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).
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: