I wonder what made the foundation’s decision makers come up with “business users come this way” idea?
I’m talking about the download page. And the “ecosystem” partners (eco meaning commercial)
The point appears to be sourcing out the “support” functionality to commercial partners / “eco” partners.
Then, if a business company using Libreoffice want “safety”, they might elevate to "business users’ altitude… and start paying those “eco” partners… who hopefully donate to Libreoffice on symbiotic basis…
And they, the business users, will also get custom functions, and other nice things, which normal Libreoffice users won’t.
The problem with this is obvious:
one can’t go in two directions at one time
Apparently, the result is going to be that Libreoffice users will acknowledge that they are only the “free for ever” plan’s subscribers, accepting the limitations, starting with the lack of support, and accepting that they’re not getting “all” but some.
Funny, that I’m still writing this on a page at ask.libreoffice.org … a community page which works and gives great – and a great amount of help – for much more people than just who ask !!
This is the opposite direction to the “business users come this way” direction.
= = = = my question:
Shouldn’t Libreoffice be FREE, and equally FREE as in free beer, free Coke, as well as free access, for individual users and business users too?
Shouldn’t Libreoffice, the foundation (what a nice term!) stay away from commercial partnerships?
and yes, I am aware that Linuix Mint, for example, do advertise business partners who sell computers with Linux Mint installed on them…
not to mention that unlike Debian or Libreoffice, Linux Mint has a dot com website…
and I’m also aware that Ardour, for example, doesn’t give support and the latest version to everybody but to financial subscribers only…
I mean, Libreoffice is still in an especially GOOD standing in terms of non-commerciality, too
*** thank you for developing Libreoffice * * *