Due to draft and development work in the area of branding and product naming, some speculation, in particular related to the “Personal Edition” tag shown in a LibreOffice 7.0 RC (Release Candidate), has started on several communication channels. So let us, as The Document Foundation’s Board of Directors, please provide further clarifications:
1. None of the changes being evaluated will affect the license, the availability, the permitted uses and/or the functionality. LibreOffice will always be free software and nothing is changing for end users, developers and Community members.
Basically, The Document Foundation intends to offer – through partners – professional paid-for support for LibreOffice to enterprise customers, and hence the tentative name to differentiate the LibreOffice we all know from the supported one.
The fact that LO is free, in binary form, is the reason half of the companies that use it, use it.
Trying to brand as “not for business use” (which is what this boils down to) will lose them that support, in favour of a few bucks in temporary corporate funding (which will dry up as the popularity drops)
So, how long till it forks, again?