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From Dave <nore...@tasit.net>
Subject Re: OpenOffice
Date Sun, 07 May 2017 19:13:45 GMT
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From: Suhail Ansari <iamsuhailansari@gmail.com>
To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
Date: Sun, 7 May 2017 17:10:48 +0530

> Hi
>      TheASF has lots of important projects such as Tomcat, Hadoop etc. I
> think that TheASF should either work with the document foundation or donate
> open office trademarks to the document foundation because you already have
> big active communities working in various projects and new projects like
> netbeans will be part of TheASF very soon, donating trademark to the
> document foundation will allow you to focus on important projects like
> netbeans, tomcat etc.
>
> Suhail Ansari

Hi Suhail,

Since you are not subscribed to this list you might not be aware that
your proposal has been discussed and dismissed a number of times before.

The fact is that door is now closed and there is (almost) no possibility
of the ASF donating the trademark and/or domain name to The Document
Foundation/ LibreOffice.

As mentioned by others in this thread, very few (if any) contributors to
the Apache OpenOffice project would move their contribution efforts to
other ASF projects, so the overall benefit to the ASF would be something
approaching zero.

While merging the resources of the two projects might seem to be a
sensible and productive move, there is a long standing resistance on
both sides to such a move. Plus the differences between the licensing
philosophies of the two projects will always result in a "/Mexican
Standoff/".

Dave
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