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I was asked to send a DVD to Them this morning.  I told Them that it
would cost too much and it did not have their native language in the DVD
since it was meant for a different region of the world.  I made sure
they knew where to download the spoftware and linked to the "choose
language" page.

On 10/07/2013 03:50 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Dear Sir
It's free.  

However, an extra advantage of using OpenSource software is that organisations can re-invest some 
of those savings into having more control of the work that goes into the product.  

Some examples;  
*  If a university created a new, possibly part-time, employment position such as "Community 
Development Officer" then that person could work with professors, lecturers, teachers to enable 
students to work on real-world projects rather than just relying on learning purely theoretical 
    *  Students learning "English as a foreign language" could tackle small sections of the 
various guides to translate into their own language.  Alternatively their homework or classwork 
projects might be to work on video tutorials;  reading or creating scripts, capturing video 
    *  Students learning business studies or sales and marketing might be encouraged to work 
together to appear at a trade-show or conference to promote or inform people about the advantages 
of LibreOffice and OpenSource in general.  It might involve creating or adapting marketing 
materials, own-language Dvds.  
    *  Students in computer sciences might learn C++ or Python faster if they are given "Easy 
hacks" or if the university finds something specific they want coded.  For example, see the grey 
borders around most programs?  In LibreOffice they can be themed to look more interesting.  The 
university crest could be shown there on machines inside the university and students might want 
to show that off at home or other places too.  

*  Organisations, such as Universities, sometimes find they use software in an unusual way and 
want to have more control over the coding work, or they find a bug-report that they feel is 
urgent but no-one else is really affected by it.  With proprietary software, such as MS Office, 
they are stuck.  With OpenSource software, such as LibreOffice, they could employ someone locally 
or a local company to work on a specific problem.  By permanently employing, probably part-time, 
a developer they have more control over the issues that get worked on.  

Many organisations employ people to work on different aspects of LibreOffice.  Often it is to 
work on the programs coding directly as "developers".  For example Redhat employee developers and 
donate a lot of their time to LibreOffice as a whole but when Redhat need something specific done 
they can rely on that getting done.  Of course openSuSE benefits from the work of Redhat 
employees but their employees are also working on it so Redhat benefits from the work done by 
openSuSE employees too.  There are a lot of companies, universities, even government departments 
in various countries who work on LibreOffice together in this way.  

So, while LibreOffice is free the more important thing about it is that the University can have 
more control over it than they could have over proprietary alternatives.  

By the way this mailing list is really meant for User Support / Technical Support and not really 
for sales.  Also the general public use this list to help people with any question they might 
have about LibreOffice.  So none of the opinions (or even facts quoted) on this mailing list are 
necessarily reflecting the views of "The Document Foundation" or the views of anyone officially 
working on LibreOffice.  You might even spot one or 2 sulky individuals trying to undermine 
LibreOffice and OpenSource in general.  However, we try to solve most things here and if we can't 
solve it then we can usually "sign-post" people to the correct mailing lists or sources of 
information.  In your case you might want to talk to our marketing team
Subscribe to them in the same way you subscribed to the Users List.  Once you have done that it 
might be wise to unsubscribe from the Users List because this list is very high-traffic.  

For large scale "migrations" from MS Office to LibreOffice please can i recommend you get in 
contact with our marketing team but also please get in contact with the "Free Software 
Foundation".  Preferably get them to give you a regular advisor (it's probably a free service or 
if they do charge it should be well worth it).  

The general advice is usually to keep the existing versions of MS Office but install LibreOffice 
alongside it so that people can choose which they want to work with.  Newer machines and 
refurbishments can increasingly focus on just LibreOffice.  

There is no reason to get rid of old versions of MS Office to start with.  Microsoft like to try 
to push people into getting rid of their existing versions in order to force people to use 
unfamiliar tools.  If those unfamiliar tools are non-MS then there is usually a strong push to 
spend loads of money buying the newer version of MS Office but again that is so unfamiliar to 
people that they need retraining.  Microsoft makes quite a lot of money from certifying trainers 
to be qualified to retrain users in the use of their newer products.  So, the better option is to 
keep the existing versions of MS Office and gently encourage people to get more and more familiar 
with LibreOffice/OpenOffice but allow them to use the existing MS Office to meet tight deadlines 
until they begin to find it is actually easier for them to meet those deadlines with LibreOffice. 

So the quick answer is that LibreOffice is free but you might choose to reinvest some of the 
savings in order to get even more value out of it.    
Regards from 
Tom Davies

----- Original Message -----
From: Kumar <>
Sent: Monday, 7 October 2013, 2:43
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Libre Office Multilingual software

Dear Sales , 

Please email us the pricing for Libre Office Multilingual software . This is
required by one of the University in Malaysia. 

Looking forward to hear from you . 

Thank you very much 

Best Regards,


Sales Manager 

Analytical Solutions Division



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