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First TDF Advisory Board members demonstrate wide corporate support for LibreOffice

Filed under: Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 08:58

Strong backing for a truly free and vendor-neutral office suite
The Document Foundation provides solid grounds to build upon

The Document Foundation today announced the first members of its Advisory Board: Google, SUSE, Red Hat, Freies Office Deutschland e.V., Software in the Public Interest, and the Free Software Foundation. The new appointees will serve for an initial term of one year.

The body represents The Document Foundation’s sponsors, with each sponsor having the right to one representative. They will provide the future Board of Directors with advice, guidance and proposals, and will consult regularly on the further development of the Foundation and its associated projects.

We’re very proud, and warmly welcome the first members of the Advisory Board. Its composition shows that LibreOffice is a vendor-neutral, truly-free office suite, and confirms that The Document Foundation has created a solid base to build upon, for the community, for corporations and enterprises, and for adopters and end-users,” said Florian Effenberger on behalf of The Document Foundation’s Steering Committee. “With LibreOffice being downloaded from all over the world, with the community growing quickly, and with organizations and corporations showing strong support, The Document Foundation has succeeded in creating a safe, stable and secure base to ensure the future of free office suites,” he added.

Thomas Krumbein, Chairman of the German non-profit organization Freies Office Deutschland e.V., commented, “Freies Office Deutschland e.V. has been in existence since 2004. We have been closely cooperating with end-users, organizations and businesses in Germany and, over the last two years, have organized a dedicated congress for business and administration. The founding of The Document Foundation has been very well received, especially by those looking for safety and stability. We are honored to serve on the Advisory Board and to help shape what we believe is the ideal home for a truly-free office suite.

Holger Dyroff, Vice President Business Development for SUSE, stated, “SUSE recognises the value of community governance and is very pleased to help fund as well as provide advice to The Document Foundation. I look forward to representing SUSE on the inaugural Advisory Board. This will assure that our customers and users views and priorities are represented to the leadership of The Document Foundation.

The Document Foundation shares the objectives of openness, transparency, interoperability and user choice that are reflected in Red Hat’s core values,” said Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat. “We are pleased to participate on the Advisory Board and to highlight the importance of continued community contributions and potential benefits from the availability of a free office suite.

Jeremy Allison, co-founder of Samba and member of Google’s Open Source Programs Office, added, “The creation of The Document Foundation’s Advisory board is a great step forward for the organization. Google is pleased to be a supporter of The Document Foundation, and to provide funding and advice to advance their work.

Bdale Garbee, President of Software in the Public Interest added, “Software in the Public Interest is pleased to have The Document Foundation’s LibreOffice as an associated project. TDF and LibreOffice match well with our mission, and we are pleased to be able to provide funding services and contribute advice for TDF’s future.

John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, concluded, “The Free Software Foundation is pleased to offer its advice to The Document Foundation. We applaud TDF’s demonstrated commitment to user freedom, and will do our best to help it achieve its free software goals going forward.

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  1. Glad to see good corporate backing. Don’t suppose someone could get the Google rep to find out why they support LibreOffice but not its document format in GMail? The one place most people will first encounter an ODF doc is in email, but ODF does not have a preview or open in Google Docs option. Odd, isn’t it…

    Comment by Chris Puttick — 2011/06/15 @ 09:05

    • That addresses several of my ccnoenrs actually.

      Comment by Makaila — 2011/06/23 @ 10:26

  2. great step forward…

    Comment by allhuda — 2011/06/15 @ 11:32

  3. Is there ever going to a be a blog post about technical things?
    Each and every TDF blog post is about some form of bureaucracy :(

    Comment by Anonymous — 2011/06/15 @ 11:39

    • See for aggregated blog posts by the devs as well as these TDF ones if you’re looking for snippets about technical issues, or the development mailing lists of course.

      Comment by anonymous — 2011/06/15 @ 11:53

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  6. Where’s novell? hiding? abandoning LO?

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  8. With the exception of the presence of Google, whose actions and objectives sometimes seem to me ambiguous and nothing credible, I attest that the rest of members of the TDF Advisory Board come from associations and corporations which share seriously much of the ideals of the TDF.

    It reassures and allows me to see that this cooperation will cause LibreOffice walks with sure steps and forth.

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  12. Smack-dab what I was lokonig for—ty!

    Comment by Cherilynn — 2011/06/23 @ 10:15

  13. Any upcoming blog posts relating to technical stuff?

    Comment by Samantha L. — 2011/10/24 @ 05:09

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