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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Open office
Date Mon, 09 Sep 2013 01:01:27 GMT
On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM, Al <> wrote:

>    I used Open Office for some time before I was contacted and informed
> that my trial period was up and I had a choice of several payment options
> to continue the use.  I see no where in all your advertising that this is
> brought to the subscribers attention while you are urging them to use Open
> Office.

Hello Al,

Apache OpenOffice is free.  No charge.  No subscription.  No renewal fee.
No trial period.  You download it and use it, forever.

The Apache Software Foundation is a non-profit organization.  We never sell
software.  Our charitable mission is to make open source software available
to the public for free.  That's what we do.

You might want to review the following blog post on some of the scams out

If you happen to remember where you downloaded your copy of OpenOffice from
(it was not from us) please share it with us at

And you are welcome to download the latest version of OpenOffice directly
from us at

You are right to be upset, but trust me when I say that this was not us.


Rob Weir, Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee

This is a very underhanded stunt as you well know; to allow users to build
> huge information units and then tell them to pay or go somewhere else, thus
> having to move and try to save all their information.
> Your song and dance is a very convincing act until the final curtain when
> you must pay to get out of the theatre.
> Al Banks

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