The Document Foundation, the organization that tends to the open source productivity suite LibreOffice, has decided to start charging for one version of the software.
LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice and is offered under Free/Open Source Mozilla Public License Version 2.0.
Monday message From the Document Foundation reveals that the Foundation will start charging €8.99 for the software – but only when sold via Apple’s Mac App Store.
This amount has been defined as an “appropriate fee … that will be invested to support the development of the LibreOffice project.”
The organization suggests that paying in the Mac App Store is ideal for “end users who want to get all of their desktop software from the Apple-owned sales channel.”
Free downloads of LibreOffice for macOS from the organization’s website will still be available and arguably better than the App Store offer, as this version will include Java. The organization argued that Apple does not allow dependency on its store, so it cannot include Java in the €8.99 offer.
The version now on sale in the App Store replaces Collabora’s earlier offering of open source support, which paid $10 for the “vanilla” version of the collection and threw in three years of support.
The organization’s chief marketing officer, Italo Vignoli, thanked Collabora for her past efforts and explained the change as a “new marketing strategy.”
“The Document Foundation focuses on the community version release, while ecosystem companies focus on long-term value-added supported versions targeting businesses,” Vignoli explained. “This distinction is intended to educate organizations to support the FOSS project by choosing a version of LibreOffice that is optimized for production deployment and backed by professional services, not the community version generously supported by volunteers.”
“The goal is to better meet the needs of individual and enterprise users,” Vignoli added, before acknowledging “we know that the positive effects of change will not be visible for some time.”
“Educating organizations about free and open source software is not a trivial task and we are just beginning our journey in that direction,” he wrote.
This is a slightly odd statement, given the massive adoption of Linux and open source databases in the enterprise, and the massive market share of the open source Chromium browser engine in Chrome and Edge browsers. Mozilla’s open source Firefox can also be found in many works.
However, the market for desktop productivity tools is still pretty much dominated by special offerings like the Microsoft Office suite and its associated cloud services, with Google workspaces cruising around the edges and new market entrants occasionally trying their hand at the market — as beloved web graphics Canva announced two weeks ago. .
Of these, 55 million were downloaded within the United States, followed by 44 million from France and another 34 million from Germany. Only 4.75 million were for the Linux version of the suite – well below the 298 million downloads for Windows.
LibreOfice is a very good suite, but it lacks the cloudy links offered by Microsoft and Google.
This omission is intentional. Document Foundation has advanced A browser-based version of the suite but decided not to develop it to be a full-fledged competitor to Office or Workspaces.
Doing so “requires the selection and integration of other technologies needed for deployment – file sharing, authentication, load balancing, etc.
But the foundation is open to others who create such a service. “The task is thus left to major publishers, ISPs, and providers of open source cloud solutions, and there are many options already available in the market. TDF welcomes the public offering of LibreOffice Online by another charitable organization.” ®