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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:

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:


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.


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


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

For reference: details of the whole election process are in the first announcement, to be found here:

Kind regards,
Cor Nouws

Addendum: The detailed list of votes can be found at


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:

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

The detailed rules are available at

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 – 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 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

Happy voting!

Cor Nouws
– The Document Foundation – Chairman Membership Committee


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.


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

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 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

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

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

Italo Vignoli (based in Milan, Italy, UTC+1)
Mobile: +39 348 5653829 – E-mail:
Skype: italovignoli – GTalk:

Media Contact AMD

Kristen Lisa
Phone: +1 (512) 602 6020


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


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).


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.


Open letter to the City of Freiburg

Filed under: Foundation — Florian Effenberger @ 10:36

The following is an open letter The Document Foundation has sent to the City of Freiburg, Germany, as a statement regarding the current discussion about Freiburg’s IT strategy. The letter in its original format is available at

At the same time, The Document Foundation has signed the open letter of the Open Source Business Alliance at

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

als Herausgeber der freien Office-Suite LibreOffice bedauern wir die Überlegungen der Stadt Freiburg außerordentlich, sowohl einen Rückschritt hin zu proprietärer, geschlossener Software, als auch eine Abkehr vom offenen OpenDocument-Standard durchzuführen. Mehrere Thesen des Gutachtens erscheinen bereits im Ansatz falsch.

Nach unserer Kenntnis wurde kein Experte für freie Software und Open Source zu Rate gezogen. So ist in Fachkreisen anerkannt, dass die Gründung von LibreOffice gerade nicht zu einer Schwächung der Entwicklergemeinschaft geführt hat. Vielmehr wurde erst durch die Gründung des wirtschaftlich unabhängigen LibreOffice-Projekts die Zahl der Entwickler deutlich gesteigert. [1]

Die Document Foundation, eine gemeinnützige, rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts mit Sitz in Berlin, garantiert die dauerhafte und kontinuierliche Weiterentwicklung von LibreOffice, unabhängig von den wirtschaftlichen Interessen einzelner Hersteller. So konnten neben großen, internationalen Unterstützern wie Intel, Google, Red Hat und SUSE auch immer mehr deutschsprachige Unternehmen in die Mitarbeit eingebunden werden. Diese bieten kompetent Migrationsberatung, Anwendungsentwicklung und professionellen Support an, was zudem neue Arbeitsplätze gerade auch in Deutschland geschaffen hat. Die im Gutachten aufgestellte Behauptung, der Support für freie Software sei nur eingeschränkt gewährleistet, erscheint deshalb nicht haltbar.

Vernachlässigt wurde aus unserer Sicht auch der Aufwand für die Migration und Schulung auf aktuellere Microsoft-Produkte, die sich insbesondere in der Bedienerführung, als auch in zahlreichen technischen Details von ihren Vorgängern unterscheiden, und somit teure Anpassungen an Fachanwendungen erforderlich machen.

Die Migration auf freie Software ist dabei keine bloße Theorie, wie unter anderem das positive Beispiel der Stadt München zeigt, die durch ihr professionelles Migrationskonzept schon mittelfristig Vorteile erzielen konnte. Aktuelle LibreOffice-Migrationsprojekte finden beispielsweise in den Kopenhagener Krankenhäusern, der Region Umbrien, den Provinzen Mailand und Bozen, den Städten Las Palmas (Spanien), Limerick (Irland) und Largo (Florida) statt. Unsere jüngst durchgeführte LibreOffice Conference in Berlin, mit 200 Teilnehmern aus über 30 Ländern, wurde sowohl vom Bundeswirtschafts- als auch vom Bundesinnenministerium unterstützt, die sich über die Bedeutung freier Software im Klaren sind und offene Dokumentformate und freie Software dadurch bewusst fördern wollen.

Viele Aufgabenstellungen sind aus unserer Praxiserfahrung durchaus lösbar. Zu bedenken ist, dass eine Rückmigration hin zu proprietärer Software die Bindung an und Abhängigkeit von einer einzelnen Lösung einer einzigen Firma zementiert und Investitionen für Lizenzkosten erforderlich macht, anstatt in ein existierendes Ökosystem einheimischer Firmen zu investieren, welche bei der Migration kompetente Hilfestellung leisten können.

Zudem bedeutet eine Rückmigration mitnichten, dass die Aufgaben kleiner werden – im Gegenteil, eine solche Entscheidung macht einen zusätzlichen enormen personellen, finanziellen und zeitlichen Aufwand erforderlich, der im Interesse aller Beteiligten, insbesondere auch im Interesse der Steuerzahler, vermieden werden sollte.

Die Rückmigration hin zu proprietärer Software ist aus unserer Sicht eine falsche Entscheidung, opfert die Stadt Freiburg dadurch doch Freiheit und Unabhängigkeit. Würde sie die gleichen Mittel in die Umsetzung des ursprünglichen Beschlusses investieren, so wären die angesprochenen Probleme sicherlich lösbar.

Als gemeinnützige Stiftung The Document Foundation bieten und vermitteln wir Ihnen gerne fachliche Unterstützung in allen Fragestellungen rund um offene Dokumentenaustauschformate und den Einsatz unserer freien Office-Suite LibreOffice an.


Florian Effenberger
The Document Foundation

Thorsten Behrens
Stellvertretender Vorstandsvorsitzender
The Document Foundation


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