Recently were introduced, the OOMouse...


...and the Magic Mouse. Both tools are developed to browse the ones and zeros more easily.

It almost seems unfair to compare them, so I won't. But what I would like to compare instead is both companies' mission statements:

Open Office: Our mission statement is to create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

Apple: Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

The first reads in one word: "community" (building and sharing together). The second reads: "ego" (look how good I am). Now look again at their mices.

The point: we would indicate "the developer" to be responsible for the choices he/she makes. But that's just the thing with commercial products; there never is one developer. Both products are developed in teams (designers, product engineers, programmers,..) and both teams are solving the same problem.

People work inside a company, a system (= a set of interacting or interdependent entities forming an integrated whole). Therefore we can read: systems create products. If two comparable systems can solve the same problem with very different outcome, they must be fueled with something else. So what makes the difference in the nature of commercial products? We cannot produce without it, because we can feel and compare it: Vision!

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  • @Clochix No, that's not what the article states. The OOMouse was developed by a team that has "worked closely with experts from the http://OpenOffice.org User Experience project to deliver the full benefits of the world's leading open-source office software to the fingertips of users". [end quote John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead at http://OpenOffice.org] The OOMouse blog further states, I quote: "The “OpenOffice Mouse” demonstrated at the Community’s Conference on 4th November will be produced by WarMouse, an independent company with no business relationship with either the http://OpenOffice.org Community, or with Sun Microsystems, the owner of the http://OpenOffice.org trademark". - The community has nothing to do with its development, other than being (passively) involved through the User Experience project.

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  • Are you sure the OOMouse is developed by the Open Office community ?

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