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On Saturday 06 Nov 2010 07:42:48 David Nelson wrote:
Hi, :-)

I think it's a pity that TDF isn't planning to work up a revenue
stream like paid technical support, in a Canonical style... I would
have imagined it could maybe win over more enterprise users, notably,
and could help finance the costs of running the project (which
voluntary contributions are currently not meeting, apparently). It
would be interesting to know why, if someone wanted to take time out
to explain... 0.2 cents.

Simple business, TDF is a non profit.  If it invoices for services it becomes 
a profit making enterprise which then opens a whole pile of tax issues and 
other legal compliances in a number of jurisdictions.     

Also to establish a world wide support network would cost money that the 
foundation doesn't have.  However local enterprises building business off the 
back of the foundation's products and then contributing a small percentage of 
profit as a donation is a business model that can grow worldwide


Graham Lauder, MarCon (Marketing Contact) NZ Migration and training Consultant.

INGOTs Assessor Trainer
(International Grades in Open Technologies)

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