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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.

2014/10/16

100,000 thanks

Filed under: Community, Foundation — italovignoli @ 09:38

100,000 donations in 500 days, from May 1st, 2013, to October 13, 2014, with an average of 200 donations per day.

Three square numbers which have a greater meaning than their actual one, for the entire free software ecosystem.

Together with volunteers, contributing their time, and Advisory Board members, investing in The Document Foundation, individual donors are making the dream of an independent self-sustaining free software foundation – capable of pushing the best free office suite to the next level of awesomeness – a solid, enduring reality.

Back in 2010, when the independent foundation was announced, one of the most frequent objections was based on the false assumption that a large free software project cannot exist without a single large corporate sponsor.

After four years, we can not only affirm that the dream has come true, but that the dream has a bright future.

Thanks to donations, we have been able to fund hackfests (like the upcoming one in Toulouse, France, on November 15/16), QA volunteer netbooks for bug triage, tinderboxes for developers, improvements of ask.libreoffice.org for non-english users, LibreOffice booths at exhibitions, native language community events, a stronger independent infrastructure, and so on.

What is more important, we have been able to demonstrate that a large free software project does not need a single large corporate sponsor to thrive, but can rely on a diverse ecosystem based on companies but also on volunteers, supported by individual donors.

Companies come and go, while volunteers – and hopefully individual donors – stay.

So far, they have had the unique power of making a ten year long dream come true, and become history. With a simple donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org, they can keep the history alive, forever.

100,000 thanks, again.

2014/09/27

Happy Fourth Birthday, LibreOffice

Filed under: Foundation — italovignoli @ 22:56

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Today is the fourth anniversary of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice. Thanks to all TDF Members - Abdulaziz Ayed Alayed, Abe Takeshi, Adam Fyne, Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, Adriano Afonso, Ahmed Abdulmajeed, Ahmad Al Harthi, Akshay Anand, Albert Thuswaldner, Alexander Werner, Alexandre Vicenzi, Alfredo Parisi, Amit Bakore, Andras Timar, Andrea Castellani, Andrea Mario Trentini, Andrea Pescetti, Andreas Mantke, Andrzej Hunt, Anton Meixome, Aputsiaq Niels Janussen, Arnaud Versini, Barend Jonker, Bisal Singh Nayal, Björn Michaelsen, Brennan Thomas Vincent, Caolán McNamara, Carlos Moreira, Cédric Bosdonnat, Charles-H. Schulz, Cheng-Chia Tseng, Christian Kühl, Christian Lohmaier, Christina Roßmanith, Christopher Brian Sherlock, Christopher M. Penalver, Cor Nouws, Daniel Armando Rodriguez, Danishka Navin, Darshan Gandhi, David Emmerich Jourdain, David Ostrovsky, David Tardon, Diego Maniacco, Dinesh Patil, Domingo Sacristán Valdezate, Donald Evan Rogers, Douglas Vigliazzi, Dushyant Bhalgami, Eike Rathke, Eilidh McAdam, Ejnar Zacho Rath, Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Ellen Pape, Elton Chung, Enio Gemmo, Faisal M. Al-Otaibi, Felix Xiaofei Zhang, Florian Effenberger, Florian Reisinger, François Tigeot, Fridrich Strba, Friedrich Strohmaier, Gabor Kelemen, Gabriele Ponzo, Gerald Geib, Giordano Alborghetti, Gustavo Pacheco, Harri Pitkänen, Heinz Simoneit, Helio Jose Santiago Ferreira, Henderson Matsuura Sanches, Irmhild Rogalla, Italo Vignoli, Jacobo Aragunde Pérez, Jacqueline Rahemipour, Jan Holešovský, Jean-Baptiste Faure, Jean Hollis Weber, Jean Spiteri, Jesper Laugesen, Jesús Corrius, Joan Montané, João Fernando Costa Júnior, João Mac-Cormick, Jochen Schiffers, Joel Madero, Joren De Cuyper, José Guilherme Vanz, Kálmán Szalai, Katarina Behrens, Kees Kriek, Khaled Hosny, Klaibson Natal Ribeiro Borges, Klaus-Jürgen Weghorn, Knut Olav Bøhmer, Kohei Yoshida, László Németh, Laurent Godard, Leif Lyngby Lodahl, Leo Moons, Lionel Elie Mamane, Lior Kaplan, Luca Daghino, Luc Castermans, Lucian Oprea, Mahendra Kumar Yadava, Manal Alhassoun, Marc-André Laverdière, Marcos Souza, Marc Paré, Marina Latini, Markus Mohrhard, Martin Bayer, Mateusz Zasuwik, Matteo Casalin, Matteo Cavalleri, Matteo Ruffoni, Matúš Kukan, Michael Bauer, Michael Meeks, Michael Schinagl, Michael Stahl, Michał Newiak, Miguel Ángel Ríos Vázquez, Mihovil Stanić, Miklos Vanja, Milos Sramek, Miroslav Mazel, Muthu Subramanian, Naruhiko Ogasawara, Nikhil Nandkumar Walvekar, Noel Power, Norbert Thiebaud, Olav Dahlum, Olivier Hallot, Omer Eyal, Osvaldo Gervasi, Pallavi Jadhav, Paolo Dongilli, Paolo Mauri, Paolo Pelloni, Paweł Konefał, Peter Mato, Peter Schofield, Peter Szakal, Philippe Emile Clement, Pierre-Eric Pelloux-Prayer, Pierre-Yves Samyn, Priyanka Gaikwad, Rajashri Bhat Udhoji, Ravindra Vidhate, Regina Henschel, Rene Engelhard, Ricardo Montania, Robert Einsle, Roberto Brenlla, Robinson Tryon, Rob Snelders, Robson da Costa Farias, Rodolfo Ribeiro Gomes, Rohit Deshmukh, Roopesh Kohad, Sanjib Narzary, Shinji Enoki, Sigrid Carrera, Simon Phipps, Sonia Montegiove, Sophie Gautier, Sourav Mahajan, Stanislav Horáček, Stefano Paggetti, Stephan Bergmann, Stephan van den Akker, Stuart Swales, Surbhi Tongia, Sushil Shinde, Sverrisson Sveinn í Felli, Tamás Zolnai, Thomas Hackert, Thomas Krumbein, Thorsten Behrens, Timothy Lungstrom, Tollef Fog Heen, Tomaž Vajngerl, Tommaso Bartalena, Tsahi Glik, Tushar Bende, Umesh Kadam, Valdir Barbosa, Valek Filippov, Valter Mura, Varun Mittal, Vinaya Mandke, Vitorio Furusho, Volker Merschmann, Walter Pape, Winfried Donkers, Xosé Calvo, Yaron Shahrabani, Yifan Jiang, Yogesh Bharate, Zeki Bildirici – and to all the less known but equally important anonymous contributors for this incredible journey. Together, we have built an incredible free software project, and the best free office suite ever.

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

2014/09/03

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

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.

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