Re: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming)

Subject: Re: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming)
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:15:26 -0800

This was a culture clash that went all the way back to the earliest days of
OO. When Sun acquired Star and took it open source, it attracted a cadre
of outside volunteer developers who were largely driven by a desire to help
"stick it to" the giant MS. These folks often butted heads with Sun's
management, but usually were able to come to grudging compromises because
they were still "sticking it to" MS. But when Oracle acquired Sun and
stepped up corporate direction of OO, it escalated the tensions AND added
the new wrinkle of a corporate management that a lot of the outside
volunteer developers disliked even more than MS. The opportunity to get
out from under that and "stick it to" Oracle and MS at the same time was
just too attractive for them to resist.

The MS Office file formats are open specification. License from MS not
required to use them.

Gene Kim-Eng


On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

>
>
>
> Part of the schism that resulted in LibreOffice splitting off from
> OpenOffice.org was due to perceived control by the company taking over the
> original project. One area of disagreement was over what kinds of add-ons
> and third-party inclusions should be permissible in their respective
> distributions. Much of that is probably on the history page of the LO
> site, or in the archives of the LO user-to-user forums and mailing lists.
>
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References:
Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: Janoff, Steven
Re: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: Janoff, Steven
RE: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: Robert Lauriston
RE: Open source alternate to Visio on Win7 (for diagramming): From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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