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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Business models that will not work [was: Re: Can we update our migration status table?]
Date Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:15:19 GMT
On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM, Pedro Giffuni <> wrote:
> I think a central site for hosting AOO extensions would be
> welcome. It would be fine to have such a site sponsored
> by donations and web publicity, and offering a share of
> technical support and commercial extensions would be
> fine too.

Compare, for example, Apache Maven with Sonatype's Maven Central.
This is similar to AOO and Extensions.

This is a good example also because it shows how to treat trademarks:

On the bottom of the page they say "Apache and Apache Maven are
trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation. Maven Central is a
service mark of Sonatype, Inc. Maven Central is intended to complement
Apache Maven and should not be confused with Apache Maven. Copyright
©2011 Sonatype, Inc."

> Pedro.
> --- On Mon, 11/28/11, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> ...
>> Business models that might work, include:
>> 1) Having a derivative of OpenOffice under a different name
>> that
>> distinguishes itself in some way that users value, and by
>> building a
>> unique brand name around these values, get traffic to your
>> website,
>> where you can then sell ads, ask for contributions, etc.
>> 2) Having an independent company that is clearly
>> distinguished from
>> Apache and the AOO, that accepts donations or payment to
>> add features
>> or fix bugs in AOO.  Of course, one needs to be
>> sensitive to the fact
>> that you can never guarantee that a given feature will be
>> accepted by
>> other committers.
>> 3) Deployment, migration services, customization, training,
>> extension
>> development for enterprise users of OpenOffice.
>> Perhaps there are other good business models?
>> -Rob

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