[development] OpenOffice.org

Louis Suarez-Potts Louis.Suarez-Potts at Sun.COM
Thu May 15 03:38:41 UTC 2008


On 2008-05-14, at 23:27 , Larry Garfield wrote:

> There is a Google Summer of Code project to build a document  
> importer module
> for Drupal that can handle, among other formats, ODT.
> http://groups.drupal.org/node/10890

> While the student is not allowed to accept additional money beyond  
> what Google
> offers (I think), having access to ODT experts is something I can  
> only think
> is a good thing.

Quite. And certainly a supporting community can help. I cannot  
allocate resources at OOo but can certainly invite students and others  
to the relevant lists and introduce people; and can also see if there  
is sufficiently strong interest within Sun (my employer and OOo's  
primary contributor and sponsor) to act on a Drupal integration. But  
much of the effort would really have to come from our communities, no?

> On Wednesday 14 May 2008, Louis Suarez-Potts wrote:
>> [This is a re-send of a message I sent originally to the
>> infrastructure list.]
>> Hello all!
>> Allow me to introduce myself: I'm the community manager of
>> OpenOffice.org, a role I've held for the last 7.5 years. My interest
>> here is to see if there is interest in developing an OpenDocument
>> Format filter for Drupal or (better yet) some ways of integrating or
>> at least linking OOo to Drupal. The reason? Lots, including both
>> public and private enterprises, want a CMS + productivity suite (such
>> as OOo) combo. Drupal has huge market share and is flourishing; so
>> does and is OOo.
>> How is integration imagined? It could be close or it could be even
>> something as simple as an extension. We have now many extensions, and
>> there is no reason why everything has to be a single package--this is
>> the Internet age, not the isolated desktop age.
>> If people are interested, let's talk. My guess is that an obstacle to
>> good intentions is reality: shortage of resources. But I also am
>> relentlessly optimistic and hopeful, and believe if we can present a
>> good case then companies may want to allocate those resources, which
>> is to say, people and money.
>> Ciao,
>> Louis
>> --
>> Louis Suarez-Potts, PhD
>> Community Manager, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
>> OpenOffice.org
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