SUSE Partners with Collabora to Deliver Commercial LibreOffice Support

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SUSE® and Collabora Productivity
("Collabora") today announced a partnership to deliver maintenance and
support to SUSE's LibreOffice customers. Under terms of the agreement,
Collabora will begin supporting commercial versions of LibreOffice - a
comprehensive, professional-quality productivity suite - ensuring
continuity of support for enterprise customers and open source
LibreOffice development.

SUSE customers with active LibreOffice subscriptions will continue to
receive maintenance and support from SUSE until their subscriptions
expire. New LibreOffice customers, as well as SUSE customers who renew
their LibreOffice subscriptions, may elect to receive maintenance and
support directly from Collabora.

"In transitioning LibreOffice support to Collabora, SUSE is ensuring
continuity of excellent support for its customers and providing for
ongoing investment from Collabora into LibreOffice," said Nils
Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE. "This transition will
allow SUSE to focus on our core Linux and cloud infrastructure
businesses, while helping LibreOffice continue its trajectory of growth
and usefulness."

LibreOffice is a community-driven project of the not-for-profit
organization The Document Foundation. In addition to providing
commercial support for LibreOffice, Collabora is joining The Document
Foundation's advisory board alongside SUSE and will assume a more active
role in the project.

Philippe Kalaf, CEO of Collabora, said, "Collabora believes Free
Software holds great promise in the office suite market, and we look forward to providing supported LibreOffice releases across Windows, Mac and Linux to both existing and new LibreOffice customers worldwide. We will naturally extend our proven consultancy portfolio to include
feature development for LibreOffice."

To ensure continuity of service to enterprise customers and to help with ongoing community support for the LibreOffice project, key SUSE developers working on LibreOffice are joining Collabora, forming its new
Productivity division. For more information on Collabora's LibreOffice support, including pricing, visit www.collabora.com/services/libreoffice <http://www.collabora.com/services/libreoffice>.

"As a strong supporter from the very first day, SUSE has contributed so much to get LibreOffice standing on its own feet," said Florian Effenberger, chairman of the board of The Document Foundation. "We are
truly grateful for all they have contributed, and we are excited to have Collabora join our advisory board and see what great heights the team will reach in the future."

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