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I thought most/all the OO devs had flocked to LibreOffice because of Oracle being lame, which I assume meant OO would be left to rot.
If they're both still being developed separately, why would somebody choose one or the other? Seems like they'd be more productive combining their efforts.
One is copyleft (LO) and the other copyright (AOO)
I suspect that while both suites are fairly similar in function now, they will probably slowly grow apart. In a few years I wouldn't be surprised if LibreOffice becomes a fast-moving, mostly Linux-oriented project, while OpenOffice takes a more conservative "for enterprises" approach. Sort of like the difference between Fedora and RHEL, two products with strong similarities, but different focus.
That sort of misses my point.
Besides which, LO could still be a test bed for features that eventually could make it into AOO. The actual code may not flow from LO to AOO, but the features, the ideas, could be copied if they were found to be successful. Lots of open source projects copy features without using the same code.
Never mind. I must've still been waking up.
I'm assuming the distinction you're referring to is that it's wrong to call a beta version a "testbed" for the release that will result from it?
I'm not really sure I agree, but I see your point.
(RHEL and Ubuntu aren't merely Fedora and Debian Unstable debugged, so one could argue that, from a certain perspective, they're testbeds. RHEL and Ubuntu let the Fedora and Debian Unstable guys act as guinea pigs and then take what they like.)
I thought Debian Unstable was the basis for Debian Stable...
I cannot overstate how much I admire Apache Foundation. Their pool of high quality Software and professionalism is a flagship of Open Source Software. I for one am sticking with AOO, let the LO guys do the hacking :-P
I use Lotus Symphony almost daily and it is pretty good. If a successful marriage of AOO and Symphony happens with dependence on more recent eclipse/jdk I will definitely use it more.
The reasons why libreoffice even exists are reason enough to move away from OOo/AOO.
IBM dropping symphony and focusing on AOO is great but it's already behind in a lot of ways especially in code quality.
I can't edit my post but here's an interesting graphic on how far LO has pulled away from AOO