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On Oct 29, 2010, at 12:53 PM, Monfort Florian wrote:

Le vendredi 29 octobre 2010 à 12:13 -0400, Benjamin Horst a écrit :

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:  If we want to work 
in this area, collaborating with Zimbra could give us a jump start.)


I totally agree with Benjamin. Anticipating the reactions of the
costumers is the best way the ensure visiblity against Microsoft, who
will work for works suites on forgotten desktops.

What's the next step ?

Let's create a wiki page to summarize the concept and list the conceptual requirements. From there, 
we'd need to find developers interested in working on the idea, collaborate with them to define 
specific goals and concepts, and then begin.

Montfort: Can you create this page and start fleshing out the idea in our wiki? I'll be very happy 
to pitch in soon.


Benjamin Horst
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