice 4.0.
> It's not an easy choice. From my end user point of view :
> Solution I is better for maintaining the existing population of
> users.
> Solution II is better for getting new users, I think. A MS Office teacher
> said me recently that he thought that the principal issue for the growing
> of the number of OO users was not a quality issue of the software,  but
> simply the fact that it looks too much like a new MS Office 2003 version
>  ... but free. So, it appears too much as an old maintained software.

Both options will bring UI changes and I hope that we can focus in the
future on finding our own identity and can provide an office application
that solves daily problems and that makes the work on common and
frequently tasks as easy as possible for our users.


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