The non-profit organization Document Foundation, which develops the LibreOffice suite of applications, has decided to start charging for one version of its software. This is a variant that is available for download in the Mac App Store for Apple computers.
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LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice and is offered free and open source under the Mozilla Public License Version 2.0. However, when implemented through the Apple Mac App Store, the developer decided to charge a fee of $ 8.99, according to the project website. This amount in the Document Foundation called “a convenience commission <..> which will be invested to support the development of the LibreOffice project”. The paid version, according to the developer, is best suited for “end users who want to get all desktop software through Apple’s proprietary sales channel”.
It is noted that the ability to download LibreOffice for macOS for free from the project website will remain, and this version is more complete – it includes Java. The Document Foundation reminded that the Apple store does not allow the placement of programs with dependencies, so the version from the Mac App Store for $ 8.99 will also be without Java.
Until recently, Collabora, an open source support service, also sold LibreOffice in the store, but offered to pay $10 for it and bundled support for three years. Document Foundation Marketing Representative Italo Vignoli thanked Collabora for their collaboration and explained the latest changes “new marketing strategy”.
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