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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: Nominations for a new PMC Chair
Date Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:58:43 GMT
> On 12 Jan 2015, at 14:02, Andrea Pescetti <> wrote:
> On 11/01/2015 Marcus wrote:
>> IMHO this PMC is more quite
>> than others inside Apache projects. So, I wouldn't see this as a sign
>> that they won't follow you. Only direct talkings can help to judge this.
> It is important that the PMC understands that, according to both candidates, the way
the OpenOffice PMC operated so far will have to change. This is not necessarily linked to
the fact that we will have a new PMC Chair, but both candidates want to see a different PMC.
I want it too! But it's just appropriate that the new PMC Chair will drive this purely internal
change. And we all (the whole community, I mean) must be sure to have understood this in advance.
> Let me take a risk and try to summarize what either candidate would like to see changed,
from their mails. And then let them expand on my summary and amend it as needed. It is very
important that things are clear, so I think we can take the time to clarify it before voting.
> Louis is saying that the PMC Chair should use his authority to grow the project. He sees
the Chair role as "enabling others" (rather than working in isolation or being a lead): work
efficiently and collaboratively to realise our visions of Apache OpenOffice's future. We also
need to focus on marketing efforts toward companies and government agencies who are already
using (or considering to use)  OpenOffice. Let me add, while it doesn't seem revolutionary,
this view of the PMC implies quite a change: OpenOffice so far depended more on the patience
and the efforts of several individuals rather than being a concerted action.
> Jan is saying that his main effort would be to push hard for action and changes, stop
talking (as a community) and start doing. He thinks the whole "OpenOffice ecosystem", including
derivatives, is facing a lack of resources that requires changes in attitude. We, as OpenOffice,
need to show results fast, including a 2-months restructuring of the PMC where we ask everybody
to either confirm that he/she is still interested in driving the project forward, or leave
the PMC. He came to the point of writing that it's useless that he runs unless the PMC understands
these guidelines.
> So, please Louis and Jan do correct me if I summarized your intentions in a wrong way,
and others please make sure you are aware of what is going to change with this vote (other
than the obvious replacement of the PMC Chair). And then I'll call the vote when we are all
informed enough! And thanks again to both Louis and Jan for bringing a fresh perspective,
I haven't acknowledged you explicitly for it but I agree with Marcus that while we are quiet
we do read and think. Anyway, it's better to be sure that we are ready to vote.
> Regards,
>  Andrea.

Andrea, this is an accurate and better-than-the-original summary. Thanks.

I’m hoping we can have discussions on the points Jan and I have raised—as well as any
others the community finds interesting. 

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