On Oct 29, 2010, at 9:53 AM, Frank Esposito wrote:
On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Monfort Florian
Le vendredi 29 octobre 2010 à 09:29 -0400, James Walker a écrit :
Maybe something that we should think about is creating a Document
family of products.
I would not really put more products into the main LibreOffice software,
find and/or create additional products that enhance the usability of LO.
One thing we really need to think about is an email/calender product. and
some kind of project management product that easily intergrates with LO,
even if those products are ones that are out there already they need to
easily intergrated into LO. Are there any that have kind of staled that
could approach the community to help them out and bring them under the
foundation to help them grow.
Of course the easy thing to do would be a partnership with Mozilla, and
Thunderbird, and Lightening.
I have always felt that the project has been missing email, calender and
contact management software.
These great idea. I would also add because I think the market is still wide
open is the cloud office suite (think google docs). We could develop a
server based online office suite that is fully compatible with ODF. this
would be great for education and "virtual offices."
Another path would be mobile phones, this are is wide open for FOSS.
Android, iPhone and blackberry ports of LO.
I think we need to look ahead to tablets, based on iOS and Android. According to recent news
articles, sales of iPads have made Apple the number one computer vendor in the USA. Thinking
strategically, it looks like the developing world may skip PCs entirely and adopt tablets as
their standard computing platform going forward, just like they skipped landlines in favor of
mobile phones. Microsoft Windows will have an enormous challenge to gain any foothold in this
market, and MS Office too. Thus, we have an opportunity to start on a level playing field here,
without the huge inertia MS has long enjoyed. On a fair playing field, we will win--no question.
My strategic suggestion is that we build a "LibreOffice Touch" for Android and iOS tablets as the
first new member of this broader family of products. Full ODF support will allow compatibility
with LibreOffice, and consistent branding will help reinforce both product lines.
(As for web office suites, I researched this recently. Zimbra provides open source web-based docs
and spreadsheets that customers can install on their own servers, first launched in 2006:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/web2explorer/zimbra-launches-zimbra-documents/259 If we want to work
in this area, collaborating with Zimbra could give us a jump start.)
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