News from the LibreOffice Docs team that the LibreOffice Calc Guide has been published. This guide can be downloaded for free from the LibreOffice website, and it may already be ready for order in print. For more information, visit the LibreOffice Blog at: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/11/15/the-libreoffice-calc-guide-7-0-just-arrived/
"Posted in Community, LibreOffice By Mike Saunders On November 2, 2020
Love LibreOffice? Want to help make it even better? Now’s your chance! The software is developed by a passionate community, spread across the globe, with many volunteers working in their spare time. And you can join them: not only is it a great way to build your skills for a possible future career, but also an opportunity to meet new people, have fun… And get some cool merchandise throughout November! So how does this work
Well, everyone who contributes can claim an awesome sticker pack at the end of the month" ...
Read the full TDF/LibreOffice blog article here.
Berlin, October 29, 2020 – LibreOffice 7.0.3, the third minor release of the LibreOffice 7.0 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, is now available for download from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/, ahead of the planned schedule. LibreOffice 7.0.3 includes over 90 bug fixes, including Calc issues introduced with 7.0.2, and improvements to document compatibility. LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite arena, starting from" ...
The LibreOffice Conference 2020 took place October 15-16-17. If you did not have a chance to sit in on the various web conference sessions, the TDF/LibreOffice team has put up the recorded videos of these sessions. There are some "not to miss" videos, such as the "State of the Project" session where Italo Vignoli informs us of where the project stands and some future plans. There are many more sessions you may want to view in addition to this last one. Links below.
"Today is LibreOffice 10th Anniversary: it is a significant achievement for the project, and a date to remember for all community members.
We have created a video based on pictures of community members and a few events, in two versions: a long one, for blogs and websites, and a short version for social media."
Visit the LibreOffice blog site to view some anniversary videos: [https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/09/27/libreoffice-10th-anniversary/]
A most happy anniversary to the LibreOffice communities and project from the LibreOffice Team!
There are more than 100 talks scheduled, covering the openSUSE and LibreOffice projects. There are talks about open-source projects, cloud and container technologies, embedded devices, community development, translations, marketing, documentation, Future Technologies, Quality Assurance and more.
There will be multiple sessions happening at the same time, so some talks might overlap. Attendees have an option to" ...
Read the full LibreOffice blog post here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/09/16/conference-organizers-announce-schedule-and-platform-registration/
"Love LibreOffice? Want to let more people know about it? An effective (and easy) way is to add a mention of the software to your email signature. This is the piece of text that’s automatically added to emails that you send, and typically includes some information about your job, or other contact details.
Many people also use their email signatures (aka “sigs”) to spread the word about causes they support – such as free and open source software projects. So, you could use your signature to raise awareness about LibreOffice, for instance! When people read your emails, if they also check out the signature, they’ll learn something. For instance, you could add:
LibreOffice – free and open source office suite: https://www.libreoffice.org
Respects your privacy, and gives you back control over your data
What exactly you add is up to you, and depends on what you want to focus on. For instance, if you exchange emails with a lot of Microsoft Office users, you may want to mention that LibreOffice can work with .doc(x), .xls(x) files etc. Or perhaps you’re more focused on the ethics of free (as in freedom) software – and want to talk about the benefits to society it brings.
In any case, it’s best to keep it short (a couple of lines), and" ...
Read the full LibreOffice blog post here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/09/18/spread-the-word-add-libreoffice-to-your-email-signature/
"Berlin, September 3, 2020 – LibreOffice 7.0.1, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 7.0 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts and power users, is now available for download from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice 7.0.1 includes around 80 bug fixes and improvements to document compatibility.
The most significant new features of the LibreOffice 7.0 family are: support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3; Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration for better performance; and carefully improved compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files.
LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite arena, starting from" ...
Read the full release on The Document Foundation blog.
"Berlin, August 5, 2020 – The LibreOffice Project announces the availability of LibreOffice 7.0, a new major release providing significant new features: support for OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.3; Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU-based acceleration for better performance; and carefully improved compatibility with DOCX, XLSX and PPTX files." ...
More information may be found on the TDF/LibreOffice blog. [https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2020/08/05/announcement-of-libreoffice-7-0/]
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 on October 9th, 2019. 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 email@example.com and the LibreWaterloo Community Group will add you to its mailinglist or visit https://www.LibreWaterloo.ca for more information.
*** NEXT LIBREWATERLOO COMMUNITY MEETING ***
DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
LOCATION: Online Event
An important part of improving LibreOffice code is that of quality assurance (QA). This month, we take a look at how to triage bugs and how it is done. Thanks go to Ilmari Lauhakangas who has contributed a video of one of his past sessions of bug triaging where he takes us on his method of triaging bugs for later closer look by LibreOffice coders. This will give you an insight on how the triaging is done by a QA team member and the amount of time spent, details and re-labelling of the bugs which are later taken up by the coder at LibreOffice. Bug triaging and bug wrangling are some of the hidden work behind LibreOffice code where even non-coders can lend a helping hand.
* Our Nobember 18th 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* 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
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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. ....