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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RE: Comment by jared_wilkes
by Nelson on Thu 10th Jan 2013 22:57 UTC 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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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

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.


Are you going to pay him to do it?

I look at you and all I see is someone who seems to feel entitled to someone else's leisure time. Just be happy someone decided to spend their leisure time productively.

I know that, when I program something, if I couldn't do what I wanted, I'd probably be playing games or reading sci-fi instead.

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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

You could always show them how it should be done by doing it...

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RE[3]: Comment by jared_wilkes
by radix on Fri 11th Jan 2013 10:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jared_wilkes"
radix Member since:
2012-02-07

Developer clearly stated that he did this project because it seemed to be fun. So either he did this project or didn't do anything for LibreOffice at all. What seems to be better?

BTW it's so very frustrating when other people tell you what you should do with your free time. So, what are you doing for LibreOffice? You don't know programming, you say? Why don't you stop doing whatever crap you're doing now and start learning programming so you could be useful for something finally? And after you learn programming, let me choose you some really important project you'll work in your free time.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Do you pay him for his work? If not sit down.

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