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Proposta para a área das comunidades no FISL17

3 de Junho de 2016, 21:59, por Vitorio Furusho - 0sem comentários ainda

Proposta para a área das comunidades no FISL17

Nome da comunidade/projeto/entidade/grupo:

Comunidade LibreOffice Brasil.

Estimativa do número pessoas movimentando as atividades no espaço do grupo na Área das Comunidades:

2 pessoas.

Conteúdos/informações que demonstram contribuições do grupo em questão:

Organização e/ou participação de eventos sobre LibreOffice: FLISOL, Software Freedom Day, Document Freedom Day, FISL, Latinoware, Consegi, Encontro Catarinense LibreOffice, Encontro Nacional LibreOffice, LibreOffice Conference, Circuito Curitibano de Software Livre, Fórum de Tecnologia de Software Livre - Curitiba, Palestras de LibreOffice nas Universidades.

Proposta de atividades/ações no espaço da Área das Comunidade:

Distribuição de panfletos sobre LibreOffice, adesivos da comunidade, sorteio de camisetas da comunidade.

Como contribuirão com o install fest, ou seja, que projetos de software livre vinculados à sua comunidade eles podem ajudar a instalar:

Instalação de LibreOffice.

Contribuição para atividades que ajudem a movimentar o FISL, ou seja, integração com os visistantes:

Conversar com o pessoal para incentivar a criação de grupos locais de LibreOffice que possam reunir pessoas de vários outros grupos para principalmente organizar eventos de LibreOffice.

Lightning talks (18 minutos) que o grupo poderá promover na Área das Comunidades:

As ações da Comunidade LibreOffice Brasil para promover o LibreOffice em nível nacional e regional.

Deixar claro como convidarão as pessoas:

As pessoas serão convidadas por meio de postagens na Lista de Discussão do grupo, e nos perfis das rede sociais como Twitter  e Página no Facebook, Grupo do Facebook.

Links para as páginas e listas principais do projeto em que a comunidade/grupo faz parte, bem com a(s) lista(s) do próprio grupo:

Informar se enviou uma proposta de Encontro Comunitário no FISL (via a chamada de trabalhos):

Não foi enviado.

Indicar de 2 a 4 coordenadores do grupo na Área das Comunidades (nome e e-mail de cada um):

Informar outras atividades: hackathon, workshop, install-party, festa de lançamento, aniversário da comunidade, mesa redonda, URC etc.

Por enquando não foi planejado.



LibreOffice 4.2.1 já está Disponível

20 de Fevereiro de 2014, 10:59, por Henderson Matsuura Sanches

Berlim, 20 de fevereiro de 2014 - A The Document Foundation anuncia o LibreOffice 4.2.1, três semanas após a disponibilidade do LibreOffice 4.2. A primeira versão menor - com base em um ciclo mais curto do que o esperado - resolve mais de 100 problemas, introduzidas pelo maior do que o habitual refatoração de código do LibreOffice 4.2.
 
Em decorrência da gigantesca refatoração do código Calc para acomodar processamento numérico de alto desempenho por placa gráficas (GPU), a Document Foundation decidiu antecipar de uma semana o lançamento da versão 4.2.1. Esta versão corrige uma centena de bugs que foram reportados na versão 4.2.0 desde seu lançamento há menos de tres semanas quando atingiu uma base muito maior de usuários daquela que normalmente se atinge nas versões preparatórias.

Graças ao enorme retorno para nosso controle de qualidade, foi possível rapidamente consertar os bugs que não foram detectados, e foi o motivo da decisão de antecipar as correções em respeito a nossos usuários.

LibreOffice 4.2.1 está disponível  para download no seguinte link: http://pt-br.libreoffice.org/baixe-ja/



TDF releases White Paper to help migrations to LibreOffice

27 de Março de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Berlin, March 27, 2013 – The Document Foundation releases a white paper to help organizations migrate to LibreOffice. Published on Document Freedom Day, the text explains how governments and enterprises can leverage Free Software to lower their IT expenditures and get rid of proprietary software lock-in.
The white paper can be accessed from here: LibreOffice Migration White Paper (of course, it is a Hybrid PDf document, which can be edited with LibreOffice).
According to the white paper, migrations to Free Software – and especially to LibreOffice – should follow a carefully crafted change management process, which needs to handle not only the technical aspects, which are actually the easiest ones to cope with, but also the barriers met when breaking long-term working habits.
LibreOffice liberates the users from proprietary document formats by adopting natively ODF (Open Document Format), which is the standard document format recognized by the largest number of organizations and supported by the largest number of desktop software (including Microsoft Office).
In addition, LibreOffice offers the largest set of import filters for proprietary document formats (including Microsoft Office, Publisher, Visio and Works, plus Corel Draw, Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPro, Quattro Pro and WordPerfect), and thus protects user investments in legacy applications, while providing a migration path to ODF.
Last but not least, LibreOffice templates are using only free fonts available on every OS which can be installed independently from any software package and thus foster interoperability between GNU/Linux, MacOS and Windows users as documents maintain their original layout on every platform.
LibreOffice is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to maintain the infrastructure, and support events and marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at a global and local level.



Impress Remote for Android: video and how-to instructions

20 de Março de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Impress Remote for Android is one of the coolest features introduced by LibreOffice 4.0. With version 4.0.1, it is compatible with every platform – Linux, MacOS and Windows – and works like a charm.

In order to install and operate the Impress Remote you must first download it from Google Play on your Android smartphone, and then follow a simple procedure, which is described in this wiki page and also in this video:

If you like the Impress Remote for Android, please remember that The Document Foundation is a not for profit entity which lives thanks to the work of many volunteers, but also thanks to donations, which support infrastructure, marketing and community development.




The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0.1

6 de Março de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Impress Remote for Android now available on every platform

Berlin, March 6, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.0.1, for Windows, MacOS and Linux, the first release after the successful launch of LibreOffice 4.0 in early February, which has yielded rates of entirely new client IP addresses requesting updates each day over the 100,000 mark (they were just 25,000 one year ago).

LibreOffice Impress Remote is now available for all platforms – Linux, MacOS and Windows – from Google Play. How to instructions are available on the wiki.

The new release is a step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.0. For enterprise adoptions, though, The Document Foundation suggests the more solid and stable LibreOffice 3.6.5, backed by certified level 3 support engineers.

The Documentation team has also released the guide “Getting Started with LibreOffice 4.0″, which is available in PDF and ODF formats from the website and as a printed book from Lulu.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation – infrastructure, marketing, community development – with a donation. There is a donation page with many options including PayPal and credit cards.

LibreOffice 4.0.1 is available for immediate download from the website. Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the extension repository.

The change logs are available from the wiki: changes in RC1 (4.0.1.1) and changes in RC2 (4.0.1.2).




Interview of Naruhiko Ogasawara, a localizer from Japan

21 de Fevereiro de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

LibreOffice can only exist since people are working on it: so please, tell us a bit about yourself.402282_464389833584422_1344809811_n

I’m a member of LibreOffice Japanese Team; working in the backyard of Japanese community. Driving translation, reporting bugs instead of people who can’t use English and attending FLOSS events in Japan.

In the team, my main task is translation of LibreOffice UI, and sometimes Wiki pages, and I’m one of the administrator of Pootle Japanese group. And now I have lots of interest about outreaching (I’ll talk about it later). It might be a special, I’m a “printer” guy. I have strong interest about the future of printing; not only print something from desktop application (e.g. LibreOffice), but also using mobile device, from cloud service, etc. In the future I want to get involved about printing related enhancement of LibreOffice.

In what other software projects have you been involved?

Ubuntu and GNOME (mostly translation), and OpenPrinting; standardize group of unix-like printing environments.

Where do you live (and/or study)?

Very east side of Tokyo (Katsushika-ku).

What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?

My work is technical investigation of current FLOSS technologies, e.g, NoSQLs, Private IaaS Platforms, something something… includes LibreOffice also.

In private, reading books, sitting in front of my laptop and many many tweeting, or sometimes reading blogs or news. And just now I’ve started Yoga. It’s pretty good.

I love running rivers with a kayak. Most of 60 rivers I’ve visited, includes US and New Zealand. Paddling is wonderful :)

When do you usually spend time on the project?

About translation or Facebook pages administration, mostly off time of weekdays. Our LibreOffice meetup (read below) also are in weekday night. I guess almost 10 hours per week.

How did you hear about LibreOffice?

Because a friend of mine is the key person of Japanese LibreOffice (and former OpenOffice.org) community.

Why did you get involved? Is LibreOffice popular in your native-language?

Because my friend mentioned above need my help. At that time I had surprised how people in the community is active, full of love for LibreOffice itself, “wow it’s really nice community” I thought. That’s why I still spend a time for the community.

In Japan, LibreOffice is getting big I feel, but still “OpenOffice” as a brand is bigger than LibreOffice. If someone want to find fee-free office productive suite, he might google “openoffice.”

What was your initial experience of contributing to LibreOffice like?

Checking most of all printing-related UI translations and correcting because my special is printing.

What have you done since then?

About translation, I have expanded my area from printing-related to any other UI, and not only UI, but also some Wiki pages or else.

Now my most important work is to drive our own (LibreOffice-titled) event in Japan, and share them to global.

First, I’ve started monthly LibreOffice meeting “Kanto LibreOffice Study Group” (Kanto means around Tokyo area). This meeting might deal with widely theme from using how-to to introduction to development.

Then I administrate two Facebook pages: one https://www.facebook.com/LibreOfficeJa is for all of Japanese LibreOffice related people to discuss about LibreOffice in Japanese, and another https://www.facebook.com/LibreofficeStudyJapan is for LibreOffice meeting owners in Japan to exchange knowledge how to host meetings or anything else.

And I feel it’s important that we, Japanese community should let global people know how we’re active and share success stories and problems.

What would be your best suggestion or advice for anyone interested in getting involved in the localization of LibreOffice?

Don’t worry about English. If you can’t understand some translated string, the translation might be wrong. Please teach us. It’s first step to join us. No English is needed. We always need proofreading.

And LibreOffice community is very active, full of love, lots of nice people and easy to join.

What is your vision for the future and/or what would you most like to see improved in LibreOffice?

My currently interest is how to reach non-FLOSS, non-geek people in Japan to tell how LibreOffice is good for them. Most of them only know MS Office, few of them know also OpenOffice but not know LibreOffice. We need to reach them and get feedback what they want, and tell them to the global.

Of course migration in large companies and local governments from MS Office to LibreOffice is big issue, so we need supporting companies in our ecosystems in Japan. But this issue is out of focus for me as a community guy…

Anyway, my another point is writing codes. Because it is easiest way to put Japanese local requirements, but in Japan very few people have done that. So I want to became a developer and I also grow some young developers of LibreOffice.

Thanks a lot for your answers and time!

Interview by Charles-H. Schulz.




The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0

7 de Fevereiro de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda
LibreOffice 4.0 has arrived

The new LibreOffice 4.0 has arrived

The free office suite the community has been dreaming of for twelve years

Berlin, February 7, 2013 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0, the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001. LibreOffice 4.0 is the first release that reflects the objectives set by the community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

LibreOffice 4.0: a community on fire

In less than 30 months, LibreOffice has grown dramatically to become the largest independent free software project focused on end user desktop productivity. TDF inclusive governance and the copyleft license have been instrumental in attracting more than 500 developers – three quarters of them being independent volunteers – capable of contributing over 50,000 commits.

The resulting code base is rather different from the original one, as several million lines of code have been added and removed, by adding new features, solving bugs and regressions, adopting state of the art C++ constructs, replacing tools, getting rid of deprecated methods and obsoleted libraries, and translating twenty five thousand lines of comments from German to English. All of this makes the code easier to understand and more rewarding to be involved with for the stream of new members of our community.

“LibreOffice 4.0 is a milestone in interoperability and an excellent foundation for our continued work to improve the User Interface,” explains Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Our project is not only capable of attracting new developers on a regular basis, but it also creates a transparent platform for cooperation based on a strong Free Software ethos, where corporate sponsored and volunteer developers work to attain the same objective.”

LibreOffice 4.0: the new features

LibreOffice 4.0 offers a large number of new characteristics, which are listed on this page: https://www.libreoffice.org/download/4-0-new-features-and-fixes.

  • Integration with several content and document management systems – including Alfresco, IBM FileNet P8, Microsoft Sharepoint 2010, Nuxeo, OpenText, SAP NetWeaver Cloud Service and others – through the CMIS standard.
  • Better interoperability with DOCX and RTF documents, thanks to several new features and improvements like the possibility of importing ink annotations and attaching comments to text ranges.
  • Possibility to import Microsoft Publisher documents, and further improvement of Visio import filters with the addition of 2013 version (just announced).
  • Additional UI incremental improvements, including Unity integration and support of Firefox Themes (Personas) to give LibreOffice a personalized look.
  • Introduction of the widget layout technique for dialog windows, which makes it easier to translate, resize and hide UI elements, reduces code complexity, and lays a foundation for a much improved user interface.
  • Different header and footer on the first page of a Writer document, without the need of a separate page style.
  • Several performance improvements to Calc, plus new features such as export of charts as images (JPG and PNG) and new spreadsheet functions as defined in ODF OpenFormula.
  • First release of Impress Remote Control App for Android, supported only on some Linux distributions. (The second release, coming soon, will be supported on all platforms: Windows, MacOS X and all Linux distros and binaries.)
  • Significant performance improvements when loading and saving many types of documents, with particular improvements for large ODS and XLSX spreadsheets and RTF files.
  • Improved code contribution thanks to Gerrit: a web based code review system, facilitating the task for projects using Git version control system (although this is not specific of LibreOffice 4.0, it has entered the production stage just before the 4.0 branch).

LibreOffice 4.0: under the hood

There are a number of fixes and improvements primarily of interest to developers: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.0#API_Changes.

Overall excellent backwards compatibility is retained for legacy extensions, but moving forward TDF is committed to a more pro-active approach to evolving the UNO APIs, with more functionality to be deprecated, and eventually dropped, in due time – according to the six month release cycle – throughout the LibreOffice 4.x release series.

During the last seven months, since the branch of LibreOffice 3.6 and during the entire development cycle of LibreOffice 4.0, developers have made over 10,000 commits. On average, one commit every 30 minutes, including weekends and the holiday season: a further testimonial of the incredible vitality of the project.

How to get LibreOffice 4.0

LibreOffice 4.0 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.

Changelogs are available at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC1 (solved in 4.0.0.1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC2 (solved in 4.0.0.2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.0/RC3 (solved in 4.0.0.3).

Support The Document Foundation

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to grow the infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.




Interview with LibreOffice localizers around the world: Helen & Sophie

1 de Fevereiro de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

Today we interview two great women, Helen Ushakova and Sophie Gautier, from the Russophone and Francophone communities.helenrussian

LibreOffice can only exist since people are working on it: so please, tell us a bit about yourself.

Helen:  My name is Elena Ushakova, also known by nicknames as Helen Russian (helenrussian, helen_russian). I am 36 years old. I’m full-time employed as a corporate web applications programmer.

Sophie: My almost full name is Sophie Gautier, also known as sgauti or sophi or sofi. I’m usually a women, traveling in the open source world since 14 years now.

In what other software projects have you been involved?

H: In the past I used to work on some projects but it was a short time. Seriously I liked only OpenOffice.org. I took care of OOo UI and Help translations. We have the user forum and the site with useful tips. Now we are making the same things for LibreOffice. Also, I’m participating a little in the Apache OpenOffice project (mainly in the wiki).

S:  I’ve been deeply involved in the OpenOffice.org project, working on different areas, trying to understand all the aspect of this strange organization. I’ve done localization in French for other very small projects. I also participate in several associations.

Where do you live (and/or study)?

H:  Yekaterinburg, Russia.

S: I live where my feet are ;) I guess it’s Paris for more than a year, yeah!

What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?

H:  Well, I’ve got another pet project – DMOZ (Open Directory Project). I’m an ODP Editor since 2008. Also I like a lot of interesting things: whether it be cooking dinner for my family or playing musical instruments.

S: I own a consulting and training company dedicated to open source applications for the desktop. Creating objects and drawing is my favorite way to escape from the world.

When do you usually spend time on the project?

H: I don’t know… Every day. In the morning, in the evening. Each time when it is needed.

sgaS: Any time I’ve time, I think about it or work on it, I’m afraid it’s a kind of passion (no, I didn’t say poison!).

How did you hear about LibreOffice?

H: From news. And I remember the feeling of joy “Finally someone took this step” and then there was a long period of my doubts. The whole 10 long days. :)

S: I’ve been involved in The Document Foundation and LibreOffice since its creation, so the first time I heard about it was probably in my dreams.

Why did you get involved? Is LibreOffice popular in your native-language? 

H: First, people who are involved in the project are its precious thing. I love to be together with these people, to work in a team, to feel friendly support. Second, in the department of the company which I work, ODF is an internal corporate standard, so I dedicate a part of my work time to LibreOffice. As for the popularity of LibreOffice in Russia, we will definitely have to strive for it. However it still isn’t the main goal.

S:  I got involved with localization during the Openoffice.org time, I’ve been taught by professional linguists and it was natural for me to go on with the French localization of LibreOffice. LibreOffice is more and more used in the French speaking countries and supported by the French Government, hence my motivation to continue the work too.

What was your initial experience of contributing to LibreOffice like?

H: It is obvious: I sent a file with the Russian UI translation update on 2010-Oct-8. After that it became too late to retreat. :)

S: I was very happy to work with so many different people, with so many skills, having so many different ways of being and with so much understanding.

What have you done since then?

H: Russian LibreOffice community does a lot of work. My contribution is not very big. Usually I translate UI, resolve some administrative questions on the user forum or sites. Sometime I help Free Office users on our forum or in G+ LibreOffice Russia community.

S:  Speaking about FR l10n, not much. I’m still alone to localize the UI/Help with my old tools and my friend named grep. But now, the French QA team is helping a lot in proof reading and correcting my mistakes (and I’m sure they often have a good laugh at them :)

What would be your best suggestion or advice for anyone interested in getting involved in the localization of LibreOffice?

H: Don’t be afraid to start any work alone. Be ready for errors. Always begin any work in LibreOffice only in a good mood :) . And in this case LibreOffice will be source of inspiration for you and your personal growth.

S: My advice would be : do not be afraid by the amount of words all around you when you’ll begin, you’ll see that fast and soon, the green will eat the grey on Pootle. Also, we are a team, always here and happy to help each other, so never hesitate to ask either on a translation or the use of the tools.

What is your vision for the future and/or what would you most like to see improved in LibreOffice?

H: I would like each NLC to have more attention from the global community and be more involved into community life. Let’s communicate more.

S: What I would like to see the most improved is the representation of the native language projects and their communication with the international project. A native language project is like a small projection of the international project, but with its specificity due to the language. It should not be seen as a barrier or a fragmentation, it’s on the contrary what makes our diversity and our plurality, but we need to communicate more, always more because we are one and only one project.

Thanks a lot for your answers and your time!

H: You’re welcome!

S:  Thanks a lot for your interview!

Interview done and prepared by Charles-H. Schulz & Marc Paré.




The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.6.5

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Volunteers will present the progress in code development at FOSDEM

Berlin, January 30, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.6.5, for Windows, MacOS and Linux, which is going to be the last of LibreOffice 3.6 family before LibreOffice 4.0, the next major release. This new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice, and facilitating the migration process to free software.

LibreOffice 3.6.5 arrives a couple of days before FOSDEM 2013 (Brussels, Belgium, February 2/3), where TDF developer’s community will gather for the third time since the birth of the project. LibreOffice will have a booth in building K and a DevRoom – with several talks about hacking the source code – in building H (https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/track/libreoffice/) on Sunday, February 3, from 9:30AM onwards (room H.2213).

In addition, on Sunday at 3PM Michael Meeks will speak about “LibreOffice: cleaning and re-factoring a giant code-base (or why re-writing it would be even worse)” (https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/event/challenges_libreoffice/), in Room Janson.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation. There is a donation page – with many options including PayPal and credit cards – at http://donate.libreoffice.org, to support the infrastructure.

LibreOffice 3.6.5 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center.

The change log is available at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.6.5/RC2 (fixed in 3.6.5).




Waving TDF Long Tail

7 de Janeiro de 2013, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

TDF Long Tail

In 2012, developers hacking LibreOffice code have been around 320, with a majority of volunteers and a minority of people paid by companies such as SUSE, RedHat and Canonical (plus a multitude of smaller organizations such as Lanedo, which is also a member of our Advisory Board and builds a significant part of its business by providing development related value added services on top of LibreOffice code).

The graphic visualization of the individual commits has the shape of a “long tail“. The pie is an explosion of the work done by the top 33 hackers with 100+ commits: 16 volunteers, and 17 paid developers (11 from SUSE, 5 from RedHat and one from Canonical). At TDF, we do not have “paid volunteers” because we love transparency and truth.

If you are not familiar with the importance of the “long tail”, especially for free software projects, you might get some interesting insights from the following TED speech, by Clay Shirky:

Clay Shirky has inspired the work of Chris Anderson on the long tail (article, book and blog) with his 2003 essay “Power Laws, Weblogs and Inequality“, which is a very interesting reading.




From Zero to 300 and Climbing...

29 de Dezembro de 2012, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

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What has been coded in 2012? A lot.

(Brazilian developers State of the Union 2012)

It could not last too much to show up. In 2012 we were able to gather a group of volunteers developers interested in working in the code, re-factoring important parts of the code and fixing bugs. Today this group is ready to address new challenges in the code and work in its maintenance through support in level 3.

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Olivier Hallot has published a very informative post on the Brazilian blog, about LibreOffice development in Brazil.


TDF in 2012: a summary

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Cumulative Number of LibreOffice New Code Committers

The cumulative number of new hackers attracted by the project since September 2010 (being LibreOffice a true free software project, there are many volunteers who come and go, and many with just one or two commits).

I have tried to summarize in a single text what we – members, developers, volunteers, native language communities, advocates and supporters – have achieved during 2012. Looking back, it has been amazing.

TDF has started 2012 with a hackers community of 379 individuals, mostly volunteers, which has continued to grow steadily – month after month – and has now reached the amazing figure of 567 developers (320 active during the last 12 months, which means that LibreOffice is the third largest open source desktop software project after Chrome and Firefox).

LibreOffice Code Contributors per Month

Monthly contributors during the last two years, with the global 12 month average shown by the green line on the upper right corner).

In early 2012, The Document Foundation – an truly community based independend organization – has been registered in Berlin, under the form of a German Stiftung (supervised by the German authorities). The oldest German Stiftung dates back to 1509, and over 250 of them have existed for over 500 years (so, stability is not an issue).

Once established, The Document Foundation has immediately attracted additional sponsors and supporters. Intel and Lanedo have joined the Advisory Board, while Project LiMux (City of Munich) and MIMO (the French Government organization responsible for the migration to FOSS) are actively supporting the project.

TDF Long Tail 2012

The long tail of LibreOffice development during 2012 (the 320 committers active between January 2012 and December 2012), with a pie explosion of the top 33 hackers with over 100 commits.

The Document Foundation and LibreOffice role inside the free software ecosystem have been recognized by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in a formal letter to the members of the French government.

In 2012, The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 3.4.5, LibreOffice 3.5, LibreOffice 3.5.1, LibreOffice 3.4.6, LibreOffice 3.5.2, LibreOffice 3.5.3, LibreOffice 3.5.4, LibreOffice 3.5.5, LibreOffice 3.6, LibreOffice 3.5.6, LibreOffice 3.6.1, LibreOffice 3.6.2, LibreOffice 3.5.7 and LibreOffice 3.6.3. LibreOffice 3.4 has been awarded Linux Questions Office Suite of the Year 2011.

Office Suite of the Year 2011

Linux Questions has awarded LibreOffice the title of Office Suite of the Year 2011.

In addition, the hackers community has started working on LibreOffice 4.0, which is already at Beta 2 and will be announced in February 2013. LibreOffice 4.0 will be a milestone release, and the first of a new generation of free office suites.

In order to further improve the quality of LibreOffice 3.5, 3.6 and 4, the QA community has organized several bug hunting sessions during 2012 and a full bug hunting marathon in December 2012 (with almost 500 bugs chased during a full week of tests).

LibreOffice community has met at FOSDEM in Brussels, at LinuxTag in Berlin, at LibreOffice Conference in Berlin, and in Hamburg and Munich for TDF Hackfests. In addition, local hackfests have been organized in the Netherlands and Brazil, and LibreOffice volunteers have attended several local events around the world.

Linux Journal Best Office Suite

Linux Journal has awarded LibreOffice the title of Best office Suite 2012.

In February 2012, TDF has launched LibreOffice Ask page, and the Windows version of LibreOffice has been made available for downloads from the Intel AppUp Center targeted to mobile PC and UltraBook owners.

In September 2012, TDF has joined the OASIS Consortium (Organisation for the Advancement of Standards in Information Society (OASIS). At the end of the same month, the new Membership Committee has been elected by TDF members: five members – Sophie Gautier, Fridrich Štrba (Chairman), Eike Rathke, Cor Nouws and Jean Weber – and two deputies – Simon Phipps and Leif Lodahl.

LibreOffice has been awarded the title of Free Office Suite of the Year 2011 by LinuxQuestions, and Best Office Suite 2012 by Linux Journal (in both cases, getting over 70% of the votes). In Brazil, LibreOffice has received the “Technology For Citizens Award” from Guarulhos City.

LibreOffice Downloads

LibreOffice downloads from unique IPs during 2012. Scale on the left shows daily downloads, scale on the right shows cumulative downloads in 2012.

During 2012, many private and public organization have announced the migration of their desktop office suite to LibreOffice: several French ministries (500,000 desktops), city of Munich in Germany (15,000 desktops), the Capital Region of Denmark, Vieira do Minho in Portugal, Limerick in Ireland, Grygov in the Czech Republic, Las Palmas in Spain, the City of Largo in Florida, the municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis in Greece, Regione Umbria, Provincia di Milano and Provincia di Bolzano in Italy, and the Public Library System of Chicago.

This growth is reflected in the downloads of the Windows and MacOS X versions during 2012. The number of unique IPs who have downloaded LibreOffice has grown from just over 200,000 per week in January to well over 600,000 in December, for a total of 15 million unique IPs in 2012. Linux users, with very few exceptions, do not download LibreOffice as they can get the software from the repository of their distribution of choice.

The Document Foundation has also announced the Certification Program for LibreOffice, and the first group of certified developers. In 2013, the program will be extended to professionals active in migrations and trainings, and later to L1 and L2 support.

Florian Effenberger

Florian Effenberger

The last, and in my opinion the best news of 2012, waits TDF under the Xmas tree: in fact, just a few days before Xmas TDF has hired the first employee, to manage the infrastructure and take care of administrative tasks (which, thanks to the extremely fast growth of the project, are now a full time task): Florian Effenberger, who is already popular inside the project for his volunteer work.

The Board of Directors – with the obvious exception of Florian – has unanimously chosen him for infrastructure and administrative tasks, as he is already familiar with both, being the architect behind the entire infrastructure and the person who has been talking with the authorities during the process of putting in place The Document Foundation.

Florian Effenberger has been active inside the OOo project from 2004 to 2010, as infrastructure and then marketing lead, and has been a founder of TDF. During all these years he has put an incredible amount of hours – of his personal time – behind free software, OOo and LibreOffice.

From now on, Florian will devote his working hours to TDF, and will add the usual amount of volunteer hours for his BoD duties (which must be volunteer based, according to our statutes).

Florian Effenberger is going to be a tremendous asset for TDF, because he knows perfectly our ecosystem, he is a true free software advocate, and he is knowledgeable not only on administration and infrastructure but also on marketing.

Looking at 2013 and beyond, The Document Foundation is ready to face every challenge, and win over the competition not only by providing a better product but also by creating a different and better ecosystem for free office suites.

So far, TDF has been an exciting journey, and I am sure that what has happened is just the first chapter of a long and successful history.




Linux Journal Best Office Suite 2012

23 de Dezembro de 2012, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 1Um comentário

I don’t think that the screenshots need additional comments: LibreOffice is THE free office suite of reference for the Linux environment, surpassing every other software by a factor of six, and LibreOffice Writer is THE best single office program (sharing the spot with OOo Writer, hopefully for the last time, as LibreOffice is the de facto standard for all Linux distributions since 2011).

Best Office Suite

Readers Choice Awards 2012 | Linux Journal

Best Single Office Product

Readers Choice Awards 2012 | Linux Journal Bis

Independence, democracy and meritocracy pay off (could anyone have doubts about this, after 10 years under the corporate umbrella?).




LibreOffice Munich Hack-fest

20 de Dezembro de 2012, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

File:MucHackfest2012.png

The intense pace of development work on LibreOffice as we approach our 4.0 release has rather delayed an update on our recent extremely successful LibreOffice hack-fest. To give an idea of the work going on, instead of the around 1500 commits per month we normally get, we had nearly a month’s worth of commits in the last two weeks before our feature freeze, with lots of bug fixing ever since; things have been busy.

Some portion of this work was done by the more than thirty LibreOffice developers that arrived to augment the existing Munich Limux developers – who kindly hosted us. Munich is a forward looking enterprise who have deployed Linux to their fifteen-thousand users, and have committed to moving to LibreOffice.  First of all – many thanks to our friendly hosts who provided a great venue, helped feed us, so we could continue coding late into the night, and tidied up the detritus afterwards: your contribution is greatly appreciated.

It was also nice to meet a number of the Debian guys – who had a separate room for a parallel bug squashing party some of whom took an interest in and did a little LibreOffice work too. We had over thirty participants for LibreOffice alone, with other new people we’d never met before showing up and getting involved over the weekend which was particularly encouraging.

So what did we get done ?

as always with LibreOffice there were a lot of scattered improvements; you can read the full list in the wiki, but here are some highlights:

  • Miklos with Michael Stahl obsoleted a great chunk of horrible RTF filter, improved performance and should significantly improve our copy/paste behavior on windows from MS Office.
  • Robert, David, Bjoern and Norbert(remotely) helped get a staging / gerrit test site up and running to help upgrade and manage our gerrit instance (which makes contributing patches very easy)
  • Kendy made the UI for the drop-down style selector very much more attractive with live previews
  • Rob Snelders and Christine Koppelt made some great strides improving the (pretty) Bug Submission Assistant that Loic originally created to give bugzilla an end-user usable bug filing front-end.
  • Michael Meeks worked on getting to the bottom of an intermittent Java / LibreOffice crasher causing the critical Wolmux e-government plugin problems. Thanks to Andrew Haley of RedHat for fixing the underlying problem (in Java naturally).
  • Lionel and David made improvements to ‘Base’ and helped debug longer term issues
  • Thorsten worked on polishing the Android remote-control for Impress
  • Markus made conditional formatting even more beautiful and stable in Calc
  • Peter Baumgarten produced a beautiful playterm session (with video thanks to Cloph) to help people build LibhreOffice as well as some German comment translations.
  • Christina Roßmanith worked on  improvements for SVG import
  • Markus Maier translated some German code comments, and helped migrate dialogs to the new UI layout.
  • Italo Vignoli – inspired us with various kinds of wonderful Italian food.
  • and more (that was not easy to enumerate).

It was excellent to see so many friendly faces, introduce new people to the team, get people more familiar with the code, meet old friends and be encouraged about the great progress we’re making. Getting everyone to stand in one place, at the same time proved rather problematic, however here is a picture of a subset of twenty-plus happy LibreOffice contributors, and some Debian-ites:

Finally, none of this can happen without people helping to host and fund the work.  Many thanks to those who provided financial and logistical support to the enterprise – as well as our many individual donors who help support The Document Foundation’s ability to get developers together to improve their productivity.

The Limux Project: hosting and co-organising, thanks to Jan-Marek Glogowski

Tux

Thorsten Heintke – an individual donation for travel bursaries

Credativ GmbH for food and beverages

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DBI Klarl & Schuler GmbH for the saturday pizza

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LibreOffice runs on the Raspberry Pi

17 de Dezembro de 2012, 0:00, por Desconhecido - 0sem comentários ainda

The full fledged free office suite is available on the credit card sized
single-board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Cambridge (UK) and Berlin (Germany), December 17, 2012 – The Raspberry Pi Foundation (http://www.raspberrypi.org/) and The Document Foundation (http://www.documentfoundation.org/) announce the availability of the full fledged version of LibreOffice (http://www.libreoffice.org/) on the Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer created with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi is a little PC which plugs into a TV and a keyboard and can be used for many of the things that most desktop PC can do, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games.

LibreOffice is the first comprehensive office suite to run on a 40 dollar credit card sized PC, without any compromise on features and performances. LibreOffice has been ported to ARM by multiple contributors from Canonical, Debian and RedHat, and was packaged for the Raspberry Pi by Rene Engelhard as a part of his work as the Debian maintainer for LibreOffice.

“The availability of LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, on the Raspberry Pi – the most affordable PC ever, targeted to hardware and software enthusiasts, and schools – is extremely important for The Document Foundation, because it will contribute to the growth of the brand awareness in key market segments”, comments Bjoern Michaelsen, a Canonical developer and a deputy member of the Board of Directors of The Document Foundation.

“I’m very impressed that the LibreOffice team didn’t have to make any changes to the code in order for it to compile and smoothly run on Raspberry Pi”, said Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “It’s also great to have a comprehensive office suite available in the Pi Store at launch, making people even more aware of the potential of this device”.

LibreOffice is available from the Pi Store (http://store.raspberrypi.com/), which is described here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2768 (including instructions on how to install it). Raspberry Pi Foundation announcement press release is here: http://blog.indiecity.com/?page_id=2269.

About the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer, designed to fit in a pocket, and cheap enough to be bought with pocket money. It was developed by the not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge to help children engage with computer programming, and has won dozens of awards in its first year of release. Additional information at http://www.raspberrypi.org.

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is an open, independent, self-governing, meritocratic organization, which builds on ten years of dedicated work by the OpenOffice.org Community. TDF was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in corporate and volunteer contributors, and will deliver the best free office suite. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core values and contributes to its activities, and warmly welcomes corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community. As of November 30, 2012, TDF has over 150 members and over 2.000 volunteers and contributors worldwide.




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