[tdf-discuss] Re: Paid Developers
Hi Ian et al
Le 2011-05-13 15:07, Ian Lynch a écrit :
As a side note -- Dev's interested in the "networking", "connectivity" of
LibreOffice would also need access to a network "lab" of computers to
expand/trouble-shoot network related issues. LibreOffice could maybe
establish regional headquarters where it would fund labs where devs could
physically work on networking issues. Research and development funds could
be raised with this purpose in mind.
All of this takes resources so its a bit of a Catch 22.
Well, not really a Catch 22. We are the opensource company trying to
market our software. So, as we have quite a large user base (at one
point there was talk that 100 million users using OOo), we should be
able to fundraise enough to fund such projects.
I think it's all a matter of choices and strategy. The TDF/LibreOffice
should devote part of its fundraising funds to establish corporate
headquarters somewhere and use their offices or a network lab as testing
facilities for networked LibreOffice install/use.
We need to offer a solid product that is easily installed over a network
of computers as well as assure that updates are done with the least
amount of disturbances and ease. Incremental updates are best done
rather than deleting/replacing the whole product.
School districts/boards should be considered in the same way we would
view large corporations. In most cases, school districts have to deal
with hundreds of networked computers. Office suites are
installed/updated remotely over the network. This is where LibreOffice,
if interested in penetrating the educational/academic circles, needs to
work on. Our devs would then need access to a lab of networked computers
to test LibreOffice network-ability.
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