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December 24, 2013

Results Elections TDF Board of Directors

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 09:40

Cor Nouws posted this today:

Dear members,

I hereby announce the final results of The Document Foundation’s Board of Directors elections 2013. With the challenging phase having ended without any objection to the preliminary results, the following results are now the final ones.

Elected as member are the candidates, in this order: Thorsten Behrens, Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Michael Meeks, Fridrich Strba, Adam Fyne, Joel Madero and Bjoern Michaelsen.
And as deputies: Andreas Mantke, Eike Rathke and Norbert Thiebaud.

I want to say thanks to all those who ran for elections, also the members that were not elected for the board this time, and congratulations to those that were elected. By separate mail each one elected, will be invited to accept the new role as Member (or Deputy) of the Board of Directors.

As outlined in the initial announcement, the newly elected Board of Directors will only be in charge from February 18, 2014 on. To help the transition, the current Board of Directors will include them in the decision making process.

On behalf of the Membership Committee,
Cor Nouws, Chairman

December 18, 2013

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1.4

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 15:15

Berlin, December 18, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.1.4, for Windows, MacOS X and Linux, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family and the first also suggested for corporate deployments (with professional support from certified developers).

LibreOffice is backed by a growing ecosystem of independent companies providing value added services for migrations or enterprise deployments, either at global or local level.

“When we launched the project, the growth of the ecosystem was a top priority. Today, the large number of migrations to LibreOffice – backed by professional support – show that we were right”, affirms Thorsten Behrens, TDF Deputy Chairman. “There is a bright future in front of us”.

LibreOffice 4.1.4 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Change logs are available at the following links: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.4/RC1 (fixed in 4.1.4.1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.4/RC2 (fixed in 4.1.4.2).

Preliminary results Elections TDF Board of Directors

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 13:27

Cor Nouws posted this message today:

Dear members,

This is the announcement of the preliminary results of the voting for the Board of Directors. The number of members that casted their votes is 115, 57 members did not. And of course we thank all those who ran for elections!

With those preliminary results, elected as member of the Board of Directors are the candidates, in this order:
Thorsten Behrens, Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Michael Meeks, Fridrich Strba, Adam Fyne, Joel Madero and Bjoern Michaelsen.
And as deputies: Andreas Mantke, Eike Rathke and Norbert Thiebaud.

Before these results can be final, we have the challenging phase from 2013-12-19, 00:00 CET/UTC+1 until 2013-12-23, 24:00 CET/UTC+1. As member you are invited to check your votes as explained after the voting, and with the token given at that time. It’s only you that has that token.

In case you think there is any irregularity or if there are other questions, pls contact the Membership Committee as soon as possible, but no later than 2013-12-23, 24:00 CET/UTC+1, through elections@documentfoundation.org

For reference: details of the whole election process are in the first announcement, to be found here: http://listarchives.documentfoundation.org/www/board-discuss/msg03358.html

Kind regards,
Cor Nouws

Addendum: The detailed list of votes can be found at https://elections.documentfoundation.org/votes.php?election_id=5

December 13, 2013

The Document Foundation appoints 15 Certified Developers in 2013

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Development — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 11:19

Including hackers certified in 2012, TDF Certified Developers are now 37

Berlin, December 11, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) unveils the list of the Certified Developers appointed in 2013: Noel Grandin (independent), Matúš Kukan (Collabora), Noel Power (SUSE), Muthu Subramanian (Collabora), Miklos Vajna (Collabora), certified in March; Maxime de Roucy (Linagora), Winfried Donkers (independent), Radek Doulík (independent), Pierre-Eric Pelloux-Prayer (Lanedo), Rob Snelders (independent), certified in May; Khaled Hosny (independent), Andrzej Hunt (Collabora), Marcos Souza (independent), Tomaž Vajngerl (independent), Tamás Zolnai (independent), certified in November.

These hackers join the first batch of Certified Developers appointed in October 2012: 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 (Lanedo), 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/. Certification for Migrations and Trainings will officially start in early 2014, with the first session in early February at FOSDEM in Brussels.

December 7, 2013

TDF Board Elections 2013 Voting

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Foundation — The Document Foundation @ 22:04

Dear TDF members,

It is nearly time to vote for the next Board of Directors! During the past weeks, members have been nominated or nominated themselves, willing to serve at the Board of our Foundation. People working on all aspects of LibreOffice and in all parts of the community. So now the important task for all of us: voting. The details of this election process have been outlined in the first announcement: http://listarchives.documentfoundation.org/www/board-discuss/msg03358.html

IMPORTANT: The election credentials and voting instructions for voting in The Document Foundation Board elections 2013 were just sent to all eligible voters.

The voting period starts 2013-12-10, 00:00 CET/UTC+1 and ends 2013-12-17, 24:00 CET/UTC+1. The statements of the candidates as well as links to the full nomination e-mails can be found at https://elections.documentfoundation.org/2013-board/candidates.html

The detailed rules are available at https://elections.documentfoundation.org/2013-board/rules.html

The Document Foundation uses a modern preference voting system that requires you to vote by selecting as many of the candidates as you would like to see elected, sorted in your order of preference. After you have voted, you will receive an anonymous token that can be used at the end of the elections to verify your vote was counted.

If you are a member – see the page at http://www.documentfoundation.org/foundation/members/ – and you have not received your credentials:

  1. Please verify you are actually a member of The Document Foundation. Only members are eligible to vote.
  2. Please check your spam folder. In the past, a few voters discovered their voting credentials were erroneously tagged as spam by their provider.
  3. Please check all your e-mail accounts.

If you are certain you are eligible to vote, and have not received your credentials despite the above steps, please contact the Membership Committee in private at elections@documentfoundation.org for instructions on how to proceed.

IMPORTANT: Please check NOW if you have received your token, so any possible problem can be resolved in time.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Membership Committee in private at elections@documentfoundation.org

Happy voting!

Cor Nouws
– The Document Foundation – Chairman Membership Committee

November 27, 2013

Open Document Editors Devroom at FOSDEM 2014

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Development, Meetings — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 10:52

Open document editors are coming again to FOSDEM with a shared
devroom which gives every project in this area a chance to present
ODF related developments and innovations. The devroom is organized
by Apache OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

We invite submission of talks for the Open Document Editors devroom,
to be held on Saturday, February 1st, from 10AM to 6PM.

Length of talks should be limited to 20 minutes, as we would like to
have questions after each presentation, and to fit as many
presenters as possible in the schedule. Exceptions must be
explicitly requested and justified.

Technical talks (code, extensions, localization, QA, tools and
significant adoption related cases) about open document editors or
the ODF format are welcome.

Submissions must be done using the Pentabarf system:
https://penta.fosdem.org/submission/FOSDEM14 .

While filing your proposal, please add a few lines about yourself
(although your profile might already be stored at Pentabarf) and
specify what product or topic (Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice, both,
other editor, ODF in general…) your talk is about.

The deadline is Sunday, December 22, 2013. Accepted speakers
will be notified by January 5, 2014.

You can send any questions to the devroom mailing list:
office-devroom@lists.fosdem.org

November 1, 2013

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1.3

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 08:30

Berlin, November 1st, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.1.3, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, which features a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.

The new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.6, supported by certified professionals.

LibreOffice 4.1.3 arrives just one day before the LibreOffice HackFest in Freiburg, Germany (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Hackfest/Freiburg2013), where the community will gather at the ArTik to get started on EasyHacks under the mentoring of experienced certified developers such as Thorsten Behrens, Eilidh McAdam, Bjoern Michaelsen, Markus Mohrhard, Eike Rathke and Michael Stahl.

LibreOffice 4.1.3 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Change logs are available at the following links: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.3/RC1 (fixed in 4.1.3.1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.3/RC2 (fixed in 4.1.3.2).

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is an open, independent, self-governing, meritocratic organization, which builds on ten years of dedicated work by the OpenOffice.org Community. TDF was created in the belief that the culture born of an independent foundation brings out the best in corporate and volunteer contributors, and will deliver the best free office suite ever. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core values and contributes to its activities, and welcomes corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community. As of October 1st, 2013, TDF has 170 members and well over 3.000 volunteers and contributors worldwide.

October 24, 2013

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0.6

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 10:00

Berlin, October 24, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.0.6, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the sixth and probably last minor release of the LibreOffice 4.0 family, targeted to corporate deployments – when backed by professional support – and conservative users.

LibreOffice 4.0.6 solves almost 70 bugs and regressions over the previous release, thanks to the work of an increasing number of QA volunteers.

LibreOffice 4.0.6 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Change logs are available at the following links: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.6/RC1 (fixed in 4.0.6.1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.6/RC2 (fixed in 4.0.6.2).

LibreOffice 4.0.6 is not meant to be adopted by users of the more advanced LibreOffice 4.1.x family, which offers additional features. LibreOffice 4.1.3 will be announced soon.

October 23, 2013

TDF Board Elections

Filed under: Announcements — The Document Foundation @ 11:42

Dear Community,

we hereby officially announce the upcoming elections for the next Board of Directors of The Document Foundation.

As per § 7 II of our statues, [1] the Board’s term lasts two years. The Document Foundation has been formally incorporated on February 17, 2012, at which day the current Board of Directors officially was set in place. Therefore, the old board remains in charge until the end of February 17, 2014, so the new board will be in charge the day after that, which is February 18, 2014.

As per § 6 III, only members of the Board of Trustees of The Document Foundation, as well as current members of any of its bodies, are eligible to be elected into the Board of Directors, and the election is overseen by the Membership Comittee (§ 7 II).

The active electoral right is reserved to those who have been members of the Board of Trustees before this announcement (§ 7 II).

§ 6 III also states that members of the Board of Directors or their deputies may not be members of the Membership Committee and vice versa. This means that current members of the Membership Committee are eligible to the elected, but would have to step down from the Membership Committee the minute before accepting to become a member of the Board of Directors.

There is one more notable limitation: Per § 8 IV of the statutes, a maximum of 1/3 members of the Board of Directors is allowed to work on an employment basis for the same company, organization, entities, affiliates or subdivisions.

Nomination of candidates fulfilling the above requirements, as well as self nomination is welcome. In total, at least seven Board of Directors members are required, and given there are enough candidates, up to three deputies can be elected (§ 7 II).

Re-election of current members of the Board of Directors is explicitly permitted (§ 7 II).

Please send nominations and self-nominations via e-mail to elections@documentfoundation.org (which reaches the Membership Committee in private) and also (!) to board-discuss@documentfoundation.org (which is a public mailing list). We kindly ask nominees who would like to stand for elections to provide a 75 words statement on their candidacy as continuous text (so no bullet lists or multiple paragraphs). In addition, please also provide your full name, e-mail address and your corporate affiliation, if any.

Discussions with the candidates and questions to them as well as questions about the elections should take place on the public board-discuss@documentfoundation.org mailing list. For details on how to use the mailing list, see http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/

Eligible voters will receive further details via e-mail prior to the start of elections, including a summary of the candidates, details on how to access the voting system, and instructions on how to independently verify the vote count. Please ensure the Membership Committee has your recent and correct e-mail address on file. For questions, you can reach the Membership Committee in private at elections@documentfoundation.org

Following the timeline set forth in § 7 II, requiring a 45 day advance notice, we hereby announce the following timeline for the elections:

1. 2013-10-23: announcement of the elections (this e-mail); and start of the nomination phase
2. 2013-12-02, 24:00 CET/UTC+1: end of the nomination phase (one week before the election starts, as per § 7 II)
3. 2013-12-10, 00:00 CET/UTC+1: official start of the elections (at least 45 days after #1, as per § 7 II)
4. 2013-12-17, 24:00 CET/UTC+1: end of the elections
5. 2013-12-18: announcement of the preliminary results
6. 2013-12-19, 00:00 CET/UTC+1: start of the challenging phase
7. 2013-12-23, 24:00 CET/UTC+1: end of the challenging phase
8. afterwards: official announcement of the final results

Be advised that the newly elected Board of Directors will only be in charge beginning from February 18, 2014. The current Board of Directors will however include them in the decision making process, to easen up the transition.

Challenges to this announcement with respect to the deadlines outlined have to happen no later than seven (7) days after this announcement, via e-mail to elections@documentfoundation.org (which reaches the Membership Committee in private).

Challenges to the preliminary results of the election have to happen until the deadline set forth above, via e-mail to elections@documentfoundation.org (which reaches the Membership Committee in private).

On behalf of the Membership Committee,
Eike Rathke, Chairman of the Membership Committee

[1] http://www.documentfoundation.org/satzung.pdf (binding version) and http://www.documentfoundation.org/statutes.pdf (non-binding translation)

October 4, 2013

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1.2

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 10:30

Several new developers enter the Engineering Steering Committee

Berlin, October 4, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.1.2, for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This is the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.1 family, which features a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats.

The new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability of LibreOffice 4.1. For enterprise adoptions, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.0.5 (with 4.0.6 expected soon), supported by certified professionals.

LibreOffice 4.1.2 arrives one week after the LibreOffice Conference in Milan, where the community has gathered from all over the world to discuss software development and quality assurance, in addition to ODF, interoperability with proprietary document formats, community and marketing.

During the conference, several new developers have joined the Engineering Steering Committee, which has now 18 members: Stephan Bergmann – Red Hat, Rene Engelhard – Volunteer, Lionel Mamane – Volunteer, Adam Fyne – CloudOn, Christian Lohmair – TDF, Michael Meeks – Collabora, Bjoern Michaelsen – Canonical, Markus Mohrhard – Collabora (intern), Caolan McNamara – Red Hat, Eike Rathke – Red Hat, David Tardon – Red Hat, Norbert Thiebaud – Volunteer, Andras Timar – Collabora, Robinson Tryon – Volunteer, Eilidh McAdam – Lanedo, Mirek Mazel – Volunteer, Ahmad Hussein Al-Harthi – MOTAH, and Miklos Vajna – Collabora.

LibreOffice 4.1.2 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Change logs are available at the following links: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.2/RC1 (fixed in 4.1.2.1), https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.2/RC2 (fixed in 4.1.2.2) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.1.2/RC3 (fixed in 4.1.2.3).

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