LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org?
People ask me about my opinion on this.
I do not have enough free energy to spend on this "battle for nothing"
thus my opinion is a pragmatic one.
Prerequisites to my decision are described below.
1. I do not believe Oracle/OpenOffice.org will regularly merge code
from LibreOffice (missing SCA being one of the several reasons) and on
the other hand I believe LibreOffice will do such merges, so work from
OOo will be in LO soon.
2. Right now, I'm working on OpenOffice.org (even though some people
from Oracle are working on some product named Open Office which I do
not know - and I don't mean Oracle Open Office!).
These two things are main reasons why I'll continue working on
OpenOffice.org and its localization (I will technically do nothing,
just continue in what I'm doing now).
And of course, I can change my opinion in the future (I expect Oracle
to do SOMETHING in the near future). This doesn't mean that I won't
work with LO people. I will as I always did. It is not about people
who actually do the work. It is about their managers, managers of
their managers and their ego. Nothing else. Battle for nothing.
What should happen now? I think Oracle has to understand the
meritocracy concept better. People from Oracle are doing lot of the
work but probably their management is not aware of this
fact. Management probably thinks that they are producing small
fraction of the OpenOffice.org work. This is not true! Instead of
changing the OOo ecosystem in a meritocracy (and automatically earning
the leading status because of the big fraction of work), they keep on
current status (having explicitly written benefits for just one
company). I hope you understand this because it is hard to describe it
in English for me. In the I-want-to-be eco-system, Oracle still has
the chance to fork when they are not happy with the status quo (the
same thing LibreOffice did this time).