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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject How to make money with Apache OpenOffice (proposed blog post)
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:36:12 GMT
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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