I'll definitely second Casey's comment in that it's a pleasure to have you on the L8X forum. I should also begin by clarifying that the wording in the FAQ isn't intended as a criticism of Docvert -- in fact, quite the opposite: much of the easy-to-use aspect of Lemon8-XML comes from building upon the incredible work you've done with Docvert.
As I'm sure you're familiar, the difficult aspect relates to the overall process of getting OpenOffice installed and configured on a server -- in many cases, remotely, and often headless without X11 available. You've certainly made a lot of it easier with a number of features in Docvert (eg. testing macro instantiation, providing suexec/sudo scripts, xvfb integration) and that has certainly lowered the barrier for many people. Unfortunately for others, much of our user base is extremely non-technical, and working in very restrictive environments; often shell access is a luxury, and installing libraries is impossible. There will also always be some cases where people will need to do run-time OO instantiation instead of using UNO (ie. with limited, shared server resources), and infinite permutations of platform issues.
That being said, I remain committed to Docvert as the best approach out there for making this kind of served-based document conversion possible. Your excellent documentation and tireless improvement of the software make it a natural partner tool for L8X, and if you've made it easier with the PyUNO approach, so much the better. We're releasing the L8X public beta this week -- the first time we've made the source code available (and, mea culpa, long overdue) -- so, we'll be sure to gather feedback on Docvert-L8X integration, as well as any issues people may have with installing Docvert for themselves. If there's anything we can identify that will make L8X or Docvert easier to use, let's be sure to keep in touch.
On this last note, do feel free to email me directly any time (my address is available at http://pkp.sfu.ca/people
). Once again, great to hear from you, and I'm looking forward to trying out the new Docvert 3.4 release.
MJ (L8X Lead Developer)