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2014/08/06

ITOMIG joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board to Complement the Launch of the LibreOffice Division

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — italovignoli @ 06:12

Berlin, August 6, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that ITOMIG is now a member of its Advisory Board. ITOMIG, based in Böblingen, Germany, is a spin off of the University of Tübingen focusing on open source solutions for the enterprise.

Since 2004, ITOMIG is at the crossroad of German and French cultures, offering value added services for the introduction of OSS software such as LibreOffice in enterprises, the selection and use of open source tools for the optimization of IT processes, and the management of migration and sourcing projects”, says David Gümbel, founder and CEO of ITOMIG. During the last couple of years, we have seen a growing demand for LibreOffice related value added services, and we have invested to grow our specific competences in this area”.

ITOMIG will bring diversity to TDF Advisory Board, adding the perspective of German value added software consultants, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “The announcement strengthens the entire ecosystem, because it shows that TDF vision of an independent project can foster the growth of third parties investing in LibreOffice”.

TDF Advisory Board has 15 members: AMD, CloudOn, Collabora, FrODeV (Freies Office Deutschland e.V.), FSF (Free Software Foundation), Google, Intel, KACST (King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology), Lanedo, MIMO (French Ministries), RedHat, SPI (Software in the Public Interest), Studio Storti and SUSE.

About ITOMIG

Founded in 2004 as a spin-off of Tübiingen University, Böblingen-based ITOMIG GmbH supports its clients internationally in using Free and Open Source Software in a business context. Its key areas of expertise are free office solutions (mainly based on LibreOffice), including migration support and consulting as well as software development, and IT service management consulting and implementation services based on iTop. With clients ranging from Paris to Vienna, ITOMIG has successfully supported well-known organisations such as the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Agrarmarkt Austria, and the City of Munich.

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/.

2014/07/21

Membership Committee upcoming election

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 09:36

Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of the Board at The Document Foundation, has announced the elections for the Membership Committee.

Dear Community,

all members of The Document Foundation are called to vote on a new Membership Committee. Therefore, the Board of Directors hereby announces the elections to the Membership Committee with the following timeline:

  1. 2014-07-19: announcement of the elections (this e-mail); and start of the nomination phase
  2. 2014-08-27, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the nomination phase
  3. 2014-09-04, 00:00 CET/UTC+2: official start of the elections
  4. 2014-09-11, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the elections
  5. 2014-09-12: announcement of the preliminary results; and start of the challenging phase
  6. 2014-09-17, 24:00 CET/UTC+2: end of the challenging phase
  7. 2014-09-18: official announcement of the final results
  8. 2014-09-19: new Membership Committee officially in charge

Members of The Document Foundation as of 2014-07-01 are eligible to vote in the elections, and any eligible voter can also be elected to the Membership Committee. Members may self-nominate.

To announce your candidacy, send a message to board-discuss@documentfoundation.org with your full name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and a description of your reasons for
wanting to serve as a committee member. All candidates should also send a summary of their candicacy announcement to elections@documentfoundation.org – a compilation of the summaries will be mailed to all registered voters prior to the elections. Summaries should be no more than 75 words of continuous text (so no bullet lists or multiple paragraphs) and must be received by the nomination deadline given above.

Available slots will be filled by a single transferable vote system, seats filled in decreasing order of preference. This election is according to our statutes, 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.

The board will announce preliminary results as soon as possible after the elections close, along with instructions on how to access the votes archive and how to independently verify the vote count.

Any eligible voter may challenge the preliminary results by e-mailing elections@documentfoundation.org within the aforementioned deadline. Once any challenges have been resolved, the board shall announce the final results.

Any questions regarding these procedures should be directed to the board by e-mail to elections@documentfoundation.org

We are looking forward to all candidacies, 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

2014/04/17

LibreOffice Conference 2015 Call for Locations will open soon

Filed under: Community, Conference, Foundation, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 10:48

Berlin, April 16, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) will open the Call for Locations for the LibreOffice Conference 2015 on May 1st, 2014. Candidate cities will be able to submit proposals during May and June 2014. Details of the Call for Locations are available on the TDF Wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Events/2015/LibreOffice_Annual_Conference/Call_for_Location.

The location of the 2015 LibreOffice Conference will be announced at the end of July, so that the winning team may attend the 2014 LibreOffice Conference in Bern, Switzerland (September 2nd to September 5th).

“The LibreOffice Conference is a large event, which spans over four days and is a unique gathering opportunity for our growing community. Starting from 2014, we intend to present next year location at the previous conference”, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “This also offers a chance to involve next year’s team during the last phase of the organization, in order to ensure that they are acquainted with the process”.

For additional information: conference@libreoffice.org.

2014/02/19

The new Board of Directors of The Document Foundation

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — italovignoli @ 20:06

Berlin, February 19, 2014 – The new Board of Directors of The Document Foundation is officially in charge from February 18, 2014, to February 17, 2016.

Elected as members, in order of votes, are: Thorsten Behrens (independent), Eliane Domingos de Sousa (independent), Michael Meeks (Collabora), Fridrich Strba (independent), Adam Fyne (CloudOn), Joel Madero (independent) and Bjoern Michaelsen (Canonical). Elected as deputies, in order of votes, are: Andreas Mantke (independent), Eike Rathke (Red Hat) and Norbert Thiebaud (independent).

During its first meeting, the board has elected Thorsten Behrens as Chairman and Eliane Domingos de Sousa as Deputy Chairman. In addition, Florian Effenberger has been promoted to Executive Director, with the responsibility of helping the Board of Directors to coordinate and control the foundation activities.

“The new board offers a good balance between the old OOo heritage and the new LibreOffice spirit, with several people representing both souls of the project. In addition, has a wider geographical coverage than the previous one, as there are 6 people from Europe, 3 from the Americas and one from Middle East”, says Thorsten Behrens.

As of January 1st, 2014, The Document Foundation has over 190 members and thousands of volunteers worldwide.

The project is supported by companies and organizations who sit on the Advisory Board: AMD, CloudOn, Collabora, Free Software Foundation, Freies Office Deutschland e.V., Google, Intel, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Lanedo, MIMO (Inter-Ministry Mutualisation for the Open Productivity Suite), Red Hat, Software in the Public Interest (SPI), Studio Storti and SUSE.

2013/12/24

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

2013/12/18

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

2013/12/07

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

2013/07/22

Getting Close to LibreOffice 4.1

Filed under: Community, Foundation, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 00:07

I still remember the second I pushed the “send” button of the very first TDF press release, on September 28, 2010. A simple gesture, and a giant leap forward for the free office suite ecosystem.

On that day, though, the feeling was completely different.

Salto AngelWith some friends, I have made the following parallel to give a sense of the challenge: the decision to launch an independent foundation focused on the future of OpenOffice – and, as a consequence, to fork the software – was like diving from Salto Angel into the pond some 900 meters downhill instead of getting a regular shower during a hot summer day.

In both cased, you end up wet and refreshed…

Michael Meeks, who is British and definitely more rational than myself (the old grumpy emotional latin of the group) has a more rational take.

We were a group of friends who gathered – for different reasons and objectives – around OpenOffice between 2001 and 2005, and then spent the following 5 years in endless discussions about a different vision for the future of OOo.

A fundamental part of this vision was to create a happy home for developers and a welcoming atmosphere for all contributors.

At the time of the announcement, LibreOffice had 20 developers, and we all knew that 20 developers were not enough to manage and improve the 12 million lines of LibreOffice source code. Because of this fact, our announcement raised more than one eyebrow amongst people who – for different reasons – were not directly involved in the project.

Growth of DevelopersBut we had the vision of the happy home, which was strong enough to attract over 80 developers during October 2010, and then another 580 since then. Developers who come to see and then decide how much they want to get involved in the project.

The histogram shows that we have been able to attract developers on a regular basis. Even after three years, we continue to enjoy working with new developers each week. We’re grateful for all the work that lots of people have contributed to our project so far, and we will try to maintain the welcoming atmosphere in the future.

Developers on a Monthly BasisIn fact, the number of regular contributors has grown from just over 50 per month in the second half of 2011 to around 100 per month in the first half of 2013. This has been reflected in the number of developers active during the last 12 months which is now over 350.

This means that about 50% of all developers attracted by the project have contributed during the last 12 months. Furthermore, there is a growing number of core developers who get paid to hack LibreOffice code and therefore are working on a full time basis.

Long TailIf we look at the distribution of the 352 developers active during the last 12 months by number of commits, we realize that there is a long tail of contributors (which is healthy for the project). In addition, if we look at the pie of the 49 top developers with 50+ commits during the last 12 months, we find a lot of volunteers (which is even healthier for the project).

The two donut charts visualize the growth of diversity in our project, both in term of contributions by companies and groups and in term of individual contributors. Both charts compare the situation at the end of the first 12 months (September 2011) with the situation at the end of June 2013.

Donut Chart OneThe first shows the growth of the number of companies contributing to the project and the increasing weight of code developed by volunteers, SUSE and RedHat. At the same time, it shows the shrinking weight of legacy code inherited from OOo.

The second shows the distribution of contributors by affiliation. The largest group are volunteer developers, followed by the shrinking slice of OOo hackers, and by the many companies and organizations contributing to LibreOffice.

Donut Chart TwoFor completeness, these numbers also credit a few developers at Apache for work of theirs imported to LibreOffice. Naturally, we do not claim them as LibreOffice contributors, although we are grateful for their work.

LibreOffice 4.1 will be our sixth major release, and another giant leap forward in term of interoperability with proprietary file formats.

We have already provided a wealth of information on this subject, through the blog posts of Fridrich Strba, Eilidh McAdam and Miklos Vajna, three of the hackers most involved in creating or improving filters for proprietary file formats.

In addition, Michael Meeks has extensively described the less visible development activity focused on making LibreOffice source code leaner and cleaner. You can read the different steps here, here and here.

We have also summarized in a web page the most significant features of the best free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.1 will be a landmark for interoperability, with dozens of improvements and new features focused on this specific issue.

Of course, if you want to dig deeply into the single new features, the pages we prepared for each major announcement might help in getting a better picture: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.0 and eventually 4.1.

I look forward to firing another major release announcement in a few days. This time, I will push the button with a completely different mood, as most of our dreams have already come true.

Today, we have (1) a free office suite we can be very proud of, based on the superior qualities of the copyleft license; (2) a solid and independent foundation which represents a large and diverse global community, based on meritocracy and independence from a single corporate vendor; and (3) a bright future.

HINT: double clicking on visuals will open a larger image, which can be used for publication.

Sources of Data: Ohloh for histograms and pie charts, The Document Foundation for donut charts.

2013/07/03

AMD joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board to accelerate LibreOffice

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 10:49

Berlin, July 3rd, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that AMD is now a member of its Advisory Board. AMD is a leading designer and integrator of pioneering technologies that are at the heart of the digital devices people use and experience daily, pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

“It is great to work on LibreOffice with The Document Foundation to expose the raw power of AMD GPUs and APUs, initially to spreadsheet users,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Solutions at AMD. “Bringing the parallelism and performance of our technology to traditional, mainstream business software users will be a welcome innovation for heavy duty spreadsheet users, particularly when combined with the compute capabilities of the upcoming generation of AMD Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) based products.”

“It is exciting to work together with AMD and their ecosystem to take advantage of AMD’s cutting edge innovation right inside LibreOffice,” said Michael Meeks, SUSE Distinguished Engineer and TDF Board Member, “The growth in performance and parallelism available in the GPUs of today, and particularly with AMD’s revolutionary APUs of tomorrow, is something we’re eager to expose to LibreOffice users.”

HSA is an innovative computing architecture that enables CPU, GPU and other processors to work together in harmony on a single piece of silicon by seamlessly moving the right tasks to the best suited processing element. This makes it possible for larger, more complex applications to take advantage of the power that has traditionally been reserved for more focused tasks. While the biggest impact will be for AMD APU users, supporting benefits of the work will improve the LibreOffice core data structures enabling larger spreadsheets to calculate faster for all users. This is only the start of exposing the power of the HSA enabled APU to business users providing better analytics and decision making across the board from finance to science.

With the addition of AMD, the Advisory Board of The Document Foundation now has eleven members: AMD, Google, RedHat, SUSE, Intel, Lanedo, the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), the Inter-Ministry Mutalisation for an Open Productivity Suite (MIMO), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public Interest, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

The Document Foundation is the entity behind the popular LibreOffice Office Suite. It 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. TDF is open to any individual who agrees with its core values and contributes to its activities, and warmly welcomes corporate participation, e.g. by sponsoring individuals to work as equals alongside other contributors in the community. As of April 30, 2013, TDF has over 150 members and over 2,000 volunteers and contributors worldwide.

Media Contacts TDF

Florian Effenberger (based near Munich, Germany, UTC+1)
Phone: +49 8341 99660880 – Mobile: +49 151 14424108
E-mail: floeff@documentfoundation.org

Charles H. Schulz (based in Paris, France, UTC+1)
Mobile: +33 6 98655424 – E-mail: charles.schulz@documentfoundation.org

Eliane Domingos de Sousa (based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UTC-3)
E-mail: elianedomingos@documentfoundation.org – Skype: elianedomingos

Italo Vignoli (based in Milan, Italy, UTC+1)
Mobile: +39 348 5653829 – E-mail: italo.vignoli@documentfoundation.org
Skype: italovignoli – GTalk: italo.vignoli@gmail.com

Media Contact AMD

Kristen Lisa
Phone: +1 (512) 602 6020
E-Mail: kristen.lisa@amd.com

2013/06/17

The Document Foundation welcomes France’s MIMO in the Advisory Board

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation — Tags: , , , — italovignoli @ 11:00

MIMO (Inter-Ministry Mutualisation for an Open Productivity Suite) represents several bodies of the French government, and fosters the diversity of TDF Advisory Board by adding the voice of 500,000 professional users

MIMO

Berlin, June 17, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that MIMO – the working group of the French government including several ministries and administrations [1], for a total of 500,000 desktops – is now an official member of the foundation’s Advisory Board. MIMO primary goal is to give CIOs and their staff a way to share experience on office suites and operating systems, in order to speed up desktop modernisation.

MIMO is focused on the free desktop, and is one of a number of working groups focusing each one on a specific area of the information system under the guidance of the DISIC (French state CIO). Together, the working groups are creating an official set of free software for the ministries, with a specific application for each task.

MIMO has standardised on LibreOffice, developed by the Document Foundation, and is contributing to the development of the office suite through a commercial support agreement provided by certified developers. The role of MIMO is to validate successive versions of LibreOffice and make them compatible with the IT infrastructure and processes of member ministries. A single, standard LibreOffice version is validated and approved every year, according to the roadmap planned by MIMO members

To be approved, a version of LibreOffice is submitted to a qualification process: the software is tested to verify its compatibility with other business applications, and becomes a certified MIMO version only after all QA tests have been passed. The Ministry of Interior – for example – has a ten-step qualification process, with tests including compatibility with business applications, macros and deployment tools. The decision is taken by all the members representing the ministries.

MIMO is joining the current 8 members of TDF Advisory Board – Google, Intel, Lanedo, Red Hat, SUSE, Freies Office Deutschland e.V., Software in the Public Interest (SPI) and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) – and will be represented by Laure Patas d’Illiers, of the Department of Treasury and Finance of the French government.

[1] Ministries: Agriculture, Culture, Defense, Economy, Education, Environment, Finance, Interior, Justice. Administrations: CAF (Family Allocation Funds), DILA (Direction of Legal / Administrative Information), ENA (National Administration School), National Assembly.

About MIMO

The MIMO working group was created by the Agency for Digital Development in Administration (ADAE) in 2005, under the governance of the Prime Minister. Since 2011, MIMO has been controlled by DISIC (Direction Interministérielle des Systèmes d’Information et de Communication), whose mission is to coordinate IT policy in French administrations. DISIC has launched working groups on cloud computing, the organisation and planning of IT systems, and Open Source. MIMO and the Open Source working group are managed by the CIO of the Ministry of Culture (Ministère de la Culture).

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