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Hi James, Danishka, all

James Walker schrieb:
On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 8:23 AM, Danishka Navin<>  wrote:

In my opinion I think that we should really leave it up to the individual
marketing teams to do this for their area.  It would be easier to manage
then the items sold could be better customized to their market.

you meant local communities will produce Tshirts and send their funds back
to TDF ?

I don't think it as a good solution, but it is the best solution if we are
not working for fund raising with Tshirts.

I don't think that it is necessary that all stores have to be led by TDF directly.

In my eyes local stores make sense by avoiding customs, reducing transport fees and delivery times.

Probably we (the community led by the Steering Committee) will have to define which way to go:

a) one centralized store

b) one central organization with different local stores

c) officially approved local stores (one for each region)

d) officially approved local stores (no restriction by region)
   like the distributor network on OOo

e) stores without direct connection to the community / TDF

With us having marketing broken down into regions, or languages, I think it
would be easier for each language group or marketing area to do there own
thing.  Just like there are places in the US that make the items and handle
shipping and everything else for you, I am sure there is in other countries
as well.  It would be really confusing I think to attempt a global store.

I also am not sure what selling stuff under TDF would do for the non-profit
aspect of the foundation.

What I see is the US/CAN marketing teams setting up a place and then
directing people to that site when they are out promoting LibreOffice.  Then
all the money that is generated from their store could go towards more
Marketing in the area.  I think seperating the funds like that would work
just fine.

I am going to end here for now, as I feel like I am rambling.

Not at all - this is a topic we should discuss and decide, at it is a good opportunity to raise money.

What I want to avoid is companies paying money to become the official LibO store - avoiding concurrent stores until the next one pays more money.

Even if this might bring us the most money, it might not be the best situation for our users / customers and doesn't fit to my understanding of free and open.

My preference is option d)

Stores have to ask permission to be mentioned on our website.

We provide officially approved designs for them to sell (or we accept their design proposals - under free license - as part of our official visual design)

They can add a button/banner "Officially approved LibreOffice store".

They donate a certain percentage to TDF.

Best regards



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