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From jan i <>
Subject Re: Nominations for a new PMC Chair
Date Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:50:17 GMT

I have during the last days had discussions with multiple PMC members,
because I am puzzled or even scared about the level of engagement from the
PMC in this nomination.

As I wrote in my introduction, I need the backing of the PMC to carry out
changes. my talks have convinced me that the PMC are unlikely to follow the
path I believe in. Please remark I am NOT saying the PMC is following a
wrong road, only the future can determine that.

Due to a likely conflict (remember I resigned due to this) I can only
promise to serve for 2 month and a fast new election is not good for the

Louis on the other hand seems to be accepted by the PMC and are surely also
a person that has experience.

I hereby recommend Louis be the new chair.

I will continue supporting the project as I have the last couple of years.

jan i

On Sunday, January 11, 2015, Louis Suárez-Potts <> wrote:

> Hi Everybody,
> I’m a candidate for PMC Chair…. And more below.
> > On 6 Jan 2015, at 13:33, Andrea Pescetti <
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Each of the (current and future) nominees should answer this mail in
> public and state very briefly:
> The PMC Chair is ostensibly an administrative position. It’s certainly
> that, but it also vests its holder with an authority that can be used to
> grow the project.
> That, at least, is one way I should like to use it, should I be elected.
> If elected, I could serve for at least one year and probably more.
> OpenOffice has been my life for a very long time; it—the community and what
> it can accomplish with a free tool as powerful as OpenOffice and the ODF—is
> something I believe in and love.
> But so do we all. I don’t see myself as working in isolation or as the
> “lead.” Hardly; I see the role as enabling others. I have a notion of where
> I would like to see OpenOffice—but so do you. And so does Jan. What would
> be great is if we could work efficiently and collaboratively to realise our
> visions of Apache OpenOffice’s future.
> Growing the community of contributors and uses is something I have some
> experience doing. But what worked with, like the Native
> Language Projects, were created under different circumstances. AOO is not
> OOo: it’s more of a community effort. And it operates within the Apache
> Software Foundation.
> These are plusses and the opportunities they present to would-be
> contributors can be communicated to those companies and government agencies
> who are already using OpenOffice and those who are considering using it. We
> have not focused on such marketing efforts, and I would like to do so.
> We also need … so many other things. Updated documentation for developers,
> for instance; more mentoring and training (at whatever level); and so on:
> not news. Engaging the community that we have and that we will have is part
> of the fun I’d like to take on, though I’d reframe it by emphasising that
> it’s actually our fun.
> I also believe that we need to explore collaboration with The Document
> Foundation and LibreOffice. I’ve always argued we should. No one benefits
> by maintaining this split. (Oh, arguably, the proprietary products reap in
> yet more billions. But they would anyway.) I have no illusions about any
> reconciliation or collaboration. But I also believe that the overall
> community of users stands to gain hugely.
> More can be said, and I hope it is. But not now.
> Cheers,
> Louis
> ---
> Louis Suárez-Potts
> Age of Peers
> PMC Apache OpenOffice
> Skype: louisiam
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