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Hi Mike,

Am 25.06.21 um 15:12 schrieb Mike Saunders:
Hi everyone,

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.

not only the consumption of power / CO2 pollution by using the software
is key, but also the ones that are used to work on / create the
software. TDF is using a lot of power (server farms or local) to work
and improve the software. Maybe TDF is also shipping hardware around to

But the LibreOffice users has always to download a complete build of
LibreOffice, once a new main or minor version was published (for
security or improvement reasons). This consume a lot of resources and
had an impact on the environment.

Thus there are this first steps of action, which came to my mind:
* contract only services, which run on green power (e.g. photovoltaic or
* try to calculate the consumption of non-green-power by the
contributors to the project and compensate
* build incremental updates for LibreOffice
* pay attention to the minimal requirements to run LibreOffice on a
machine (thus there is not the need to buy regularly new machines for
this purpose)


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