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[board-discuss] Board statements to the 7.0 rc "Personal Edition" label


Dear LibreOffice Community, supporters and friends,

Thanks to the hard work put in by many individual and ecosystem
contributors, working together as a team in different fields, such as
development, QA, design, marketing, localisation, release engineering,
infrastructure, just to mention some, in a few weeks’ time we will be
welcoming our LibreOffice 7.0 milestone.

At the same time, we are discussing our vision for the next five years,
with a starting point being marketing and branding. See our marketing
and board-discuss mailing lists.

Due to draft and development work in the area of branding and product
naming, some speculations, in particular related to the “Personal
Edition” tag shown in a LibreOffice 7.0 RC, have started on several
communication channels. So let us, as TDF Board of Directors, please
provide further clarifications:

    1. None of the changes being evaluated will affect the license, the
availability, the permitted uses and/or the functionalities. LibreOffice
will always be free software and nothing is changing for end users,
developers and Community members.

    2. Due to the short time frame we are working with the tagline
appeared on the RC and we apologise if this caused some of you to think
we unilaterally implemented the change. Rest assured that the
consultation with the Community is still ongoing.

    3. This "Personal Edition" tag line is part of a wider 5 years
marketing plan we are preparing and it has the purpose of
differentiating the current, free and community supported LibreOffice
from a LibreOffice Enterprise set of products and services provided by
the members of our ecosystem. The marketing plan is still under
development and discussion so we are eager to receive and evaluate your
feedback!

    4. Any feedback (in an appropriate way) to our marketing plan is
welcome.  There are several ways to send feedback to the Board of
Directors: the most preferred way is to subscribe to the "board-discuss"
mailing lists (e-mail to
board-discuss+subscribe@documentfoundation.org), in which many of the
discussions will take place in public and be archived
(https://listarchives.documentfoundation.org/www/board-discuss/).
Besides the mailing list, we have a regular time slot (around 10-15
minutes maximum) in our Board meeting public section
(https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/TDF/BoD_Meetings), for which we
welcome all the Community members to join and raise their questions. The
Board meetings are held every two weeks and are announced in a timely
fashion on the board-discuss mailing list.

    5. We are strongly opposed to any form of harassment, on any medium.
Feedback itself is not an harassment, but personal attacks are.  Please
stay focused on the objective and be polite in your conversations!

    6. The team of editors for the marketing plan is weighting all the
input, as it is important to get the feedback to define a clear strategy
supported by the entire Community. We encourage everybody to support the
Board, the marketing team and the Community working out the details;
certainly we don’t want to make any decisions that is backed only by a
small minority.

    7. This is a complex decision involving many overlapping concerns.
We encourage people to read the detailed background slide-deck that
Italo has produced at
https://nextcloud.documentfoundation.org/s/jzryGw7XDkJadmo so that they
can contribute to the current state of the discussion.

Apologies again if misunderstandings arose! We would very much
appreciate your feedback and support!


Best Regards,
From all of The Document Foundation Board members


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