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Comment: SUSE does an Oracle (Score 0, Troll) 72

by Palestrina (#44754947) Attached to: SUSE's LibreOffice Core Team Moves To Collabora

It sounds like SUSE, the largest contributor to LibreOffice, is ending their investment in LibreOffice, and their engineers are looking for new employment. This echos the way they got out of the Mono business a few years ago. But taking the same people and putting them in a much smaller company, with far less enterprise sales experience, is not something that will cause Microsoft to lose any sleep.

Comment: More competition? Hardly. (Score 1) 2

by Palestrina (#44751657) Attached to: Watch out Microsoft, Collabora is bringing value added LibreOffice

It sounds like SUSE, the largest contributor to LibreOffice, is ending their investment in LibreOffice, and their engineers are looking for new employment. This echos the way they got out of the Mono business a few years ago. But taking the same people and putting them in a much smaller company, with far less enterprise sales experience, is not something that will cause Microsoft to lose any sleep.

Comment: Re:And LibreOffice is already merging improvements (Score 2, Interesting) 238

by Palestrina (#44366973) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

You were either attempting to argue against my claim that there were contributions from LibreOffice coming back into Apache OpenOffice, in an ad hominen attack. Or you were merely interjecting irrelevancies. I'm willing to accept that you were merely being irrelevant. In any case you never bothered to substantiate *any* of your claims so I waste no time rebutting them.

Comment: Re:Sidebar the differentiator - really? (Score 2, Interesting) 238

by Palestrina (#44366579) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

I hope you know that you did not address my argument at all but merely attacked me personally.

There was a false assertion that the Sidebar was not done at Apache. I rebutted that. I then remarked that LibreOffice *supporters* seem to have difficulty graciously accepting the fact that the most notable feature of LO 4.1 is coming from Apache. You responded by saying that you have never seem a TDF member saying anything bad about AOO. That is irrelevant, since that was not my claim. And it is also untrue since I could point to ample examples of this.

From my perspective LO is downstream. A look at their logs shows that their use of AOO code is frequent and routine. They are not occasionally cherry picking, but deliberately mining every relevant patch:

http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/log/?h=aoo/trunk&showmsg=1

In any case, I imagine this large scale use of AOO code is a source of some cognitive dissonance for them, after spending so much time trying to convince themselves that having a fork was better than working together with Apache, arguing that nothing good would ever come from Apache. Now they are faced once again with the inconvenient facts, that the AOO code is good, it is worth taking in large quantities. In fact their users are demanding this. TDF members were beaten up quite a bit at a recent conference from users demanding to know when they would improve their UI like Apache was. Somehow they need to reconcile these facts and their actions with their ongoing stance of non-cooperation with Apache.

Comment: Re:Sidebar the differentiator - really? (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by Palestrina (#44365591) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

It is not quite true to say this was just a merge from Symphony. Actually, your statement is entirely false. The core Sidebar was reimplemented in AOO 4.0, by developers at Apache. One of the core goals was to make it a framework that could be used by Extension authors as well.

You can read more details on this in this blog post:

https://blogs.apache.org/OOo/entry/the_sidebar_new_and_improved

And as I've said before, it is regrettable that LibreOffice supporters find it so difficult to graciously accept good code from a good project. No one, absolutely no one, is complaining about you using it. It is under the Apache License, free for LibreOffice or anyone else to use it, now and forever. Although the license says nothing about polite manners, and I never expect to hear even the smallest statement of thanks, I think the larger open source community does find it disturbing that LibreOffice supporters are so eager to take code from AOO while continually insulting it at the same time. Remember, using code from other open source projects does not make you smaller. We all "stand on the shoulders of giants", so try not to piss on them, or upstream in general.

Comment: Re:LAWL @ "Letting the code speak for them" (Score 2) 238

by Palestrina (#44365501) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

I don't think it is juvenile at all to point out that comparisons of committer counts is meaningless where the contents of the commits, in terms of how many files are changed, varies by a factor of 4 between the projects. The difference in VCS used as well as what kinds of contributions are measured by Ohloh (and are not measured) makes any naive comparison hugely problematic. In fact I'd say it is intellectual dishonest to perpetuate these kinds of apples to oranges comparisons. On the other hand, if your only story is Ohloh code statistics, what else are you going to do?

Rather than looking at the code, I've focused more on looking at the users, doing apples-to-apples comparisons, looking at name recognition, usage stats, user satisfaction, etc., comparing OpenOffice and LibreOffice. And the real world numbers show LibreOffice is in a bad position and declining:

http://www.robweir.com/blog/2013/06/the-power-of-brand-and-the-power-of-product-part-2.html

So please, tell us more about how many lines of code were removed by your long tail. We'll all entranced and want to hear more about how hard you think you are working. But also occasionally take a peak at the real world and see how you are really doing. There is a big difference between riding a stationary bicycle in a gym versus traveling cross country. Personally, I think LO is mainly churning code and spinning its wheels, though the sweat you feel is real.

Comment: Re:They seem to be doing a fine job. (Score 4, Insightful) 238

by Palestrina (#44365325) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

Comment? Yes. Of the various approaches to argument, the strongest one is to take your opponent's most valid point, the key of their argument, and then to logically rebut it. On the other hand, one of the weakest arguments is the ad hominem attack, declining to engage logic entirely and instead trying to win by bravado and superficial slight of hand. I dismantled your argument, by showing the flaws in how you calculated and interpreted your "5%" claim. You responded (no not responded, but dodged entirely) with an ad hominem attack. I assume if you had a stronger argument to make you would have done so.

Comment: Re:And LibreOffice is already merging improvements (Score 4, Interesting) 238

by Palestrina (#44364981) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

Actually, this is not quite true. There are a good number of contributors who are happy to work with both projects. They don't care about the license bullshit. They contribute equally to both projects. So there is a fair amount of code making it back into AOO from LibreOffice.

Also, some supports of free office software, like the Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA) which sponsored much of the OOXML improvements in LibreOffice, have put a clause in their contracts that requires the code produced to be made under the Apache License, even when the code is targeted to LibreOffice. So AOO will have access to that work as well.

Of course, these are just small improvements to an overall climate of inefficiency. And the inefficiency goes in both directions. To the extent LO does not contribute patches upstream they are creating a deferred merge expense that will increase over time, each time they try to merge features down from AOO.

Comment: Re:PC is not a tablet (Score 1) 238

by Palestrina (#44364947) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

You do have some flexibility in AOO. The Sidebars detach and you can make the into floating palettes and put them where you want, even onto a 2nd monitor if you want. Or collapse them and have the same UI layout you had in 3.4.1. Having the Sidebar UI available does not force you to do anything. It just permits you to do some new things.

Comment: Re:They seem to be doing a fine job. (Score 3, Interesting) 238

by Palestrina (#44364905) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

I'm sure you can make the huge contribution of the AOO Sidebar look numerically 5% if you do two things:

1) Count the entire Sidebar UI as a single commit, which Ohloh does because the work was done on a branch, not the trunk. (Ohloh counts only the AOO trunk)

2) Bloat your own commit counts with insignificant "behind the scenes cleanup" like translating German comments, or other stuff that no user will ever benefit from.

But if you look at features of actual significance, what the users actually want and will benefit from, the code from Apache is actually quite significant in LibreOffice.

I wish LibreOffice supporters would stop acting like it makes them small to acknowledge some gratitude to other open source projects which they are dependent on.

Comment: Re:Sidebar the differentiator - really? (Score 2, Informative) 238

by Palestrina (#44364317) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

Too bad users use the product and don't gain direct productivity merely from looking at Ohloh stats.

But if they did, the numbers you point at show an interesting story. It shows that the average AOO contributor makes twice the number of commits as the average LO contributor. And the average AOO commit is far more significant, touching twice the number of files as the average LO commit. Net it out and the average AOO contributor is 4x as productive compared to the average LO contributor!

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