But that swings back to the other question: how can Sun prevent the community from forking? Sun may be preventing commits from outside their organization or superseding them with their own but there has to be enough people in the community to support a separate entity. Unless that is the problem at the root: the community just doesn't have the concern for OOo.
For years I viewed the reluctance to retool and improve things like fuel economy as the industry leaders strictly being jackasses. While that is still a significant portion of the problem let's not forget to put a large chunk of the blame where it belongs: UAW.
Taking into account all the wages and benefits (including full pay for not working) the average UAW member makes $65/hour; in the name of competitive wages.
Ah, good ol' Quebecois...neé, Francois...arrogance thinking that they are above it all and are entitled to so much more than the rest of the world. Heaven forbid they recognize their place of equality amongst the rest of the world.
It's no wonder you folks are the butt of so many jokes.
What better way to prove that Linux is a viable alternative to Windows than to open the geek floodgates. I love Linux but seriously, this will do more to scare people away from Linux than bring them in.
Potential convert looking at an "I'm Linux" video: "You mean I'll be like *that* guy? No thanks."
What is needed is an Average Joe to promote Linux. Using the very people that give it geek-cred is a shot in the foot.