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My Comments as Posted to the UK Cabinet Office Standards Hub (now it's your turn)

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Last week I highlighted the fact that Microsoft was urging its business partners to comment at the British Cabinet Office's Standards Hub on a standards-related proposal. That proposal would limit government procurement to office software that complied with the ISO ODF standard, but makes no mention of the ISO OOXML standard promoted by Microsoft. I also noted that anyone could comment on the proposal, and that the deadline for comments would close on February 26, Greenwich time. I closed by urging readers to let their opinions on the subject be heard.

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FLOSS Office Suites

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There are a bunch of FLOSS office suites but two of them are the big dogs: LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. “October 29th, someone downloaded the 75,000,000th copy of Apache OpenOffice™. The 75 million downloads have occurred in the less than 18th months since the first release of Apache OpenOffice on May 8th, 2012.
Apache OpenOffice (formerly called OpenOffice.org) is the leading free and open source office application suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. ”The Apache organization has just published some statistics on their downloads. The claim that their stuff is leading is debatable since most distros include LibreOffice and not Apache OpenOffice.

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Updated TDF Board and New LibreOffice Release

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The Document Foundation yesterday announced that the new Board of Directors is "officially in charge." These new members were recently elected and congratulated last December and have been in a sort of training since. In other news, TDF today announced the release of LibreOffice 4.2.1 for early adopters, an update to 4.2 released January 30.

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LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost

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The open-source LibreOffice 4.2 office suite was officially released by The Document Foundation on Jan. 30, providing users with incremental new features and improved performance. LibreOffice got its start in September 2010 after being forked from the open-source OpenOffice.org suite. OpenOffice had been a project originally run by Sun Microsystems and then Oracle, after Sun was acquired in 2009. LibreOffice enjoys the broad support of most of the leading Linux distributions and is often the default office suite on the Linux desktop.

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LibreOffice 4.2 Released with Focus on Performance

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Italo Vignoli of The Document Foundation today announced the immediate availability of the next major stable build of the popular office suite. LibreOffice 4.2 "features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users."

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Bigger, better, faster: LibreOffice 4.2

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The Document Foundation's newest release of LibreOffice 4.2 targets early adopters. It comes with many new performance and interoperability improvements for users of all kinds. Specifically, this update is designed to appeal to Windows power and enterprise users.

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LibreOffice 4.2 Brings OpenCL Calc, OOXML Improvements

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A new stable, major release of the open-source LibreOffice suite is now available and with it comes several new and improved features.

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A new web site for the LibreOffice Project

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When we first started the LibreOffice Project, we had a gazilion tasks to work on. Among them, we had priorities, most of them involving the code readiness of our first version, LibreOffice 3.3. Another priority was to make sure that the native-lang communities of the now defunct OpenOffice.org project would be able to find the tools needed to work on the releases, (re)create documentation, QA of their localized builds and several other important tasks. These were some of our most crucial priorities; yet among them, you would not have noted “design a nice website”.

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Regione Umbria awarded for the migration to LibreOffice

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LibreUmbria, the migration project of Regione Umbria to LibreOffice, has been awarded a prize for innovation – for metholodology and process – as one of top 10 Italian government projects in 2012/2013.

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Rollapp’s Online LibreOffice Nearly Ready for Prime Time – But Not Yet

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I wanted to be able to tell you that despite rollApp being in beta it’s pretty much ready to go. Unfortunately, I can’t, because it isn’t. There are some limitations that make using the site a deal breaker for most users. When the developers get those worked out, however, rollApp will be ready to be a major player in the world of online apps.

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The Document Foundation Elects New Directors

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They are:

* Thorsten Behrens (previous Deputy Chairman)
* Eliane Domingos de Sousa
* Michael Meeks (returning member)
* Fridrich Strba
* Adam Fyne
* Joel Madero
* Bjoern Michaelsen (returning member)
* Andreas Mantke, Eike Rathke, Norbert Thiebaud (deputies)

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Latest Stable LibreOffice 4.1.4 Released

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The Document Foundation today announced the release of LibreOffice 4.1.4, the latest in the stable family of the popular office suite. This update is recommended for anyone using the 4.1 branch, especially those receiving professional support from certified developers. The announcement quotes Thorsten Behrens saying, "When we launched the project, the growth of the ecosystem was a top priority. Today, the large number of migrations to LibreOffice – backed by professional support – show that we were right. There is a bright future in front of us."

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New Goodies Coming in LibreOffice 4.2

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The next significant release of LibreOffice is coming at the end of January 2014 and some of the new features are already apparent. The bug hunting session went really well and the next TDF Board elections are about to commence. So, let's take a sneak peek at some of the upcoming changes.

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How to write your book using Linux

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opensource.com: Before starting the book, I had heard a lot of horror stories about people forced to use crazy Word stylesheets and templates from publishers. I was very glad that my publisher didn’t use anything like that, which might have forced me to spend more time in Windows. I decided to work with RTF files and used LibreOffice to write the whole thing.

Calligra vs. LibreOffice: Which Is The More Productive

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makeuseof.com: Is LibreOffice the only worthwhile office suite for Linux users? Possibly not, thanks to KDE’s Calligra. With two very good choices at hand, which one do you go for? I compared these two office suites head-to-head on features, design, and compatibility to see which one is the best.

SUSE Forms Partnership to Support LibreOffice

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ostatic.com: SUSE, the entity behind the popular Linux distributions of similar handles, yesterday made an interesting announcement. In a press release, SUSE announced its LibreOffice team would be teaming up with Collabora Productivity to support LibreOffice commercially.

LibreOffice 4.1.1 Released Fixing 101 Bugs

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ostatic.com: Here we go again with another LibreOffice update, this time to the 4.1 branch released last month. LibreOffice 4.1.1 was announced today in Berlin with "a large number of improved interoperability features with proprietary and legacy file formats."

Fact sheet: LibreOffice 4.1

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techrepublic.com: Here is a quick fact sheet about the changes and improvements you can see in LibreOffice 4.1.

Battle of the Office Suites: Microsoft Office and LibreOffice Compared

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lifehacker.com: For a long time, Microsoft Office has been the reigning champ of office suites, but that doesn't mean the free alternative, LibreOffice, isn't worth considering. Let's take a look at how the two compare, and if it's finally possible to ditch the paid option for the free one.

Also: LibreOffice 4.1.1 RC2 Gets New Features on All Platforms

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