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You are free to use any database that works for you and connect a Base
document to it. If Base is too simplistic and underdeveloped you are free to
connect some other frontend to your database (I use to recommend MS Access
as perfect desktop frontend for free databases). Databases do exist. They
are ubiquitous online and behind your desktop. There are plenty of tools and
database professionals. Professionals earn their living with software tools
which are not availlable for free. It is not the duty of this project to
provide a full featured environment for database developers. Anything beyond
simple mail merge connections is a gift. 
Yes, I agree in that most parts of Base can and should be removed. Drop all
wizards and drop the embedded database. Drop the odb document type. Nobody
understands the odb document with no data in it but connected to something.
Keep the connectivity and simple input forms. Restore stand-alone Writer
reports as in OOo 1. Dumb down this office suite. And while you're in it:
Drop StarBasic.
Even pure read-only access with no input forms would be much better than the
unfinished and misleading crap that had been added to OOo2. With pure
read-only access, I had to replace my office forms with some browser based
stuff. So what?

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