The move towards Open Source software solutions is always a good news for the LibreOffice penetration into the market place. The Netherlands is the most recent country to join the ranks embracing open source, which, should hopefully lead to an eventual embracing of the Open Ducument Format (ODF), the default, and open source, format of the LibreOffice suite.
"In an open letter to the Parliament, the Dutch minister for internal affairs Raymond Knops commits to a "Free Software by default" policy and underlines its benefits for society. Current market regulations shall be reworded to allow publishing Free Software by the government.
In the 2018 budget debate, Members of the Dutch Parliament raised questions about actively publishing Free Software by the government, and an 'open source by default' policy for procurement. " ...
Read the full article on the Free Software Foundation (FSF) site [https://fsfe.org/news/2020/news-20200424-01.html]
March 25th of each year is designated as "Document Freedom Day". The TDF/LibreOffice team explains ...
"Document Freedom is based on Open Formats, such as ODF or Open Document Format, the ISO standard native file format of LibreOffice and other FOSS office suites.
What is an Open Format?
When you save a document on your computer, it is stored in a computer file. Whether it is a text file, a picture, a video or any other kind of work, it is saved with a specific coded structure, known as the file format.
To be able to share data, software programs must be able to communicate with each other. It implies that no barrier whatsoever may hinder the exchange of data and the related write or read operations. For such a seamless exchange to be possible, software programs are required to be “interoperable”." ...
Read the full LibreOffice blog article here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/03/25/document-freedom-day-2020/
News from the LibreOffice team.
"Berlin, March 19, 2020 – The Document Foundation announces the availability of LibreOffice 6.4.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 6.4 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users. LibreOffice 6.4.2 includes several bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.
Mac users will be happy to know that the issue of blurry fonts on Retina displays has been resolved." ....
Read the full press release on the LibreOffice blog: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/03/19/libreoffice-6-4-2/
On February 27th, LibreOffice released the latest update to iits 6.4.X version.
"Posted in Announcements, LibreOffice, Press Releases By Italo Vignoli On February 27, 2020
Berlin, February 27, 2020 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.4.1, the 1st minor release of the LibreOffice 6.4 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users. LibreOffice 6.4.1 includes 80 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.
LibreOffice 6.4.1 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is not optimized for enterprise class deployments, where features are less important than robustness. Users wanting a more mature version can download LibreOffice 6.3.5, which includes some months of back-ported fixes." ...
Read the full blog post at: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/02/27/libreoffice-641/
"Posted in Announcements, Foundation By Italo Vignoli On March 9, 2020
The new Board of Directors of The Document Foundation has just started the two year term on February 18, 2020. Members are: Michael Meeks, Thorsten Behrens, Franklin Weng, Daniel Rodriguez, Cor Nouws, Lothar Becker and Emiliano Vavassori. Deputies are: Nicolas Christener and Paolo Vecchi.
Five people have been elected for the first time to the Board of Directors: Daniel Armando Rodriguez from Posadas in Argentina; Lothar Becker from Karlsruhe in Germany; Emiliano Vavassori from Bergamo in Italy; Nicholas Christener from Bern in Switzerland; and Paolo Vecchi from Luxembourg (in Luxembourg).
During the first meeting of the Board of Directors, the nine members have elected Lothar Becker as Chairman and Franklin Weng as Deputy Chairman. In the meantime, also the responsibilities and areas of oversight have been discussed and decided." ...
Read the full blog article at https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/03/09/tdf-new-board-of-directors/
Surf to this blog post page to view the LibreOffice review of activities for the 2019-year.
By Italo Vignoli On December 20, 2019
"According to TechRepublic’s Jack Wallen, LibreOffice is one of the best open source innovations of the last decade, with Docker, Kubernetes, GNOME 3, the cloud, Chrome OS, Internet of Things (IoT) and Firefox Quantum: “We head back to the desktop with LibreOffice. Although OpenOffice (which was originally StarOffice) was one of the first full-blown open source office suites, it wound up falling far enough behind as to become irrelevant. That’s when on January 25, 2011 LibreOffice came into being to offer up an open source office suite that could hang with the best of them and innovate quickly and reliably. " ....
More of the blog post here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/12/20/techrepublic-libreoffice-best-oss-innovation/
"Berlin, December 12, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3.4, the 4th minor release of the LibreOffice 6.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, who are invited to update their current version. LibreOffice 6.3.4 includes over 120 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.
LibreOffice 6.3.4’s change log pages are available on TDF’s wiki: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.3.4/RC1 (changed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/6.3.4/RC2 (changed in RC2)." ...
More of the blog post here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/12/12/libreoffice-6-3-4/
Berlin, October 17, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.8, the last minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family. All users of LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should update immediately for enhanced security, and be prepared to upgrade to LibreOffice 6.3.4 as soon as it becomes available in December.
For enterprise class deployments, TDF strongly recommends sourcing LibreOffice from one of the ecosystem partners to get long-term supported releases, dedicated assistance, custom new features and bug fixes, and other benefits. Also, the work done by ecosystem partners flows back into the LibreOffice project, benefiting everyone.
Visit the LibreOffice website for more information: https://www.LibreOffice.org
After a long period of anticipation, the newest of LibreOffice Community Support Groups has made its inaugural appearance on the Canadian scene. LibreWaterloo hopes to attract local developers in the Region of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) where the various university high tech programs have gained the reputation of churning out some of the best graduates in the business. In fact, local high tech graduates are counted as some of the most numerous working in Silicon Valley, California; Canuks are indeed well-entrenched in the Silicon Valley hubs and hightech culture. As well, the Region of Waterloo is blessed in having large high tech programs taught/mentored at local undergrad institutions and organizations, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, Perimeter Institute, not to mention the close proximity of the University of Guelph, local Region of Waterloo private educational enterprises as well as other private enterprises where mentorship programs are offered to its employees.
LibreWaterloo is the temporary name coined for the support group and may still be refined at a later date should the new membership or board of directors decide to a name change. However, LibreWaterloo, or by any other name, will still hold to its main purpose as part of the LibreOffice international chain of support groups. LibreWaterloo as of today is the only organized LibreOffice group in North America and hopes to lead actively in LibreOffice code development and local LibreOffice user support.
The mission of LibreOffice Community Support Groups tend to vary little across national boundaries, in that the groups' principal mission is that of LibreOffice user support as well as code development of the LibreOffice suite. The code development continues with its tradition of openness where developers/coders interested in helping out are invited to help with hacking LibreOffice code. Devs are vetted once introduced to the dev mailing list(s) and in most cases are offered a sample of "low lying fruit" or "easy hacks" where coders can start work with either some form of mentorship or by some form of direction from some of the seasoned developers. Devs are also invited to participate in QA, UX development, accessibility etc. For users who are not developers, there is also a call out for help with LibreOffice manuals, marketing, publicity, website and wiki design/maintenance, and also representation at conferences running LibreOffice booths. So, a little bit for any interested in the LibreOffice project.
If you are in the vicinity of the Region of Waterloo and would like to attend local meetings feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and the LibreWaterloo Community Group will add you to its mailinglist or visit https://www.LibreWaterloo.ca for more information.
*** NEXT MEETING ***
DATE: Wednesday, July 08, 2020
TIME: 5:00PM *** NOTE MEETING TIME CHANGE ***
LOCATION: Online Event
TOPIC: LibreOffice Powered by CIB -- based on LibreOffice online code
On July 8th, continuing on our recent discussion theme of various implementations of LibreOffice online, we take a look at CIB's version of "LibreOffice Powered by CIB" product. CIB's implementation is based on the LibreOffice online code and is in used in many jurisdictions as well as by individuals. We welcome Thorsten Behrens (IT-Lead LibreOffice, CIB software GmbH) who will walk us through the online suite, its code implementation, as well as bring us up to date as to CIB's popularity as a purchase product option for individuals and corporations. *** Note that this month's meeting shifts from our regular 7PM start-time to 5PM in order to try to accommodate the time difference from Thorsten's time zone in Germany. Our thanks and appreciation go out to CIB Software GmbH for their support for this meeting.
* Our July 8th meeting is an online event and sign-on credentials will be emailed to attendees a couple of days before the meeting.
* To register for the meeting, email: email@example.com.
* Depending on the response to this meeting, we may have to limit the number of attendees, although, we do have quite a number of allowable spots before we would have to cut off the number.
See you at the meeting.
The LibreOffice suite is one of the world's largest opensource community project with over 220 million users worldwide. https://www.LibreOffice.org
|LibreWaterloo Coordinators||INTERESTED IN JOINING THE LibreWaterloo LibreOffice Community Group?|
|Benjamin Tompkins||SEND US AN EMAIL AT firstname.lastname@example.org|
The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the release of both LibreOffice versions 6.3 (fresh version) and 6.2.6 (still version). While LibreOffice v.6.3 is more for those who prefer to work with the latest and greatest from our favourite office suite, and not mind the few hiccups that accompany it, version 6.2.6 is recommended for most who are in need of a more stable version.
"The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Berlin, August 8, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3, a feature-rich major release of the LibreOffice 6 family with better performance, a large number of new and improved features, and enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats" ... Visit the TDF-LibreOffice Blog for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/08/08/tdf-announces-libreoffice-63/
"LibreOffice 6.2.6 is ready, all users should update for enhanced security
Berlin, August 14, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at users in production environments. All users of LibreOffice 6.1.x and LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should upgrade immediately for enhanced security, as the software includes both security fixes and some months of back-ported fixes." ... Visit the TDF-LibreOffice Blog for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/08/14/libreoffice-626/
Berlin, April 18, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.3, the third bug and regression fixing release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at tech-savvy individuals: early adopters, technology enthusiasts and power users.
LibreOffice’s end users are helped by a global community of volunteers: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/community-support/. On the website and the wiki there are guides, manuals, tutorials and HowTos. Donations help us to make all of these resources available.
More about this newest release may be found on the LibreOffice blog: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/04/18/libreoffice-6-2-3/
Berlin, August 8, 2018 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.1, the second major release of the LibreOffice 6 family presented in January 2018, with a significant number of new and improved features:
Berlin, January 31, 2018 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.
A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBve8v13VY.
Visit the LibreOffice TDF Blogsite for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2018/01/31/libreoffice-6/
(from the TDF Community Blog site)
"Our global community of volunteers, represented by The Document Foundation and based on many independent native language projects, is one of the main strengths of LibreOffice. Starting from today, we launch a new weekly blog post – scheduled on Wednesday – focused on community activities: events, seminars, conferences, projects with schools and central or local government bodies, achievements, etcetera.…
A new milestone ... 40,000 bugs have been closed since the start of tracking of bugs on its bugzilla. Proof of LibreOffice's developer community commitment to closing bugs and also proof of LibreOffice's track record of community involvement in this most important opensource project. ....
As of 28 July 2017, the bleeding edge "Fresh" version of LibreOffice v.5.4.0 is available for download. The "Fresh" version of LibreOffice is for those of you who are looking for some of the newest options and not-as-of-yet solid implemented in the suite; there may be the risk of a little bit of instability for some of these newest options, but you can help debug some of these instabilities and take part in helping improve their implementations. ...
As of 03 August ... LibreOffice v.5.3.5 is available for download. If you have not as of yet done the update of this newest version of the "Still" version of the suite, you may want to do so as it comes with some bug fixes that may be of interest to you. ...
LibreOffice was at the FOSDEM 2017 (Brussels) conference in February. There was a full complement of talks given by the LibreOffice team. More information may be found on the LibreOffice Planet (blog) as well as videos of the talks. Follow the link here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/02/22/libreoffice-fosdem-17/
"Berlin, February 1st, 2017 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.3, one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the application. The office suite is immediately available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and for the first time also for the private cloud.
LibreOffice 5.3 represents a significant step forward in the evolution of the software: it offers an introduction to new features such as online with collaborative editing, which increase the competitive positioning of the application, and at the same time provides incremental improvements, to make the program more reliable, interoperable and user-friendly. ...
Visit the LibreOffice Blog to read the full blog post.
From a recent article on PCLinuxOS Magazine, how to create a "filable" PDF file using LibreOffice. A step-by-step guide on how to create such a document.
Visit the PCLinuxOS Magazine website to read the full article.
Read the latest news from the TDF/LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings". There are more opportunities to join the ranks of certified LibreOffice professionals well versed in migrations.
Visit the TDF/LibreOffice Blog Site to read the full article.
A Community Driven Office Suite Project
Looking for the perfect office suite for your upcoming term work? Have a peek at LibreOffice from The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is a worldwide community driven project with the aim of creating an office suite compatible with international ISO file format standards. Over the last sixteen years, LibreOffice has had help from over 900 developers with the maintenance of its code base and also has hundreds of volunteers helping with its "Get Help" channels (mailing list and forums), documentation (text books and online documentation) and its +100 translations. LibreOffice comes with 5 recognizable modules: "Writer"; "Calc"; "Impress" (presentation-slide module); "Draw"; "Base"; "Math" with compatibility for many MS file formats AND is even able to import multitudes of additional files of various formats.
And all of this for FREE! ...
Here are the steps to access the LibreOffice IRC chat
With quite a bit of fanfare, this week, the long awaited LibreOffice v.5 made its appearance. Thus far, it has been received quite well by users and the download numbers are significant. As usual, version 5.0.0 is the first release and the LibreOffice devs are already hard at work at the next update release v.5.0.1. …