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I have been asked to provide my opinion by developers, who seem to think that the change of version 
has to be a marketing decision. As I have said quite clearly, I am pissed off by the current 
situation, where I am asked to take a decision and then I am blamed because I take one. I leave the 
decision to the community.

28 Mar 2023 08:18:13 Eyal Rozenberg <>:

I respectfully disagree with Italo.

First, about the "frame of reference". In my opinion, decisions such as major version number 
bumping are not, first and foremost, marketing decisions. That is a _consideration_, since the 
version number is declarative than technical. But - such an action should be "truthful" before 
being "marketable".

It is more important, in my opinion, that users and potential users receive trustworthy signaling 
from the project - not just w.r.t. version numbers, but generally - than for the media to get a 
gimmick for coverage.

A second point is that bumping a version number without a major innovation moves you a few more 
steps into the category of, say, Firefox and such, where versions just increase automatically 
with no meaning whatsoever. Italo, you said we are perceived as a "real innovator"; well, when a 
real innovator starts having hollow version number bumping, that perception fades.

Finally, everyone who likes the marketing potential of version 8 - great, but - keep that benefit 
for when we have a significant step forward to celebrate. Don't squander it.


PS:  availability on a new platform is not a reason to bump a version number. It's the "same" 
software, but built for another target, so same version as before. IMHO anyway.

On 27/03/2023 20:11, 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).
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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