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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: How to make money with Apache OpenOffice (proposed blog post)
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:39:43 GMT
On Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 2:32 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton
<> wrote:
> +1 although I don't know what MS Office 2003 end-of-life has to do with it, particularly.

It is something we're seeing.  Organizations who purchased licenses
for Office 2003, and see support ending in April 2014.  They are
starting to explore their options now.  A large migration will take
this long.  So this is an opportunity for those who have products or
services in areas ranging from training, to migration, document
conversion, etc.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rob Weir []
> Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 10:36
> To:
> Subject: How to make money with Apache OpenOffice (proposed blog post)
> I'm wondering if anyone would be offended or object with a blog post
> along the lines of "How to make money with Apache OpenOffice"?
> I appreciate that Apache is a non-profit and that we do not pay for
> developers, etc.  But we are also commercially friendly, and our
> permissive license and focus on consumable source releases supports
> this.  One view is that this is good for the community, to encourage
> commercial interest in a product, since that leads to investment in
> the code, and investment leads to a larger, more diverse community.
> Yes, some will take and never give back.  But for many commercial
> ventures there are notable advantages to working with the community,
> having credibility and commit privileges, etc.  So it s a win-win, I
> think.
> The proposed blog post would cover a few business models, emphasize
> the opportunity brought on by the end of life of MS Office 2003, etc.
> If anyone is uncomfortable with this I can do it on my personal blog,
> of course.  But it is relevant to the AOO project, so I'd prefer to
> put it here.
> No rush to decide. I won't get to this for another week, at least.
> -Rob

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