Posted Jun 5, 2011 10:35 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: Oracle proposes donating OpenOffice.org to Apache Software Foundation
Parent article: Oracle proposes donating OpenOffice.org to Apache Software Foundation
LibreOffice may soon be really big in the Linux world, but in the real world people, magazine, etc will contiunue to use OpenOffice if they continue to provide good Windows binaries. To normal users the differences on Windows are so small that they will not change away from something they already know. They will not care PERIOD
It's funny how you define "real world" - like Linux is somehow unreal. As for users who "will not care PERIOD"... if don't see why we should care about these users. The final goal here is to move said users to Linux (well, *BSD will Ok too). If we can not even move them to different office suite because they can not learn the new name... then what's the point?
Everybody who works against that needs step aside and have a look at the bigger picture.
I'm sick and tired of looking on "bigger picture". It's not pretty: people (LibreOffice developers, Linux developers, etc) are spending a lot of time trying to help other people - but said other people "will not care PERIOD". IMNSHO it's well past time to stop looking on "bigger picture" and start fixing bugs which affect the life of the people who do care. Leave the people who don't care to IBM and Canonical.
Releasing OO.o under ASL is a really big gift to the community.
It's gift to the IBM. Which can not use latest version of OpenOffice.org codebase. Community can pick some pieces too, but there are absolutely no sense to do the IBM's work for free.
P.S. As for the name... who still remember (or care?) about Netscape or Mozilla? They were big names just a ten years ago. Today... Mozilla is the organization which produced Firefox - and that's it. If LibreOffice will indeed be more usable then OpenOffice.org then people will use it - fundamentalist name or not. If it'll be indistinguishable from OpenOffice.org... then will it really matter?
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