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Hi :)
Sorry this is probably not the answer you want to hear!

It would be nice to know of a LibreOffice DVD Project in the Indian
area and other areas you mention, if there are any.  Most existing
projects (such as the German and North American ones) are built and
maintained by individuals or local-user groups on a voluntary basis.
None are built and maintained by TDF.  So it's not the case that TDF
are excluding such areas.

If you want a hand creating a Dvd Project then you might follow the
North American way of copying what one of the other teams do, adapting
it for your chosen area and getting advice and guidance from people
involved in the existing projects.  For the NA one it was all a long
drawn-out battle every step of the way but hopefully that struggle has
made it easier for other projects to get help and share ideas.

I'm still not sure if TDF allows any of it's servers to be used for
hosting it or if it's still all on volunteer's servers.  I gather it
is (at last!) listed on an official LibreOffice web-page but getting
it there was a struggle.  The NA one wanted to do other languages that
are often used in the US but it would kinda need people who do speak
those languages to get involved.  It's tooo much for 1 person even as
it is (although he is doing well with it).

For the areas mentioned you might be able to get some support from the
L10n mailing list where all the international translators coordinate
things.  It's a bit off-topic for them but you might find it the
fastest way to find like-minded people.

For the Pan-Indian one it might even be possible to get funding for it
from the Indian Government!  The Indian Government seems to be
investing in the future of their country's IT at the moment and is not
dedicated to spending money on a certain foreign company, to help the
foreign nation recover from the financial crises at the expense of
it's own country. Unlike the countries most of us live in!

Apparently the level of IT literacy is growing faster in India than
any other country and they already have a large number of extremely
skilled advanced IT people already.  It might be worth talking to
people from the "Spoken Tutorials" project to see if they could take
on the DVD Project themselves or whether they could help you apply for

Regards from
Tom :)

On 30 November 2013 06:19, M. Fioretti <> wrote:
On Thu, Nov 28, 2013 18:00:31 PM -0800, tk wrote:

And along those lines, is there still a person, or group that constructs:

* A Pan-Indian LibO DVD.  (LibO for the four major operating systems, in all of the official 
languaes, and most of the semi-official languages of India.);
*A Southern African DVD (LibO in the official languages of South
Africa, Namibia, Mocambique, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana,
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, for the four major operating systems.);
* The Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Russian compilation LibO DVD,
for the four major operating systems.;

Hi Jonathon, not sure what you mean here. Are you saying that there WERE such dvds, or that 
somebody SHOULD do them?

Many companies, especially charities, can buy MS Office for bargain
discount special deals.

Microsoft's hypocracy in offering discounts for their software to
charitable organizations has been well documented for more than a

True: all NGOs should avoid making a mess with those donations, as I
too wrote here:

Of course, answering to the earlier poster, not Jonathon:

Is it morally right for a charity to expect it's service-users to
spend so much more money than they need to and thus ensure the
charity can keep getting special discounts?

*Big* charities often have the problems that Jonathon said. Very small
organizations, instead, need to spend zero time/money on
maintaining/re-learning the software they have to use, because it
would be all resources subtracted to working in the streets with the
people they assist. That's why they stick to proprietary software in
general, not just MSO.


M. Fioretti         

Your own civil rights and the quality of your life heavily depend on how
software is used *around* you

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