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Pondering the future of the Document Foundation

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This past week we had had the pleasure to welcome both our new marketing assistant and the new board of directors of the Document Foundation. I would like to say a few words on where the Document Foundation stands now – and I must stress that I’m confident the new board has the right people to handle the future of the foundation.

The Document Foundation is still a small entity compared to the Mozilla or OpenStack Foundation. However, with several hundreds of thousands of euros/dollars of resources, it just happens to stand just behind these behemoths. It is not an easy task. Commonly held opinions often do not apply with us: “pay X to code feature Y”. That is somewhat possible, but we tend not to do it, unless there is a strategic reason (and enough money) to do it. We do fund, however, our entire infrastructure, the release management process, infrastructure and tools that help the community develop, improve and release LibreOffice. As the Document Foundation is now four years old, we are adjusting our internal processes and decision making structure in order to scale up and be more effective. There is no easy answer, because most of the ones that could be made were already found during the past four years.

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LibreOffice News

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  • gtk3 and LibreOffice

    Couple of changes to the gtk3 support in LibreOffice master recently.

  • TDF@4

    The Document Foundation was officially registered in Berlin on February 17, 2012. Four years have gone by, and the project has grown to a size that nobody would have dared to dream at that time. Happy Birthday !

  • LibreOffice 5.1- an unusual release

    The Document Foundation just released LibreOffice 5.1 and I would like to share some personal views about it. First: give it a try, you will be impressed both by the performance and the changes in the user interface. You can then check the abridged release notes here and the full, canonical notes there.

LibreOffice Curator The Document Foundation Turns 4, Happy Birthday!

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Today, February 17, 2016, The Documentation Foundation, curator of the free, open-source, and cross-platform LibreOffice office suite beloved by GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows users alike, celebrates four years of activity.

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LibreOffice 5.0 Gets Its Fifth Point Release, Ready for Large-Scale Deployment

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After having the pleasure to inform the world about the release of the massive LibreOffice 5.1 office suite last week, The Document Foundation non-profit organization today, February 15, 2016, announced the general availability of LibreOffice 5.0.5.

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LibreOffice 5.1 Officially Released with Redesigned User Interface, New Features

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Today, February 10, The Document Foundation non-profit organization has proudly announced the release and immediate availability for download of the LibreOffice 5.1 open-source and cross-platform office suite for all supported platforms.

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LibreOffice 5.1.0 Just Around the Corner, Final RC Is Out

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The first major LibreOffice update for the 5.x branch is around the corner, and it should land very soon, especially now that the third RC for LibreOffice 5.1 is available for download and testing.

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LibreOffice Picks

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  • Update on Libreoffice and GNOME integration

    It’s been a long time I have talked about the project that I started with GSoC 2015 some time back. We reached at pretty much exciting results by the end of the summer where we could see the integration working pretty well with LibreOffice. We finished and merged all the major work on the Libreoffice side alongwith just-made-it-work integration with gnome-documents. Things were still in the development stage for gnome-documents, and we needed good amount of effort to get it merged upstream.

  • Why I love hacking at LibreOffice

    The LibreOffice codebase is, to be frank, messy. This isn't a criticism of previous developers - it's still an amazing product and an amazing feat of programming given the number of platforms it runs on. The StarView guys, and later OpenOffice.org development team, did a great job. For instance, I was reading up on the font mapping code and I often saw Herbert Duerr's name, and I've got nothing but respect for the work that he did and his dedication to the project.

  • Way Down In The Libreoffice Menus

    With the release of LibreOffice 4.4 last year, we began making incremental updates to the main menus, with the major overhaul happening in the upcoming 5.1 release. The work is guided by LibreOffice’s new Human Interface Guideline (HIG), which has given us the core framework, however some questions have arisen challenging the reasoning of our work. So this post is a summary of what we changed, primarily focused on why we’ve done it – and a little outlook of what is planned for the future.

LibreOffice 5.1.0 to Integrate OpenGL and Coverity Fixes

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The Document Foundation has revealed the second Release Candidate for LibreOffice 5.1.0, the first major update for the 5.x branch of the famous office suite.

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The First Meeting of the LibreOffice Indian Community in 2016 Was a Success

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The Document Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to promote the LibreOffice open-source and cross-platform office suite amongst businesses and individuals, informed us about the first meeting of the LibreOffice Indian community in 2016.

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LibreOffice Bugs and Gaël Duval on Collabora/LibreOffice online

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  • Third bug hunting session for LibreOffice 5.1

    The LibreOffice community is working hard on the next major release of LibreOffice 5.1 – planned for early February – with a bug hunting session focused on new features and fixes for bugs and regressions, to test the second release candidate.

    The session will last 3 days, from January 15 to January 17, 2016. On those dates, mentors will be available from 08AM UTC to 10PM UTC to help volunteers to triage bugs, on the QA IRC channel and via email on the QA mailing list.

  • A first look at Collabora/LibreOffice online (and a little bit of frustration)

    Recently, I read a blog article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols about an initiative from Collabora, an “Open Source consulting” firm, OwnCloud, an Open Source Cloud solution and the well-known LibreOffice office suite (actually a fork of OpenOffice.org, which itself is a fork of StarOffice), to release an online version of LibreOffice. Finally!

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