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From Jürgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: [Draft] The Public Service Mission of OpenOffice
Date Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:05:48 GMT
On 7/18/12 7:12 PM, Kevin Grignon wrote:
> KG01 - See comments inline.
> On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Rob Weir wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 1:47 AM, Jürgen Schmidt
>> <> wrote:
>>> On 7/17/12 6:03 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
>>>> I'd like to see if we can agree on a statement along these lines.  I
>>>> think it is important that we show how our project aligns with
>>>> Apache's overall mission, which the home page phrases as:
>>>> "provides support for the Apache community of open-source software
>>>> projects, which provide software products for the public good."
>>>> I think we do and always have been strongly aligned with this goal.
>>>> But still, sometimes, we're questioned about our emphasis on
>>>> distributing binaries, or seeking support for items related to
>>>> distributing binaries.  In some ways we're the oddball at Apache,
>>>> being the only prominent end-user facing project.  So I think it will
>>>> help if we can express in clear terms how what we are doing is in fact
>>>> for the public good, and our aims and achievements are at least as
>>>> noble as what any other Apache project can claim.
>>> I totally agree and that is of course the most annoying point here at
>>> Apache for me. But that is another topic and not for this thread.
>>>> Please, review and suggest improvements.  In the end I'd like to work
>>>> this into a webpage or blog post.
>>> see comments inline
>>>> Regards,
>>>> -Rob
>>>> --------------------------
>>>> =Introduction=
>>>> Along with an email client and a web browser, an office suite is a
>>>> core essential application that almost every computer user requires.
>>>>  Although there is a dominant commercial product in this category, its
>>>> price and limited platform and language support makes it an
>>>> unsatisfactory option for many.   OpenOffice, for over a decade, has
>>>> helped fill this gap.  Our goal is to develop, publish and support
>>>> OpenOffice as a world-class office suite, free for anyone to use, and
>>>> since it is open source, free for anyone to build upon.  Using the
>>>> generally available discounted price of commercial office products,
>>>> the value of OpenOffice downloads over the past decade exceeds USD 10
>>>> billion (10,000,000,000),
>>> I like this example calculation which makes the value of OpenOffice
>>> really visible. The number is so impressive that really everybody can
>>> understand it.
>>>> ==Overcoming the "Digital Divide"==
>>>> More than 40% of the world population lives on less than US$ 2 per
>>>> day, and around 20% live on less than US$ 1 per day.  Against these
>>>> numbers, commercial shrink-wrapped office software is often seen as a
>>>> luxury good.  End-user facing open source software, like OpenOffice,
>>>> brings high-quality software to those who would otherwise have no
>>>> other affordable options.   Within the ICT for Development (ICT4D)
>>>> community, OpenOffice has long been an important part of achieving
>>>> development goals.
>>>> ==Support for Linguistic and Cultural Diversity==
>>>> There are over 6,000 languages in the world, but unless the language
>>>> is associated with a G20 economic superpower, commercial vendors tend
>>>> to ignore it.  The OpenOffice community has a long standing tradition
>>>> of supporting a large number of languages, including languages used by
>>>> smaller populations, minority languages, endangered languages, etc.
>>>> For example, South Africa has 11 official languages.  OpenOffice has
>>>> been translated to all of them.  By supporting languages that would
>>>> not otherwise be supported we help reduce "digital exclusion" and
>>>> promote development, local education and administration.
>>> It shows me again how important it is to work for and with the l10n
>>> community to support all the languages where we had support before. I
>>> will start a campaign right after our 3.4.1 release drive this forward.
>>>> ==Accessibility==
>>>> Persons with disabilities, especially those with visual impairments,
>>>> commonly rely on "assistive technology" to interact with computers.
>> I've put the draft up on the wiki and made a few tweaks based on
>> comments received so far:
>> I'd encouraged anyone interested to help improve this statement.
>  KG01 - Comment: as a newbie, I've never seen this content. It's very
> compelling. We should seek pops to share this part of our story. Perhaps as
> part of the user experience (when downloading), or the volunteer experince
> (link on help wanted pages). In addition, our communications boilerplate
> could include some of the highlights from this connect. Thanks for sharing.

I can think about a further video where we try to visualize the numbers
with some pictures.

Just some first ideas
- picture of a huge mountain of money or gold bars
- fast switching pictures of people from different countries to
represent all the different languages and countries. Maybe pictures of
community members. Did somebody have seen the EM spot where many people
switching their tricot (pulling over the head and every time a new face
comes up...)
- ...

We should try to work with multi media students/schools and give them
input for some challenging work examples ...


>> -Rob
>>> Juergen

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