LibreOffice, a spinoff of OpenOffice, has been free for a number of years. Libre, in itself, is a reference to free, but now it seems that they are lining up for a paid version. Not to fear, the licensing will allow for many to sitll use it for free, but the professional world, the offices, corporations, and so forth, will need to pay for an Enterprise edition. This is advance notice, not rumor, as they were caught off guard by people who found new code revealing some plans. July 15th will have more information.

The LibreOffice community has protested at the appearance of a “personal edition” label in the forthcoming version 7.0 of the hitherto free office suite, and the suggestion that paid-for enterprise editions are in the pipeline.

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