LibreOffice monthly recap: May 2020 – News, events and more…

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 started May by announcing the Month of LibreOffice – showing our appreciation for contributions from our worldwide community. Everyone who contributed to LibreOffice throughout May can claim a cool sticker pack, and also has a chance to win extra merchandise. We’ll announce the winners here on the blog in the coming days – stay tuned!

  • Meanwhile, our documentation community announced the LibreOffice Base Guide 6.2. This covers the database component of LibreOffice – a big thanks to Pulkit Krishna, Dan Lewis, Jean Hollis Weber, Alain Romedenne, Jean-Pierre Ledure and Randolph Gamo for their work on it.

  • Next up: the Google Summer of Code, a global programme focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. LibreOffice took part last year, which led to some great new features including a QR code generator and NotebookBar improvements. LibreOffice is taking part again in 2020, with six projects – click the link to check them out…

  • In further documentation news, the Getting Started Guide was updated to version 6.4. This book covers all components of the suite, and is the collaborative work of Andrew Jensen, Claire Wood, Dan Lewis, Kees Kriek, Steve Fanning, Pulkit Krishna, Roman Kuznetsov and was reviewed and assembled by Jean Hollis Weber. We really appreciate their help!

  • In May, we interviewed two community members: Marco Marinello and Rania Amina. They both recently decided to become members of The Document Foundation, and are helping the LibreOffice project with documentation, QA and social media. And really enjoying it!

  • We mentioned the Google Summer of Code earlier, but there’s also the Google Season of Docs, which connects technical writers with FOSS projects. TDF has been accepted as a participating organisation, with projects for e-learning, mathematical documentation and code-oriented documentation.

  • Members of the Hispanic LibreOffice community met online to discuss documentation, macros, QA and other topics.

  • Finally, later in the month we released LibreOffice 6.4.4. This is a regular maintenance release with almost 100 bug fixes and compatibility improvements.

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