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It seems that IBM and the ASF are encouraging individuals from the LibreOffice world to sign on as 'Initial Committers' to their new project. I have a few thoughts on that. It seems that there is a gulf between where the Apache Software Foundation is and where we, as a community are. Bridging that may prove difficult, and the main stumbling block is non-copy-left licensing.
One thing that I think is clear, is that sticking together is more important now than ever before. While we are a young team of hackers I hope we're a friendly one, and have built some kindred spirit. We are not (to use Rob Weir's reply to Jeremy Allison) "something that will fall over in the next storm"). I would hate to see us divided which is a real risk. Consider a question you can ask a group of people, that seems reasonable: eg.
"Can everyone who was -not- bullied as a child, please raise their hand ?"
Unfortunately this, if acted upon, has the effect of isolating and identifying all those who sadly were, yet without their consent. The best course of action is to reject the question, and the second best is to not raise your hand.
Whatever we do, needs to be done together as a community. Perhaps you personally, have no concerns about licensing all of your code to corporations who have no intention to reciprocate, and who care nothing for working constructively (some with us with a track record to match). If so, can I ask you to consider your actions in the wider context: of the rest of the team you've enjoyed working alongside, particularly those who may not feel the same.
All of which is to say, I would strongly prefer to see either all of us as initial committers, or none at all, and that is a decision we need to make collectively; clearly I have a strong personal preference for the latter option.
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