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2014/12/19

Behind the scenes at TDF: Quality Assurance (QA)

Filed under: Community, Interviews, LibreOffice, QA — Florian Effenberger @ 18:30

Towards the end of the year, The Document Foundation would like to share achievements in 2014 with our community and our generous donours, to whom we’d like to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks for their incredible and wonderful support and their invaluable contributions!

As a start, Robinson Tryon, who is in charge of Quality Assurance (QA) since August, and summarizes the efforts in this important area:robinson-in-brussels

Hi all,

I’m Robinson Tryon and I’m a QA Engineer for The Document Foundation. I became quite interested in computers in high school and got my first taste of Free Software playing around with RedHat Linux on a spare machine.

In college I started to study computer science in earnest, and found myself very interested in the topics of human-computer interaction and computing freedom. I can’t remember who first introduced me to the Free Software Foundation, but I have fond memories from my undergraduate years of attending annual membership meetings at MIT and thinking of how I’d like to get a job where I could spend my time working on Free Software.

In the years since I graduated with a degree in computer science, I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with a number of different organizations and labs on Free Software projects. I’ve worked on a multimedia engine used to create training simulations for doctors and first-responders, tools for teaching non-technical people how to use programs such as git and ssh, and a series of web-based games designed to help libraries, museums, and other organizations crowd-source metadata for images and video in their collections. I was very excited to join the Document Foundation this year and bring my experience to the LibreOffice project.

My first contributions to LibreOffice came early-on in 2010 when the project was just starting out. The renewed energy and community-focus espoused by the leaders heartened me, and the reduced barriers to contribution sounded very promising. I tested out new builds and made a few small edits to the wiki, but didn’t get seriously involved until a couple of years later. Up until that point, I was just a user.

When I was still in college, I remember running Sun’s OpenOffice.org off of a Knoppix LiveCD. I desperately wanted to find an alternative to running MS-Office to type up all of my papers and reports, and just using a text editor wasn’t quite cutting it. Although I wasn’t always able to work on my own desktop computer in my dorm room, carrying around a Knoppix CD made it possible for me to boot-up and run a Free Software office suite on the public cluster machines.

By the time LibreOffice had its first release, I had upgraded from the CD and could carry around Free Software programs on a USB stick, ready to be run on any computer. I currently carry a USB stick with builds of LibreOffice for Windows, GNU/Linux, and Mac. My thinking is that if a friend ever needs a hand opening documents on a computer, it’d be great for me to have the right tool ready to go for them. In fact, using LibreOffice to help out a friend is what got me very involved with LibreOffice and the QA Team.

A friend of mine had a large number of documents in proprietary formats (word processing, spreadsheet, etc..) and reading through the LibreOffice documentation I found out that the suite has some excellent tools for conversion of documents from one format to another, including the ability to bulk-convert via the command line one hundred documents as easily as one document. While I was doing my research, I started to chat with contributors to the LibreOffice project, I attended a couple of QA Meetings, and before I knew it was an active member of the QA Team!

When I first started out contributing to LibreOffice, I focused on some basic bug triage tasks and filled-in missing pages on the TDF wiki. As my understanding of the project and its members grew, I was able to make contributions to Bugzilla, to the BSA, and MediaWiki, and was able to help set up tools such as ownCloud. I currently work on a large number of different QA tasks for LibreOffice, including generating binary-bisection or “bibisect” repositories, improving and updating QA documentation on the TDF wiki, and overseeing the implementation of improvements to Bugzilla. Right now I’m gaining experience as a Release Engineer for LibreOffice.

In addition to the technical tasks I undertake for LibreOffice, I work on LibreOffice outreach — both in the US and abroad. Although we have a large number of active users, only a small fraction of them are active contributors. We are always looking to expand the number of contributors in each of our teams, and are excited about getting more people involved in QA through our BugHunting sessions and LibreFests.

A LibreFest is usually a one or two-day event in which various LibreOffice teams may participate. LibreFests, just like hackfests, are typically held in person, as that’s the best way for us to collaborate with and teach new contributors. When the QA Team participates in a LibreFest, users are asked to perform basic or advanced bug triage, to bibisect regressions, and to file new bugs that they observe. With experienced LibreOffice team members present, users feel much more comfortable stepping outside their comfort zone and taking on QA tasks that they wouldn’t try to tackle by themselves.

In our BugHunting sessions, we spend a weekend (usually Fri-Sun) testing the latest builds of a new Release Branch. One of the tools we use to test the builds is MozTrap — a test case management system that help to ensure greater reliability and consistency. Through extensive use of LibreOffice, we hope to shake-out any obvious bugs and squash them before going further in with the release process.

Speaking of BugHunting sessions, this weekend (Dec 19-21), we’ll be having a BugHunting session for the upcoming 4.4 Release Branch. We’ve worked to make it easy for newcomers to participate. To join in, or just for more information, see: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_4.4.0_RC1

LibreOffice 4.4.0 bug hunting sessionIf you’re looking for a way to participate in LibreOffice, or just curious about what we do in QA, please stop by our mailing list or our IRC channel. There’s so much more that we do that can’t be contained in a single blog post, and we’d love to tell you all about it!

2014/12/18

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 14:00

Coverity Scan Project LibreOffice OverviewBerlin, December 18, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5, the fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, targeted to individual and enterprise users. LibreOffice 4.3.5 contains over 70 bug fixes.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.5 in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified individuals (a list is available at http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/) capable of providing value added support.

People interested in technical details can find change logs for LibreOffice 4.3.5 here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.5/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.5/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

The image on the left provides the updates figures about LibreOffice source code as provided by the Coverity Scan Service on December 14, 2014. To learn about LibreOffice and Coverity Scan, you can read this blog post.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.5 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.2.8 “Still” are immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

2014/12/15

TDF announces the second and final LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session from December 19 to December 21

Filed under: Announcements, QA — italovignoli @ 18:07

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the second LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session, which will happen from December 19 to December 21, 2014, immediately after the availability of the first release candidate of the new major release (with the final release planned for the end of January 2015).

Details of the second LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session are available on TDF wiki at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_4.4.0_RC1. A list of LibreOffice 4.4 features that have to be checked for bugs and regressions is also on TDF wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

To participate, it will be necessary to download LibreOffice 4.4 RC1 for Windows, MacOS or Linux from http://www.libreoffice.org/pre-releases. Filing bugs will be extremely easy, thanks to the help of experienced volunteers who will be around on the QA mailing list (libreoffice-qa@lists.freedesktop.org) and IRC channel (irc://irc.freenode.net/#libreoffice-qa).

2014/12/12

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.8

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 10:01

Berlin, December 12, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.8 “Still”, the eight – and definitely the last – minor release of the most solid version of the software, ready for enterprise deployments and conservative users.

LibreOffice 4.2.8 solves a Calc sort problem and includes several fixes for the RTF import filter. Change logs with a complete list of all the fixes are available on the wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.8/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.8/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

LibreOffice 4.2.8 is available from http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money is used to grow the project both at global and local level.

2014/11/24

The Document Foundation announces new Certified Developers

Filed under: Announcements, Certification — italovignoli @ 15:08

Berlin, November 24, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) has just appointed two Certified Developers, Jan-Marek Glogowski (Landeshauptstadt München) and Samuel Mehrbrodt (independent), bringing the total number to 44. Jan-Marek Glogowski is the first Certified Developer working as an employee inside a large organization deploying LibreOffice on thousands of PCs, and supporting the deployment with bug fixes.

In addition, the first batch of Certified Developers appointed in October 2012 has been renewed: Thorsten Behrens (SUSE), Stephan Bergmann (Red Hat), Cédric Bosdonnat (SUSE), Rene Engelhard (independent), Jan Holešovský (Collabora), Tor Lillqvist (Collabora), Christian Lohmaier (TDF), Luboš Luňák (independent), Lionel Elie Mamane (independent), Eilidh McAdam (ITOMIG), Caolán McNamara (Red Hat), Michael Meeks (Collabora), Björn Michaelsen (Canonical), Petr Mládek (SUSE), Markus Mohrhard (Collabora), Eike Rathke (Red Hat), Michael Stahl (Red Hat), Fridrich Štrba (SUSE), David Tardon (Red Hat), András Timár (Collabora) and Kohei Yoshida (Collabora).

Certified Developers are able to assist enterprise deployments of LibreOffice by providing professional Level 3 support, with feature development and bug fixing, to solve application and interoperability problems. The Developer Certification Program is intended to help identify qualified developers to support deployment of LibreOffice in the public administration and the enterprise.

Details about TDF Certification are available on The Document Foundation site at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification. The updated list of Certified Developers is here: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/developers/.

2014/11/14

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.4

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 10:02

Berlin, November 14, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.4, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on features. LibreOffice 4.3.4 contains over 60 bug fixes.

People interested in technical details can find change logs for LibreOffice 4.3.4 here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.4/RC1  (fixed in RC1).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.4 “Fresh” is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

2014/11/10

CIB Software joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board

Filed under: Advisory Board, Announcements — italovignoli @ 15:43

Berlin, November 10, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that CIB Software is now a member of its Advisory Board. CIB Software, based in Munich, Germany, is a leading developer of standardized document lifecycle management applications with more than 25 years of experience. In addition, the company has been a reliable partner in IT consulting from planning through to maintenance.

“Documents and their processes are at the heart of CIB’s business. CIB has for nearly a quarter of a century provided enterprise solutions for many of Germany’s leading financial institutions. It was only natural to add our backing to LibreOffice as the leading free / open source office suite using the ISO ODF standard,” says Ulrich Brandner, CIB Software’s CEO.

“We are happy to see another company capable of adding value to LibreOffice joining our Advisory Board,” says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “The vision of a growing ecosystem around LibreOffice is becoming a healthy reality.”

TDF Advisory Board has 16 members: AMD, CIB Software, CloudOn, Collabora, FrODeV (Freies Office Deutschland), FSF (Free Software Foundation), Google, Intel, ITOMIG, KACST (King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia), Lanedo, MIMO (Consortium of French Ministries), RedHat, SPI (Software in the Public Interest), Studio Storti and SUSE.

About CIB

The CIB group specializes in document lifecycle management applications. Renowned financial institutions and insurance companies, public administrations as well as international industrial companies are using CIB software to manage their correspondence on a daily basis. Over 300 million documents are produced per year using CIB technology. The company has 150 employees at its offices in Munich, Karlsruhe, Münster, Hamburg and Minsk (Belarus).

Media Contacts: https://www.cib.de/presse.

About The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation is an independent, self-governing and meritocratic organization, based on Free Software ethos and incorporated in Germany as a not for profit entity. TDF is focused on the development of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – chosen by the global community as the legitimate heir of OOo, and as such adopted by a growing number of public administrations, enterprises and SMBs for desktop productivity.

TDF is accessible to individuals and organizations who agree with its core values and contribute to its activities. At the end of June 2014, the foundation has over 200 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

Media Contacts: https://www.documentfoundation.org/contact/.

2014/11/05

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces Certification for LibreOffice Migration and LibreOffice Training Professionals

Filed under: Announcements, Certification, Community, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 13:00

Berlin, November 5, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces Certification for LibreOffice Migrations and LibreOffice Training Professionals, open to TDF Members until April 2015 and then to all free software advocates. Details are available at http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification.

“LibreOffice Certification is an absolute first for a community based project, and has been developed adapting existing best practices to the different reality of the TDF ecosystem,” says Italo Vignoli, Chairman of TDF Certification Committee. “We want to recognize the skills of free software advocates who are able to provide value added services to large organizations deploying LibreOffice. Once certified, they will be recognized as LibreOffice experts and ambassadors.”
The Certification Committee has also appointed several Certified Professionals for Migrations and Trainings, who will help the Board of Directors in peer reviewing other TDF Members who will apply for certification in either discipline.

Certified Professionals for Migrations and Trainings are: Lothar Becker (.riess), Eliane Domingos de Sousa (EDX Informatica), Sophie Gautier (independent), Olivier Hallot (EDX Informatica), Thomas Krumbein (independent), Leif Lodahl (Magenta), Marina Latini (Studio Storti), Cor Nouws (Nou&Off), Gustavo Buzzatti Pacheco (independent), Stefano Paggetti (Regione Umbria), Jacqueline Rahemipour (independent), Charles H. Schulz (independent), and Italo Vignoli (independent). These 13 certified professionals join the 42 developers certified since October 2010.

Certified Professionals are able to assist enterprise deployments of LibreOffice by providing the following services:

  • migration consultancy: migration feasibility assessment, project management, migration strategy, communications, and other migration related services;
  • training: creation and delivery of training courses for trainers and end users, and evaluation of training effectiveness;
  • professional Level 3 support: feature development and bug fixing to solve application and interoperability problems.

The lists of Certified Professionals can be accessed from the certification website: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification.

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is an independent, self-governing and meritocratic organization, based on Free Software ethos and incorporated in Germany as a not for profit entity. TDF is focused on the development of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – chosen by the global community as the legitimate heir of OOo, and as such adopted by a growing number of public administrations, enterprises and SMBs for desktop productivity.

TDF is accessible to individuals and organizations who agree with its core values and participate in its activities. At the end of October 2014, the foundation has over 200 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

2014/10/30

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.7

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 09:01

Berlin, October 30, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.3, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, and LibreOffice 4.2.7, the last minor release of LibreOffice 4.2 “still” family. Together, there are over 200 fixes for bugs and regressions.

LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on features. LibreOffice 4.2.7 “Still” is a stable release of the more tested version of the software, and is targeted to users focusing on continuity. Both versions can be deployed in enterprise environments, according to corporate policies, when backed by professional support.

“This is the first time we are releasing the fresh and still versions on the same day, and this represents a good opportunity to explain that we maintain two concurrent versions of the software to provide the best option to both power and conservative users, because they focus on different characteristics of the application”, explains Italo Vignoli, a spokesperson for The Document Foundation. “In both cases, though, we strongly suggest to back enterprise deployments with professional support, to get the best out of LibreOffice”.

People interested in technical details can find change logs for LibreOffice 4.3.3 here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1). Change logs for LibreOffice 4.2.7 are also available on the wiki here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.7/RC1 (fixed in RC1).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.3 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.2.7 “Still” are immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download.
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

2014/10/29

LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session coming soon

Filed under: LibreOffice, QA — Tags: , , — italovignoli @ 15:30

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the first LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session, which will happen immediately after the availability of the first beta of the new major release on November 21/23, 2014.

Details of LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session are available on TDF wiki at https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_4.4.0.0. The list of LibreOffice 4.4 new features that have to be checked for bugs and regressions is also available on the wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

To participate, it will be necessary to download LibreOffice 4.4 Beta 1 for Windows, MacOS or Linux from http://www.libreoffice.org/pre-releases. Filing bugs will be extremely easy, thanks to the help of experienced volunteers who will be around on the QA mailing list (libreoffice-qa@lists.freedesktop.org) and IRC channel (irc://irc.freenode.net/#libreoffice-qa).

A second LibreOffice 4.4 bug hunting session will be organized – with the same pattern – immediately after the release of LibreOffice 4.4 Release Candidate 1, in mid December.

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