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Re: [board-discuss] "Personal Edition" label of 7.0 rc


Hi everyone,

given this "Personal Edition" label is controversial (up to the point
where e.g. even community members mention they'll stop promoting or
contributing to LibreOffice), would it possibly make sense to remove
this from 7.0 and then take the time to reconsider and discuss what to
do in later versions (maybe even doing some kind of survey/community
vote after ideas have been collected)?

Just to mention it, there is also tdf#134486 [1] in Bugzilla mentioning
more aspects on the "Personal Edition" label, why it's seen as
problematic and also giving some suggestions on alternatives.


I personally like Mike Kaganski's idea from [2] to emphasize that
LibreOffice as provided by TDF is "intended for individuals and
organizations that do not need professional support...", i.e. the
primary difference in the TDF-provided as compared to the
"ecosystem-company-provided" edition is (lack of) professional support,
with all of its implications (like e.g. Service Level Agreements,
long-term support, more stability, new features).

In my personal opinion, most larger deployments involving "professional
use" will probably want to use an edition with (some kind of external
and/or internal) professional support, and it's fine to promote those,
but somewhat "actively discouraging" the use of the TDF version by the
"Personal" label (as it is being perceived) is not ideal.
In my opinion, it would also discourage the use of LibreOffice in
scenarios where a paid version is not (yet?) an option and thus
presumably diminish LibreOffice's overall use (and market share), which
will also make potential customers of paid LibreOffice editions less
eager to actually use LibreOffice (or a branded derivative) instead of
other products.

Kind regards,
Michael

[1] https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=134486
[2] https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=134486#c13

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