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LibreOffice Conference 2013 Proposals

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 13:01

Following our public call for locations, The Document Foundation has received the following two proposals for hosting the LibreOffice Conference 2013, in alphabetical order:

The Document Foundation would like to thank all proponents for their support, which is truly appreciated! Soon, we will start a public vote to determine the location of the 2013 Conference. In the meantime, we invite the community to discuss with the proponents on our discuss mailing list any questions they have.

Thanks again, and looking forward to seeing you in 2013!


Send us your LibOCon pictures!

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 11:49

We would like to publish a collection of images from the LibreOffice Conference 2012. Lots of people at the venue made photos, and we invite you to share them with us. :-)

You can upload them at

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Please ZIP them,
  2. put a file with your name
  3. as well as the image license into the archive.

Our preferred license is Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License ( We cannot publish pictures without a license statement and author’s name in the archive.

Looking forward to getting lots of pictures!


Conference Announcements

Filed under: Announcements, Conference — Tags: , , , — italovignoli @ 09:03

LibreOffice Conference opens in Berlin

LibreOffice Conference, Berlin, October 17, 2012 – Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board of The Document Foundation, has officially opened the 2nd LibreOffice Conference ( addressing the authorities and the community members gathered in the capital city of Germany from the five continents.

“As of today, LibreOffice is being used by close to 60 million people. It is the standard free office suite on all major platforms, available in over 100 languages. Large cities and organizations are deploying it very successfully, more and more schools and universities are rolling it out, and there’s not a single month where it is not covered by major media around the globe – because we always have good news to share. The Document Foundation has become a member of leading organizations for free software and open standards, and at the very same time, is widely seen as a the leader in its area, built on strong reputation and credibility. Last but not least, the ecosystem is growing rapidly, as more and more enterprises discover the business benefit of truly free software.”

“We are now a family of thousands of contributors around the globe. I not only have colleagues all over the world, but more important, true friends, and I am honoured to be part of a large family. Everyone with their very own story, their very own background, and their very own skills. Different ages, cultures and languages, all united by one goal: providing the best free office suite ever, and giving power to those who contribute by passion. By living our values day by day, we make possible what we never dared to dream of two years ago.”

LibreOffice Conference 2012 is hosted by the Federal Ministry of the Interior ( and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology ( of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V. The event is sponsored by Canonical (, Google (, SerNet (, bitbone (, Lanedo (, Red Hat ( and Univention (

The main conference sessions will be broadcasted online, while all sessions will be recorded and made available on the conference website. To access both real time and recorded video, the infrastructure team has created a single webpage at

LibreOffice 3.6.2 is available for immediate download from the following link: Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: When downloading the software, you might consider about donating some money to The Document Foundation for the development of LibreOffice and the growth of the community, by accessing our donation page at


LibreOffice is booming

Over 2 million downloads in September, over 540 developers,
a community of over 3,000 volunteers from the five continents,
over 100 languages (representing 95% of the world population)

LibreOffice Conference, Berlin, October 17, 2012 – The Document Foundation announces that the German city of Munich is migrating to LibreOffice, following a growing trend of migrations and adoptions worldwide. “After a careful risk-assessment, Munich city council has decided to migrate to LibreOffice. In favour of that decision, among others, was the greater flexibility of the project regarding consumption of open source licenses. In addition, Munich wants to rely on a large and vibrant community for any Open Source product it employs,” says Kirsten Böge, head of public relations.

Just before the city of Munich, a similar announcement was made by the French Prime Minister, who mentioned LibreOffice as a pillar in the overall migration of free software of all government bodies. MimO, the technology group taking care of the migration project, has already certified LibreOffice as the free office suite of choice.

Several other large migrations to LibreOffice have happened or are happening in Denmark (Hospitals of Copenhagen), Italy (Regione Umbria, City Councils of Provincia di Bolzano, and one of the largest IT company in the banking sector), Spain (City of Las Palmas), Ireland (City of Limerick), Greece (Municipality of Pilea Hortiatis) and the US (City of Largo in Florida).

Chicago Public Library deploys LibreOffice on several PCs, as a service for the people who need to create or edit documents, and provides trainings to learn the free office suite.

LibreOffice is developed by a large and diverse hacker community, which has grown from 20 to 550 members in two years. This group is backed by an even larger number of active volunteers taking care of localizations, quality assurance, community development and marketing at global and local levels. Overall, the number of these people is over 3,000, if we take as a measure those who have contributed to the project wiki.

LibreOffice has been downloaded over 20 million times – and over 2 million in September, following the announcement of version 3.6.2 – from The Document Foundation mirror system (over 80% Windows + 10% MacOS), with a large number of additional downloads from software and magazine websites. In addition, LibreOffice is featured on a large number of covermount CDs, which account for other installs. TDF estimates a grand total of 60 million users, half of them being desktop Linux users who get LibreOffice from their distribution repository.

“Looking at these figures, one can hardly believe that it all happened in just two years,” comments Italo Vignoli, Director of The Document Foundation in charge of marketing communications. “During these months I have traveled the world to speak at free software conferences about the project, and I have met hundreds of people who recognize in LibreOffice the legitimate heir of OpenOffice. Today, the numbers we are releasing show that also governments and enterprises share this perception, and support the idea that only a focused independent free software foundation could provide a path forward for the OpenOffice code base.”

LibreOffice 3.6.2 is available for immediate download from the following link: Extensions for LibreOffice are available from the following link: When downloading the software, you might consider about donating some money to The Document Foundation for the development of LibreOffice and the growth of the community, by accessing our donation page at


LibreOffice Conference: Streaming

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — italovignoli @ 15:52

LibreOffice Conference live session streaming will be available from, starting from tomorrow at 10AM (CEST, or UTC+2).

There will be 3 live video streams of the talks and presentations:

  • Stream 1 from the Aula (Wednesday through Friday),
  • Stream 2 from the Eichensaal (Wednesday and Thursday) or the Hörsaal (Friday), respectively,
  • Stream 3 from the Konferenzraum 2 (Wednesday through Friday).

In order to choose the sessions to follow, you can access the entire conference program at

Live streaming has been made possible by kind cooperation of Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, The Document Foundation, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.


LibreOffice Conference – registration deadline ends tomorrow

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 12:53

Just about one more week, and this years’ LibreOffice Conference takes place in Berlin. I would like to remind you that the deadline for the registration ends tomorrow,

Monday, October 8th, 2012, at 21:59 UTC

If you want to attend the conference, and didn’t register so far, we urge you to do so within the deadline at

The LibreOffice Conference 2012 takes places in a public building of German ministries, and without proper registration, you can not enter the event. So, in your own interest, please ensure you meet the deadline.

In case you do not want to attend the conference yet, I’d like to advertise a bit more. :) Our program committee has invested lots of time to make this conference an unforgettable, noteworthy event, and we are proud to have a program with a vivid mixture of development, community, marketing, infrastructure and many other working areas of the LibreOffice project:

Last but not least, this is your chance to meet the faces behind the LibreOffice community: developers, marketeers, admins, localizers, documentation writers, designers and many, many more. We’ll all have a great time in Berlin, and want you to be a part of it!

Taking place at the conference center of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and sponsored by leading players Canonical, Google and SerNet, it is not only the annual gathering of the worldwide community, but also meeting point for governmental and corporate adopters and innovators.

Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin!


LibreOffice Community announces broad program for its Berlin conference

Filed under: Announcements, Community, Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 17:18

Tracks on development, marketing, migration and community success
The Document Foundation to host official ODF Plugfest and ODF Plugtesting

The LibreOffice community today announces the program for its Berlin conference (October 17th to 19th). Taking place at the conference center of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and sponsored by leading players Canonical, Google and SerNet, it is not only the annual gathering of the worldwide community, but also meeting point for governmental and corporate adopters and innovators.

“With three tracks in parallel, plus the ODF Plugfest, including ODF Plugtesting, this years’ LibreOffice Conference is the major event for everyone interested in the development of free office suites and the OpenDocument ecosystem at large”, says Volker Merschmann, member of the program comittee.

Jacqueline Rahemipour, lead organizer from the host Freies Office Deutschland e.V., states: “Our program reflects the broad engagement and diversity of the community, and includes talks and workshops from various areas of the project. Interested users, developers, marketeers, as well as corporate and governmental adopters are invited to come to Berlin, to exchange ideas and jointly work on shaping the future of free office suites.”

Interested participants are required to register no later than October 8th at

Following the project’s principles, the conference system has been implemented exclusively using free software. Board member Andreas Mantke has been developing an addon, based on Dexterity for the Plone CMS.


LibreOffice Conference registration is now open

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 09:29

Dear Community,

we are proud to announce that the registration for this years’ LibreOffice Conference, taking place in Berlin from October 17th to 19th, including a community day on October 16th, is now open.

In order to help the organizers with their planning, we kindly ask you to register as soon as possible, and no later than October 8th. To register, please find all details at

Looking forward to meeting all of you for an exciting conference in Berlin!


LibreOffice Conference 2013 Call for Locations

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 10:04

Once a year, the LibreOffice Community hosts its annual, global community event, the LibreOffice Conference. After a successful Paris event in October 2011, and in the light of the Berlin Conference (October 16th to 19th), the venue for the upcoming year 2013 will be voted on by the community. By starting already now, we want to help the proponents of the 2013 event learn from the organizers of the 2012 event. Traditionally, the LibreOffice Conference takes place between September and November, with a preferred date of October.

The deadline for sending in your proposal is Monday, October 15th 2012, 23:59 UTC.

After receiving the applications, we will evaluate necessary preconditions, evaluate the validity and give applicants the chance to clarify vague details. In November or December, the LibreOffice community will vote on their preferred location, so the organizers have enough time for their preparations. Please do not vote on random locations but rather wait for the official announcement of the proposals and the voting mechanism.

For details on the requirements, and the process, please refer to the wiki page on

Again, the deadline is Monday, October 15th 2012, 23:59 UTC.



LibreOffice Conference needs you!

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 11:00

The next LibreOffice Conference, the annual gathering of all project members, users and interested parties, takes place in Berlin, Germany, from October 17th to 19th, with an additional community day on the 16th.

We are still looking for lectures and talks from end-users, developers, community members, and everyone else who can contribute something interesting on LibreOffice, The Document Foundation and the OpenDocument format.

The call for papers runs

    including August 15th,
    i.e. next Wednesday

All details on sending in your papers are available at

Looking forward to your proposals and to meeting you in Berlin!


Travel bursaries for LibOCon

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 13:17

This is to inform you about travel bursaries for the LibreOffice Conference.

We are trying to enable as many contributors as possible to join us in Berlin, to meet their community friends, to listen to exciting lectures, and to work on the future of the best free office suite, LibreOffice.

Unfortunately, we are a rather young foundation, depending on donations, with a budget of currently 20.000 € for the rest of the year. Therefore, we are right now working hard on getting sponsors for our conference, and expect large parts of their donations to go into the travel funding budget. As of today, while there are several interested sponsors, no contracts have been signed yet, so we cannot estimate the concrete amount of money available.

Nontheless, we strongly recommend that all interested participants book their trip and hotel already now, as prices tend to grow massively over time. Waiting for a funding confirmation might eventually lead to travel fees we can’t cover anymore.

Be aware that we cannot make any guarantees about travel funding as of today, so if you book, take into account that you have to cover all costs on your own. We give our best, however, to make things clear as soon as possible.

A possible travel funding is primarily dedicated to get those to Berlin who otherwise would not be able to attend, and who are contributors to our community, like conference speakers, project members, and organizers. If you have any other means to join the conference, like sponsoring via your employer, a local association, or paying out of your own pocket, we ask you to take advantage of this and try it out before, to enable those in need to be funded.

TDF already has a travel policy in place, and we expect that the notion will be very similar. Based on the experience from previous years, we are most likely to cap the individual funding per eligible person, so that an economic travel and economic stay in the hotel during the days of the LibOCon can be covered. In case there are much more requests than available money, travel funding might only be granted partially, to at least cover parts of everyone’s expenses.

Legal disclaimer: Be advised there is no legal obligation from our side to pay any travel funding. It is a sole decision of the board, and depends on available financial means.

We hope to be able to see all of you in Berlin, and help those who cannot afford on their own to get there – we’re working hard on that every day, and will share any news we have!

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