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Posted Nov 5, 2012 6:31 UTC (Mon) by edomaur (subscriber, #14520)
Posted Nov 5, 2012 7:11 UTC (Mon) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
they can merge, but it will involve abandoning one of the forks.
The LO fork has quite a bit of development work that's gone on while the AOO fork has been going through it's management issues. It would have been very easy from a technical point of view for the people who have been expending effort on AOO to start working on LO instead.
The real problem here is the conflict between people and management approaches. The LO people left OOo while it was still managed by Sun/Oracle because they were ordered away. That leaves them understanably resentful and unwilling to give up the work they've done to go back and join the project that booted them out (especially since they've been so successful on their own) There is a real question of what value (other than the name) the Apache OO project has over the LO project.
In theory, their advantage is the companies are willing to contribute to AOO, but we don't yet have much that's been contributed,
Posted Nov 5, 2012 8:32 UTC (Mon) by mjw (subscriber, #16740)
Which is a fun document. Apparently you can embed ODF in a PDF file. So if you open that PDF with libreoffice then you can edit the data directly. Nice idea.
Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:06 UTC (Mon) by Otus (guest, #67685)
It can't. AOO uses a more permissive license so LO can take their patches,
but not the other way around.
Their advantage is companies are willing to contribute
Posted Nov 5, 2012 12:26 UTC (Mon) by Wol (guest, #4433)
Once that's done companies will be able to take the LO codebase and build proprietary stuff on it. Or do dumps into the codebase if that's what they want.
Posted Nov 5, 2012 14:33 UTC (Mon) by Tom6 (guest, #60418)
From a quality pov it's better to add "upstream" directly into whichever project but from a "keeping the secrets" (proprietary) pov it's better to keep their additions secret.
Both are fine and valid but only 1 really counts as contributing to the project.
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