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Culturally, 8 in Asia is a lucky number, signifying prosperity and blessing. It might hit a soft spot in the region, which is the world's largest market. I like the concept. It fits with the idea of Libre.

By the way, I'm new to the team -- just joined the other day electronically.


On 2023-03-28 02:20, Nigel Verity wrote:

The ability to run LibreOffice on just about every mainstream processor and OS strikes me as a major achievement which ought to be shouted from the hilltops. Debian does the same and is known as "The universal operating system". Perhaps LO should become known as "The universal office suite".

No other office suite comes close in that context. It surely warrants something better than a point release.

I like the concept of turning the number 8 on its side, though there would inevitably be comments about the concept of "infinity point one" when the subsequent release hits the streets..........


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From: Italo Vignoli <>
Sent: 27 March 2023 18:11
To: TDF Devs <>; TDF Marketing <>; TDF Design <>
Subject: [libreoffice-marketing] Moving to LibreOffice 8?

Moving to LibreOffice 8 (instead of 7.6) makes sense for marketing
purposes, as media is looking at LibreOffice as the real innovator in
the open source office suite market, and the feeling of journalists is
that we are forever stuck at 7.x.

We all know that the next version will not include any significant
innovation which can justify the change of version, apart from the new
build system for Windows and the availability of LibreOffice for Arm
processors on Windows (which has not been announced).

Playing with the number 8, which can be rotated 90° to become the
"infinite" symbol, we can frame the next version as LibreOffice for an
infinite number of users, as we cover all hardware platforms and all
operating systems for personal productivity.

This is my opinion. If the community wants to stick with 7.6, I won't
insist. I have received enough insults both public and private for the
marketing plan, and I am still receiving them from a few people, that I
am not willing to enter into that process again (even if the decision on
the "community" tag has not been mine, but it looks like people have a
very short memory).

Looking forward to your thoughts.
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