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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <>
Subject Re: Concerns about the AOO community
Date Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:55:22 GMT
On 02/10/14 01:44, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Alexandro Colorado <> wrote:
>> On G+ I have hold a conversation with Bruce Byfield and Jos from KDE
>> about the continuation of the Apache OpenOffice community and how the
>> way that the community has enter lately into a dormant stage with very
>> little traffic.
>> Althought I do seem that is an exageration, I feel that is true that
>> traffic has reach its lowest in several months. I wonder what is going
>> on with the community as well as overal adoption and concern of a lack
>> of marketing strategy.
>> I would love to hear from the community managers to have an evaluation.
> Community mangers?  Come on, you know that is not how we roll at Apache!
> What is amazing to be is how much LO sees a merger of the projects as
> a threat to them.
> Here's the background.  At the LO conference one of the presenters
> spoke in favor of merging LO with AOO, of combining the efforts.  This
> was the IT Head from the Swiss Supreme Court IT office, who also said
> that they preferred to use AOO for its superior stability compared to
> LO.
> As you can imagine, having a speaker at a LO conference say nice
> things about AOO and to suggest cooperation with AOO was an insult
> that could not be permitted.   So LO marketing went into over-drive to
> try to kill that message.  That's why we see articles like this, and
> recent related blog posts by Simon and Charles.
> But it does make me wonder:  What are they so afraid of?  Why do they
> think the idea of cooperation so dangerous?   Why do they think that
> users are so wrong to value stability and to think that the two
> projects would work better together?

This is indeed a good question. I believe the TDF and LO community did a
really good job to setup the foundation, the community and the project.
But it is also a fact that LO benefits a lot of the things we have done
and do in AOO.

It's still a valid question why both projects doesn't cooperate better
and focus together on important improvements. From my perspective it
simply doesn't make sense and together we could reach much more.


> -Rob
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>> Alexandro Colorado
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