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2015/02/26

LibreOffice 4.4.1 “Fresh” is available for download

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — Tags: — italovignoli @ 11:59

Berlin, February 26, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.1, the first minor release of LibreOffice 4.4 “fresh” family, with over 100 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.0. The release represents the combined effort of the over 900 developers attracted by the project since September 2010, with at least three new developers joining the project each month for 60 months in a row.

New features introduced by the LibreOffice 4.4 family are listed on this web page: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/4.4.

The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/).

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.1/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.4.1/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 4.4.1 and LibreOffice 4.3.6 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.

2015/01/27

The Document Foundation announces the results of the Android Tender

Filed under: Android, Announcements, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 09:54

Berlin, January 27, 2015 – Following the successful release of the LibreOffice Viewer (Beta), The Document Foundation announces the results of the Android tender – http://tdf.io/tender – today. The tender aims at developing the technical framework that will ultimately power LibreOffice for Android, including the document editor. This tender is one more step towards a compelling, elegant and full-featured experience of LibreOffice on Android.

“We have received a large number of requests for LibreOffice on Android, but at the same time we have realized that without a solid base framework it would have been extremely difficult for the ecosystem to develop a full fledged application for that platform,” comments Thorsten Behrens, TDF Chairman. “With the other members of the BoD, we have then decided to use a portion of the money coming from donations to fund the development of such a framework. This represents an innovative way to spend donations money, and respects the will of the people who have donated to fund an Android application. We invite our happy users to keep on their support with donations.”

To confirm the interest for LibreOffice on Android, the Viewer – although still a Beta – has already been downloaded by tens of thousands of users in just a week, and reviewed by hundreds of websites.

Three work packages, out of the four included in the tender, have been assigned as follows: (1) infrastructure and (2) selections to Collabora, (4) cloud storage and e-mail to Igalia [details of the work packages are available on the tender page]. Results are expected during the month of March 2015.

“The tender process has been a completely new experience for the Board of Directors and for myself”, says Florian Effenberger, Executive Director of The Document Foundation. “The most challenging part has been to create the format of the tender according to the principles set in our statutes, to set an even ground of competition for all the participants. Once again, we have set a new ground for free software foundations, by investing in the development of a framework, to foster the development of a full fledged LibreOffice for Android. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the companies who have sent their proposals, including those who have not been selected.”

The Document Foundation will be making the work available as a series of Beta builds over time which will incrementally add more powerful editing capabilities. Users are encouraged to download and play with the application, and provide their feedback to help improve the quality of the software.

The Document Foundation is grateful to all donors for their ongoing support of the project, through the donations page at: http://donate.libreoffice.org.

2015/01/21

LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) now available for Android

Filed under: Announcements, Technology — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 12:06

Berlin, January 21, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) is happy to see the LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) for Android released in the Google Play Store, allowing mobile users to access Open Document Format (ODF) files from devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The application, created by Collabora, is available from the following link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.collabora.libreoffice.

The first release of LibreOffice Viewer handles text documents and basic presentations. Support for spreadsheets have been included in an early form, while support for more complex presentations is planned for a future release. Users are invited to download and test the application, although care is advised for production environments.

“Support for Android is the result of cooperation between organizations as well as individual contributors,” said Michael Meeks, VP of Productivity at Collabora, “LibreOffice’s open ecosystem has again proved its ability to bring diverse groups together to produce great software without restrictions”.

The mobile app fulfils the wishes of many users who access ODF files on the go, and is also able to read proprietary document formats from other suites including Microsoft Office.

“This release is the first of a new series of mobile applications,” said Björn Michaelsen, a Director of The Document Foundation. “Individuals, companies and organizations are encouraged to participate in the open development process by joining the LibreOffice community.”

The LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) has been created by Collabora with the support of SMOOSE. It is built on foundational work by the LibreOffice community, SUSE, and the Mozilla Corporation, with additional development by Jacobo Aragunde of Igalia, and Andrzej Hunt and Ian Billet as part of Google Summer of Code.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

2015/01/12

The City of Munich joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board

Filed under: Advisory Board, Announcements — Tags: , , , — italovignoli @ 10:30

Berlin, January 12, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the city of Munich has joined TDF Advisory Board, where it will be represented by Florian Haftmann. Back in 2003, the city of Munich – the third largest in Germany – has launched Project LiMux to migrate their software systems from closed-source, proprietary products to free and open-source software. The project was successfully completed in late 2013, which involved migrating 16,000 personal computers and laptops of public employees to free and open-source software. The City of Munich has hosted a LibreOffice HackFest since 2011, to improve features targeted to enterprise environments.

“The city of Munich is a healthy reference for every migration to free software, and as such will add a significant value to our Advisory Board, where it will seat side by side with MIMO, representing the migration to LibreOffice of French Ministries, and with other companies providing value added services on top of LibreOffice,” says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “Florian Haftmann will be introduced to other members of TDF Advisory Board during next planned meeting, on January 15, 2015.”

TDF Advisory Board has 17 members: AMD, CIB Software, City of Munich, CloudOn, Collabora, FrODeV (Freies Office Deutschland), FSF (Free Software Foundation), Google, Intel, ITOMIG, KACST (King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology of Saudi Arabia), Lanedo, MIMO (Consortium of French Ministries), RedHat, SPI (Software in the Public Interest), Studio Storti and SUSE.

About the City of Munich and Project LiMux

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, between 2005 and 2013 has successfully managed to migrate around 16,000 PCs in 11 business units and 4 municipal undertakings to an open source based, standard and stable operating system. Munich is the largest public-sector open source stake holder in Germany, and Project LiMux has always had a high visibility.

Project LiMux has been able to reduce in a significant way the dependence from legacy proprietary software products, and attain – in the long term – the desired flexibility of software and architecture, based on three fundamental decisions:

– Introduce a free and open source operating system, with office communications based on open standards for all workstations;

– To acquire or develop platform independent administrative procedures;

– To use a standardised IT platform with consolidated applications and databases.

In such a scenario, a suitable desktop office suite is a strategic core product. In the beginning, LiMux has started to deploy OpenOffice.org, but by now the reference office suite is LibreOffice.

2014/12/22

Create a Template for LibreOffice, and get a free T-shirt

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice, Technology — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 09:43

The Document Foundation launches a competition to increase the number of document templates bundled with the upcoming major release of Libreoffice, open to designers, artists, and creatively talented users.

Deadline for submission, to be included in LibreOffice 4.4, is January 4, 2015. Templates submitted after this deadline will be considered for later LibreOffice major and minor releases, like LibreOffice 4.5 or LibreOffice 4.4.1.

Templates will be selected by the members of the LibreOffice Design Team, and may be edited before the inclusion. Authors of the templates bundled with LibreOffice 4.4 will get a free T-shirt either at LibreOffice booth at FOSDEM on Saturday January 31, or Sunday February 1, 2015, or by post after FOSDEM, and will be credited with a mention on http://www.libreoffice.org/about-us/credits/. They will also have a chance to meet LibreOffice developers and the design team during and after the show.

To be considered for inclusion, templates must meet the following conditions:

  • They are an original work, and are not converted from existing templates.
  • They are licensed under Creative Commons CC0.
  • They are based only on fonts bundled with LibreOffice (Caladea, Carlito, DejaVu, Gentium, Liberation, Libertine G, Open Sans, PT Serif, Source Code, Source Sans).
  • They are based on LibreOffice styles, and not on direct element formatting. Styles must be created according to the expected use of the template.
  • They contain only a minimum of text (ideally, no text at all), as they will not be translated for LibreOffice 4.4. Because of that, language must be en_us.

To participate, either upload the template on TDF wiki or send it by email to templatecontest@libreoffice.org, and we will add it to the list. Templates will be collected here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design/Whiteboards/Templates_for_LibreOffice_4.4.

Please specify the category and/or the intended use of the template, and the license of the template. You can send any number of templates, provided that all of them meet the above conditions.

For more information about creating templates, please check here: https://help.libreoffice.org/Writer/Creating_a_Document_Template and
here: http://lodahl.blogspot.ae/2014/12/making-good-and-solid-templates.html.

As an example, categories of templates could be: books of various types, address/phone books, business cards, calendars, curriculum vitae/resumes, essays, expense reports, letters, lists, records and reports of various types, schedules, etc.

Be creative ! We look forward to bundle your template designs !

2014/11/05

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces Certification for LibreOffice Migration and LibreOffice Training Professionals

Filed under: Announcements, Certification, Community, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 13:00

Berlin, November 5, 2014 – The Document Foundation announces Certification for LibreOffice Migrations and LibreOffice Training Professionals, open to TDF Members until April 2015 and then to all free software advocates. Details are available at http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification.

“LibreOffice Certification is an absolute first for a community based project, and has been developed adapting existing best practices to the different reality of the TDF ecosystem,” says Italo Vignoli, Chairman of TDF Certification Committee. “We want to recognize the skills of free software advocates who are able to provide value added services to large organizations deploying LibreOffice. Once certified, they will be recognized as LibreOffice experts and ambassadors.”
The Certification Committee has also appointed several Certified Professionals for Migrations and Trainings, who will help the Board of Directors in peer reviewing other TDF Members who will apply for certification in either discipline.

Certified Professionals for Migrations and Trainings are: Lothar Becker (.riess), Eliane Domingos de Sousa (EDX Informatica), Sophie Gautier (independent), Olivier Hallot (EDX Informatica), Thomas Krumbein (independent), Leif Lodahl (Magenta), Marina Latini (Studio Storti), Cor Nouws (Nou&Off), Gustavo Buzzatti Pacheco (independent), Stefano Paggetti (Regione Umbria), Jacqueline Rahemipour (independent), Charles H. Schulz (independent), and Italo Vignoli (independent). These 13 certified professionals join the 42 developers certified since October 2010.

Certified Professionals are able to assist enterprise deployments of LibreOffice by providing the following services:

  • migration consultancy: migration feasibility assessment, project management, migration strategy, communications, and other migration related services;
  • training: creation and delivery of training courses for trainers and end users, and evaluation of training effectiveness;
  • professional Level 3 support: feature development and bug fixing to solve application and interoperability problems.

The lists of Certified Professionals can be accessed from the certification website: http://www.documentfoundation.org/certification.

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 participate in its activities. At the end of October 2014, the foundation has over 200 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

2014/10/27

The Document Foundation joins the Open Source Business Alliance

Filed under: Announcements, Foundation, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 12:28

Berlin, October 27, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) joins the Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance), to strengthen LibreOffice ecosystem by creating stronger ties with companies and organizations deploying the free office suite on a large scale.

The aim of OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and open collaboration, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for software developers and users, and the active networking between all players. Within this environment, interoperability plays an important role for everyone, and especially for enterprise users.

“The Open Source Business Alliance has been a key stakeholder for LibreOffice, and for several members of the LibreOffice ecosystem. They have funded several interoperability features with Microsoft OOXML, and are an important source of information on the situation of large LibreOffice deployments”, says Thorsten Behrens, TDF Chairman.

“As OSB Alliance working group leader for office interoperability I very much welcome the membership of The Document Foundation. The active participation of this renowned nonprofit organization in our working group is very welcome,” said Matthias Stürmer, while OSB Alliance Chairman Peter Ganten added: “Open Source Office Software like LibreOffice has always been very important to most of our members, and there is a long and successful history of cooperation between the OSB Alliance and the respective projects. For this reason we are very happy to have The Document Foundation in our organization and are looking forward for a great continuation of our cooperation.”

Business users will appreciate that the quality of LibreOffice code is the highest for projects of similar size. According to Coverity Scan, the quality has improved tenfold during the last couple of years, with the number of defects per 1,000 lines of code being reduced from 0.8 to 0.07 thanks to the solution of 6,000 problems. LibreOffice is by far the largest project to have achieved such an outstanding score, with over 9 million lines of code.

About the Open Source Business Alliance

The Open Source Business Alliance (OSB Alliance) is Europe’s biggest association of companies and organizations developing, building and using open source software. The aim of the OSB Alliance is to improve the success of open source software and other forms of open collaboration. The OSB Alliance achieves its objectives, through the dissemination of information, the creation of positive conditions for producers and users, as well as through the active networking of manufacturers, customers and service providers. Interoperability between different open source systems and proprietary software in particular plays an important role. See http://www.osb-alliance.de.

About The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation is an independent, self-governing and meritocratic organization, based on Free Software ethos and incorporated in Germany as a not for profit entity. TDF is focused on the development of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – chosen by the global community as the legitimate heir of OOo, and as such adopted by a growing number of public administrations, enterprises and SMBs for desktop productivity.

TDF is accessible to individuals and organizations who agree with its core values and contribute to its activities. At the end of September 2014, the foundation has over 200 members and over 3,000 volunteer contributors worldwide.

2014/02/13

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.

2013/12/30

LibreOffice is available on the iPad and Chromebooks thanks to rollApp

Filed under: LibreOffice — Tags: — italovignoli @ 01:12

Berlin, December 30, 2013 – The Document Foundation is happy to acknowledge that the most recent version of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – is available on the iPad and Chromebooks as a cloud application, thanks to rollApp online virtualization technology.

rollApp iPad and Chromebook users don’t download or install the software, as they access LibreOffice inside the browser. rollApp streams an on-demand copy of the office application from its cloud architecture down to the iPad and Chromebooks and allows to work with files (open, save, and edit documents) directly in the cloud storage: Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

“LibreOffice’s powerful range of document management capabilities plus rollApp’s smart virtualization technology offer our customers and LibreOffice users a new and intelligent way to be more productive on both iPad and Chromebook,” said Vlad Pavlov, rollApp Founder and CEO. “We also want to thank LibreOffice power users for their contribution to helping us to deliver LibreOffice productivity suite on iPad and Chromebook.”

rollApp’s productivity suite debuted in April 2012 by demonstrating how its online virtualization technology can run office applications on the iPad in the cloud. rollApp offers software-on-demand service that delivers existing software to virtually any web-browser-equipped computing or mobile device over broadband/3G/4G/LTE.

About rollApp

rollApp Inc. is a privately held cloud computing technology company with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. rollApp focuses on developing virtualization technology that makes it possible to use a web browser for running desktop applications on any device.

2013/10/24

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0.6

Filed under: Announcements, LibreOffice — Tags: , — italovignoli @ 10:00

Berlin, October 24, 2013 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 4.0.6, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the sixth and probably last minor release of the LibreOffice 4.0 family, targeted to corporate deployments – when backed by professional support – and conservative users.

LibreOffice 4.0.6 solves almost 70 bugs and regressions over the previous release, thanks to the work of an increasing number of QA volunteers.

LibreOffice 4.0.6 is available for immediate download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Change logs are available at the following links: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.6/RC1 (fixed in 4.0.6.1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.0.6/RC2 (fixed in 4.0.6.2).

LibreOffice 4.0.6 is not meant to be adopted by users of the more advanced LibreOffice 4.1.x family, which offers additional features. LibreOffice 4.1.3 will be announced soon.

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