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From "Gavin McDonald" <ga...@16degrees.com.au>
Subject RE: Business models that will not work [was: Re: Can we update our migration status table?]
Date Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:51:02 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rob Weir [mailto:robweir@apache.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, 29 November 2011 10:15 PM
> To: ooo-dev@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Business models that will not work [was: Re: Can we update our
> migration status table?]
> 
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM, Pedro Giffuni <pfg@apache.org> wrote:
> > FWIW;
> >
> > I think a central site for hosting AOO extensions would be welcome. It
> > would be fine to have such a site sponsored by donations and web
> > publicity, and offering a share of technical support and commercial
> > extensions would be fine too.
> >
> 
> Compare, for example, Apache Maven with Sonatype's Maven Central.
> This is similar to AOO and Extensions.

I haven’t really read this thread, but I have a server here in AU if there really is
nowhere else to host this stuff. Are there any specs on what's required?

Or, shoot me if I got the wrong end of the stick.

(Happy to do the migration too if that’s needed)

Gav...

> 
> This is a good example also because it shows how to treat trademarks:
> 
> On the bottom of the page they say "Apache and Apache Maven are
> trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation. Maven Central is a service
> mark of Sonatype, Inc. Maven Central is intended to complement Apache
> Maven and should not be confused with Apache Maven. Copyright
> ©2011 Sonatype, Inc."
> 
> http://search.maven.org/
> 
> 
> > Pedro.
> >
> > --- On Mon, 11/28/11, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
> > ...
> >>
> >> Business models that might work, include:
> >>
> >> 1) Having a derivative of OpenOffice under a different name that
> >> distinguishes itself in some way that users value, and by building a
> >> unique brand name around these values, get traffic to your website,
> >> where you can then sell ads, ask for contributions, etc.
> >>
> >> 2) Having an independent company that is clearly distinguished from
> >> Apache and the AOO, that accepts donations or payment to add features
> >> or fix bugs in AOO.  Of course, one needs to be sensitive to the fact
> >> that you can never guarantee that a given feature will be accepted by
> >> other committers.
> >>
> >> 3) Deployment, migration services, customization, training, extension
> >> development for enterprise users of OpenOffice.
> >>
> >> Perhaps there are other good business models?
> >>
> >> -Rob
> >>


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