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From Alexandro Colorado <>
Subject Re: OOo Monetary Donations
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2011 06:06:19 GMT
On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 12:57 AM, Martin Hollmichel <> wrote:

> Hi,
> time to introduce myself, I'm Martin Hollmichel, contributor to
> StarOffice/ since 1994, member of the
> Community Council (CC) until 2010 and also Chair of Team
> e.V.
> We founded Team e.V. in 2003 to serve for the items
> described for the items below. All the funds coming in was agreed to
> spend under the guidelines of the CC (see
> ).
> Until September 2010 the CC represents the community until
> the TDF initiative started. Since the remaining CC was preparing the
> "restart" of the Community the surprising move of Oracle happened and
> Team in behalf of the CC also applied for driving
> Some of you might also remember the Team OOo was also
> the initial holder of the trademark in the US.
> Please understand that we are also got surprised by the announcement
> last Wednesday and we are currently preparing our point of view in this
> matter. Generally speaking we are still committed to work with all
> related parties to initiate and continue the collaborative work on
> offering our users a stable and useful product. I think the decision to
> move the project from a "one main sponsor thing" to a "non-profit
> entity" is a good one. Now we are all called to make the best of it,

Hope not to initiate another round of intense emails. But my burning
question is: why the silence period?
There were a lot of things to move forward in but Team OOo never really got
a recognition on the lists or any stance on many of the discussions on the
Marketing lists, and other direction list.
I remember raising some concerns about that back in November but got
attacked for even daring to ask, so I didn't insist on questioning Team OOo
position in the matter.
Also fellow contributors have been asking for Team OOo about cerrtain
donation schees that didn't reach their initial goals.

> Martin
> On 06/08/2011 11:31 PM, Dave Fisher wrote:
> > I started looking around at the OOo website.
> >
> > I'm not sure if now is the time to bring this up, but at
> there is a solicitation for
> funds via three processes.
> >
> > Here's what the page says:
> >
> >> Your donation will go directly towards helping this project. Some of the
> ways in which your funds might be used include:
> >>      • Hiring independent developers to work with
> >>      • Paying for participation at trade shows and conferences.
> >>      • Paying for organization and staff at annual
> Conference, OOoCon.
> >>      • Marketing banners, collateral, CDs and brochures.
> >> Please discuss the tax benefits of donating with your accountant.
> >> You can make a donation to our primary treasury, Team,
> e.V. via PayPal or credit card or use bank transfer.
> >> Or, if you prefer to donate US dolars (USD) via credit card, cheque or
> money order, you can use use Software In the Public Interest, Inc. (SPI),
> and simply identify the recipient project,, where indicataed
> in the instructions SPI provides: SPI Donations for . (SPI
> does not accept PayPal or wire transfers.)
> >>
> > Clearly there ought to be changes to the page and process when/if the
> podling happens. This is probably at the ASF Board level... certainly the
> "hiring developers" part doesn't fit...
> >
> > Regards,
> > Dave
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*Alexandro Colorado*
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