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/(I see that I replied to only one list, so just wanted to include design and marketing. Sorry for the double-up.)/

Thank you all for sharing your opinion.

Please keep in mind that "a really big jump" or "a major innovation" will always be very subjective and depend on personal areas of interest or specialties, and I suspect that we will have dozens of different opinions (and no agreement) if we ask what constitutes a feature that is significant enough to warrant a major version number.

Concretely, here is the shortlist of things that, in my _subjective_ opinion, are important in the upcoming version (somewhat similar to László's): - availability on all major desktop platforms, including through official app stores
- advertise availability for ARM processors on Windows
- build baseline bump
- zoom gesture support
- cementing of updated visual identity and improved theming following the OS's - improvements in accessibility of documents, including accessibility checked in sidebar and tagged PDF export by default
- two new languages
- multi-page floating tables
- _maybe_ Skia by default on macOS
- _maybe_ new Windows installer

Waiting for significantly "bigger" (again, very subjective) changes in LibreOffice is a bit unrealistic, knowing the project grows and has grown very organically.

In the end, I have no strong opinion about it. I just hope everyone can remain respectful and understand that sometimes, decisions have to be made, and I believe the marketing team, after some discussion with the rest of the TDF team, the Design team and the ESC, are a good fit to take such decisions, instead of heated conversations filled with subjective opinions on what feature is or isn't important.

The recent interaction makes me think a year/month versioning scheme is beneficial in that discussing version bumps will not be needed anymore. It's definitely not worth getting insulted, and I am sorry Italo had to be at the receiving end of that. And as Jorge said: let's not get bogged down into something that is in the end quite trivial.

I do however want to say I appreciate and take note of input from people like Regina (associating major releases with ODF releases, the default standard we are proud of), Kelvene (cultural aspect of the number), David (deciding early on to allow work on more disruptive projects) and Nigel ("The universal office suite", highlighting our strength in language and platform support).


On 29/3/23 21:36, Jaron Kuppers wrote:
I agree with Italo that changing to version 8 makes sense and that it is a marketing decision. Office suite updates that become new version numbers rarely include much in the way of ground breaking innovation and waiting for some integration of some new 'ground breaking' feature does not make sense. Nor does waiting for ODF1.4 which is not a change in some way unique to LibreOffice. A new version can also be framed around the plan for that new version. What huge changes are we going to make during version 8? It does not have to be limited to what changes warranted a number change. I think universal accessibility warrants a number change and makes for great marketing.

Italo, the way people talk to you is not okay... know that you have the respect of many/most community members who trust in your marketing expertise. Many are quick to speak on a topic they have no formal training in.

My 2 cents...


On Wed, Mar 29, 2023 at 5:14 AM Pedro Rosmaninho <> wrote:

    I would just like to counter what Eyal Rosenberg says. Version number
    should be a marketing decision.
    But I agree with his points that marketing must consider that major
    innovations or missing features should be included with a major number
    change otherwise said number change will fall flat.
    The number 8 is a great opportunity so it shouldn't be wasted without
    having something impactful when it is launched.

    Regina Henschel <> escreveu no dia terça,
    à(s) 15:40:

    > Hi Italo,
    > the change from 6.x to 7.0 happens together with the change from
    ODF 1.2
    > to ODF 1.3. If the decision it to keep this kind of numbering, I
    think a
    > change to 8.0 should happen when LibreOffice starts support for
    ODF 1.4.
    > ODF 1.4 will hopefully be released end of 2024.
    > Kind regards,
    > Regina
    > Italo Vignoli schrieb am 27.03.2023 um 19:11:
    > > 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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