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From Martin Hollmichel <>
Subject Re: OOo Monetary Donations
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2011 05:57:41 GMT

time to introduce myself, I'm Martin Hollmichel, contributor to
StarOffice/ since 1994, member of the
Community Council (CC) until 2010 and also Chair of Team e.V.

We founded Team e.V. in 2003 to serve for the items
described for the items below. All the funds coming in was agreed to
spend under the guidelines of the CC (see
Until September 2010 the CC represents the community until
the TDF initiative started. Since the remaining CC was preparing the
"restart" of the Community the surprising move of Oracle happened and
Team in behalf of the CC also applied for driving Some of you might also remember the Team OOo was also
the initial holder of the trademark in the US.
Please understand that we are also got surprised by the announcement
last Wednesday and we are currently preparing our point of view in this
matter. Generally speaking we are still committed to work with all
related parties to initiate and continue the collaborative work on
offering our users a stable and useful product. I think the decision to
move the project from a "one main sponsor thing" to a "non-profit
entity" is a good one. Now we are all called to make the best of it,  


On 06/08/2011 11:31 PM, Dave Fisher wrote:
> I started looking around at the OOo website.
> I'm not sure if now is the time to bring this up, but at
there is a solicitation for funds via three processes.
> Here's what the page says:
>> Your donation will go directly towards helping this project. Some of the ways in
which your funds might be used include:
>> 	• Hiring independent developers to work with
>> 	• Paying for participation at trade shows and conferences.
>> 	• Paying for organization and staff at annual Conference, OOoCon.
>> 	• Marketing banners, collateral, CDs and brochures.
>> Please discuss the tax benefits of donating with your accountant.
>> You can make a donation to our primary treasury, Team, e.V. via PayPal
or credit card or use bank transfer.
>> Or, if you prefer to donate US dolars (USD) via credit card, cheque or money order,
you can use use Software In the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI), and simply identify the recipient
project,, where indicataed in the instructions SPI provides: SPI Donations
for . (SPI does not accept PayPal or wire transfers.)
> Clearly there ought to be changes to the page and process when/if the podling happens.
This is probably at the ASF Board level... certainly the "hiring developers" part doesn't
> Regards,
> Dave
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