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"Write the Future Open Standards Open Source OpenOffice" by Louis Suarez-Potts @ eLiberatica 2008


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This is a presentation held at eLiberatica 2008. …

This is a presentation held at eLiberatica 2008.

One of the biggest events of its kind in Eastern Europe, eLiberatica brings community leaders from around the world to discuss about the hottest topics in FLOSS movement, demonstrating the advantages of adopting, using and developing Open Source and Free Software solutions.

The eLiberatica organizational committee together with our speakers and guests, have graciously allowed media representatives and all attendees to photograph, videotape and otherwise record their sessions, on the condition that the photos, videos and recordings are licensed under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License.

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  • 1. Write the Future: Open Standards, Open Source, and OpenOffice.orgLouis Suárez-Potts, PhDCommunity ManagerOpenOffice.orgSun Microsystems, Inc. 1
  • 2. Agenda OOoCon 2008 Community Innovation Program The status of the international project and product The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Future in China and the world 2
  • 3. OOoCon 2008 Beijing, China 5 – 7 November 2008 Subsidies for speakers and active community members CFP Deadline: 20 June 2008 3
  • 4. Community Innovation ProgramMoney and honour in prizes for works that extend and expand the community and product Deadline: 23 June 2008 See: 4
  • 5. Some achievements since October 2000 > Over 110 million downloads > Over 100 languages > Platform agnosticism > The OpenDocument Format (ODF) > Real and free interoperability > A real and growing ecosystem 5
  • 6. Who uses it? > Tens of millions, maybe 100 million > Governments, local, provincial, national > Large and small companies, NGOs, nonprofits, universities 6
  • 7. Why do they use it? > It is free > It uses the OpenDocument Format (ODF) > It is (or can be) in their language > It is platform agnostic > It works well with others > It is professionally supported 7
  • 8. Why not all? > They do not know of it > Or they know only wrong myths, FUD > Minor but annoying incompatibilities > Lack of localized professional support > Specific needs 8
  • 9. Future is... 3.0 ... ... and accessibility, digital divide (social responsibility), mobility, access... community 9
  • 10. 3.0 ...> Extensions, not bloat – new features, functionality, integration> Linkage to a free Personal Information Manager (Outlook replacement)> Better interoperability with other suites and formats (e.g., Microsoft Office 2007)> More productivity tools> Toolkits for ODF and extensions development> Greater modularity and accessibility 10
  • 11. And ODF 1.2 11
  • 12. What is the ODF? > A file format > Open, unencumbered, vendor neutral > The anchor for an infinite ecosystem > A disruptive technology 12
  • 13. ODF support for all key platforms> Windows> Linux> Mac OS X> Solaris OS> FreeBSD> OS/2> Symbian> PalmOS 13
  • 14. ODF implementations>> Sun StarOffice Office Suite> KOffice> IBM Lotus Notes / Symphony> Corel WordPerfect (beta)> Apple Mac OS X Leopard / TextEdit> TextMaker> AbiWord / Gnumeric> Google Docs & Spreadsheets> AjaxWrite> Mobile Office by Odendahl SEPT-Solutions> Microsoft Office (via plug-ins)> Mozilla Firefox (via plug-ins) 14
  • 15. The politics of disruption ODF and threaten established players 15
  • 16. They work well (better than...) and they are free (and they free) 16
  • 17. They are socially responsible : all can freely use them, all contribute, all sustain them 17
  • 18. The threat to established proprietary markets becomes clearer 18
  • 19. The issue is open access.Its not just about applications or formats. It is about openness, community, social responsibility... 19
  • 20. ... and legitimate processes 20
  • 21. ODF and give all the tools of production 21
  • 22. Developer Needs> We need developer documentation. You can help.> We need local mentors. You can help. > (you need not be OOo experts. Knowing how to collaborate is more important)> We need marketing. You can help.> We need art. You can help. In fact, you can help in every way by engaging others. Just start. Being open source means having open doors and an open invitation. 22
  • 23. Resources> Download >> Wiki main page: >> Firefox extension: >> Extensions: > >> Getting the source: >> Building it: >> Tips: >> Hacker tutorials: > 23
  • 24. Resources> Commit rights (how this works...): >> Contributing patches: >> Architecture: >> UNO >> Directories: >> Meeting the team on IRC: > 24
  • 25. ContactLouis Suárez-Potts, PhD Louis.Suarez-Potts@Sun.COM Location: Toronto Sun Microsystems, Inc. 25