[ubuntu-art] LibreOffice project: request for contributors and mentoring

Boudhayan Gupta bg13.ina at gmail.com
Wed Nov 10 11:30:17 GMT 2010

Hi David,

On Wed, 2010-11-10 at 19:07 +0800, David Nelson wrote:
> Hi Boudhayan, :-)
> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 18:51, Boudhayan Gupta <bg13.ina at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The very name LibreOffice suggests that the office suite gives a lot
> > more about being free rather than make sure it works. Of course we want
> > a free office suite, but it also has to able to be used to type a
> > letter, or create a expense report.
> My personal experience is that it is a very high-quality product, and
> the project is very active. Upcoming 3.3 is likely to be the last
> version before big enhancements to the user interface. There's a lot
> of exciting work in progress and planned, with lots of opportunity for
> creativity and inventiveness... A great time to join the project as a
> contributor. ;-)

What I'm commenting on, is the first impression that a new user gets.
Although you can't judge a book by it's cover, most software is judged
by the name and packaging artwork. Off the top of my head, a name like,
say, PowerOffice makes a powerful impression, ElegantOffice makes an
elegant impression, but LibreOffice conveys the image of a bunch of open
source ideologists who cares about nothing other than licensing

> > But OTOH, I've tried out the 3.3 Betas of LO, and they sure rock.
> See what I mean? :-)

As I said, I had to make an effort to sideline my scepticism and
actually try it out, before seeing the goodness that it is.

That apart, the "big enhancements to the user interface" sounds
exciting, and the way that the project, or rather the foundation, has so
swiftly done so much make me want to be a part of the TDF community
ASAP :-)

Boudhayan Gupta

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