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New blog post:  First move advantage in chess, what does the data tell us?
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There is a nice review of Apache OpenOffice in the German computer magazine c't.   (We don't have this in the US, but it appears to be similar to our PC Magazine.)  Of course, it has the obligatory comparison with LibreOffice,  and after detailed analysis of the pros and cons of each the article concludes with:

"Thus, the advantages [of LibreOffice] are restricted to smaller modifications.  Fundamental innovations such as the Sidebar the developers have  only copied, from OpenOffice.  Because of this it makes no essential difference which of the two packages you use for everyday  tasks.  Ultimately the OpenOffice package wins, because its developers seem to add new features only when they are running reliably -  as you would expect from professional developers."

I tend to agree.  It comes down to quality, something I'm quite passionate about.  Although LibreOffice can (and does) copy code from Apache OpenOffice, as it is entitled to by the license, it can never copy the quality unless it copies the whole, since quality is holistic and is not something you will achieve by cherry picking individual files.  Quality comes from the totality of decisions that determine what is released.
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SUSE exits LibreOffice business, transfers maintenance and developers to India partner.  SUSE will focus on its core business, Linux infrastructure.
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+Simon Phipps  We will have to see if it picks up the market as nicely as Xamarin did ;) Good catch for comparison however!
 
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Latest blog post, a quick look at the relationships among OASIS Technical Committees through the lens of a membership similarity metric.
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I've seen similar analysis looking at political groups and their contributors.  But I have not seen this done with  standards committees before.
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Report from the AOO 4.0 Logo Poll.  See which logos scored the highest in our recent survey.
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Very interesting insights. Thank you for providing the data here.
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Latest blog post, looking back at the mailing list traffic for Apache OpenOffice for 2013.
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interesting and fun!
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Updated survey results showing the growth in OpenOffice brand recognition and product use.  #Apache #OpenOffice #opensource  
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This is a great, free extension for those using IBM Connections along with Apache OpenOffice.
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I see. Thanks.
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My second post looking at the Apache Software Foundation through the lens of Social Network Analysis.
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Apache OpenOffice 3.4 has reached the 40 million download mark.   How big is 40 million?  Read on to find out...
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No difference, really, although we could quibble for so long we would mutually alienate everyone else. Silly stuff.
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  • IBM
    STSM, 1995 - present
  • Lotus Development Corporation
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    Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1986 - 1991
  • Saugerties High School
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