The Document Foundation, the organization that tends the open source productivity suite LibreOffice, has decided to start charging for one version of the software. The Register reports: LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice and is offered under the free/open source Mozilla Public License Version 2.0. A Monday missive from the Document Foundation reveals the org will begin charging 8.99 euros for the software — but only when sold via Apple’s Mac App Store. That sum has been styled a “convenience fee … which will be invested to support development of the LibreOffice project.”

The foundation suggests paying up in the Mac App Store is ideal for “end users who want to get all of their desktop software from Apple’s proprietary sales channel.” Free downloads of LibreOffice for macOS from the foundation’s site will remain available and arguably be superior to the App Store offering, because that version will include Java.

   

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