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From Alexandro Colorado <>
Subject Re: Concerns about the AOO community
Date Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:47:44 GMT
On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM, Alexandro Colorado <> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Roman Sausarnes <
> > wrote:
>> Hello,
>> As a newcomer to development who is looking for a way to get involved in
>> one project or the other, I thought I would share my impressions.
>> The LibreOffice website and development materials seem friendlier to
>> newcomers. It is easier to navigate and find simple instructions for how
>> to
>> get the code, set up a development environment, or contribute in other
>> ways. I use a Mac, and almost right away I found a detailed set of
>> instructions that was (relatively) current for how to build LO for the
>> first time on my machine.
>> The AOO website is confusing and disorganized for people approaching it
>> for
>> the first time and some of the information is outdated. I still haven't
>> found simple instructions for how to build on a Mac. I have found a set of
>> instructions but they are confusing, appear to be outdated, and suggest
>> that I need to install older Xcode, etc., without any suggestions or
>> resources on how to do it, if it is really necessary, etc.
> ​Can you please be more explicit on this. From our angle, we create
> modules so that people could easily find the right information of the way
> they want to contribute. Going to and selecting you
> want to contribute will lead you to a series of tutorials on how to better
> get involved. Development starts with building for different platforms,
> including OSX.
> All in all is 4 clicks:
> Homepage -> Contributing page -> Development -> Building -> OSX (
> )

​Furthermore I went to LibreOffice tutorials and they are mostly the same
  Homepage -> Community/Development -> Development wiki -> OSX​

​What I can say is that you dont have to read an intro in Development to
find the link to OSX since Development is not an 'article' but a macro menu
where you can find ways to jumpstart things like 'Getting Started' and/or
'​Easy Hacks'. However I find it confusing on the first Development menu as
Learning is not the first option but instead is getting the code.

Perhaps having a visual menu would be better than just filling out pages
with text.

> The instructions are for 4.1 so they are pretty current. ​
>> I haven't given up on AOO, and part of me wants to figure out how to do it
>> and then write the instructions clearly for the next person who comes
>> along, but you can understand how a person who is given two opportunities
>> is tempted to choose the one that is easier to get started on (the hard
>> work comes later - entry should be easy) and more clearly structured.
>> Just my two cents.
>> On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM, Chuck Davis <> wrote:
>> > I've seen quite a number of new people show up here lately indicating
>> > interest coming from someplace.  If one out of 10 of them sticks and
>> > becomes a regular contributor the project is in a very good position I
>> > think.
>> >
>> > My observations regarding LO:
>> > 1)  They've copied some features from MS Office that make it equally
>> > difficult to use....It's not as pleasant to use as AOO.  It's very
>> > unfortunate the distributions have adopted LO in lieu of AOO.
>> > 2)  Their constant AOO bashing is a real turn-off for me and I hope
>> > others as well.  I don't think I want their people in our camp.
>> > 3)  They seem to be very proud of getting rid of Java and replacing it
>> > with Python.  I've looked at Python a little and it seems to me any
>> > language dependent on indentation rather than syntax is
>> > just........dumb!  There is nothing wrong with Java -- especially now
>> > that OpenJDK is the reference implementation and is being worked on by
>> > every major player except MS.
>> > 4)  LO seems to have major QC issues.  The quality is definitely
>> > several notches below where AOO rests in my experience.
>> >
>> > These are just my observations as a long time OpenOffice user.  And
>> > Apache has some very interesting related projects (i.e. ODF Toolkit)
>> > that can propel ODF as a standard reporting framework as well as the
>> > new project to read and write OOXML for document exchange.
>> >
>> > My advice:  stay the course.  Emphasize quality and dependability over
>> > glitz.  If developers are not attracted to AOO on those terms they're
>> > not developers the project needs.  Those of us in business just need a
>> > tool to get our work done and it doesn't need to be fancy -- just
>> > dependable.  LO falls on it's face at this point.
>> >
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> Alexandro Colorado
> Apache OpenOffice Contributor
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Alexandro Colorado
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