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2015/06/30

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.4

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 11:00

Berlin, June 30, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.4.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family, with over 70 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.3. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC1 (fixed in RC1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.4/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

Get involved: LibreOffice 5.0 and LibreOffice Conference

The LibreOffice community is actively working at next major release, LibreOffice 5.0, expected in early August 2015. After two successful bug hunting sessions, developers are putting the finishing touches to the software. Preliminary release notes are available at: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0.

Also, the Call for Paper for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is open until July 15, with further details on the website: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/call-for-papers/.

The LibreOffice community is growing, and these are exceptional opportunities to join the fun together with over 900 developers who have contributed to the code and over 3,000 volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.4 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.

2015/06/09

Second bug hunting session for LibreOffice 5.0

Filed under: Announcements, QA — italovignoli @ 12:04

Berlin, June 9, 2015 – The LibreOffice community is getting ready for the next major release – planned for late July or early August – with a second bug hunting session focused on new features, including Windows 10 compatibility, and fixes for bugs and regressions. The session will last 3 full days, from June 19 to June 21, 2015, and check the first release candidate of LibreOffice 5.0.

On those dates, mentors will be available from 08AM UTC to 10PM UTC to help less experienced volunteers to triage bugs, on the QA IRC channel and via email on the QA mailing list.

Those who cannot join during the bug hunting session are always welcome to help chasing bugs and regressions when they have time.

Builds of LibreOffice 5.0.0 RC1 will be available until early July from this link: http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/pre-releases/. Further information are available here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_5.0.0_RC1.

Preliminary release notes for LibreOffice 5.0.0 are available on the wiki at the following link: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.0.

2015/06/03

Read about The Document Foundation achievements in 2014: download the Annual Report!

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Tags: — italovignoli @ 09:36

TDF ReportThe Document Foundation (TDF) is proud to announce its 2014 Annual Report, which can be downloaded from the following link: http://tdf.io/report2014 (3.2 MB PDF). The version with HD images can be downloaded from http://tdf.io/report2014hq (15.9 MB PDF).

TDF Annual Report starts with a Review of 2014, with highlights about TDF and LibreOffice, and a summary of financials and budget.

Community, Projects & Events covers the LibreOffice Conference 2014 in Bern, Certification, Website and QA, Hackfests in Brussels, Gran Canaria, Paris, Boston and Tolouse, Native-Language Projects, Infrastructure, Documentation, Marketing and Design.

Software, Development & Code reports about the activities of the Engineering Steering Committee, LibreOffice Development, the Document Liberation Project and LibreOffice on Android.

The last section focuses on People, starting with Top Contributors, followed by TDF Staff, the Board of Directors and the Membership Committee, the Board of Trustees, or the body of TDF Members, and the Advisory Board.

TDF 2014 Annual Report has been edited by Sophie Gautier, Alexander Werner, Christian Lohmaier, Florian Effenberger, Italo Vignoli and Robinson Tryon, and designed by Barak Paz, with the help of the fantastic LibreOffice community.

To allow the widest distribution of the document, this is released with a CC BY 3.0 DE License, unless otherwise noted, to TDF Members and free software advocates worldwide.

[The German version of TDF Annual Report is available from http://tdf.io/bericht2014].

2015/05/28

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice Viewer for Android

Filed under: Android, Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 11:24

Berlin, May 28, 2015 – LibreOffice, the best free office suite on the desktop, is available on Android as a native application for viewing ODF documents. The app can be installed from Google Play Store at http://tdf.io/androidviewer. Direct download of the APK and download from other app stores will be made available at http://www.libreoffice.org/download/android-viewer.

LibreOffice Viewer also offers basic editing capabilities, like modifying words in existing paragraphs and changing font styles such as bold and italics.

Editing is still an experimental feature which has to be enabled separately in the settings, and is not stable enough for mission critical tasks. It will be enhanced to a fully fledged editing solution in the future, with the help of our steadily growing developer community. The editing features provided in the current release have been developed thanks to donations to The Document Foundation.

Feedback and bug reports are very welcome, to help developers improve the quality of the application on its way to a fully-fledged editor. Users are invited to report problems, using the bug tracker and attaching files that have triggered the issue at https://bugs.documentfoundation.org.

LibreOffice Viewer is using the same engine as LibreOffice for Windows, OS X and Linux. This, combined with a new front-end based on Firefox for Android, reads documents similarly to LibreOffice on the desktop.

LibreOffice Viewer has been developed by Collabora and Igalia, backed by Smoose, with contributions from Google Summer of Code students, together with The Document Foundation and the LibreOffice community. SUSE has provided a key foundation of cross platform support, and Mozilla Corporation several core components.

2015/05/27

LibreOffice Conference Sponsorship Packages

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — italovignoli @ 07:53

The LibreOffice Conference 2015 will be hosted by the city of Aarhus, the second largest in Denmark, from September 23 to September 25. The event gathers developers, designers, localizers, documenters, supporters, marketers and users of the leading free office suite, to get an update about the project and learn about its future.

Companies are invited to support the event – joining Collabora, Magenta and RedHat, who have already confirmed their sponsoring – according to the package that best suits their needs. Pre-configured packages are available on the conference website at http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/sponsorship/.

Supporters benefit from a number of activities before LibreOffice Conference, including the logo and a company description on the website, a media announcement of their participation, and a mention during the opening session. They are also given the opportunity to host a session.

Sponsors logos will be featured on conference banners and publicity materials in the various conference rooms, and materials will be included in the official LibreOffice Conference registration bag.

The conference is organised by the not-for-profit “Foreningen Dansk LibreOffice Konference 2015″. Please get in touch with them at conference@libreoffice.org to sign up for a sponsorship package.

2015/05/07

LibreOffice 4.4.3 is ready

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 11:22

Berlin, May 7, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 “fresh” family, with over 80 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.2. New features introduced by LibreOffice 4.4 are listed on this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).
People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.3/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Get involved: LibreOffice 5.0 and LibreOffice Conference

The LibreOffice community is actively working at next major release, LibreOffice 5.0, expected in late July 2015. The first bug hunting session on the beta release is scheduled from May 22 to May 24, according to the details provided in this wiki page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_5.0.0.0.

Also, the Call for Paper for LibreOffice Conference 2015, which will be hosted by the Danish city of Aarhus from September 23 to September 25, is open until July 15, with further details on the website: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/call-for-papers/.

The LibreOffice community is growing, and these are exceptional opportunities to join the fun together with over 900 developers who have contributed to the code and over 3,000 volunteers who have localized the suite, chased the bugs, written the manuals, spoken at conferences, and advocated LibreOffice both at global and local levels.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.3 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/, where more conservative users can find the more tested LibreOffice 4.3.7. All users are suggested to update their installation to one of these two LibreOffice releases, for security reasons.

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

2015/05/04

LibreOffice Conference Call for Papers

Berlin, May 4, 2015 – LibreOffice Conference will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, on September 23-25, 2015, at the Urban Media Space and is hosted by the Aarhus Municipality. The Document Foundation invites members and volunteers to submit proposals for papers.

Proposals should be filed by July 15, 2015, in order to guarantee that they will be considered for inclusion in the conference program.

a) Development, APIs, Extensions, Future Technology
b) Quality Assurance
c) Localization, Documentation and Native Language Projects
d) Appealing Libreoffice: Ease of Use, Design and Accessibility
e) Enterprise Deployments and Migrations, Certifications and Best Practices
f) Open Document Format, Document Liberation and Interoperability
g) Building a successful business around LibreOffice.

The Call for Paper page is available at the following address: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2015/call-for-papers/.

Proposals, including a short bio of the speaker (max 500 characters) as well as a short abstract of the contents (max 1,000 characters), should be sent to the program committee address: conference@libreoffice.org.

Presentations, case studies, workshops and technical talks will discuss a subject in depth, and will last 60 minutes (including Q&A). Lightning talks will cover a specific topic and will last 20 minutes (including Q&A). Sessions will be streamed live and recorded for download.

Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to share about LibreOffice we definitely want to hear from you!

2015/04/25

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.7

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 11:06

Berlin, April 25, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.7 “Still”, the seventh minor release of the LibreOffice 4.3 family, which is now the suggested version of the software for large deployments in the enterprise and for conservative users. LibreOffice 4.3.7 contains over 100 bug fixes.

LibreOffice 4.3.7 and LibreOffice 4.4.2, announced in early April, include a security patch for CVE-2015-1774: OpenOffice HWP Filter Remote Execution and DoS Vulnerability, where an issue in OpenOffice’s Hangul Word Processor (HWP) filter allows attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption and application crash) or possibly the execution of arbitrary code by preparing specially crafted documents in the HWP document format in versions from 1997 or older.

Users are invited to update their version of LibreOffice to 4.3.7 “Still” or 4.4.2 “Fresh”, in order to protect their system from the potential effects of this vulnerability.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.7 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 4.3.7 here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.7/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.7/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.2 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.3.7 “Still” are 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.

2015/04/02

LibreOffice 4.4.2 “Fresh” is available for download

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 10:59

Berlin, April 2, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 “fresh” family, with over 50 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.0 and 4.4.1.

New features introduced by the LibreOffice 4.4 family are listed on this web page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

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

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.2 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. Money collected will be used to grow the infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

2015/03/25

LibreOffice to become the cornerstone of the world’s first universal productivity solution

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 13:12

Berlin, March 25, 2015 – LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, is set to become the cornerstone of the world’s first global personal productivity solution – LibreOffice Online – following an announcement by IceWarp and Collabora of a joint development effort. LibreOffice is available as a native application for every desktop OS, and is currently under development for Android. In addition, it is available on virtual platforms for Chrome OS, Firefox OS and iOS.

“LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice historic heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments which are key for the further development of free software,” says Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Director of The Document Foundation. “Thanks to the increasing number of companies which are investing on the development of LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform, including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources for a further development of LibreOffice Online.”

Development of LibreOffice Online started back in 2011, with the availability of a proof of concept of the client front end, based on HTML5 technology. That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard.

“It is wonderful to marry IceWarp’s vision and investment with our passion and skills for LibreOffice development. It is always satisfying to work on something that, as a company, we have a need for ourselves,” says Michael Meeks, Vice President of Collabora Productivity, who developed the proof of concept back in 2011 and will oversee the development of LibreOffice Online.

The availability of LibreOffice Online will be communicated at a later stage.

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