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2013/06/05

Regione Umbria awarded for the migration to LibreOffice

Filed under: Awards, Community, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 16:15

LibreUmbria, the migration project of Regione Umbria to LibreOffice, has been awarded a prize for innovation – for metholodology and process – as one of top 10 Italian government projects in 2012/2013.

The migration project has been launched in September 2012, and is documented on the project’s website at www.libreumbria.it (only in Italian). So far, the first 1,000 users – on a total of 6,000 for the first stage – have been migrated to LibreOffice at Provincia di Perugia, without any significant problem.

Award to LibreUmbria

The group of LibreUmbria project managers with the medal and the award

2012/12/26

TDF in 2012: a summary

Filed under: Awards, Community, Foundation, LibreOffice — Tags: , , — italovignoli @ 18:44
Cumulative Number of LibreOffice New Code Committers

The cumulative number of new hackers attracted by the project since September 2010 (being LibreOffice a true free software project, there are many volunteers who come and go, and many with just one or two commits).

I have tried to summarize in a single text what we – members, developers, volunteers, native language communities, advocates and supporters – have achieved during 2012. Looking back, it has been amazing.

TDF has started 2012 with a hackers community of 379 individuals, mostly volunteers, which has continued to grow steadily – month after month – and has now reached the amazing figure of 567 developers (320 active during the last 12 months, which means that LibreOffice is the third largest open source desktop software project after Chrome and Firefox).

LibreOffice Code Contributors per Month

Monthly contributors during the last two years, with the global 12 month average shown by the green line on the upper right corner).

In early 2012, The Document Foundation – an truly community based independend organization – has been registered in Berlin, under the form of a German Stiftung (supervised by the German authorities). The oldest German Stiftung dates back to 1509, and over 250 of them have existed for over 500 years (so, stability is not an issue).

Once established, The Document Foundation has immediately attracted additional sponsors and supporters. Intel and Lanedo have joined the Advisory Board, while Project LiMux (City of Munich) and MIMO (the French Government organization responsible for the migration to FOSS) are actively supporting the project.

TDF Long Tail 2012

The long tail of LibreOffice development during 2012 (the 320 committers active between January 2012 and December 2012), with a pie explosion of the top 33 hackers with over 100 commits.

The Document Foundation and LibreOffice role inside the free software ecosystem have been recognized by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in a formal letter to the members of the French government.

In 2012, The Document Foundation has announced LibreOffice 3.4.5, LibreOffice 3.5, LibreOffice 3.5.1, LibreOffice 3.4.6, LibreOffice 3.5.2, LibreOffice 3.5.3, LibreOffice 3.5.4, LibreOffice 3.5.5, LibreOffice 3.6, LibreOffice 3.5.6, LibreOffice 3.6.1, LibreOffice 3.6.2, LibreOffice 3.5.7 and LibreOffice 3.6.3. LibreOffice 3.4 has been awarded Linux Questions Office Suite of the Year 2011.

Office Suite of the Year 2011

Linux Questions has awarded LibreOffice the title of Office Suite of the Year 2011.

In addition, the hackers community has started working on LibreOffice 4.0, which is already at Beta 2 and will be announced in February 2013. LibreOffice 4.0 will be a milestone release, and the first of a new generation of free office suites.

In order to further improve the quality of LibreOffice 3.5, 3.6 and 4, the QA community has organized several bug hunting sessions during 2012 and a full bug hunting marathon in December 2012 (with almost 500 bugs chased during a full week of tests).

LibreOffice community has met at FOSDEM in Brussels, at LinuxTag in Berlin, at LibreOffice Conference in Berlin, and in Hamburg and Munich for TDF Hackfests. In addition, local hackfests have been organized in the Netherlands and Brazil, and LibreOffice volunteers have attended several local events around the world.

Linux Journal Best Office Suite

Linux Journal has awarded LibreOffice the title of Best office Suite 2012.

In February 2012, TDF has launched LibreOffice Ask page, and the Windows version of LibreOffice has been made available for downloads from the Intel AppUp Center targeted to mobile PC and UltraBook owners.

In September 2012, TDF has joined the OASIS Consortium (Organisation for the Advancement of Standards in Information Society (OASIS). At the end of the same month, the new Membership Committee has been elected by TDF members: five members – Sophie Gautier, Fridrich Štrba (Chairman), Eike Rathke, Cor Nouws and Jean Weber – and two deputies – Simon Phipps and Leif Lodahl.

LibreOffice has been awarded the title of Free Office Suite of the Year 2011 by LinuxQuestions, and Best Office Suite 2012 by Linux Journal (in both cases, getting over 70% of the votes). In Brazil, LibreOffice has received the “Technology For Citizens Award” from Guarulhos City.

LibreOffice Downloads

LibreOffice downloads from unique IPs during 2012. Scale on the left shows daily downloads, scale on the right shows cumulative downloads in 2012.

During 2012, many private and public organization have announced the migration of their desktop office suite to LibreOffice: several French ministries (500,000 desktops), city of Munich in Germany (15,000 desktops), the Capital Region of Denmark, Vieira do Minho in Portugal, Limerick in Ireland, Grygov in the Czech Republic, Las Palmas in Spain, the City of Largo in Florida, the municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis in Greece, Regione Umbria, Provincia di Milano and Provincia di Bolzano in Italy, and the Public Library System of Chicago.

This growth is reflected in the downloads of the Windows and MacOS X versions during 2012. The number of unique IPs who have downloaded LibreOffice has grown from just over 200,000 per week in January to well over 600,000 in December, for a total of 15 million unique IPs in 2012. Linux users, with very few exceptions, do not download LibreOffice as they can get the software from the repository of their distribution of choice.

The Document Foundation has also announced the Certification Program for LibreOffice, and the first group of certified developers. In 2013, the program will be extended to professionals active in migrations and trainings, and later to L1 and L2 support.

Florian Effenberger

Florian Effenberger

The last, and in my opinion the best news of 2012, waits TDF under the Xmas tree: in fact, just a few days before Xmas TDF has hired the first employee, to manage the infrastructure and take care of administrative tasks (which, thanks to the extremely fast growth of the project, are now a full time task): Florian Effenberger, who is already popular inside the project for his volunteer work.

The Board of Directors – with the obvious exception of Florian – has unanimously chosen him for infrastructure and administrative tasks, as he is already familiar with both, being the architect behind the entire infrastructure and the person who has been talking with the authorities during the process of putting in place The Document Foundation.

Florian Effenberger has been active inside the OOo project from 2004 to 2010, as infrastructure and then marketing lead, and has been a founder of TDF. During all these years he has put an incredible amount of hours – of his personal time – behind free software, OOo and LibreOffice.

From now on, Florian will devote his working hours to TDF, and will add the usual amount of volunteer hours for his BoD duties (which must be volunteer based, according to our statutes).

Florian Effenberger is going to be a tremendous asset for TDF, because he knows perfectly our ecosystem, he is a true free software advocate, and he is knowledgeable not only on administration and infrastructure but also on marketing.

Looking at 2013 and beyond, The Document Foundation is ready to face every challenge, and win over the competition not only by providing a better product but also by creating a different and better ecosystem for free office suites.

So far, TDF has been an exciting journey, and I am sure that what has happened is just the first chapter of a long and successful history.

2012/12/23

Linux Journal Best Office Suite 2012

Filed under: Awards, LibreOffice — Tags: , , — italovignoli @ 14:23

I don’t think that the screenshots need additional comments: LibreOffice is THE free office suite of reference for the Linux environment, surpassing every other software by a factor of six, and LibreOffice Writer is THE best single office program (sharing the spot with OOo Writer, hopefully for the last time, as LibreOffice is the de facto standard for all Linux distributions since 2011).

Best Office Suite

Readers Choice Awards 2012 | Linux Journal

Best Single Office Product

Readers Choice Awards 2012 | Linux Journal Bis

Independence, democracy and meritocracy pay off (could anyone have doubts about this, after 10 years under the corporate umbrella?).

2012/07/24

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! :-)

2012/06/02

LibreOffice receives “Technology for Citizens Award” from Guarulhos city, Brazil

Filed under: Awards — Florian Effenberger @ 08:52

Guarulhos, May 18, 2012. The LibreOffice project received the “Technology for Citizens Best International Software” award from the city of Guarulhos, Brazil. This prize has been given in reconnaissance of the importance of LibreOffice in the city’s social programs.

The ceremony took place with Ms Eliane Domingos, a TDF member and activist in the Brazilian LibreOffice community. The free office software is included in the Guarux distribution, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution assembled by the city’s IT department, for use by all of its public servants and in the so called “telecentros”, which are centers maintained by the local government, allowing the economically deprived population to use computers and access the internet, as part of the social program to raised the population awareness on new technologies.

“This award is special for The Document Foundation, because it shows how important LibreOffice and free software are in general for the emerging countries, that need to close the gap of knowledge. Free software is a way to eradicate poverty and bring a significant part of the population into the information mainstream”, says Eliane Domingos. “For me personally it is also an honour, because I am deeply involved in promoting LibreOffice as a valuable tool for all Brazilians”, she concluded.

The mayor of Guarulhos, Sebastião Almeida, reminded the important role of the public administration in technology improvements: “Technology only makes sense if aimed to the citizen promotion and valuation, and the mission of the public administration is to innovate more and more so that the citizen live happier and better”, says Almeida.

Tecnologia Cidadã Award

Ms. Eliane Domingos and Mayor Sebastião Almeida

Ms Eliane Domingos and Mr. Rodrigo Assumpção, DATAPREV Chairman

Ms Eliane Domingos and Jesulino Alves, LibreOffice Community

2012/02/10

Another Award for LibreOffice

Filed under: Awards — Tags: , , — italovignoli @ 14:40

Linuxquestions badge

Linuxquestions

LinuxQuestions members have awarded LibreOffice the title of Office Suite of the Year 2011, with over 80% of the 537 votes. LibreOffice is the winner with the highest percentage of votes, and Office Suites is one of the categories with most voters.

Looking at the poll, you can discover why LibreOffice is so popular amongst LinuxQuestions members, and why some of them still prefer to use other office suites.

POST UPDATED on February 11 at noon UTC.

2011/09/29

OWF Experiment Awards 2011 for best of Open Source software

Filed under: Awards — Florian Effenberger @ 10:23

LibreOffice has been awarded the OWF Experiment Awards 2011 for best of Open Source software:

2011/09/17

InfoWorld awards Best of Open Source to LibreOffice

Filed under: Awards — Tags: , , , — italovignoli @ 22:22

LibreOffice is one of the winners of InfoWorld BOSSIE – Best of Open Source – Awards 2011.

LibreOffice

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.

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