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* Italo Vignoli ( wrote:
Moving to LibreOffice 8 (instead of 7.6) makes sense for marketing purposes,
as media is looking at LibreOffice as the real innovator in the open source
office suite market, and the feeling of journalists is that we are forever
stuck at 7.x.

We all know that the next version will not include any significant
innovation which can justify the change of version, apart from the new build
system for Windows and the availability of LibreOffice for Arm processors on
Windows (which has not been announced).

Some time ago, I suggested some cleanups (replacement of sal_Int* types
by their standardised versions).   Someone pointed out at the time it
wasn't possible because it would be an API break, but perhaps we could
do it on a major version bump.  This was when 7.x was young.

So, I'm saying if you are going to bump the major version, it would
benefit from some planning ahead rather than a last minute number change
so that any other incompatibilities people want to tidy up can be put
(Irrespective of whether people like my particular change suggestion)


Playing with the number 8, which can be rotated 90° to become the "infinite"
symbol, we can frame the next version as LibreOffice for an infinite number
of users, as we cover all hardware platforms and all operating systems for
personal productivity.

This is my opinion. If the community wants to stick with 7.6, I won't
insist. I have received enough insults both public and private for the
marketing plan, and I am still receiving them from a few people, that I am
not willing to enter into that process again (even if the decision on the
"community" tag has not been mine, but it looks like people have a very
short memory).

Looking forward to your thoughts.
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