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On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 2:27 AM, Marc Paré <> wrote:

Le 2010-12-30 20:23, drew a écrit :


The subject no one wants to have to deal with - money.

Early on there was talk about forming a legal entity in the US to
promote LibreOffice - I was asked to not pursue that discussion and in
the mailing list I said it would be best to table the discussion.

IMO the time to pick it up from the table is upon us.

A quick review of the mailing lists and I would say there is maybe 14
active folks from the US - not a lot, but enough.

Quite simply, there is no reason from anything I can see to expect any
real funding coming from TDF. Which begs the question - Where from then?

I would ask those on the list here to review the site
and ask questions about it if need be - what I propose is the formation
of a _similar_ organization in the US, or I should say, to be precise,
that it is a good point to see if this fits in with the desires of
others and if so, to begin discussing how to make it happen.


Thanks much


I would support a funding model for the US group. I believe this could help
foster more corporate/member support as well as participation. This seems to
be the nature of the US market, very much as BrOOffice.

Not sure if this is the right time to do it though. IMO, I think it would
be more important to work on US membership first. This would establish a
larger hierarchical meritocratic group. There would then be a larger natural
establishment of roles in the group. Maybe after this go for a funding


I am ... Canadian

I believe now is a good time to start on a US Non-Profit, or some other way
of funding, I was thinking of some sort of web store that we can sell some
Items with LibreOffice on them.  Several people have expressed interest in
LibO shirts and possibly TDF articles as well.  I think we could do that.

When i return to work on Monday and have some time to look into some things
I will do so.

Does anyone have any ideas for this

 One way I was thinking was also to sell CDs and DVDs with the software, but
I am not sure I want to take on that.  Also I believe that Dave Johnson is
way ahead of the curve on sittine up DVD distrobution, and if he plans on
donating back to the project, I think it would be best to just let him
run with it.

James Walker

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