[olug] Anyone use IBM Lotus Symphony?

Thomas D. Williamson twilliam at inebraska.com
Sat Feb 2 02:16:33 UTC 2013

I took a look at the marketing video and this looks like a development  
targeted to the Chinese market, possibly to reduce the impact of MS  
Office being used illegally at a high rate there. I wonder if there is  
still a connection between IBM and Lenovo, making this the way to  
provide a legal means to have an office suite installed on  
domestically sold products.


Quoting "T. J. Brumfield" <enderandrew at gmail.com>:

> I haven't looked at it in a long time, but the original Open Office 1
> release was a more much liberal license. So IBM forked that into a closed
> source project. Sadly, their closed source project ended up with a much
> nicer UI, but all the improvements that have occurred in the GPL version of
> Open Office/Libre Office over the years couldn't simply be moved over the
> closed source Lotus Symphony.
> They became two very different code-bases over the years. Now IBM is
> donating Lotus Symphony into the Apache Foundation, where it can merge back
> into Open Office.
> But sadly, that project is also now different from Libre Office.
> I'd love to see some of the Lotus Symphony UI elements make their way into
> Libre Office, but time will tell.
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Shannon <ridgid at gmail.com> wrote:
>> looks like is just rebranded openoffice.org
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