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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

2014/09/04

Tender for base framework for an Android version of LibreOffice with basic editing capabilities (#201409-01)

Filed under: Announcements — Florian Effenberger @ 09:06

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks for companies to

develop the base framework for an Android version of LibreOffice with basic editing capabilities

to start work as soon as possible.

TDF currently plans to invest into getting LibreOffice, its free office suite, to mobile Android devices like tablets and smartphones, extending the existing desktop version of the software. For the volunteer community and the ecosystem to work on concrete features and an enduser-ready version that can be published, a base framework including the LibreOffice program modules Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw and Math is required. TDF seeks for companies to deliver this as a turnkey project until the end of February 2015.

Experience with the LibreOffice source code, mobile development on Android, as well as managing development projects and interacting with an international open source community is required. Current engagement and involvement in the community is highly appreciated.

Based on the technical design decisions that have already been taken during the basic implementation of a LibreOffice viewer for Android, which is built on the Mozilla for Android framework, the project includes, amongst other items, the following work packages. It is targetted towards basic framework and integration tasks to provision for basic editing capabilities:

1.) infrastructure

  • integration of on-screen keyboard that is only visible in editing mode
  • routing Android events to LibreOffice app
  • performance considerations
  • triggering updates of views
  • rendering and invalidation of tiles
  • insertion and deletion of content
  • threading

2.) selections (everything to be done in a separate layer)

  • texts and lists
  • tables for Writer and Impress
  • tables for Calc
  • pictures and shapes
  • support for OpenGL
  • rendering of selections on overlays
  • routing of application information from the program module’s core

3.) touch user interface for basic editing (based on Android design standards)

  • toolbar with basic controls, like bold, italics and underlined
  • context menu
  • menu items
  • deleting selections
  • loading and saving of documents
  • jointly working with our volunteer UX and design team for design considerations

4.) cloud storage and e-mail

  • provide basic interface for the community and ecosystem participants to develop integration of their preferred cloud storage
  • e-mail integration for sending documents via Android framework

Applicants are expected to include required project management as well as required writing of detailed specifications in their bid.

Note that the nightly builds at http://dev-builds.libreoffice.org/daily/master/Android-ARM@24-Bytemark-Hosting/ will not (!) be used as technical platform for this project. Instead, the technical platform will be the work that is currently carried out for having a LibreOffice viewer for Android, which is built on the Mozilla for Android framework, with source code available at core/android/experimental/LOAndroid3 in the public git master repository.

LibreOffice development is based mainly on C++ and C, as well as some Python and Java code. We exclusively use free, libre and open source (FLOSS) software for development whereever possible.

Previous experience with such tasks is highly suggested, given the complexity of the project. Communication on the project will happen exclusively in English language. Some fixed availability is required to coordinate with the developer community, which is mostly based in Europe (UTC+1 timezone).

The task offered is a project-based one-off, with no immediate plans to a mid- or long-term contractual relationship. It is offered on a freelance, project basis. Companies applying can be located anywhere in the world.

Applications from bidding groups are welcome, so are bids on individual work packages. Companies with certified LibreOffice developers are preferred over other applicants.

A timing and cost estimation for

  • the additional work leading to a fully-fledged Android version,
  • with full editing capabilities,
  • a fully-fledged touch user interface with more controls, based on input from our volunteer UX and design team,
  • available at Google Play (taking the 50 MB size limit into account, providing mechanism for downloading missing components),

built on the framework outlined before, are welcome.

TDF is looking forward to receiving your applications, including company presentation, your financial expectations (name the final price for the turnkey project), and the earliest date of your availability, via e-mail to Florian Effenberger at floeff@documentfoundation.org no later than October 6, 2014. You can encrypt your message via PGP/GnuPG.

Applicants who have not received feedback by October 31, 2014 should consider their application has not been accepted.

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

2014/08/28

LibreOffice 4.3.1 “Fresh” announced

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 10:06

The software on show next week at the LibreOffice Conference in Bern

Berlin, August 28, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.1, the first minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 “fresh” family, with over 100 fixes (including patches for two CVEs, backported to LibreOffice 4.2.6-secfix, which is also available for download now).

All LibreOffice users are invited to update their installation as soon as possible to avoid security issues. This includes users who are running LibreOffice 4.2.6 as originally released on August, 5th 2014.

LibreOffice 4.3.1 and LibreOffice 4.2.6 will be shown on stage at the LibreOffice Conference in Bern, from September 3 to September 5, with a large number of sessions about development, community, marketing and migrations. The program of the event is available here: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/program.

In addition to the sessions in English, there will be a track in German focusing on open source adoptions in governments and enterprises in Switzerland, Germany and Austria: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/professional-user-track.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.1/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.1/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

CVEs patched in LibreOffice 4.3.1 and LibreOffice 4.2.6 are CVE-2014-3524 “CSV Command Injection and DDE formulas” and CVE-2014-3575 “Arbitrary File Disclosure using crafted OLE objects”.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3.1 and LibreOffice 4.2.6 are immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/.

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 grow the infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the awareness of the project, both at global and local level.

2014/08/14

LibreOffice Conference 2014: the program of a landmark event

Filed under: Uncategorized — italovignoli @ 07:26

Berlin, August 14, 2014 – The program of the LibreOffice Conference 2014, which will be held in Bern, Switzerland, from September 3 to September 5, is now available at https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/program. Sessions will focus on development, community, certification, migrations, training, marketing and Open Document Format (ODF).

In addition to the sessions in English, there will be a track in German focusing on open source adoptions in governments and enterprises in Switzerland, Germany and Austria: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/professional-user-track.

This track will be opened by Balthasar Glättli, a Member of the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability, who will be followed by lectures on professional adoptions of free office suites at the Swiss Federal Court (350 jobs), in the schools of Geneva, in the city of Munich (14,000 jobs), at the LVM Insurance in Münster (13,000 jobs) and in the Austrian Ministry of Justice.

Social events will happen in the evenings of September 3, with a LibreOffice Hack Night at UniS, and September 4, with a community event and key signing party at ISC Club Bern: https://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/events.

With a forecasted attendance of 300 community members from around the world and over 70 sessions, the LibreOffice Conference will be the biggest Open Source Event in Switzerland in 2014.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Bern, and organized by CH-Open – the Swiss Open Systems User Group – and the Digital Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bern, in coordination with The Document Foundation. The track in German will be organized by the Working Group on OSS of the Swiss IT Conference SIK and the Working Group on Office Interoperability of the Open Source Business Alliance.

LibreOffice Conference 2014 is generously supported by the Hasler Foundation and the Civic Community of Bern, and sponsored by:

Platinum: CloudOn, Collabora and Google;

Gold: adfinis SyGroup, Canonical, CIB labs, ITOMIG and Studio Storti;

Silver: Apertura, FOX, Igalia, OpenSUSE, Puzzle ITC, ritualis and Univention.

Local Contacts:

Matthias Stürmer, +41 76 368 81 65, matthias.stuermer@iwi.unibe.ch

Christa Ammann, +41 78 646 83 09, c.ammann@brief.li

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/.

2014/08/05

LibreOffice 4.2.6 is ready

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — Florian Effenberger @ 08:58

Berlin, August 5, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.6 “Still”, the seventh and last minor release of the most solid version of the software, ready for enterprise deployments and conservative users.

LibreOffice 4.2.6 arrives just one week after the successful launch of LibreOffice 4.3 “Fresh”, the most feature rich version of the office suite.

LibreOffice 4.2.6 is available from http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

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 grow the project both at global and local level.

2014/07/30

LibreOffice 4.3: today, you can’t own a better office suite

- Better OOXML interoperability, and support of legacy Mac file formats

- Better comment management, and highly intuitive spreadsheet handling

- 3D models in Impress, and support for “monster” paragraphs

Berlin, July 30, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3, the 8th major release of the free office suite since the birth of the project in September 2010. The application includes the combined effort of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of developers, and has reached a point of maturity that makes it suitable for every kind of deployment, if backed by value added services by the growing LibreOffice ecosystem.

LibreOffice 4.3 offers a large number of improvements and new features, including:

- Document interoperability: support of OOXML Strict, OOXML graphics improvements (DrawingML, theme fonts, preservation of drawing styles and attributes), embedding OOXML files inside another OOXML file, support of 30 new Excel formulas, support of MS Works spreadsheets and databases, and Mac legacy file formats such as ClarisWorks, ClarisResolve, MacWorks, SuperPaint, and more.

- Comment management: comments can now be printed in the document margin, formatted in a better way, and imported and exported – including nested comments – in ODF, DOC, OOXML and RTF documents, for improved productivity and better collaboration.

- Intuitive spreadsheet handling: Calc now allows the performing of several tasks more intuitively, thanks to the smarter highlighting of formulas in cells, the display of the number of selected rows and columns in the status bar, the ability to start editing a cell with the content of the cell above it, and being able to fully select text conversion models by the user.

- 3D models in Impress: support of animated 3D models in the new open glTF format, plus initial support for Collada and kmz files that are found in Google Warehouse, in order to add a fresh new look and animations to keynotes (support of this feature is currently on Windows and Linux versions only).

LibreOffice 4.3 also support “monster” paragraphs exceeding 65,000 characters (an example of an 11 years old bug solved thanks to the modernization of the OOo source code, which is an exclusive function of LibreOffice). In addition, the accessibility technology on Windows has become a standard feature, thanks to the improvements based on IBM’s IAccessible2 framework.

The entire list of new features and improvements of LibreOffice 4.3 is here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.3.

“The LibreOffice project shows that a large free software community can live and thrive without the patronage of a software vendor, to liberate PC desktops”, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “Today, you can’t own a better office suite than LibreOffice, in term of features, interoperability, support for document standards and independence. After many years, LibreOffice brings the control of the PC desktop back into the hands of the users”.

According to the Coverity Scan service, joined by LibreOffice in October 2012, the quality of LibreOffice source code has improved dramatically during the last two years, with a reduction of the defect density per 1,000 lines of code from an above the average 1.11 to an industry leading 0.08 (for more information: http://softwareintegrity.coverity.com/register-for-libreoffice-scan-report.html).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.0/RC1 (fixed in RC1), here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.0/RC2 (fixed in RC2), here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.0/RC3 (fixed in RC3) and here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.3.0/RC4 (fixed in RC4).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.3 and LibreOffice 4.2.6 – which will be released on Friday – are available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions and templates to supplement the installation of the software and add specific features can be found here: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/.

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 enhance the project both at global and local level.

About The Document Foundation (TDF)

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 just over 200 members and well over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

Media Contacts: https://www.documentfoundation.org/contact/.

2014/07/24

The Document Foundation congratulates the UK government for their revolutionary and historic choice of open document standards

Filed under: Standards — italovignoli @ 07:00

UK citizens will be the first in Europe to be liberated from proprietary lock-ins

Berlin, July 23, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) congratulates the UK government for the selection of the Open Document Format (ODF), in addition to Portable Document Format (PDF), to meet user needs. LibreOffice, the free office suite developed by TDF, supports both ODF – the native document format – and PDF (including PDF/A).

The original UK government press release is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/open-document-formats-selected-to-meet-user-needs. In addition, the UK government has published a policy paper with more details: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-standards-for-government/sharing-or-collaborating-with-government-documents.

“TDF has always been a strong supporter of ODF, and a believer in open document standards”, says Thorsten Behrens, TDF Chairman. “July 22 will be a date to remember, as the culmination of a dream inaugurated when ODF become a ISO standard on November 30, 2006. By standardizing on ODF and PDF, the UK government is showing the world that it is entirely possible to find a way out of proprietary formats to enhance user freedom”.

LibreOffice is a reference implementation of ODF, a document standard which is supported by a growing number of applications (including proprietary ones). ODF is independently managed by OASIS (https://www.oasis-open.org/), a non-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society.

To leverage the advantages of ODF, you can download LibreOffice from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions and templates to supplement the installation of the software and add specific features can be found here: http://extensions.libreoffice.org/.

Complementing ODF, LibreOffice manages Hybrid PDF files, which combine the advantages of PDF and ODF by embedding a fully editable ODF document into a PDF without breaking any of the standard characteristics of both formats.

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

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