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Would someone please explain where the money is coming from to fund
LibO? Where is it expected to come from in the future, assuming Oracle
will not join?

There are a few possibilities. One is the certification project that we
are currently working on. (Actually I have been working on it now for
several years and we have all the infrastructure needed in place) We can
apply for EU grants to get it going as did ECDL. They are making enough
money to fund 10 times more developers than Sun or Oracle ever did. Then
there is merchandising and other fund raising plus the usual volunteers.
This also assumes that none of the other corporates help and currently
some are employing contributing developers.

If we can get out of the mindset of dependency on Oracle I think we have
the possibility of raising more money than was ever available before and
spending it more democratically and independently. The speed and extent
will depend on community support.

Errm. I was looking for something a little more definitive than "There are a few possibilities". LibreOffice represents a major change of direction in the "free office suite" market. If, as looks increasingly likely, Oracle will not back it then the entire community must decide which path to follow. When I say "entire community" I explicitly include the users. Everyone, but possibly especially the user community, needs to be reassured as far as is possible that if they commit to LibreOffice they will be moving to a viable product and not just a flash in the pan which will die from lack of funds in six months or a year. For individual, private users the impact can be readily borne even though it would be a pain in the neck to switch again in a few months time. But for institutions, on which the success of the project depends, it would be a fairly major catastrophe.

Harold Fuchs
London, England

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