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Make Notes/Domino free for companies with under 10 or 20 or even 50 users

with no support by default,  but with the option to purchase support & maintenance.  Only IBM has the numbers to gauge the cost of this but it has to be a fraction of yearly income from Notes. However it would have the potential to:
- Entice more customers/people into the Notes eco system
- Grow the number of people who understand admin and app dev in Notes
   (a larger no of smaller customers will likely yield more of these people, who become DIY'ers due to cost)
- These people become available to be hired by larger customers, who face a shortage of supply
- Retain/grow business partners, who can offer run your business suites of apps and affordable bespoke apps

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    Guest commented
    03 Aug 23:01

    It would be interesting to know whether companies this size opt for GSuite because of the lack of alternatives.

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    05 Aug 20:21

    Yes, allow small companies to buy the first 10 express licenses for 1 EUR per user (without support) if they pass a short online education.  This should be easy to handle via a sales play so 

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    13 Aug 20:32

    or older versions (2 version back)

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    16 Aug 10:47

    There should be a free Community Edition version, in order to boost the Notes/Domino ecosystem (e.g. Domino Docker-based applications).

    Profit could be made with support contracts, additional features, partner services and a Notes App store.

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    20 Aug 10:12

    I don't think free (as in beer) has worked well with IBM software in the past as it is a for profit company. Domino licenses are inexpensive especially if you use custom apps and don't put it on the Internet (public website).
    I work for a company with 35 employees. There is a lot of discussion around Notes and Domino in our company but licensing cost has never been an issue for the last 10 years.

    There are third party add-ons for Notes and Domino that cost a furtune more than IBM software maintenance.

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    22 Aug 12:19

    @20th August.

    But if you do put it on the Internet for (say) occasional use by a few of many customers accessing a web page, then a small 20 user company like ours has to pay £15,000 for a Domino Utility Server lic. Which is quite a lot of money for a small company. AFAIK

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    28 Aug 23:14

    I agree this is a similar post to the free student / educational license. I've already commented on this under that request. This is similar to the Canonical Ubuntu model. The client is free, support from Canonical or a business partner is a paid subscription. This is a good idea, too. Most people will go for the free and then finally bite for an issue they cannot easily get the solution from a web search.

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    06 Sep 19:39

    Even if you have to pay for it at CA$219 up front per user license and the 20% support/year costs, it is a LOT less than a set of MS Office 365 / MS SharePoint / Exchange enterprise licenses plus all the hardware you need, plus Domino runs on RHEL very happily - don't need Windows servers...and Red Hat keeps server software up to date almost painlessly (not to mention Linux just keeps on running...!)

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    05 Oct 08:49

    I totally agree.  Only way to be back on the market is to create a good base of users / customers, that can check how powerful is and how easily can add value to their business, without having to buy an additional server for database,  add LDAP,  security,  apps engine, etc......    Customer prefers to install MongoDB Community Edition, a free LDAP Server, and a Node.js engine because they have not fees, and is easy to do (just a click away).  If you give them all of that free,  for small business (less than 100 users), they base of people knowning domino will increase,   and we will be able to introduce our products on other areas later on.