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On 2020/11/10 11:35, Italo Vignoli wrote:

2) In my opinion, it has the potential to discourage several kinds of
contributions to LibreOffice by more or less advertising buying a
licensed enterprise version as the "only valid way" to use LibreOffice
inside an organization. While I believe that this may be the right
approach for many organizations, it excludes other kinds of
contributions that we should IMHO encourage, like e.g.:

On the contrary, the objective is to increase the different support
options by enterprises, the largest one being the purchase of a desktop
license providing added value vs the "free" version (Microsoft and
Google are selling subscriptions to services, where support is not even
mentioned as the "product is perfect as it is", which is what users do
believe, because this is what they are told).

For any organisation with more than 20 seats (^1), the desktop is dead,
unless the workgroup has very specific security requirements that are
_stringently_ enforced.

Yes, I know that still means roughly 80% of organisations are potential
desktop support purchasers. However, for the support vendors, how
profitable are licenses for one or two years, for less than 5 seats?

^1: 2010 US Department of Census claims 89.8% of the organisations in
the US have less than 20 employees. Business statistics in the European
Union, and British Commonwealth tends to be similar to that of the
United States.
2010 US Department of Census claims 17.2% firms have between 5 & 9
employees, and 62.1% firms have less than 5 employees. Kate Carnell
(_2019 Small Business Counts_ Australian Small Business and Family
Ombudsman 2019) claims 76.2% of Australian firms have less than 5 employees.


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