Nejauši pamanīju rakstu par to, ka vairāki OpenOffice.org izstrādātāji pamet projektu, lai turpinātu strādāt pie LibreOffice.
No šī paziņojuma es sapratu, ka daudzi izstrādātāji nav spējuši vienoties ar OpenOffice.org īpašniekiem Oracle un SUN Microsystems par to kā un kurā virzienā šim projektam būtu jāiet.
However it showed more clearly that all the cooperation and the common finding of solutions sometimes faces limitations. These are places where ideas on further development of the working platform, design or marketing do not match the ideas of the main sponsor or have just not been addressed or implemented because the responsible or (legally) capable entity does not make any decision. This has led and still leads to unnecessary misunderstandings and discussions. To break through these limits, project must evolve and requires an independent body - a Foundation.
Oracle's official response to the announcement of The Document Foundation was clear – Oracle will continue OpenOffice.org as usual. The result is now indeed the lately postulated conflict of interest for those community members who are in charge of or representing project, but to whom it is not enough “to continue working as we always did”. Although it has been stressed several times that there will be collaboration on a technical level, and changes are possible – there is no indication from Oracle to change it's mind on the question of the project organization and management. For those who want to achieve such a change, but see no realistic opportunity within the current project and are therefore involved in the TDF, unfortunately this results in an “either / or” question.
The answer for us who sign this letter is clear: We want a change to give the community as well as the software it develops the opportunity to evolve. For this reason, from now on we will support The Document Foundation and will – as a team - develop and promote LibreOffice. We hope that many are going to join us on this path.
Es kaut kā neesmu spējis sagremot šo ofisa programmatūru, lai arī savulaik centos piespiesties un pāriet no Microsoft Office uz OpenOffice.org. Toreiz smagi aplauzos, jo šī ofisa programmatūra nespēja nodrošināt tās iespējas, kas man bija nepieciešamas. Šobrīd pat nemēģināšu, jo neredzu īsti vajadzību pēc tā. Patiesībā laikam esmu par slinku, lai eksperimentētu.