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Jean Weber wrote:

I think our (TDF/LO) success can be judged on its own merits. What I
don't understand is why some of the SAOSA sound like they are
threatened by our success. As you say, spreading negative energy
around helps no one.

In my opinion, the problem is in the IBM strategy, which is outlined
between the lines in one of Rob Weir's blog post (title: the scarcity
fallacy...). IBM wants a face-to-face confrontation with Microsoft on
office suites, and any project which does not make the confrontation
possible is a problem. Also, every project that draws media attention
does not allow IBM to conquer the "Microsoft antagonist" positioning
that they are aiming at. This is the reason why they are so vocal
against TDF/LO and not against Calligra.

IBM followers are like seagulls following a cruise ship to get food
leftovers. They hope to get the business that IBM will not be able to
retain. It is a forward looking strategy, but is what the Italians - the
largest group of IBM followers - are doing.

By the way, the seagulls comparison is not done by accident.

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