Today we have a quick chat with Baltasar García Perez-Schofield, who recently became a Member of The Document Foundation, the non-profit entity behind LibreOffice…
Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m from Spain, in that north-west corner called Galicia. Professionally I’m a teacher of computer science, and dedicate my spare time to my family, swimming, hiking, and retro computing.
I defended my PhD Thesis in 2002, wrote it entirely in what was then OpenOffice, and later forked to LibreOffice, and more importantly spawned The Document Foundation. I then decided that I should somehow return the favor by collaborating (as far as I could), with the product.
What are you working on in the LibreOffice project right now?
I’ve lately dedicated my time to the Basic interpreter, solving simple bugs such as type-persistence through compilation and execution, or the behaviour of certain functions that do not adhere to the specification.
Why did you decide to become a member of TDF?
I think that the open standards for document formats are vital for any computer user, and therefore defend the TDF’s existence. In that sense, becoming a member was an honor for me, and I also perceived it as a recognition for the work I did.
Anything else you plan to do in the future? What does LibreOffice really need?
I plan to continue collaborating with LibreOffice, at least in my free time gaps. Regarding the needs of LibreOffice, I think it probably needs marketing and compatibility (right now it is a must) with MS Office. The objective would be to let computer users realize that they have the possibility to use a free product as capable (or even more so!) as the private one.
Thanks to Baltasar for all his contributions! All LibreOffice users can join him in helping to improve the software, and find out what they can do for LibreOffice. 👍