LibreOffice can be downloaded for free everywhere, but it will cost 8.99 euros if you do it from the App Store

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The LibreOffice office suite has been competing with Microsoft Office and online suites like Google Docs for years. Among its virtues was undoubtedly that of being a suite that could be downloaded, installed and used for free, but that change nowat least in one of its versions.

What happened. This Monday The Document Foundation (TDF), which manages this development, ad that would start charging 8.99 euros for the software in the version that is distributed in the App Store. This body ensures that this money represents “a convenience fee of 8.99 euros, which will be invested to support the development of the LibreOffice project.” Convenience, of course, because it’s convenient and comfortable for macOS users that that software is also distributed through the App Store.

Better dump it out. The curious thing is that LibreOffice is still just as Open Source and just as free in the rest of the scenarios. In fact, macOS users will still be able to download the software for their Macs, and in fact the version that is downloaded in those cases is even better because it includes the Java components that cannot be included in the App Store version. In Windows or Linux the versions will continue as before, available and free to use as well.

this is marketing. In The Document Foundation they assure that this is “an evolution with respect to the previous situation, which reflects the new marketing strategy of the project”. Organizations such as Collabora they offered Paid LibreOffice with three-year support for $10, but TDF has decided to offer this version to “educate organizations to support the FOSS project by choosing the version of LibreOffice that has been optimized for production deployments and is supported by professional services, and the community version generously supported by volunteers.

They know they will be criticized. The movement has raised suspicions, but the truth is that this software has license Mozilla Public License Version 2.0 doesn’t mean you can’t sell it and ask for money for it. Still the move is likely to be criticized by many, something TDF is prepared for by admitting that “we know that the positive effects of the change will take some time to become visible”.

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We are still without LibreOffice in the cloud. This office suite is still a very decent alternative for working locally, but it still can’t compete with cloud alternatives like Office 365 or, of course, Google Docs. at PTO they tried start a project led by Collabora and aimed at offering that option, but finally the effort was abandoned. Without this section the competition is difficult, but the truth is that updating the suite in its local version it’s constantand in fact among its latest improvements there is everything: for example, the klingon stand.

The LibreOffice office suite has been competing with Microsoft Office and online suites like Google Docs for years. Among its…

The LibreOffice office suite has been competing with Microsoft Office and online suites like Google Docs for years. Among its…

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