Hi Martin, all,
your comments are worth reading and thinking about, but as I want to
reply to one single point, I skip the major part of it (for people not
reading the releases list, i strongly recommend to read the full mail )
Martin Hollmichel schrieb:
On 10/17/2010 05:44 AM, Caio Tiago Oliveira wrote:
What's the difference? Why is there conflict of interest with TDF and
there is not COI with Oracle?
OpenOffice.org was so far the smallest common ground of all the
OpenOffice.org derivatives, so we have a lot of people working on their
derivatives coming together in the OpenOffice.org community. [...]
This can't be done without talking to each other - and respecting each
others position and reasons to do the moves done with good faith.
We need to understand ourselves what the
smallest common ground now is (or should be) and we need (if we come to
a conclusion) to explain this to the world outside.
Actions like Louis - the Oracle employed OpenOffice.org Community
Development Manager - did during the last chat of the OpenOffice.org
governing board don't help at all to reach a common ground:
Replacing Charles in his position as Native Language Confederation Lead
and forcing a deadline for the Community Council members until Tuesday
is not only a obvious breach in the OpenOffice.org Guidelines  and
the Community Council Charter , it disrespects the way the Community
Council wants to solve the problems: with direct contact and discussion
between Cor Nouws and you (having both the respect of all community
members) trying to reach exactly this common ground.
I don't know if Louis' action has been coordinated with Oracle
management - if not it would be necessary for the lead of the
OpenOffice.org related Business Unit at Oracle how they want to proceed
with the OpenOffice.org Community.
The last press release might be understood as if ignorance of the needs
and goals of a relevant part of our community would be the way to go.
Finding a common ground by talking to each other as you and others (here
- and all the relevant people at The Document Foundation over there)
prefer might not have any chance if Louis action shows that Oracle
management has already decided...
So we need to help them to understand the difference between
OpenOffice.org as community and OpenOffice.org as community based
product on the one hand, The Document Foundation as community based (to
avoid discussions I could add "relevant parts of the community")
foundation and LibreOffice as product released by the foundation (thus
being community based as well). And Oracle Open Office as proprietary
distribution (with possible trademark problems if the trademark would be
held on behalf of the community).
Right now the world
outside of our community understand this as a competition between OOo
and LO or they don't understand this at all.
There is an open point in the necessity for the Copyright Agreement -
but this can be solved during discussion.
I strongly hope that this will be the way all the people interested in
surviving and growing of our community can agree upon - we are the ones
to create the best office suite in the world. Companies and foundations
help us on this way - nothing more (but nothing less as well)!
I don't want to choose about the importance of one or another help with
regards to future developments. Both are important if their goals can be
subsumed under the community's goals.
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