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My main problem with OpenOffice is the brand

My main problem with OpenOffice is the brand

Posted May 12, 2013 13:30 UTC (Sun) by rcweir (guest, #48888)
In reply to: My main problem with OpenOffice is the brand by shmget
Parent article: Results of the Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Logo Survey

Yes, I know and you know that LibreOffice started as a Novell-led revolt against OpenOffice.org. Novell had been behaving badly toward OpenOffice.org for many years and waiting for the opportunity. In fact Lwn.net readers might recall an article a while back where Mark Shuttlworth explained this:

"Shuttleworth has a fairly serious disagreement with how the OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice 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. He contends that the pace of development for LibreOffice is not keeping up with what OpenOffice was able to achieve and wonders if OpenOffice would have been better off if the "factionalists" hadn't won."

http://lwn.net/Articles/442782/

But that was not what I was talking about. The insiders like us know what happened. But the change was silent from the perspective of the users. And the confusion, to the user, is real, not just my opinion. How do I know? Users have written to the project and to the distros and complained about the switch.


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My main problem with OpenOffice is the brand

Posted May 12, 2013 15:55 UTC (Sun) by pboddie (guest, #50784) [Link]

So, we have a quote from one of the principal advocates of copyright assignment agreements (or agreements granting extensive rights to project "owners") berating people for wanting to be treated like equals and not wanting to work for free and sign over their work to others (recalling also the absurd assertion that Canonical does all the quality assurance on Ubuntu and should have effective ownership rights to contributions). And in this quote, the thrust of which you presumably agree with, he labels those people and their seemingly reasonable demands for fair treatment as a "radical faction". Naturally, people only do this when they want to discredit others, as was pointed out in the discussion on that article.

Yes, I've seen people who have a fair awareness of Free Software being confused about what LibreOffice is, not knowing that it is related to Apache OpenOffice (or whatever it's called at the moment), but they pretty much accept it when they hear that it's not some new or niche office suite, and it doesn't mean that they are clamouring for AOO to be put back on their desktops.


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