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Posted Oct 19, 2012 23:36 UTC (Fri) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
Seriously, I know people who were happy when Lucid went bust because that stabilized its compilers. People knew how to work around the known bugs, but never knew what the next release might bring.
Posted Oct 23, 2012 13:13 UTC (Tue) by aristedes (guest, #35729)
How is it decreasing from your freedom or choice to have another fork of a popular office suite? Perhaps they will come up with some nice new features in the future now that the legal issues are resolved. Perhaps they will not. But it is almost as though you all want them to fail. How is that helpful?
Posted Oct 23, 2012 13:40 UTC (Tue) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
More like people think that AOO has _already_ failed. It's dead on arrival. Too little, too late.
How is that helpful? because it reduces unneeded fragmentation. What is to be won from maintaining two almost identical code bases? It's just doubling the amount work for little or no gain. LibreOffice has the momentum, OpenOffice is just a shell of a project. The sooner people get to contribute to the viable one, the less effort that will be _wasted_.
Compare that with supporting completely different projects (like Calligra, or Gnumeric/Abiword). That also adds fragmentation, but in return you get code bases with completely different lineages. That would be a good thing in the event of patent or other IP disputes.
Posted Oct 26, 2012 0:32 UTC (Fri) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
Posted Nov 2, 2012 21:29 UTC (Fri) by Zizzle (guest, #67739)
I do want them to fail. I want LibreOffice to be the only OOo offshoot.
Why have the duplication in effort over a license difference that is to allow a large corporation to plunder the code for their closed source efforts?
LibreOffice's weak copyleft license (and truth be told the debacle of AOO and the coroprate shilling that occurred) inspired me to contribute to LO.
So I guess at least once good thing has come out of it.
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