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On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 11:28 PM, Marc Paré <> wrote:
Le 2011-01-07 00:33, Carl Symons a écrit :

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 8:57 PM, drew<>  wrote:

On Thu, 2011-01-06 at 20:16 -0800, Carl Symons wrote:

On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM, drew<>  wrote:


If anyone has a quick idea of what text to put there - this is the text
for the LibreOffice listing at the SCALE 9x website - please do send it
to the list here. So otherwise to start it off how about:

"LibreOffice - The premier Free Open Source suite of office
applications. Available for MS Windows, Linux and Mac OSX"

Any other ideas?

"premier" feels a bit uncomfortable...too much hype or marketing
fluff. I think that the tagline stands fine without that anyway...the
Free Open Source suite of office applications. Underpromise,

Sounds about right.

MS seems extraneous...Available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Does
this open up an argument with the GNU/Linux supporters? I have never
heard a civilian/non-techie/real life user refer to GNU/Linux. They
say "Linux".

IMO Linux works, but yes I know what you refer to - It wouldn't bother
me to use the more verbose.

I don't want to offend anyone's philosophy; the reasoning behind
GNU/Linux terminology is understandable. However, I think that it
sounds clunky. It's not how the unwashed multitudes talk about Linux.
In this informal context, "Linux" is preferable (to me).

Also, just looking at the entry pages from last years show:
being an example, maybe I want to pull back on that less is more idea,
maybe not quite that much less.

That exhibitor description kinda goes overboard.

so - for a first paragraph then:

LibreOffice - A Free Open Source suite of office applications.
Available for Linux, Mac OSX and Windows.

<then something about the Document Foundation for paragraph 2>

(The TDF home page bullet points sum things up nicely.)

The Document Foundation, home of LIbreOffice, is an independent
self-governing meritocracy. It was created by leading members of the Community, building on years of dedicated work on that
project. The Foundation was created in the belief that the culture of
an independent Foundation brings out the best in contributors and
delivers the best software for users.

<List Modules or Standards compliance for the 3rd paragraph>

(Maybe a list of the applications comprising LibreOffice. Those three
pieces you suggest together tell a powerful story, and don't require
multiple readings to do so.)

LibreOffice applications are compatible with similar proprietary
products and include:
Writer - word processor
Calc - spreadsheet
Impress - presentations
Draw - graphics
Base - datebase frontend
Math - equation editor

Then maybe that is brief enough.


Brief is good. I don't think that people are going to read long
exhibit descriptions anyway. Not much description of LibreOffice is
needed for a lot of people beyond "It's OpenOffice--developed,
maintained and supported by a true open source community."

To me, one of the most important part of the blurb is for them to see the
website address. Let's not forget that adding in the "" will
lead some to go to the OpenOffice website by mistake. We should try to
minimise the chances of this happening. Maybe incorporate our URL a couple
of times in the blurb?


I apologize...didn't intend for the quoted bit to be THE description,
but rather as the concept that LUG people are relating to.

yes, the TDF and URLs should be prominent. Could we
get away with OpenOffice instead of I know that there
are legal issues around that, but I have never heard a person refer to
the suite with its "official"'s OpenOffice.

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