Thanks again for all of the help! I will file a feature request when I get time. Being the lead IT and IS guy in a small business keeps me busy...
On 01/06/2014 05:40 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :) You guys are over-complicating it. Just post a "feature request" via the bug-reporting system Similar problems occur in proprietary systems too but with less chance of reporting the problem. Also the bosses need to understand the problem and give it more attention than their golf handicap before bothering to do anything about it. If it doesn't affect profits then why spend money on fixing it? OpenSource allows anyone to get on with sorting out a fix without having to wait for the bosses to give the orders. Also although the organisational structure is largely non-hierarchical there are still ISO standards and other external rules to guide development, there are committees, working groups, team discussions and informal chats. At worst, development becomes more Darwinian with successful forks developing and taking the lead positions but getting inspired by other projects and even copying chunks of code from them. Look at how Ubuntu was in the number 1 slot at Distrowatch for years but now Mint has taken over. Mandrake evolved into Mandriva but then forked into Mageia and now Mageia is far higher than either of it's forebears managed. Regards from Tom :) On 6 January 2014 09:46, Peter West <email@example.com> wrote:Peter West "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?" On 6 Jan 2014, at 6:11 pm, James E Lang <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:This has been a most enlightening discussion. I am a big fan of open source software. That said, this discussion has shined a bright light on one of the most problematic areas of the concept. I might be totally off base here but as I view it, without a central management structure to _enforce_ standards two separate groups of developers may develop what appear to the end user as being similar related features that are inconsistent with each other. This results in unpleasant surprises for the end user.If there had been a central management structure to _enforce_ standards, there would be NO open source software, full stop. No linux, no OS X, no samba, no python, no MySql, no Open Office and no Libre Office, to mention but a few. The productivity of OSS development teams, imperfect as it is, cannot be matched by any structures designed for the management of software development. It is only matched by startups with small, committed teams and inspired technical leadership. Success and rapid increases in the scale of the development teams kills their productivity. Companies that have carved out a fantastically profitable niche can survive this transition, bit they can only retain a fraction of their original productivity. -- To unsubscribe e-mail to: email@example.com Problems? http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/how-to-unsubscribe/ Posting guidelines + more: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Netiquette List archive: http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/users/ All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted
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