Community Member Monday: Buzea Bogdan

Today we talk to Buzea Bogdan, who is making useful videos for LibreOffice users – check them out below!

Where do you live, and what do you enjoy in your spare time?

I live in Romania, a country with beautiful landscapes. I like computers and I like to ride my bicycle – or, more recently, my electric scooter.

What are you working on in the project at the moment?

I am reporting bugs, verifying them, and helping with other bug reports. In addition, I created a channel on YouTube with short tutorials about LibreOffice.

With the help of Xisco Fauli (LibreOffice’s QA engineer) and others in the LibreOffice groups on Telegram, I began to bibisect bugs. Also, with the help of others in the same direction, I may learn more about finding bugs and checking for fixes. I feel there are not so many technical videos about this.

How did you get involved with LibreOffice?

I started with LibreOffice almost a year ago, following a post about how everyone can contribute to this project. At that time, I thought it was time to financially support the LibreOffice community with a small donation. But I soon returned to the software’s website, because I had a small problem with displaying menus. Xisco helped me to solve the problem at the time, and then I thought: “If it is so simple to help others like me, could not I use my time to contribute with the little that I know?”

From that point on, I began to contribute by checking bug reports, along with videos and other information to solve some other bugs. I have also been involved in the translation of LibreOffice into Romanian. And recently I started the new YouTube channel that I mentioned, with short and simple explanation about little things that people usually find hard to solve. Here is a playlist – you can switch between videos using the icon in the top-left:

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Finally, what do you see in the future for LibreOffice?

A few years ago I started using LibreOffice after watching a video on YouTube where OpenOffice and LibreOffice were compared by a well-known blogger. This kind of video could help LibreOffice become more familiar, and help people to discover the features and possibilities they have with open source software.

I feel LibreOffice is more mature now than ever, but the stable version needs to be stable enough – well tested. And this is the way I can help a little bit. I also feel that LibreOffice needs more engineers to work on bugs in order to maintain a smaller numbers of unsolved bugs, relative to all bugs that are reported.

So, huge thanks to Buzea for his help in the QA community, and the videos too! Checking and confirming bug reports is a great way to make LibreOffice even stronger, and doesn’t need a lot of time – if you want to give us a hand, jump into the LibreOffice QA channel and we’ll show you what to do. Cheers!

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