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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: AOO -> LO or MS O
Date Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:13:15 GMT
On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM, Rich Bowen <> 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
>> <>.
>> 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.
>> "Shuttleworth has a fairly serious disagreement with how the
>> 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.   The question was:
"You have a choice of several open source office suites. Why do you
use OpenOffice rather than alternatives like LibreOffice or KOffice?"

The results were:

Features (47%)
Quality (22%)
Compatibility/Interoperability (22%)
Reputation/Familiarity (9%)



> 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
> - @apachecon
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