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On Sat, Nov 09, 2013 21:25:19 PM +0200, Paul wrote:

Interesting article, and indeed it is true that the file format is
the most important aspect of the office suite debate, but I think
you are a little naive in your assumption that LO should stop doing
any other type of marketing.

Hi Paul,

please note that I specifically say "centered on “Open Formats
First”". Centered, not "only"

Firstly, the question of a truly open and compatible format *is*
used when discussing the problems with MSO. Secondly, we are so few,

these are the SAME answers that ruled the scene in 2001. My point is
to suggest that they have not been very effective. Or, at least, that
almost completely ignoring the file format issue in favour of these
approaches didn't work out so well.

Thirdly, while it is true that many people use word processors
incorrectly, due to not being educated about their use, this is not
relevant to the discussion of marketing LO.

I am not so sure, but never mind, the REAL issue is here:

open source software believes that everybody should be able to do
whatever they want. That's the very nature of Open Source: you have
the source, change it if you need to.

what I am trying to say is that sticking almost exclusively to THIS
party line for at least 12 years is EXACTLY what left that translator
with "keep using MS Office" as the only option. Whereas, if there had
been more insistence on the fact that a proprietary format is an idiot
thing no matter what, maybe today MS Office would handle ODF well
enough to not create problems to LO/AOO users.


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