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From Pedro Giffuni <>
Subject Re: What would OpenOffice NON-retirement involve?
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2016 16:43:24 GMT

At this time I am unsure what the Board wants from the project. They 
probably want to see more activity and may recur to artificial numbers 
like number of commits, number of active developers, or releases.

I very much doubt actions from the Board will solve anything, it's the 
PMC and the developers that do the effective changes in a project.

If we make a release in the following weeks we may take the Board from 
our backs and get time to work on the things that matter.

I have to say that thanks to the brave work of Damjan the project is a
LOT more sustainable than some months ago. We have a testsuite back and
the build environment has improved substantially. Also Don has been 
doing some important cleanups and updates.

Still the problems are:

- Developers: the issue is not actually the number of them but the 
know-how that AOO requires. The majority of the experienced developers
are either still at IBM but with a lot of unrelated work, or have
gravitated slowly to LibreOffice (as in paid to do so).

- A Win64 port: 80% of our users are Windows users.

- The code is just ugly .. really, and that is true for LibreOffice as well.

There are plans (rewrite a lot in Java, more use of APR), but we just
have to be realistic and understand that big changes in the codebase
are not going to happen soon. AOO 5.0 may take at least two years.


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