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July 30, 2012

Travel bursaries for LibOCon

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 13:17

This is to inform you about travel bursaries for the LibreOffice Conference.

We are trying to enable as many contributors as possible to join us in Berlin, to meet their community friends, to listen to exciting lectures, and to work on the future of the best free office suite, LibreOffice.

Unfortunately, we are a rather young foundation, depending on donations, with a budget of currently 20.000 € for the rest of the year. Therefore, we are right now working hard on getting sponsors for our conference, and expect large parts of their donations to go into the travel funding budget. As of today, while there are several interested sponsors, no contracts have been signed yet, so we cannot estimate the concrete amount of money available.

Nontheless, we strongly recommend that all interested participants book their trip and hotel already now, as prices tend to grow massively over time. Waiting for a funding confirmation might eventually lead to travel fees we can’t cover anymore.

Be aware that we cannot make any guarantees about travel funding as of today, so if you book, take into account that you have to cover all costs on your own. We give our best, however, to make things clear as soon as possible.

A possible travel funding is primarily dedicated to get those to Berlin who otherwise would not be able to attend, and who are contributors to our community, like conference speakers, project members, and organizers. If you have any other means to join the conference, like sponsoring via your employer, a local association, or paying out of your own pocket, we ask you to take advantage of this and try it out before, to enable those in need to be funded.

TDF already has a travel policy in place, and we expect that the notion will be very similar. Based on the experience from previous years, we are most likely to cap the individual funding per eligible person, so that an economic travel and economic stay in the hotel during the days of the LibOCon can be covered. In case there are much more requests than available money, travel funding might only be granted partially, to at least cover parts of everyone’s expenses.

Legal disclaimer: Be advised there is no legal obligation from our side to pay any travel funding. It is a sole decision of the board, and depends on available financial means.

We hope to be able to see all of you in Berlin, and help those who cannot afford on their own to get there – we’re working hard on that every day, and will share any news we have!

July 24, 2012

Nominated for People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products

Filed under: Announcements, Awards — Florian Effenberger @ 16:21

LibreOffice has been nominated in the 2012 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards, which are now in their 10th year. Complete information about The American Business Awards is available at www.stevieawards.com/aba

If you want to support us, please vote! :-)

July 20, 2012

LibOCon Visa – Don’t forget to apply!

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 12:04

From October 17th to 19th, the LibreOffice Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany, with one additional community meeting day on October 16th.

We would like to remind you of the visa requirements. In a nutshell:

If you want to join the conference,
please check NOW if you need a visa,
and please act NOW to get an invitation letter.

Here’s the details:

People living outside Europe and the “Schengen area” may require a visa to participate. Based on our experience, depending on the country of origin, applying for such a visa can be a lenghty, tedious task. We therefore recommend everyone to act already NOW so required documents can be provided in time. Bureaucratic delays of several months (!) have happened in the past for certain countries, with the reasons out of the organizers’ responsibility, so therefore the sooner you act, the better it is. Unfortunately, although rarely, it already happened that people could not participate because they sent in their visa request too late.

So, again, act NOW.

We have compiled some details on this topic already at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/Berlin2012_Conference#Visa_Information

My colleague Stefan Weigel will take care of the formalities. In case you have questions regarding the visa, or want to receive a letter of invitation, please contact him directly at

stefan.weigel@libreoffice.org

We are trying to make the process as easy as possible, and are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin this fall!

July 17, 2012

LibreOffice Infographics

Filed under: Community, Technology — Tags: , , , , — italovignoli @ 21:52

LibreOffice Infographics July 2012

If you are a LibreOffice user, you can download the Hybrid PDF from here and open it as a normal ODF file (using File > Open). If you are not a LibreOffice user, you can open the file using a PDF viewer, or install LibreOffice to discover this unique feature.

July 16, 2012

Meeting Richard Stallman

Filed under: Community, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 09:09

Following his speech the day before at the University of Munich, TDF Chair Florian Effenberger and admin team member Alexander Werner, together with a group of students, had the chance of meeting Richard Stallman. It was a fun day getting input from the President of the Free Software Foundation, who alongside many others, are a key member of our Advisory Board. The picture below shows the group enjoying some Italian ice cream. ;-)

Meeting Richard Stallman

July 11, 2012

LibreOffice 3.5.5 is available

Filed under: Announcements — Florian Effenberger @ 12:12

Stability enhancements and bugfixes thanks to a large, diverse and rapidly growing developer community
Improvements in Calc, Impress, font handling and compatibility to third-party formats

Berlin, July 11th, 2012. The Document Foundation today announces the immediate availability of LibreOffice 3.5.5, the current version of the free office suite.

This release fixes a number of bugs and further improves the stability of the software, making it the best version available for corporate and enterprise adoption. Among the changes are improvements in Calc, Impress, in the handling of fonts as well as enhancements with regards to importing and exporting third-party formats.

LibreOffice 3.5.5 is available for download for various platforms and in many languages at http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

Detailed technical change logs are available at:
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.5/RC1
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.5/RC2
http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/3.5.5/RC3

The worldwide LibreOffice Conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, from October 17th to 19th, 2012. It is supported by the German Federal Ministries of the Interior and of Economics and Technology, with the Call for Papers running until August 15th. Details are available at http://conference.libreoffice.org

The next major release 3.6 of LibreOffice, including new and exciting features, will be released within the next weeks, with the current 3.5 series receiving ongoing maintenance.

July 3, 2012

Visa for the LibreOffice Conference

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 15:28

From October 17th to 19th, the LibreOffice Conference takes place in Berlin, Germany, with one additional community meeting day on October 16th.

People living outside Europe and the “Schengen area” may require a visa to participate. Based on our experience, depending on the country of origin, applying for such a visa can be a lenghty, tedious task. We therefore recommend everyone to act already now so required documents can be provided in time. Bureaucratic delays of several months (!) have happened in the past for certain countries, with the reasons out of the organizers’ responsibility, so therefore the sooner you act, the better it is. Unfortunately, although rarely, it already happened that people could not participate because they sent in their visa request too late. So, again, act NOW.

We have compiled some details on this topic already at http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/Berlin2012_Conference#Visa_Information

My colleague Stefan Weigel will take care of the formalities. In case you have questions regarding the visa, or want to receive a letter of invitation, please contact him directly at

stefanw@libreoffice.org

We are trying to make the process as easy as possible, and are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin this fall!

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