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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: $21 million per day
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:33:05 GMT
On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM, RA Stehmann
<> wrote:
> Am 06.02.2013 14:43, schrieb Rob Weir:
>> Yes, yes, we're a non-profit organization.  We don't charge for Apache
>> OpenOffice.  We don't pay developers.    But we still do produce
>> something of value, and that value can be estimated.
>> People need office productivity software.  The main alternative to
>> OpenOffice is Microsoft Office, perhaps the "Home and Student"
>> edition.  The latest version (2013) sells for $139.99 on Amazon.  This
>> is for the downloadable version.
>> We have averaged 153K downloads per day of Apace OpenOffice over the
>> last week.  That is an average value to the public of $21.5 million
>> per day.  Or $7.833 billion (7.833 thousand million) per year.
>> To put that in perspective, here are comparable annual sales figures
>> for some familiar companies:
>> -- Campbell Soup Company:  $7.882 billion
>> -- Royal Caribbean Cruises:   $7.657 billion
>> -- Mastercard, Inc:                $7.391 billion
>> -- OfficeMax:                        $7.094 billion
>> So we're providing tremendous value to the public.  We should be proud
>> of what we've accomplished over the past decade.
>> Note:  We could certainly debate the exact value provided to users.
>> Determining what a user would do if they did not get AOO for free is
>> tricky.  But the logic above is similar to how the BSA estimates
>> losses to Microsoft from software piracy.  They assume that the person
>> who pirates Office would buy it if they did not pirate it.  So it
>> seems fair to use that same logic to estimate the value provided to
>> users by a legal free alternative like Apache OpenOffice.
> Freedom is far to expensive.
> (I think you have to multiply the download figures, because people have
> the really used right to share AOO and they have the right to install it
> on any number of computers.)

Of course, Microsoft also has multi-user and multi-PC licenses as
well, which sell at a discount to the price of a single-user license.
So it is not strictly a multiplication.  But it does make our value a
little greater.  We also have Base and Draw, so we have additional
applications than just Home and Business has, but we're not quite
Office Professional since we don't have Publisher.

But I think the numbers are a good rough estimate.


> Regards
> Michael

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