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There is no need to downplay the LibreOffice (Community Edition) in order to lure the proposed 
enterprise edition. The sudden and unexpected additions in the development branch to the extent 
that 'you are using a Personal Edition which is intended for individual use' has, undoubtedly 
created commotion among the community.

LibreOffice was and is regarded as a Freedom Software and many volunteers and including the 
eco-system companies (I believe) have contributed the vast-majority of the code without any 
commercial/enterprise edition. The office suite has achieved great heights all these years.

It is purely a moral obligation on the individuals / non-individuals to give back to the community.

Even if it is only to lure the governments/commercial entities to sell the proposed LibreOffice 
Enterprise edition, I reiterate that there is no need to downplay the standard edition.

What will be 'special' and what will be the exclusive 'support', etc., in the proposed enterprise 
edition? Can the board clarify?

- Aravind Palla

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:04 PM, Michael Stahl <> wrote:

On 09.07.20 18:19, Andreas Mantke wrote:

and there are three reasons, why TDF is "Gemeinnützig":

-   der Volks- und Berufsbildung,
-   der Wissenschaft und Forschung, insbesondere auf dem Gebiet der

-   des bürgerschaftlichen Engagements zugunsten gemeinnütziger Zwecke.

(non binding English translation:

-   Public and professional education
-   Science and research, particularly in the field of computer science
-   Civic engagement for non-profit purposes)

There is nothing in this lines about the promotion of an ecosystem of
service providers (etc.).

i don't believe anybody is claiming that promotion of an ecosystem of
service providers should be a goal of TDF - what i understand is being
claimed is that it can be a good means, a tool to eventually help
reach the actual defined goals of TDF to a fuller extent, and the
proposed marketing plan is a way to increase the ... leverage(?) ... of
the means/tool.


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