LibreOffice monthly recap: October 2020

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 the month by chatting with Adolfo Jayme Barrientos, a long-time member of the LibreOffice community. He told us how he joined the project, what he’s working on, and where he thinks we should go in the future…
  • Our yearly conference took place this month (more on that later), but before it started, we added merchandise to our online shop. It’s still there, so don’t miss the chance to get a cool 2020 hoodie, T-shirt, bag or baseball cap!

  • There were two bugfix updates to LibreOffice in October: 7.0.2 on the 8th, and 7.0.3 on the 29th. With these releases, LibreOffice 7.0 is becoming a mature branch of the suite, and 6.4 will no longer receive updates after the end of November.

  • On the 19th, we caught up with Marcin Popko, who joined the project recently to help out with social media in Poland. Thanks to Marcin’s efforts, more and more people in his country are learning about LibreOffice – and indeed, everyone around the world is welcome to help us with social media channels in many languages.

  • In technology news, TDF published a tender to finish the transition of LibreOffice to OpenDocument Format 1.3. If you’re a LibreOffice developer with some experience in this field, check out the requirements – it might be something perfect for you…
  • Our documentation community announced the LibreOffice Math Guide 7.0. Many thanks to Rafael Lima, Jean H. Weber, Rizal Muttaqin and Drew Jensen for their work on this!

  • LibreOffice 7.1 is due to be released in early February, and our QA team is already running Bug Hunting Sessions. We’ll have more in the run-up to 7.1 – so to ensure that it’s a rock-solid release, give them a hand!

  • And finally… The joint openSUSE + LibreOffice Conference 2020 took place this month! Hundreds of people attended talks, presentations and workshops, so we’re really grateful to everyone who took part. And now we’ve put some of the videos online – see here for the playlist. There are 21 videos so far, but we plan to add more (and upload to PeerTube as well).

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