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Rob Weir
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Thinking the unthinkable, pondering the imponderable, effing the ineffable and scruting the inscrutable
Thinking the unthinkable, pondering the imponderable, effing the ineffable and scruting the inscrutable

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Principle Component Analysis of openings used by World Chess Champions.

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New blog post:  First move advantage in chess, what does the data tell us?

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Latest blog post, looking back at the mailing list traffic for Apache OpenOffice for 2013.

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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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Updated survey results showing the growth in OpenOffice brand recognition and product use.  #Apache #OpenOffice #opensource  

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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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This is a great, free extension for those using IBM Connections along with Apache OpenOffice.

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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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My second post looking at the Apache Software Foundation through the lens of Social Network Analysis.

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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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