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Entryism Watch: Novell Employee Not Confirmed in OpenOffice.org Role

Posted in Marketing, Novell, OpenOffice, Oracle at 8:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Novell’s Thorsten Behrens is rejected overwhelmingly by figures of OpenOffice.org

IN SOME of our recent posts we warned that due to Oracle’s semi-hearted efforts [1, 2], there is danger that Novell (and Microsoft) will engage in entryism and take over the OpenOffice.org project with their Microsoft-friendly Go-OO [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] (and an OpenOffice “foundation”).

According to this new announcement, Thorsten Behrens from Novell was not approved for the position of Product Development Representative (see links at the bottom for background). He received just 12 “Yes” votes and 28 “No” votes. This means that OpenOffice.org distrusts him a great deal. For the sake of comparison, Eike Rathke received 0 “No” votes and Olivier Hallot received just 2. Opposition to them was almost not there at all.

“Now, in terms of the outcome, there were earlier indications that a certain part of the community had issues with my candidature…”
      –Thorsten Behrens, Novell
In response, Behrens wrote: “Now, in terms of the outcome, there were earlier indications that a certain part of the community had issues with my candidature, so I guess I need to improve a bit on my campaigning fu – should there be another election round, I’ll try harder next time! :)

“Meanwhile, let me repeat my offer from the invitation mail – please don’t hesitate to ask, either in public or in private, about my background, plans, motivation, whatever you feel relevant. I’d of course be especially interested in reasons, worries etc. from those who voted no.”
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Background

[1] Community Council Charter

[2] Product Development Representative

[3] Community Council/Items/Election Process

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