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On 21/11/2012 at 03:13, rost52 <> wrote:

Both aspects together is a chance for LibO and AOO. I am looking forward to
the announcement that  both teams tie up, slow down the development of new
features and substantially reduce the bugs.

This is very unlikely.

There are many political differences between both teams (check these two blogs: ) that will not simply go away. Wounded pride is 
not the best adviser.

Technical difference between both suites deepen. In LO 4.0.0 (scheduled for 
February 2013) they decided to break API backward compatibility. AOO 4.0 
(scheduled for first half of 2013, I believe) is said to have completely new 
UI, incorporated from IBM Lotus Symphony.

There are also licensing differences.

All sum up, contributing code to both LO and AOO is getting harder and harder. 
Both suites finally part ways and they probably will never unite again.

As I read LO new features announcements, I see that most of these are made 
with MSO compatibility in mind. Saying "LO devs should stop developing new 
features" sounds like "LO devs should stop caring about MSO compatibility", 
which is contrary to many users expectations.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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