Linked by the_randymon on Thu 10th Jan 2013 22:17 UTC
Features, Office For years, developers decried the tight fist Sun kept on the development of its office suite, preventing the hacker culture from improving its software. So now that LibreOffice is, well, free, it's not surprising to see one ambitious hacker has developed a mechanism for theming it. Let's have a round of applause for Jan Holesovsky, whose patch in the upcoming 4.0 edition of LibreOffice allows you to style LibreOffice using FireFox Personae. Holesovsky's blog is full of other interesting UI changes made to LibreOffice, proof perhaps that letting hackers hack is the best way to keep your project improving.
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Comment by jared_wilkes
by jared_wilkes on Thu 10th Jan 2013 22:43 UTC
jared_wilkes
Member since:
2011-04-25

Theming is the stupidest waste of time and deserves to be booed.

I can think of 100s of things which should be a higher priority to the LibreOffice folks than this.

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RE: Comment by jared_wilkes
by Nelson on Thu 10th Jan 2013 22:57 in reply to "Comment by jared_wilkes"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I don't think every developer is working on the same thing at the same time.

It was a developer submitted patch, likely an unpaid developer's patch.

If I'm unpaid, I don't really much care for what direction others (who are not paying me a salary for my time) think I should go in.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I'm quite aware that other devs are working on other things. However, one dev wasted his time with skinning and his skills could have been better used otherwise. And someone is telling me I should applaud it.

This is exactly the crap that consigns such open projects to mediocrity or worse again and again and again... It's not a positive, it's a negative, plain and simple.

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RE: Comment by jared_wilkes
by Drumhellar on Fri 11th Jan 2013 01:15 in reply to "Comment by jared_wilkes"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

I'll bet you're a blast at parties.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

No, quite the opposite. Whenever I show up at parties a collective moan of, "Crap, it's the guy who thinks OSS devs wasting time and resources on skinning makes OSS projects look like shit," rings out, the music screeches to a halt, the alcohol stops flowing, and everyone goes home.

Oh wait, not that... No one at a single party I've ever gone to has ever cared about or been influenced by my opinion of OSS devs spending their time on inanities.

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