Dear board members,
I ask you to remove the label "Personal Edition" and related texts from
LibreOffice version 7.0.
All terms similar to "personal", "individual" or "private" are bad.
Whether LibreOffice will find a strong distribution depends not on the
actual license, but on the first impression about the allowed usage.
Expressions such as "personal", "individual" or "private" exclude use in
the field of education, for associations and non-profit organizations
and for small businesses. Especially in this area it can be assumed that
there is no deeper knowledge about licenses. Here the text when starting
the software is crucial.
The term "edition" alone is not the problem, but the composition as
"Personal Edition". To distinguish this version of LibreOffice from
other versions, it should not be divided into "personal" and
"non-personal", which is not allowed by the statutes.
The versions of LibreOffice are always complete, but are provided by
various partners. It is the task of each partner to communicate to his
prospective customers the added value of not simply taking the version
of TDF and installing it. I know that such a large software project can
only last if paid developers work on it. But supporting these partners
by giving the impression of providing a restricted version is the wrong way.
I do not like that this label was introduced in a beta version three
weeks before the release. I would have preferred it if you had called
the community to come up with ideas.
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