Saturday, July 4, 2020

Will LibreOffice 7.0 be only Personal Edition for individual use???

So... I was very surprised when I saw this in About dialog in LibreOffice (that screenshot was made in current master 7.1, but you can see the same in 7.0 RC1 version):
Look at LibreOffice logo with "Personal Edition" phrase, look at sidebar in Start Center with the same phrase and note to "The Personal edition is supported by volunteers and intended for individual use."
And what is mean? Where is any public announcement? They say it was in marketing mail list. How many people read that mail list? Five?
It means that I can't install LibreOffice 7.0 in any organization in Russia, because our controlling people will be see very simple to legality in this case: open the About dialog -> read that "intended for individual use" and LibreOffice logo with "Personal Edition" -> you can't use LibreOffice here! Nobody will check what say MPL 2.0 license about it or why TDF made it, they just point a finger at it and they will be right!
It will close for LibreOffice any education organizations like schools or colleges or universities.
I wont popularize LibreOffice for young people because they will never see LibreOffice in them schools.
I against these changes. Please revoke it!
ps: I had a suggestion about add into About dialog phrase like "You can use/install LibreOffice to any number of computers in any place (at home, organizations, etc.)" but they were against! See the bug report. And now they make own changes in to opposite side from free.


  1. Anonymous11:46 PM

    The key word in the phrase "The Personal edition is supported by volunteers and intended for individual use" is "intended". You may still use it in a corporate (or non-profit) environment. As written, it does not limit the use to individuals.
    I am just a LibreOffice user, so I do not know what the motivation TDF has to include this phrase. I speculate that they plan to have a "corporate edition" with paid support, whereas the "personal edition" has only community support.

    1. I'm just a LibreOffice user too, but I'm the TDF member also. And I don't know why TDF made it (and today I heared that some people from TDF were surprised as me) and why TDF didn't announce it public. But I know how it will look in Russia - just as I wrote in the post.

    2. Anonymous1:28 PM

      Paid support has always been offered by the commercial ecosystem. TDF will not offer paid support.

  2. Anonymous2:31 AM

    "The Personal edition is supported by volunteers and intended for individual use". Ok. Now, how can I explain anything if the officers of "Legit software" dept checks the computers, and my registered (own) laptop that I use at work? For the company its ok, they (maybe) gonna pay the license, but how about my (own) laptop registered? It will be for the "Enterprise"? Or it still remaining mine, but I can't use it further at work because of the "Personal" label? Greetings from Argentina.

    1. Anonymous8:10 PM

      Show them the licenses:

  3. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Apparently, some assholes try to monetize versions more "exclusive" than Personal edition... :(

  4. Another series of comments can be found here:
    In summary: I herewith call the ones distributing LibreOffice to label the new version as follows:
    Enterprise version with free community support. Personal use and distribution is free.

  5. It had been renamed "Community Edition" but now TDF announced that there won't be any branding of this kind in the upcoming 7.0 releases.


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