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Novell’s Fork of OpenOffice.org Promoted in OpenOffice.org’s Own Turf

Posted in Debian, Fork, GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenOffice, SUN at 1:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Forkers and disruptors in the #openoffice.org channel? Well, it’s hard to tell for sure, but one reader has notified us about someone in this channel who is promoting #go-oo. “There’s a guy in #openoffice.org sending people to #go-oo,” he writes. Moreover, we were told that the person is not trolling, he’s talking to people in private and we append proof of this.

For the uninitiated, go-oo is Novell's fork of OpenOffice.org. it has been that way since the patchset became rather isolated without changes going upstream. There is some discussion of this in LWN.net and we last mentioned this a couple of hours ago.

Finally, here are the logs showing promotion of go-oo in the #openoffice.org IRC channel and in private.


* In #openoffice.org:
 
16:34 < [anon]> is it possible to have KDE‘s file dialog in openoffice?
16:36 < Mirra> it‘s called #go-oo :>

16:36 < MechtiIde> unfortunaly not [anon]
16:37 < [anon]> MechtiIde: but i had that in 2.4
16:37 < [anon]> was it removed in 3.0?
16:37 < Mirra> [anon]: listen to my >:)
16:37 < MechtiIde> where do you get 2.4 from [anon] ?
16:37 < [anon]> 2.4.1
16:37 < [anon]> from gentoo
16:37 < [anon]> maybe its not vanila

 
* In private:
 
16:37 -!- Irssi: Starting query in freenode with Mirra
16:37 <Mirra> DUDE
16:38 <[anon]> hey
16:38 <Mirra> #go-oo it‘s a fork of openoffice (which is used in the major distributions like suse and debian and I dont know) :)
16:38 <Mirra> it‘s an improved version – with native file dialog

16:38 <Mirra> join the channel and check out the latest version :)
16:38 <[anon]> who‘s driving the project, novell ?
16:39 <Mirra> not officially I think
16:43 <Mirra> it seems novell sponsors some developers to work on go-oo, but they do a good job
16:43 <[anon]> ok
16:43 <[anon]> i‘ll try it when it gets to gentoo

16:44 <Mirra> due to the novell deal you also profit from an increased compatibility between microsoft formats :)
16:44 <Mirra> http://go-oo.org/download/ it says gentoo provides it in their repos..

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