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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.

2014/10/27

The Document Foundation joins the Open Source Business Alliance

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 12:28

Berlin, October 27, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) joins the Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance), to strengthen LibreOffice ecosystem by creating stronger ties with companies and organizations deploying the free office suite on a large scale.

The aim of OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and open collaboration, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for software developers and users, and the active networking between all players. Within this environment, interoperability plays an important role for everyone, and especially for enterprise users.

“The Open Source Business Alliance has been a key stakeholder for LibreOffice, and for several members of the LibreOffice ecosystem. They have funded several interoperability features with Microsoft OOXML, and are an important source of information on the situation of large LibreOffice deployments”, says Thorsten Behrens, TDF Chairman.

“As OSB Alliance working group leader for office interoperability I very much welcome the membership of The Document Foundation. The active participation of this renowned nonprofit organization in our working group is very welcome,” said Matthias Stürmer, while OSB Alliance Chairman Peter Ganten added: “Open Source Office Software like LibreOffice has always been very important to most of our members, and there is a long and successful history of cooperation between the OSB Alliance and the respective projects. For this reason we are very happy to have The Document Foundation in our organization and are looking forward for a great continuation of our cooperation.”

Business users will appreciate that the quality of LibreOffice code is the highest for projects of similar size. According to Coverity Scan, the quality has improved tenfold during the last couple of years, with the number of defects per 1,000 lines of code being reduced from 0.8 to 0.07 thanks to the solution of 6,000 problems. LibreOffice is by far the largest project to have achieved such an outstanding score, with over 9 million lines of code.

About the Open Source Business Alliance

The Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance) is Europe’s biggest association of companies and organizations developing, building and using open source software. The aim of the OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and other forms of open collaboration. The OSB Alliance achieves its objectives, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for producers and users, as well as through the active networking of manufacturers, customers and service providers. Interoperability between different open source systems and proprietary software in particular plays an important role. See http://www.osb-alliance.de.

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 September 2014, the foundation has over 200 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

2014/10/17

LibreOffice Conference 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, from September 23 to September 25, 2015

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Conference, Foundation, Meetings — italovignoli @ 11:21

Aarhus WaterfrontBerlin, October 17, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the LibreOffice Conference 2015 will be jointly organized by the Danish LibreOffice community in collaboration with local F/OSS groups and the Aarhus municipality, and hosted at the brand new Urban Media Space, from September 23 to September 25, 2015.

In addition, on September 22 the LibreOffice community will gather for several face-to-face meetings: Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Engineering Steering Committee, and Certification Committee.

Aarhus is a city of education, knowledge and research. Its university is internationally recognized for its contributions within, among other fields, social sciences, technology and science. Aarhus is known to attract talented students from around the world which also provides the city with a great diversity.

“Hosting the LibreOffice Conference will be an exciting opportunity for the entire Danish free software community”, says Leif Lodahl, a long time leader of the Danish LibreOffice community, a founder of The Document Foundation, and the architect of several large migration projects to LibreOffice. “We are looking forward to welcoming LibreOffice volunteers and advocates from every corner of the world”.

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 strengthen the foundation, support development related activities such as QA and localization, expand the infrastructure, and accelerate marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

2014/10/16

100,000 thanks

Filed under: Community, Foundation — italovignoli @ 09:38

100,000 donations in 500 days, from May 1st, 2013, to October 13, 2014, with an average of 200 donations per day.

Three square numbers which have a greater meaning than their actual one, for the entire free software ecosystem.

Together with volunteers, contributing their time, and Advisory Board members, investing in The Document Foundation, individual donors are making the dream of an independent self-sustaining free software foundation – capable of pushing the best free office suite to the next level of awesomeness – a solid, enduring reality.

Back in 2010, when the independent foundation was announced, one of the most frequent objections was based on the false assumption that a large free software project cannot exist without a single large corporate sponsor.

After four years, we can not only affirm that the dream has come true, but that the dream has a bright future.

Thanks to donations, we have been able to fund hackfests (like the upcoming one in Toulouse, France, on November 15/16), QA volunteer netbooks for bug triage, tinderboxes for developers, improvements of ask.libreoffice.org for non-english users, LibreOffice booths at exhibitions, native language community events, a stronger independent infrastructure, and so on.

What is more important, we have been able to demonstrate that a large free software project does not need a single large corporate sponsor to thrive, but can rely on a diverse ecosystem based on companies but also on volunteers, supported by individual donors.

Companies come and go, while volunteers – and hopefully individual donors – stay.

So far, they have had the unique power of making a ten year long dream come true, and become history. With a simple donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org, they can keep the history alive, forever.

100,000 thanks, again.

2014/09/27

Happy Fourth Birthday, LibreOffice

Filed under: Foundation — italovignoli @ 22:56

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Today is the fourth anniversary of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. Thanks to all TDF Members - Abdulaziz Ayed Alayed, Abe Takeshi, Adam Fyne, Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, Adriano Afonso, Ahmed Abdulmajeed, Ahmad Al Harthi, Akshay Anand, Albert Thuswaldner, Alexander Werner, Alexandre Vicenzi, Alfredo Parisi, Amit Bakore, Andras Timar, Andrea Castellani, Andrea Mario Trentini, Andrea Pescetti, Andreas Mantke, Andrzej Hunt, Anton Meixome, Aputsiaq Niels Janussen, Arnaud Versini, Barend Jonker, Bisal Singh Nayal, Björn Michaelsen, Brennan Thomas Vincent, Caolán McNamara, Carlos Moreira, Cédric Bosdonnat, Charles-H. Schulz, Cheng-Chia Tseng, Christian Kühl, Christian Lohmaier, Christina Roßmanith, Christopher Brian Sherlock, Christopher M. Penalver, Cor Nouws, Daniel Armando Rodriguez, Danishka Navin, Darshan Gandhi, David Emmerich Jourdain, David Ostrovsky, David Tardon, Diego Maniacco, Dinesh Patil, Domingo Sacristán Valdezate, Donald Evan Rogers, Douglas Vigliazzi, Dushyant Bhalgami, Eike Rathke, Eilidh McAdam, Ejnar Zacho Rath, Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Ellen Pape, Elton Chung, Enio Gemmo, Faisal M. Al-Otaibi, Felix Xiaofei Zhang, Florian Effenberger, Florian Reisinger, François Tigeot, Fridrich Strba, Friedrich Strohmaier, Gabor Kelemen, Gabriele Ponzo, Gerald Geib, Giordano Alborghetti, Gustavo Pacheco, Harri Pitkänen, Heinz Simoneit, Helio Jose Santiago Ferreira, Henderson Matsuura Sanches, Irmhild Rogalla, Italo Vignoli, Jacobo Aragunde Pérez, Jacqueline Rahemipour, Jan Holešovský, Jean-Baptiste Faure, Jean Hollis Weber, Jean Spiteri, Jesper Laugesen, Jesús Corrius, Joan Montané, João Fernando Costa Júnior, João Mac-Cormick, Jochen Schiffers, Joel Madero, Joren De Cuyper, José Guilherme Vanz, Kálmán Szalai, Katarina Behrens, Kees Kriek, Khaled Hosny, Klaibson Natal Ribeiro Borges, Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn, Knut Olav Bøhmer, Kohei Yoshida, László Németh, Laurent Godard, Leif Lyngby Lodahl, Leo Moons, Lionel Elie Mamane, Lior Kaplan, Luca Daghino, Luc Castermans, Lucian Oprea, Mahendra Kumar Yadava, Manal Alhassoun, Marc-André Laverdière, Marcos Souza, Marc Paré, Marina Latini, Markus Mohrhard, Martin Bayer, Mateusz Zasuwik, Matteo Casalin, Matteo Cavalleri, Matteo Ruffoni, Matúš Kukan, Michael Bauer, Michael Meeks, Michael Schinagl, Michael Stahl, Michał Newiak, Miguel Ángel Ríos Vázquez, Mihovil Stanić, Miklos Vanja, Milos Sramek, Miroslav Mazel, Muthu Subramanian, Naruhiko Ogasawara, Nikhil Nandkumar Walvekar, Noel Power, Norbert Thiebaud, Olav Dahlum, Olivier Hallot, Omer Eyal, Osvaldo Gervasi, Pallavi Jadhav, Paolo Dongilli, Paolo Mauri, Paolo Pelloni, Paweł Konefał, Peter Mato, Peter Schofield, Peter Szakal, Philippe Emile Clement, Pierre-Eric Pelloux-Prayer, Pierre-Yves Samyn, Priyanka Gaikwad, Rajashri Bhat Udhoji, Ravindra Vidhate, Regina Henschel, Rene Engelhard, Ricardo Montania, Robert Einsle, Roberto Brenlla, Robinson Tryon, Rob Snelders, Robson da Costa Farias, Rodolfo Ribeiro Gomes, Rohit Deshmukh, Roopesh Kohad, Sanjib Narzary, Shinji Enoki, Sigrid Carrera, Simon Phipps, Sonia Montegiove, Sophie Gautier, Sourav Mahajan, Stanislav Horáček, Stefano Paggetti, Stephan Bergmann, Stephan van den Akker, Stuart Swales, Surbhi Tongia, Sushil Shinde, Sverrisson Sveinn í Felli, Tamás Zolnai, Thomas Hackert, Thomas Krumbein, Thorsten Behrens, Timothy Lungstrom, Tollef Fog Heen, Tomaž Vajngerl, Tommaso Bartalena, Tsahi Glik, Tushar Bende, Umesh Kadam, Valdir Barbosa, Valek Filippov, Valter Mura, Varun Mittal, Vinaya Mandke, Vitorio Furusho, Volker Merschmann, Walter Pape, Winfried Donkers, Xosé Calvo, Yaron Shahrabani, Yifan Jiang, Yogesh Bharate, Zeki Bildirici – and to all the less known but equally important anonymous contributors for this incredible journey. Together, we have built an incredible free software project, and the best free office suite ever.

2014/09/25

LibreOffice 4.3.2 hits the marketplace just before the fourth anniversary of the project

Filed under: Uncategorized — italovignoli @ 13:00

happybirthdayBerlin, September 25, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.2, the second minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family. Most of the over 80 fixes focus on interoperability issues when reading or writing Microsoft Office DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files.

LibreOffice 4.3.2 hits the marketplace just before the fourth anniversary of the project on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The community has been growing for the past 48 months, attracting at least three new developers per month plus a larger number of volunteers active in localization, QA and other areas such as marketing and development of local communities.

With localizations available in over 100 languages, LibreOffice can be utilized in the native language by almost 5 billion people worldwide. “LibreOffice has a key role in reducing the digital divide in countries where the native language is not English”, says Eliane Domingos, a Brazilian native, Deputy Chairman of The Document Foundation. “As a foundation independent from software vendors, we have the privilege of being able to look after user interests instead of running after sales targets or quarterly earnings releases”.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.2 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.2.6 “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.

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