At that time, a number of LibreOffice developers moved from the Germany-based Linux company SUSE and became staff of Collabora.
"At least that's what motivates me; I spend a good chunk of my time trying to get the economics and business side right to create a virtuous circle of increasing investment into the LibreOffice code," he told iTWire.
"In terms of updates; we've made a (modest) profit in our first two years of working on LibreOffice, and we're growing as a company and in our upstream contributions."
Said Meeks: "We sell long-term maintenance and Level 3 support services around our own distributions of LibreOffice - which are branded Collabora Office, Collabora CloudSuite and GovOffice. The latter has five years of support and a slower release cadence to suit the government market. So much like a RedHat model.
"Buying support and maintenance enables people not only to get a great service, and peace of mind in case anything goes wrong, but also helps to fund our very significant investment in terms of code contributed to LibreOffice, for example around a third of commits in the last year."
Statistics show that Collabora made 6210 commits in the last year, Red Hat Linux 7541 and volunteers 4968.
Referring to the latest development, of offering LibreOffice in the cloud, Meeks said: "CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition) is a development release so that people can easily get stuck in and play with this great combination of LibreOffice Online and ownCloud inside a GNU/Linux VM. The hope is to get more people excited about the possibilities here and enable them to contribute easily."
"Clearly Collabora has no plans to host this ourselves, or provide any Google Docs style service. We provide a key piece of software for our partners."
Looking ahead, Meeks said Collabora was enthusiastic to be working with ownCloud around building a combined commercial offering for support & services here - two great FLOSS companies working together is always good news. We should have more to announce early next year."
LibreOffice is a fork of the OpenOffice.org office suite which was owned by Sun Microsystems and became part of Oracle when the latter bought Sun early in 2010. The project was forked in September 2010 when the original developers realised that it was going nowhere under Oracle's stewardship.