8 Mar 2004 mrcsparker   » (Journeyer)

Had some great conversations via email on Friday with a couple of Free Software developers. One project I wanted to contribute code to did not want any outside code so the guy was really cool and said he wouldn't mind if I forked the project (yea, I know - fork bad). The other guy gave me updates on what he thought was wrong with a really big Free Software project from the inside. {} Not being specific here for a reason - for the first project I do not want to announce that I am forking because the project is excellent and I do not want to cause inner conflicts (but the code will be released under a different name). On the second topic, I would hate to skew anyone's opinion and the guy who had the complaints has not voiced all of them in public yet (though I think that he will).

In other news, I read Havoc Pennington's blog about choosing OpenOffic over GNOME Office and it was a bit depressing (http://log.ometer.com - 2004-03-06: Office suites). I am not a GNOME developers myself, but I thought that with things like bonobo having to pick a specific application as an office suite would not be necessary. I know that OpenOffice is not able to embed gnumeric or AbiWord documents, but I really hope this is where GNOME Office is eventually heading. While I am at it - where does bonobo fit in to the picture? From my days as a Windows developer, I really miss being able to easily embed one application into another - or use a component from one application in another.

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