LibreOffice Wants Businesses To Pay Up

The folks behind LibreOffice are tired of businesses using the community edition of the free Office Suite intended for home use.

We told you yesterday about the new features added to the free LibreOffice 7.1. (Click here to read that tip.)

However, the developers of the open-source software called out businesses for choosing to use the free version of the software.

Instead, LibreOffice encourages businesses to work their partners who offer paid version of the software with long-term support options, professional assistance, custom features and other benefits. Among those businesses:

  • Collabora – Collabora Office, Collabora Online
  • CIB – LibreOffice powered by CIB, LibreOffice Online powered by CIB
  • Adfinis SyGroup – Enterprise-level support

In a statement, the developers said, “Despite this recommendation, an increasing number of enterprises have chosen the version supported by volunteers over the version optimized for their needs. This has had a twofold negative consequence for the project: a poor use of volunteers’ time, as they have to spend their time to solve problems for businesses that provide nothing in return to the community, and a net loss for ecosystem companies.”

They said this also slows development for new features for business and home users alike.

They encouraged businesses and schools to head over to their business site to learn more:

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