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Re: [steering-discuss] Fw: [libreoffice-users] Steam Distribution Inquiry

Hi :)

Their first mail suggested they are developing an "app store" presumably 
expanding from 'just' games.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Charles-H. Schulz <>
Sent: Fri, 24 June, 2011 16:20:18
Subject: Re: [steering-discuss] Fw: [libreoffice-users] Steam Distribution 

Wait, I said I'm contacting this person :-)


Le Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:12:05 +0200,
Jonathan Aquilina <> a écrit :

I find this very interesting indeed as steam is a game distribution 
company. Do you know if they are interested in using it internally?
or they plan on providing it to end users in the form of a mirror?

On 6/24/11 5:04 PM, Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
Thanks Tom. We're going to contact him.


Le Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:46:00 +0100 (BST),
Tom Davies<>  a écrit :

Hi :)
The users list got an unusual email from a fairly vast organisation
that is primarily a vast distribution network.

A couple of people pointed them towards the marketing list but i
think there are other issues that might require a dialogue with the
Steering Committee and/or BoD and/or the Advisory Board.

I have included my verbose response to their initial enquiry but
please skip that and focus on their request at the bottom of this
email.  Two other people responded before me with RTFM type answers
pointing them towards Marketing.  I think we need to be more
prepared next time but it's not really something that is easy to
prepare for as it is unlikely to happen again.

Regards from
Tom :)

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Tom Davies<>
Sent: Fri, 24 June, 2011 10:51:58
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Steam Distribution Inquiry

Hi :)

I think the main people you need to contact are the Steering
General discussions about other aspects of TDF are on a separate
but the steering discuss is the more useful list for your needs i

LibreOffice is released under copyleft agreements so you don't
really need to even ask permission to copy and distribute.  There
are a few caveats of course. The original source code must be made
available to anyone that wants it.

If you want to mirror the TDF download sites then this list might
be helpful for a quick result

Further Detail
If you make a profit then it would be best to give a percentage or
just an amount of that back to TDF.  Steam personel can modify the
code but licensing and maintaining the result is tricky unless you
choose the same copyleft agreement as the original.  Many
organisations put resources (time, personnel, whatever) into TDF to
develop code, documentation, translations and so on to get some
control over which issues are addressed in those areas.  This will
happen more although the individual volunteers base also grows
rapidly and everyone is treated equally within TDF as it is a
meritocracy.  Some organisations such as Google, RedHat, Novell and
so on have put people on an advisory board that advises the
Steering Committee and the Board of Directors.  Steam could become
a full member at that level but it costs a bit and i am not sure
about the details.  Again  that is an issue for the Steering

Side Issues
If you want to create Dvds to distribute then there are various
'localised' versions available.  I think the North American,
German, Spanish, possibly Brazilian 'localised' versions are
already available but you could have people join in to help
develop those or others.  The marketting list is useful for that
and things such as the international magazine (developed
originally by the Brazilian Team) As other people have
already stated that might be a good place to deal with most of the
issues you asked about.  Personally i think Steam are large enough
to have issues that the Steering Committee might  be more helpful

Perhaps join the websites list to find out about whether TDF have
torrenting set-up.

If you would like to develop a UI, perhaps as an "add-on" (we call
them "Extensions") then the Design Team might be interested and
might be keen to help with the work

As you can see there are a lot of groups working at different
aspects and it just depends how quickly you want Steam to
integrate into those areas to maximise their usefulness to Steam.
For a fast result i would talk to the Mirrors group and then also
join the Steering group list for discussions about expanding the
potential  for Steam.

Good luck and regards from
Tom Davies

From: Mark Richardson<>
To: ""<>
Sent: Thu, 23 June, 2011 18:27:13
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Steam Distribution Inquiry


We would like to discuss distributing LibreOffice through our
worldwide digital platform, Steam.  We are a leader in video game
distribution and service.  We are launching an application store in
October and would like to include LibreOffice.  You can  find us at

We are a worldwide distributor with 30 million customers, in 22
languages, 21 localized payment forms and 3 currencies.

Let me know when you might have a chance to discuss.

Mark Richardson<>

Charles-H. Schulz
Membre du Comité exécutif
The Document Foundation.

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