Michael Meeks wrote:
There are a number of larger deployments that buy the gratis message, then they fall over an increasing number of small annoyances that cumulatively drive them away over the years. It's not a good model for the project to promote, it results in unhappy users, a bad experience of the brand, and starves product development.
Quite. There's been some good points being made from all sides of the argument; but this one here needs stressing: there is _negative_ net value to LibreOffice (and the ecosystem), to sell it as basically a zero-cost alternative to MS Office. Merely pushing up numbers of users is not a goal in and of itself, as we need people being happy & served well with our software. I know people here are aware of it (some of you have even tried to rescue projects which started like that - at great personal cost sometimes), but our product marketing to this date apparently still does not convey the message clearly enough. The discussion we're having is basically about how to change that. TDF, in my humble opinion, was not founded to 'sell a zero-cost office suite' - the collective motivation & mission statement would be IMO much better served by marketing an experience - 'LibreOffice the community'. That will likely involve distributing the bits of the compiled program, but only as a means to an end, not as the sole purpose. As such, I find the label 'LibreOffice Community Edition' quite suitable. Cheers, -- Thorsten
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