LibreOffice has been awarded the OWF Experiment Awards 2011 for best of Open Source software:
The Internet, September 28, 2011 – The Document Foundation (TDF) celebrates its first anniversary, one year after the unveiling of the project and the release of the first beta of LibreOffice. “What we have achieved in just twelve months is incredible,” says Charles Schulz, a member of the Steering Committee. “Let’s have a look at some numbers: we have 136 members who have been nominated for their contributions to the project; we have some 270 developers and 270 localizers (although we always want to attract more), many of whom are also members; we have over 100 mailing lists, with over 15,000 subscribers, half of whom receive all our announcements; and there have been thousands of articles in the media worldwide”.
LibreOffice is the result of the combined activity of 330 contributors – including former OpenOffice.org developers – having made more than 25,000 commits. The developer community is well balanced between company-sponsored contributors and independent community volunteers: SUSE and community volunteers new to the project have provided around 25% each of the commits, with a further 20% coming from RedHat and another 20% coming from the OpenOffice.org code base. The remaining commits came from pre-TDF contributors, Canonical developers, and organizations like Bobiciel, CodeThink, Lanedo, SIL, and Tata Consultancy Services.
All that effort is yielding results. Faster, more reliable, with richer features than predecessors, the LibreOffice experience is the best yet in the evolving heritage of the former StarOffice codebase. As InfoWorld said, “The newest features show that much more attention to improving performance and making the product more like a business tool and less me-too effort.”
“Thanks to a very welcoming attitude to newcomers, to the copyleft license, and to the fact that it is not requesting any copyright assignment, The Document Foundation has attracted more developers with commits in the first year than the OpenOffice.org project in the first decade”, says Norbert Thiebaud, a first-day hacker who jumped on LibreOffice code on September 28, 2010, and is now a member of TDF Engineering Steering Committee.
Downloads since January 25, 2011, the day of availability of the first stable release, have just exceeded 6 million from 81 TDF mirrors, and amount to 7.5 million when you add external sites (like Softpedia) offering the same package. In addition, there are many more users who install LibreOffice from a CD burned from the ISO images available online or bundled with a magazine. TDF estimates that there are 10 million users worldwide having installed from downloads and CDs. Over 90% of those are on Windows, with another 5% on MacOS.
Linux users, in contrast, get LibreOffice from their distribution repository. Based on IDC reckonings for new or updated Linux installations in 2011, TDF estimates a subtotal of 15 million Linux users, as LibreOffice is the office suite of choice for all Linux distributions.
TDF calculates that there is a total of 25 million LibreOffice users worldwide, in line with the expectations and well on the way to the target of 200 million users worldwide before the end of the decade.
“When the community around OpenOffice.org decided to fork into an independent, community-driven project, I was excited and wanted to see it be a success. The best way to ensure that was to actively get involved and, right from the first day, I decided I wanted to be part of the team. I work on LibreOffice documentation and website content development, operate an Alfresco platform for the project, and provide support to the marketing group. LibreOffice is indeed a live, thriving and active project, and we are all determined to ensure it continues to be a great success story,” says David Nelson, another first-day volunteer accepted into the fold as a member of The Document Foundation for his contributions.
The community around TDF will gather in Paris from October 12 to October 15, 2011, for the first LibreOffice Conference (http://conference.libreoffice.org/). Interested people should register at http://conference.libreoffice.org/conference-registration/.
LibreOffice can be downloaded from http://www.libreoffice.org/.
NOTE TO READERS: If TDF had used the old OpenOffice.org metrics, counting all hits to the mirror system, the number of downloads would be counted as over 22 million.
Paris, October 13 to October 15, 2011
Over 200 people – members of The Document Foundation and free software advocates – will gather in Paris to celebrate the first anniversary of the project and discuss ideas and new plans for the future
The Document Foundation announces the program of the first LibreOffice Conference, which will gather over 200 people – members of the project and free software advocates – in Paris from October 13 to October 15, 2011. The conference – which will be held in two locations: La Cantine de Silicon Sentier and the IRILL (Institut de Recherche du Logiciel Libre, or free software research institute) – is sponsored by: Cap Digital, IRILL and Région Île-de-France (Premium Sponsors); Canonical, Google, La Mouette, Novell/SUSE and RedHat (Gold Sponsors); AF83, Ars Aperta and Lanedo (Silver Sponsors). Logos and links to sponsors are available here.
On October 12, La Cantine will be open in the afternoon for registration and for a meeting of TDF Steering Committee, followed by a public Q&A session open to members of The Document Foundation and conference attendees. In the evening at 7 pm, Cap Digital will organize a welcome cocktail at their headquarters near the Bastille.
On October 13, the conference will start with a welcome address from the region authorities and the organizing committee, followed by TDF keynote speech summarizing the project achievements during the first year: development, infrastructure, community and marketing. The following presentations will be split into four different tracks, focused – again – on development, community, marketing and ODF, plus a technical “bird-of-feather” session. The program is available here.
The conference will continue in the evenings with get-together events, where the international community will have the opportunity to meet and mingle: on October 13 at 7 pm, there will be the Île-de-France Region special evening, with several keynotes and announcements; while on October 14 at 7 pm, there will be the AF83 Beer & Music evening.
Participation in the LibreOffice Conference is free of charge; all you need to do is to register here before the end of September.
LibreOffice is one of the winners of InfoWorld BOSSIE – Best of Open Source – Awards 2011.
OpenOffice.org desperately needed a rejuvenating shot in the arm, and it’s come in the form of the LibreOffice project, a variant of OO.o developed by the Document Foundation (the folks behind the ODF standard).
LibreOffice launches faster, runs more reliably, and sports an incrementally better set of features than OpenOffice.org – but what’s most important is the accelerated pace of development for the product.
The newest features show that much more attention to improving performance and making the product more like a business tool and less a me-too effort.
The latest version, LibreOffice 3.4.3, adds many useful functions: improved HTML export; better text rendering in Linux; better support for OLE links when importing an Excel document (crucial if you’re migrating away from Microsoft Office); fewer dependencies on Java for import/export and other tasks (another annoying shortcoming in OpenOffice.org); and a nonmodal Firefox/Chrome-like “Find” dialog.
They’re good additions all around.
LibreOffice’s spelling/grammar checking is still primitive compared to Microsoft Office, and there’s still a lot of clunkiness to the program.
But the whole package is finally headed in the right direction.
Doug Dineley, Executive Editor/Test Center, InfoWorld:
In every software category worth mentioning, you’ll find a competitive open source solution. And in some cases, open source is the only solution. Our 2011 Bossie Award winners represent the best that open source has to offer in application development, desktop productivity, mobile computing, and the data center.
By the way, behind the ODF standard there is OASIS and not TDF, which is a supporter of the standard and will soon apply for OASIS membership.
The LibreOffice Conference schedule is online at http://conference.libreoffice.org/programme/
In case you haven’t registered yet, let us know about your participation at http://conference.libreoffice.org/conference-registration/
Developers invited to contribute their add-ons
Community-based review process ensures quality and reliability
LibreOffice, the free office productivity suite, can be enhanced with hundreds of extensions and templates. Users can download these smart extras to improve the suite’s functionality to fit their job or hobby, and developers can easily write their own add-ons and share it with millions of users worldwide.
Since, at the moment, there is no reliable and stable source for downloading these handy add-ons, the LibreOffice community has put great efforts into launching a public repository. It does not only provide extensions and templates for LibreOffice, but also for OpenOffice.org and other compatible office suites. Users of these can benefit from the work and the commitment of our community, and are invited to have a look at recent versions of our product, which already has included has the most popular extensions, and comes with many new features.
The new site is now in public beta testing at
and has been created in cooperation with the Plone community, on whose technology it is based. To ensure the quality and reliability of the offered extensions, a community-based review process is currently set in place: Community volunteers test and review available extensions, and those meeting criteria of quality will be tagged accordingly.
We warmly invite all developers to submit their extensions and fill the repository, where millions of users worldwide will be able to download and benefit from their work. All extensions submitted during the public beta test will remain in the repository after the beta test, so this is your chance to join the efforts right from the beginning!
LibreOffice remains committed to providing users with quality software authored under free software licenses, and, as such, our catalogue of extensions and templates are published under free software licenses.
Thanks to the great work by PortableApps.com, LibreOffice Portable 3.4.3 is now available at http://download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/portable/3.4.3/
Shortly after our successful LibreOffice Hackfest in the city of Munich last weekend (pictures and blog post will follow), there will be another event for hackers and developers! Cor Nouws is organizing a Mini HackFest in Eindhoven on September 10th. If you’re around, have a look, and learn how the LibreOffice development process works.