LibreOffice monthly recap: October 2019

Here’s our summary of updates, events and activities in the LibreOffice project in the last four weeks – click the links to learn more!

  • We kicked off the month by interviewing Ilmari Lauhakangas, aka Buovjaga, who has joined the TDF team in Development Marketing. Ilmari is a long-time member of the LibreOffice community, and has been especially active in the QA project.

  • Then we announced the LibreOffice 10/20 Logo Community Contest. The year 2020 will be the 20th anniversary of the free office suite (OpenOffice.org was announced on July 19, 2000) and the 10th anniversary of LibreOffice (announced on September 28, 2010). So to celebrate, we want a special logo for presentations, events and swag – and you can help out! See the blog post for more details…

  • Meanwhile, throughout the month we edited and uploaded more presentation videos from the LibreOffice Conference 2019 in Almeria, Spain. Check out the playlist below – use the button at the top to switch between videos. There are currently 44 presentations to explore, and some more to come! (For better audio, use headphones.)

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  • On October 12, The Document Foundation supported the International Day Against DRM 2019. Digital Restrictions Management is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media – and “Defective by Design” is a broad-based anti-DRM campaign that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors.

  • Later in the month, we had the first Bug Hunting Session for LibreOffice 6.4 (which is due to be released in February 2020). All LibreOffice users with some technical knowledge are invited to join future Bug Hunting Sessions, report any issues they find, and help to make LibreOffice 6.4 a rock-solid release!

  • Also coming up in February next year is FOSDEM, the biggest European meetup of free and open source software developers. We announced the Open Document Editors DevRoom Call for Papers, so if you want to talk about topics such as code, extensions, localization, QA, UX, tools and adoption-related cases, submit a talk (deadline is Saturday, November 30, 2019).

  • On October 17, we announced LibreOffice 6.2.8, the last version in the LibreOffice 6.2 family. All users of LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should update immediately for enhanced security, and be prepared to upgrade to LibreOffice 6.3.4 as soon as it becomes available in December.

  • If you’re a macOS users and have updated to the latest macOS release (10.5, aka Catalina), and you’re having issues running LibreOffice, check out our help page. Typical messages are “macOS cannot verify the developer of LibreOffice.app”, or “LibreOffice.app was blocked from use because it is not from an identified developer” – we show you how to fix them and have LibreOffice running smoothly as usual!

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