In this case the forum is a web based user support site: http://user.services.openoffice.org
June 2nd - little update here, the page is up and active, for a couple weeks now.
'Forums' - I would never of thought it could be such a contentious subject?
In the end this story is simply about opening, adding, a page to a web site running a simple bulletin board style help system, that's all.
In practice it wound it's way through hundreds of emails, IMs and other asundry communications channels, electronic and otherwise.
Meanwhile - just finished reading this arctile, highlighting the uncertainty of the situation(s) with OO.o, Novell, ODF. Parts of this article, statements about TDF's ability to hire developers for instance, I find personally amusing given that only a few weeks ago I was reading emails/blogs on the virtues of creating this legal foundation in a locale where, once filed, changes to the basic structure could not be made! - then again that, filing, that hasn't happened yet has it?
Moving along - This above article, after a few clicks get's one to the on the ground report from Provo UT. A town with which I have no small experience.
It is also hard to not miss the contrast between the employment laws of Germany and the USA - in Provo out, means bye. So I read this later story to mean primarily that the active parts of Novell are going to be Suse and that means a shift of engineering out of the US..oh well.
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