The Document Foundation Blog

2014/04/24

Get ready for LibreOffice 4.3 bug hunting session

Filed under: Development, QA, Technology — italovignoli @ 11:20

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the schedule of the first LibreOffice 4.3 bug hunting session, which will start with the availability of the first beta of the new major release in calendar week 21 (May 23 to May 25).

Participating will be easy. Details of the bug hunting session are on TDF wiki (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugHunting_Session_4.3.0), where there is also a growing list of LibreOffice 4.3 new features and improvements to check for bugs and regressions (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.3).

To participate, it will be necessary to have a PC with Windows, MacOS or Linux, and LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 1 (available at http://www.libreoffice.org/pre-releases), plus a lot of enthusiasm.

Filing bugs will be extremely easy, thanks to the help of experienced volunteers who will be around on the QA mailing list (libreoffice-qa@lists.freedesktop.org) and IRC channel (irc://irc.freenode.net/#libreoffice-qa).

A second LibreOffice 4.3 bug hunting session will be organized – with the same pattern – immediately after the release of LibreOffice 4.3 Release Candidate 1, in mid June.

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.

2014/04/10

LibreOffice 4.2.3 is now available for download

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 11:01

Berlin, April 10, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. LibreOffice 4.2.3 “Fresh” is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments and for more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests the more mature LibreOffice 4.1.5 “Stable”.

People interested in technical details about this release can access change logs here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC1 (fixed in RC1), here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC2 (fixed in RC2) and here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.3/RC3 (fixed in RC3).

In addition, the released version of LibreOffice 4.2.3 adds a security fix for the Heartbleed Bug (CVE-2014-0160).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.2.3 and LibreOffice 4.1.5 are both available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions and templates to complement the installation of the software and add specific features are available 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 grow the project both at global and local level.

2014/04/02

Old unaccessible documents, rejoice!

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 11:00

The Document Foundation announces the Document Liberation Project

Berlin, April 2, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the birth of the Document Liberation Project (http://www.documentliberation.org), a home for the growing community of developers united to free users from vendor lock-in of contents. Together, these hackers will offer a solution to the routine problem faced by many computer users, who have their personal digital contents stored in an old, outdated and unaccessible file format.

“Frequently, these old files cannot be opened by any application. In fact, the users are locked out of their own content, and the most common reason for this inability to access old data is the use of proprietary file-formats that result in vendor lock-in”, says Fridrich Strba, the Document Liberation Project leader. “Even worse, when a public administration stores documents using a proprietary or a non documented format, it unintentionally restricts access to essential information to citizens, administrations and businesses. Astonishingly enough, even governments might be unable to open their own documents after an upgrade of their operating system and office software”.

The Document Liberation Project was created in the hope that it would empower individuals, organizations, and governments to recover their data from proprietary formats and provide a mechanism to transition that data into open file formats, returning effective control over the content from computer companies to the actual authors.

Since the birth of LibreOffice in 2010, several community members have taken it upon themselves to improve format interoperability with proprietary applications. Encouraged by community interest, even from outside the LibreOffice project, the developers have so far provided read support for proprietary file formats including MS Visio, CorelDraw, MS Publisher, Apple Keynote, and a handful of different old Macintosh formats. In addition to LibreOffice, import libraries for these file formats are used by Abiword, Calligra, CorelDRAW File Viewer, Inkscape and Scribus.

The Document Liberation Project aims to attract developers from all corners of the open source world to join with the LibreOffice developers, strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones with all who have shared goals in the domain of file formats. The object is to contribute to the growing open document eco-system by providing powerful tools for the conversion of proprietary file formats to the corresponding ODF ISO standard document format.

For additional information: http://www.documentliberation.org/contact/.

Support LibreOffice

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.

2014/03/26

LibreOffice community celebrates Document Freedom Day

Filed under: Announcements — Florian Effenberger @ 15:07

Today is Document Freedom Day, a day for the global celebration of information accessibility and open standards. The community behind LibreOffice, the leading free office suite, joins the celebration around the globe by participating in events and informing about the importance of truly free standards.

“With tens of millions of users worldwide using LibreOffice, we are one of the largest free software projects adopting and fostering open standards”, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of the Board at The Document Foundation, the charitable and vendor-independent entity behind LibreOffice. “We are proud to enable more and more users each day to make use of the free OpenDocument format, freeing them from the ties of proprietary solutions, and giving them full control of their own work and creativity. Our enormous success is only possible thanks to all those fighting for and promoting open standards, whom we’d like to thank for all their work and efforts”, he adds.

LibreOffice is available for all major platforms in over 110 languages, driven by a worldwide community, and builds on the OpenDocument format as default file format, usable on desktop, mobile as well as web clients. It sees strong support from governments, enterprises and private users worldwide, and is available free of charge from http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

2014/03/13

LibreOffice 4.2.2 “Fresh” is ready for download

Filed under: Announcements — italovignoli @ 12:05

LibreOffice recognized as the most innovative Open Source software

INNOVATIONSPREIS-IT-2014-Logo-3500pxBerlin, March 13, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. Change log is available here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.2/RC1.

LibreOffice 4.2.2 “Fresh” is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the more reliable LibreOffice 4.1.5 “Stable”.

LibreOffice has just received the InnovationsPreis-IT 2014 for the category Open Source, awarded by Initiative Mittelstand during CeBIT in Hannover. Under the motto “be a part of IT”, the prize is a recognition of outstanding innovations in IT and is a testimonial of the work done by the LibreOffice international community since September 2010.

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.2.2 “Fresh” and LibreOffice 4.1.5 “Stable” are both 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 project both at global and local level.

2014/03/05

LibreOffice Conference 2014 Call for Paper

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — italovignoli @ 16:11

The Document Foundation announces that the Call for Papers for the LibreOffice Conference 2014 is now open. The event will be organized in Bern, Switzerland, from September 3 to 5, at Bern University.

TDF Members and Volunteers are invited to submit their proposals by May 15, 2014, to guarantee that they will be considered for inclusion in the conference program, base on the following tracks:

a) Development, APIs, Extensions
b) Quality Assurance
c) Localization and Native Language Projects
d) Design
e) Accessibility
f) Certification for Migrations and Trainings
g) Enterprise Deployments and Migrations
h) Open Document Format (ODF)

The Call for Paper page is available at the following address: http://conference.libreoffice.org/2014/call-for-papers.

Proposals, including a short bio of the speaker (max 500 characters) as well as a short abstract of the contents (max 1,000 characters), should be sent to the program committee address: conference@libreoffice.org.

Presentations, case studies, workshops and technical talks will discuss a subject in depth, and will last 60 minutes (including Q&A). Lightning talks will cover a specific topic and will last 20 minutes (including Q&A). Sessions will be streamed live and recorded for download.

Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to share about LibreOffice we definitely want to hear from you.

2014/02/20

LibreOffice 4.2.1 is already available, to improve the experience of early adopters

Filed under: Uncategorized — italovignoli @ 12:00

Berlin, February 20, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.1, three weeks after the availability of LibreOffice 4.2. The first minor release – based on a shorter cycle than expected – solves over 100 problems, introduced by the larger than usual code refactoring of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. The changelog is available here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.1/RC1

“LibreOffice 4.2 was extremely ambitious, in terms of code refactoring. Because of this, we planned an extensive quality assurance cycle, based on automated tests followed by QA sprints in December and January, but we were not able to catch all the issues”, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “Based on early adopters feedback, developers and QA experts have jumped in immediately, and have solved the most urgent problems in less than three weeks, showing the importance of our large community.”

LibreOffice 4.2.1 and LibreOffice 4.1.5 will be on stage at CeBIT in Hannover from March 10 to March 14 (Hall 6, Booth H14). In addition, Florian Effenberger and Italo Vignoli will speak about LibreOffice at the Open Source Conference.

LibreOffice 4.2.1 is 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.

2014/02/19

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.

2014/02/13

LibreOffice Conference 2014 in Bern, Switzerland, from September 2 to September 5, 2014

Berlin, February 13, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the LibreOffice Conference 2014 will be jointly organized by the Swiss Open Systems User Group (CH Open, http://www.ch-open.ch) and the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Bern (http://www.iwi.unibe.ch/content/index_eng.html), and hosted by the University of Bern, from September 3 to September 5, 2014.

In addition, on September 2 the LibreOffice community will gather for several face-to-face meetings: Board of Directors, Engineering Steering Committee, and Certification Committee. During the conference week, TDF will also organize the first certification training session for migration and training candidates.

Bern is the federal city of Switzerland and the seat of the parliament, government and administration of the Swiss Confederation, the Canton of Bern and the City of Bern. The old city is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1982.

“Holding the LibreOffice Conference in the city of Bern will definitely improve the awareness of Open Source software in Switzerland, and hopefully trigger the migration process in public administrations which has already started in France, Germany and Italy”, say Nicholas Christener and Matthias Stürmer, leaders of the organization committee.

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

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