A couple of weeks ago, I had an interesting discussion with someone
doing research in the field of "digital sustainability". This is quite a
broad topic and there are many aspects to it, but it made me think about
how LibreOffice fits into all this.
Here are some things he mentioned that make up "digital sustainability",
and my thoughts about LibreOffice:
1) Environmental -- Obviously, we don't ship physical products (apart
from merchandise) so we don't have a direct CO2 impact. But our software
uses electricity, of course, and with an estimated 200M+ users around
the world, more efficient software is better for power consumption.
2) Technical -- How sustainable is LibreOffice from a technical
viewpoint? As it's free and open source software, that's a major
advantage, in that anyone can continue work on it. But other aspects
belong to "technical sustainability" -- documentation, security,
3) Social -- These aspects cover the sustainability of the community
around LibreOffice, and the userbase. We know that many native language
projects work really well, independently, without needing lots of
support from TDF (although we're always happy to provide it). But are we
reaching out to enough people? Who should we be reaching out to?
Those are just my thoughts on some of these topics, and it'd be
interesting to hear others. Maybe there are other things that fall under
"sustainability" in relation to LibreOffice that I haven't listed here.
If we identify things we're doing right, and areas where we can do more,
this can be good for general promotion and advocacy of LibreOffice. Not
in the "look how great we are" sense -- but as a way to get more people
on board, and make them feel like they're contributing to something
beyond "just an office suite".
Let me know what you think!
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