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From Louis Suárez-Potts <lui...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: AOO -> LO or MS O
Date Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:05:27 GMT

> On 03 Sep 15, at 15:13, Rob Weir <rob@robweir.com> wrote:
> 
> On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Rich Bowen <rbowen@rcbowen.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> On 09/03/2015 08:33 AM, Fernando Cassia wrote:
>>> 
>>> "After LibreOffice came out, Oracle released one version of Oracle Open
>>> Office before deciding that the project wasn’t worth the effort
>>> 
>>> <http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2011/04/oracle-gives-up-on-ooo-after-community-forks-the-project/>.
>>> It laid off the programmers and gave the code and trademarks to the Apache
>>> Software Foundation, under Apache’s liberal open source license."
>>> 
>>> That's one version of events. Another version of events is this.
>>> http://pages.citebite.com/e7v0f3m9sder
>>> 
>>> "Shuttleworth has a fairly serious disagreement with how the
>>> OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice split came about. He said that Sun made a $100
>>> million "gift" to the community when it opened up the OpenOffice code. But
>>> a "radical faction" made the lives of the OpenOffice developers "hell" by
>>> refusing to contribute code under the Sun agreement. That eventually led
>>> to
>>> the split, but furthermore led Oracle to finally decide to stop OpenOffice
>>> development and lay off 100 employees."
>>> 
>>> That's different from "deciding it was not worth the effort".
>>> 
>>> Why the FUD on a dev list, anyway?
>> 
>> 
>> It's not FUD. It's a link to an article.
>> 
>> What would be awesome is if someone would write a counterpoint, which is
>> non-confrontational, non-rageful, non-hateful, and non-reactionary, but just
>> calmly presenting the reasons why someone might want to stay on OpenOffice.
>> 
> 
> We did a survey on this question back in 2013.  

2013 was ages ago.


> The question was:
> "You have a choice of several open source office suites. Why do you
> use OpenOffice rather than alternatives like LibreOffice or Office?"

Does KOffice even exist? Is it not Calligra? These data points are also a little murky. Many
do obtain AOO and LO by downloading it. Others, say those using Ubuntu or Red Hat installations,
or from public sector installations are less able to choose as individuals. The relevant executive
makes the decision. Do we know what they are looking for?

Even if we do not know, or cannot guess, the journalists of the tech world seem united to
love LO and do the nasty with AOO.

louis
> 
> The results were:
> 
> Features (47%)
> Quality (22%)
> Compatibility/Interoperability (22%)
> Reputation/Familiarity (9%)
> 
> 
> Regards,
> 
> -Rob
> 
> 
>> Refuting the article on this list, where we all already know the story, is a
>> good start, but if you could turn it into an article that's less political,
>> more practical (features, community, timelines, and so on), that would
>> actually help our cause. The person asking the original question doesn't
>> care about politics, hurt feelings, and "radical factions", I guarantee.
>> They want to know which product is better for them, now, and in the long
>> term.
>> 
>> Thanks.
>> 
>> --
>> Rich Bowen - rbowen@rcbowen.com - @rbowen
>> http://apachecon.com/ - @apachecon
>> 
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