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Hi :)
What is the point of having 2 branches?  

It's like we have 2 product-lines.  One is green and the other is red.  When we try to sell a new 
release of the red product-line we say it's greener.  Why can't we just say it's red?  Take pride 
in it's redness.  Can't we point out the improvements in the style?  Sell it as being red, not as 
being greener?  Some people have good reason to prefer red.  Some prefer green for equally valid 
reasons.  Why try to tell the people that like green that the new red one is the one they would 
prefer?  Why not sell red as being red and green as being green?  
Regards from
Tom :)  

From: Tom Davies <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2012, 13:00
Subject: Stable?  Seriously??  Fw: [tdf-announce] The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 

Hi :)
Again.  The only advantage listed for the new release in the newest branch of LO is that it's 
"more stable".  What is it more stable than?  Is it more stable than the 3.5.6?  

Putting anything mentioning bug-fixes and possible regressions just makes people wonder what new 
bugs and new regressions are likely to appear in this new release.  Most profitable software 
companies avoid mentioning the possibility that their new software might be buggy and have new 
regressions despite the fact we know that both are likely.  I think we should avoid mentioning it 
too until they become more open and honest about the possibility.  

Possibly marginally better to say "latest" rather than "last" unless you include a date.  "Last" 
sounds fairly finally and hints that it happened a long time ago.  I don't know why.  Both really 
mean roughly the same thing if you look them up in a dictionary.  

Again there are tons of advantages to the newest branch but stability is not one of them.  If 
people want stability then they are better off chosing the latest release in the older branch.  If 
they want, for example, better compatibility with "other" formats and programs (ie such as MS's) 
then 3.6.x is probably best.  

Please.  Can we have those circular or just plain wrong arguments again about 
1.  "I haven't noticed any bugs so far and few people have reported bugs".  Therefore no bugs 
really exist because things don't exist until after they have been discovered.  For example, the 
water on Mars didn't exist until there were photos of it.  

2.  "Any bugs found need to be reported against the earliest version of LO/OOo they can be found 

3.  Rinse and repeat.  

1.  "It must be more stable.  It's newer."  Therefore it must be more stable.  

2.  "We must expect new branches  to have more bugs as a result of having much greater 
3.  "Older branches focus on bug-fixes and therefore tend to have less new added functionality"

4.  Therefore "the only thing we can say about new branches is that they are more stable."  

1.  "All software has bugs."  [Perhaps implying that LO is no more stable than java]

Regards from
Tom :)  

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Italo Vignoli <>
Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2012, 12:05
Subject: [tdf-announce] The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6.2

Berlin, October 4, 2012 - The Document Foundation (TDF) announces
LibreOffice 3.6.2, for Windows, MacOS and Linux, solving bugs and
regressions and further improving the stability of the program for
corporate deployments. The best free office suite ever is
becoming the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites,
thanks to the quickly growing feature set and the improved
interoperability with proprietary software.

The growing number of LibreOffice adoptions by private and public
enterprises is a demonstration of the improvements brought to the legacy
code by TDF, thanks to over 500 developers who are focusing on stability
and quality (in addition to new exciting features).

The last public administration to migrate has been the city of Limerick,
Ireland's third largest city, where LibreOffice is now used on all 450
desktops in use at the city's six main locations including the three
public libraries, the fire department, the municipal museum and the City
Gallery of Art.

The community behind LibreOffice will gather in Berlin for the second
LiboCon from October 17 to October 19. During three days, company
representatives and
 volunteers will discuss their experiences, learning
from each other in the true spirit of the community.

Registration for the conference end on October 8, Registration for the
conference ends on October the 8th. If you want to join in, please
register at this address:

LibreOffice 3.6.2 is available for immediate download from the following
link: Extensions for LibreOffice
are available from the following link:

Change logs are available at
(fixed in and
(fixed in

Short link to The Document Foundation blog:

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