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Hi everyone,
Recently, we've been talking about our workflow and, as part of that, we
came to the conclusion that we need to define a clear direction. The best
way to do that, IMHO, is defining a clear purpose for LibreOffice and its
components and continually striving to fulfill that purpose as well as

In our last IRC chat [1], Reda Lazri proposed "a 21st century suite that is
easy for new users and powerful for existing ones".

My original thought was that LibreOffice was too disparate to have a clear
purpose and wanted to define purposes for individual modules only. However,
since that time, I've come around to the idea of having a single purpose
for LibreOffice, and here's a rough draft I propose: to let the user
organize information and help them present it to others in a digestible

I should clarify that these are all just rough drafts, and that even when
this team decides on a purpose, it won't be binding. The idea here is to
not force a direction on devs and rather let the defined purposes stand
based on their merit.

I should also note that the goal derived from a purpose is basically to
provide the best user experience for fulfilling that purpose -- that means
things like ease of use, speed, great visual and interaction design, etc.
are all a given.

Post your thoughts on the purpose of LibreOffice in this thread and
hopefully we'll come to a firm conclusion at the next IRC meeting [2].


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