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LibreOffice v.7.0 Released

Contributed by admin on Aug 08, 2020 - 07:02 PM

"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/]


Netherlands Commits to Free Software by Default

Contributed by admin on May 05, 2020 - 05:54 PM

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]


Document Freedom Day 2020

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2020 - 11:36 AM

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/


LibreOffice 6.4.2 Released

Contributed by admin on Mar 25, 2020 - 11:32 AM

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/


LibreOffice 6.4.1 Released

Contributed by admin on Mar 10, 2020 - 06:51 AM

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/


TDF Welcomes New Board of Directors

Contributed by admin on Mar 10, 2020 - 06:38 AM

"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/


Video: LibreOffice in 2019 – project and community recap

Contributed by admin on Jan 08, 2020 - 01:20 AM

Surf to this blog post page to view the LibreOffice review of activities for the 2019-year. 

https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/12/30/video-libreoffice-in-2019-project-and-community-recap/


According to TechRepublic, LibreOffice is one of the best open source innovations of the last decade

Contributed by admin on Jan 08, 2020 - 01:11 AM

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/


LibreOffice 6.3.4 Released

Contributed by admin on Jan 08, 2020 - 01:06 AM

"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/



 



LibreOffice 6.2.8 is available, the last release of the 6.2 family

Contributed by admin on Oct 22, 2019 - 06:57 AM

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


LibreWaterloo LibreOffice Community Group

Contributed by admin on Aug 19, 2019 - 01:04 AM

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 join@librewaterloo.ca and the LibreWaterloo Community Group will add you to its mailinglist or visit https://www.LibreWaterloo.ca for more information.

 

*** NEXT MEETING ***

DATE: Wednesday, September 02, 2020
TIME:  7:00PM 
LOCATION: Online Event
TOPIC: Localization of the LibreOffice UI -- A Primer

One of the largest achievement of the LibreOffice suite is that of its active support for approximately 120 languages. On Wednesday September 2nd at 7PM (Waterloo Ontario - UTC-4), we welcome Giovanni Caligaris who walks us through the steps to localizing the LibreOffice UI (user interface). Giovanni gained famed throughout the LibreOffice community where he was/is recognized as the key-person, instrumental at localizing the Guarani language version of the LibreOffice UI having spent countless hours and days with some of the Indigenous Guarani people in Paraguay. The Guarani language is spoken throughout parts of South/Central-Americas  where it is recognized as one of the official languages (in parts of the Americas). The presentation will walk us through the process of localizing the LibreOffice UI rendering it as a useful tool for many of the other, thus-as-of-yet unsupported LibreOffice languages. These steps will also cover the LibreOffice-sanctioned software required to rendering a successful localization of the UI. Giovanni Caligaris presently resides in the UK where he operates his business Juno Computers (Linux Machines) distributed internationally.

* Our September 2nd 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: marc.pare@librewaterloo.ca.
* 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.

Marc

 

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
 
Barry Shantz
Benjamin Tompkins
Mikalai Birukou
Marc Paré
 
   
 
INTERESTED IN JOINING THE LibreWaterloo LibreOffice Community Group?
 
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Past Meetings

  • WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9, 2019
  • WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2019 -- How to submit bugs and LibreOffice Bugzilla
  • December, 2019 -- Social event -- CANCELLED
  • WEDNESDAY JANUARY 8, 2020 -- How to "build, run and hack" LibreOffice code
  • WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2020 -- LibreOffice -- The Software and its Various Modules
  • WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2020 -- LibreOffice -- online and on Android *** POSTPONED TO MAY ***
  • WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020 -- LibreOffice -- online and on Android *** POSTPONED TO JUNE ***
  • WEDNESDAY JUNE 10, 2020 -- Collabora Online Office Suite - based on LibreOffice online code -- thanks to Collabora for their support
  • WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 2020 -- LibreOffice Powered by CIB -- thanks to CIB Software GmbH for their support
  • WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5, 2020 -- How to Contribute on the LibreOffice Documentation Team -- A Primer
    • * Presentation cancelled, but will be rescheduled at a later date
    • * The substituted topic touched on the new release of LibreOffice v. 7.0.0 and data security/ownership.
  • WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 2 -- Localization of the LibreOffice UI - A Primer

 


 

 


LibreOffice v.6.3 and v.6.2.6 Released -- August 2019

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2019 - 11:33 AM

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/

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"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/


The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 6.2.3

Contributed by admin on May 01, 2019 - 10:26 AM

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/


LibreOffice v. 6.1 is Released

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

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:


LibreOffice 6.0 Unveilled

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2018 - 06:15 AM

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/


The Document Foundation Wednesday Community Blogs

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2018 - 11:54 AM

(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.…


"Surpassed the 40,000 closed bugs milestone"

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:45 PM

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. ....


"LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress"

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:37 PM

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. ...


LibreOffice 5.3.5 available for download

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:30 PM

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 at FOSDEM 2017

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2017 - 11:28 AM

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/

Marc


The Document Foundation announces feature-rich LibreOffice 5.3

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2017 - 01:01 PM

"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.


PCLinuxOS Article: "LibreOffice: Create A Fillable PDF"

Contributed by admin on Jan 06, 2017 - 03:20 AM

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.


From the LibreOffice Blog: "The Document Foundation opens LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings to all project volunteers, to members of not-for-profit bodies, and to individuals of proven competence"

Contributed by admin on Jan 06, 2017 - 03:11 AM

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.


LibreOffice – The Indispensable Office Suite of Choice for University/College Students

Contributed by admin on Aug 31, 2015 - 09:44 PM
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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! ...


LibreOffice IRC with Pidgin

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Here are the steps to access the LibreOffice IRC chat

  1. Use your packager to install Pidgin if it is not installed.
      
  2. If you do not have an account set up already, Pidgin will start with this window and choose "Add"
    (*** if you are already using Pidgin for chatting, go to "Accounts->Manage" and the Accounts window will appear and choose "Add" ***)

    Pidgin Account
     
  3. You will now see this  "Add Acount"  window. Click on the Protocol drop down window and choose "irc".
    You will notice that it automatically inserts the "irc.freenode.net" in the "server" field.
    Type your name (or the name you want people to see in chat mode) into the "Username" field.
    The "Username" can either be your real name or any other name.

    Pigdin2

     
  4. Your  "Add Account"  window should now look like this. Leave the other fields blank and choose "Add".

    Pidgin3

     
  5. A new "Buddy List" window appears. Pidgin will now look like this. Choose "Buddies->Add Chat".

    Pidgin4

     
  6. A new "Add Chat"  window appears. Choose "Account" drop down window and in the list choose  "Tim@irc.freenode.net (IRC).
    Choose "Channel" and type "#documentfoundation" in the field. Leave all else blank.

    Pidgin5

     
  7. The "Buddy List " window should now look like this. Double-click on the "#documentfoundation"
    and this will log you into the documentfoundation irc chat room.

    Pidgin6

     
  8. A new window appears with the name of your chat channel at the top (in this case #documentfoundation).
    Your Pidgin should look like this. As you can see the list of participants is showing on the right hand side
    and you have a small window at the bottom where you can type your message.
    Feel free to try it out even if we are not there.
    Just give a warning message that you are just trying our the irc chat channel and practising a bit.

    Pidgin7

     
  9. If you have any problems, ask on the chat channel and people will respond in kindness.
    Once you are done your session, just exit out of Pidgin, close all windows.
    Notice that Pidgin will remain in your bottom task bar.
    To close Pidgin down completely, right-click on the Pidgin icon in your taskbar and choose "Quit"
     
  10. Feel free to leave me a note on the LibreOffice mailing list if you have any problems
    or contact me directly via email.