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I'm not advocating for lots of different software to be included in a
single binary download, that would likely be unrealistic.

What I am proposing is for those companies that are tied to Microsoft
office have a migration,  recommendation/best practice solution provided by
the greater FLOSS office desktop ecosystem.

Cross promotion of FLOSS software that serves a niche that LibreOffice
currently doesn't helps to support the whole of the ecosystem. As an
example Project Libre provides a compatible to Microsoft Project
application. I would like to see the Document Foundation talk about
solutions like this as complementary to LibreOffice. In that way you grow
both solutions and after time maybe there is some shared goals that can be
worked on together.

Kind regards

On Thu, 30 Dec 2021, 22:23 Ravi Dwivedi, <> wrote:

On 31/12/21 3:22 am, James Harking wrote:

 > A company will typically have many 'seats' that are purchased. They
will be
 > going to a single vendor that will provide the totality of their office
 > solution. There is a wealth of documentation on Microsoft Office/ 365
 > configuration. Support is typically easy to come by.
 > The integration of their products work very well together, and
 > there is inertia. If I intend to replace Microsoft I need to consider a
 > number of products with different support cycles, security patching,
so yes
 > there is the freedom component that LibreOffice clearly has.

Does it boil down to company not sharing our concerns of freedom? If
they don't think freedom is important, why will they switch to LibreOffice?

 > However the pragmatist in me says that this is not a great concern
for the
 > majority of users, not all clearly.

Right. So, the next thing is to emphasize these concerns for these users
and raise awareness. I admit it is difficult. And maybe nontechnical
aspects are what we are lacking. I think technically, Libreoffice is
very good. For a company who wants to use Libreoffice, they can spend
some money on developing features they want rather than paying Microsoft
a license fee. We are lacking in communication maybe more than technical
aspect, I think.

How do we communicate clearly on why LibreOffice stands out(for me, it
is freedom and interoperability)?

I think that the majority of these
 > users download and install LibreOffice because it is free (gratis) and
 > ultimately a good product and for the most part compatible with Word,
 > Excel
 > and PowerPoint.

I agree. I am thinking on how to change this situation. I do get success
in convincing some people every now and then.

I am thinking on going to schools and hanging posters of LibreOffice.
What are some other ways?

Ravi Dwivedi
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