Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

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Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby Archie Medes » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:24 pm

Welcome beginner. Please answer all of the questions below which may provide information necessary to answer your question.
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Which version of OpenOffice.org are you using? not using it yet - a prospective user
What Operating System (version) are you using? will use at home on MS Windows Vista
What is your question or comment? I have noted that one site charges for an Open office download. (OpenOffice.org-Suite.com) The charge is £5.97 per year for three years, or £8.87per year for one year, or £1.27 per month. Is this an official site? If so, why does it charge? is the software on this site more extensive or better in any way?
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Re: Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:28 pm

They can do it. Perhaps they sell that with a support included.
See these other threads about same topic.
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Re: Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby Villeroy » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:36 pm

What is the site you are referring to? The product is named "OpenOffice.org" and the official site is -- guess what? http://www.openoffice.org
It is perfectly legal and intended to earn money with free software. However, there are too many half-criminals who offer no additional value other than a "download ticket" with an obscure "club membership".
If you need professional support and some non-free extras then you may consider to purchase the commercial version named StarOffice from Sun Microsystems http://www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/index.jsp
Please, edit this topic's initial post and add "[Solved]" to the subject line if your problem has been solved.
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Re: Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby dougcu1 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:30 pm

I also was charged not by OpenOffice.org but by a website I found after doing a Google search.
It is OpenOffice.org-Suite.com. It came up first, even before OpenOffice.org in Google. So, like a fool I paid too. Actually, they tricked me.
I am not sure if there is any way to stop that kind of thing; If there is, I will be glad to hear it.
I like Open Office Writer itself.
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Re: Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:19 am

dougcu1 wrote:I am not sure if there is any way to stop that kind of thing.

I am sure that there is not.
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Re: Why do some sites charge for Open Office?

Postby dougcu1 » Fri Jun 06, 2008 5:07 pm

If those people who are making $$ from selling simple downloads of Open Office get enough people angry I think they will be found out, or if not then at least scared off!
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