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On Fri, 2 Mar 2012, Andreas Säger wrote:

Am 02.03.2012 01:49, Dag Wieers wrote:
 Why are you so defensive ?

 Open Source thrives on people that are interested in a certain subject,
 and one of those subjects could be improving the PPT import and export
 filters. Even if you personally are not affected by such improvements,
 why would you go against any such progress ? Why can users that
 experience a problem not report this to the benefit for those who would
 like to see this fixed ?

 Why are you concerned with what other people are willing to spend their
 free time (or maybe even paid time) on ?

 It's one thing to have a personal preference over what *other* people
 do, it's a completely different subject if one is being condescending to
 users who have different expectations or use-cases than yourself.

OK, can open source make my car fly and swim if I only wish hard enough?

What does flying/swimming cars have to do with improving the existing PPT import and export filter ?

There are limitations in software development just like there are limitations in the physical technology.

I am not denying there are limitations, but I refuse to believe we have come to the point we have reached any such limitation.

MS has the big truck and refuses to carry the comparatively small ODF payload. Instead they do nothing and watch how "we" spend a lot of time struggling with their huge payload on a comparatively small truck. Finally, LibreOffice 5 will be an alternative OOXML suite with ODF as legacy file format to be dropped in version 6.

It's a fallacy to think that the number of developers in LibreOffice is a constant, and that the only way to improve (what you deem) important is to focus. The success of Open Source is that it enables people to get involved in what interests *them*, and your reaction, both in style and body, actively demotivates people to get involved in anything other than what *you* think is important.

If more people engage (and you seem to be afraid of having _new_ people become engaged in areas you are not interested in) we enlarge the development community, or at least make it easier to track known issues and potential improvements.

I don't know what you are afraid of, but fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate...

-- dag wieers,,
-- dagit linux solutions,,

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