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2014/11/24

The Document Foundation announces new Certified Developers

Filed under: Announcements, Certification — italovignoli @ 15:08

Berlin, November 24, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) has just appointed two Certified Developers, Jan-Marek Glogowski (Landeshauptstadt München) and Samuel Mehrbrodt (independent), bringing the total number to 44. Jan-Marek Glogowski is the first Certified Developer working as an employee inside a large organization deploying LibreOffice on thousands of PCs, and supporting the deployment with bug fixes.

In addition, the first batch of Certified Developers appointed in October 2012 has been renewed: Thorsten Behrens (SUSE), Stephan Bergmann (Red Hat), Cédric Bosdonnat (SUSE), Rene Engelhard (independent), Jan Holešovský (Collabora), Tor Lillqvist (Collabora), Christian Lohmaier (TDF), Luboš Luňák (independent), Lionel Elie Mamane (independent), Eilidh McAdam (ITOMIG), Caolán McNamara (Red Hat), Michael Meeks (Collabora), Björn Michaelsen (Canonical), Petr Mládek (SUSE), Markus Mohrhard (Collabora), Eike Rathke (Red Hat), Michael Stahl (Red Hat), Fridrich Štrba (SUSE), David Tardon (Red Hat), András Timár (Collabora) and Kohei Yoshida (Collabora).

Certified Developers are able to assist enterprise deployments of LibreOffice by providing professional Level 3 support, with feature development and bug fixing, to solve application and interoperability problems. The Developer Certification Program is intended to help identify qualified developers to support deployment of LibreOffice in the public administration and the enterprise.

Details about TDF Certification are available on The Document Foundation site at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification. The updated list of Certified Developers is here: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/developers/.

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.

2014/10/27

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.

2014/09/19

Results for the 2014 Membership Committee election

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 07:41

Our Chairman of the Board announced this:

Dear members,

with the preliminary MC election results posted last Friday, and having received no objections within the challenge period, that ended last night, it is my pleasure to now declare the official results of the 2014 Membership Committee Election.

The board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected into the Membership Committee:

  • Cor Nouws
  • David Emmerich Jourdain (tied for first with Cor)
  • Jan Holesovsky
  • Charles-H. Schulz
  • Gabriele Ponzo

The board declares the following Members of The Document Foundation elected as deputy members of the Membership Committee:

  • Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn
  • Andras Timar

Full detailed election materials are to be found at

https://elections.documentfoundation.org/2014-mc/

, with the processed STV result here:

https://elections.documentfoundation.org/results.php?election_id=6

, and the list of all votes here:

https://elections.documentfoundation.org/votes.php?election_id=6

The board wants to take the opportunity to thank all past and new members of the Membership Committee for their service to the community, and all candidates for running. Congratulations to the newly elected committee members and their deputies!

With best regards,

Thorsten Behrens,
on behalf of The Document Foundation board of directors

2014/09/04

Tender for base framework for an Android version of LibreOffice with basic editing capabilities (#201409-01)

Filed under: Announcements — Florian Effenberger @ 09:06

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks for companies to

develop the base framework for an Android version of LibreOffice with basic editing capabilities

to start work as soon as possible.

TDF currently plans to invest into getting LibreOffice, its free office suite, to mobile Android devices like tablets and smartphones, extending the existing desktop version of the software. For the volunteer community and the ecosystem to work on concrete features and an enduser-ready version that can be published, a base framework including the LibreOffice program modules Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Math is required. TDF seeks for companies to deliver this as a turnkey project until the end of February 2015.

Experience with the LibreOffice source code, mobile development on Android, as well as managing development projects and interacting with an international open source community is required. Current engagement and involvement in the community is highly appreciated.

Based on the technical design decisions that have already been taken during the basic implementation of a LibreOffice viewer for Android, which is built on the Mozilla for Android framework, the project includes, amongst other items, the following work packages. It is targetted towards basic framework and integration tasks to provision for basic editing capabilities:

1.) infrastructure

  • integration of on-screen keyboard that is only visible in editing mode
  • routing Android events to LibreOffice app
  • performance considerations
  • triggering updates of views
  • rendering and invalidation of tiles
  • insertion and deletion of content
  • threading

2.) selections (everything to be done in a separate layer)

  • texts and lists
  • tables for Writer and Impress
  • tables for Calc
  • pictures and shapes
  • support for OpenGL
  • rendering of selections on overlays
  • routing of application information from the program module’s core

3.) touch user interface for basic editing (based on Android design standards)

  • toolbar with basic controls, like bold, italics and underlined
  • context menu
  • menu items
  • deleting selections
  • loading and saving of documents
  • jointly working with our volunteer UX and design team for design considerations

4.) cloud storage and e-mail

  • provide basic interface for the community and ecosystem participants to develop integration of their preferred cloud storage
  • e-mail integration for sending documents via Android framework

Applicants are expected to include required project management as well as required writing of detailed specifications in their bid.

Note that the nightly builds at http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/master/Android-ARM@24-Bytemark-Hosting/ will not (!) be used as technical platform for this project. Instead, the technical platform will be the work that is currently carried out for having a LibreOffice viewer for Android, which is built on the Mozilla for Android framework, with source code available at core/android/experimental/LOAndroid3 in the public git master repository.

LibreOffice development is based mainly on C++ and C, as well as some Python and Java code. We exclusively use free, libre and open source (FLOSS) software for development whereever possible.

Previous experience with such tasks is highly suggested, given the complexity of the project. Communication on the project will happen exclusively in English language. Some fixed availability is required to coordinate with the developer community, which is mostly based in Europe (UTC+1 timezone).

The task offered is a project-based one-off, with no immediate plans to a mid- or long-term contractual relationship. It is offered on a freelance, project basis. Companies applying can be located anywhere in the world.

Applications from bidding groups are welcome, so are bids on individual work packages. Companies with certified LibreOffice developers are preferred over other applicants.

A timing and cost estimation for

  • the additional work leading to a fully-fledged Android version,
  • with full editing capabilities,
  • a fully-fledged touch user interface with more controls, based on input from our volunteer UX and design team,
  • available at Google Play (taking the 50 MB size limit into account, providing mechanism for downloading missing components),

built on the framework outlined before, are welcome.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including company presentation, your financial expectations (name the final price for the turnkey project), and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at floeff@documentfoundation.org no later than October 6, 2014. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

Applicants who have not received feedback by October 31, 2014 should consider their application has not been accepted.

2014/09/03

Membership Committee elections – List of candidates

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 16:02

Dear members,

as previously announced, all members of The Document Foundation are called to vote on a new Membership Committee.

Members of The Document Foundation as of the day before the announcement are eligible to vote in the elections. The nomination period is now over, and we have received the following candidacies, in order of receipt:

  • Leif Lyngby Lodahl
  • Jean-Baptiste Faure
  • Charles-H. Schulz
  • Jan Holešovský
  • David Emmerich Jourdain
  • Andras Timar
  • László Németh
  • Sigrid Carrera
  • Cor Nouws
  • Cédric Bosdonnat
  • Jesús Corrius Llavina
  • Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn
  • Zeki Bildirici
  • Gabriele Ponzo
  • Gerald Geib

If you nominated yourself for elections, or have been nominated by someone else, and are not mentioned in the above list, please get in touch with us as soon as possible, but no later than 2014-09-03, 20:00 CET/UTC+2, at elections@documentfoundation.org.

There are five (5) committee, and two (2) additional deputy seats to be filled during this election. Therefore a total of seven (7) slots are available, and will be selected by a single transferable vote system, seats filled in decreasing order of preference. Should more than two of the top seven vote-getters be affiliated with the same company, only the two with the most votes will be considered elected. This election is according to our statutes (non-binding English translation http://www.documentfoundation.org/statutes.pdf), and the term of office is two years.

All discussion related to the elections should be held on board-discuss@documentfoundation.org where members are invited to ask questions to one or all candidates. Instructions explaining how to vote will be sent via e-mail to all eligible voters in time before the election.

As previously announced, the actual election period will START at 2014-09-04, 00:00 CET/UTC+2 and END at 2014-09-11, 24:00 CET/UTC+2.

All eligible voters will receive an individual voting token via e-mail sent to the address we have registered in the membership database, with a subject of “Your Document Foundation 2014 Membership Committee Voting Token”. Please do not share this token with anyone as only you are entitled to use it. In case you have not received your token within 24 hours after the start of the election as outlined above, and after having checked your spam folder, please write to elections@documentfoundation.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

We are looking forward to the elections, and would like to thank you for your work, engagement and dedication for The Document Foundation!

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Thorsten Behrens

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