BackgroundJuly 19, 2000: Sun Announces an Open SourceStarOfficeOctober 13, 2000: OpenOffice.org LaunchedMay 1, 2002: OpenOffice.org 1.0 ReleasedOctober 20, 2005: OpenOffice.org 2.0 ReleasedOctober 2, 2007: Go-OO AnnouncedOctober 13, 2008: OpenOffice.org 3.0 ReleasedJanuary 27, 2010: Oracle Acquires Sun
Ten Years AfterTen years after the promise of a foundation ...“a foundation is a great idea... the time is not yetripe... perhaps in three years”, etc.Patience is a virtue, but not an inexhaustibleresource.Some truly fantastic “opportunities” forimprovementVendor neutrality / no copyright assignmentbarrier
LibreOfficeAn idea – whose time has finally come ...A beautiful, Office suite we can be proud of(in due course) backed by a real, opencommunityShipping on Windows, Mac, GNU / Linux,*BSD, etc.ODF enables trivial migration with yourdata ...
Doing It RightVendor neutral, no code ownership aggregationA real Free Software / hackers projectVolunteers + RedHat + Novell + Debian +Canonical + Google …FSF + OSI + boycott Novell support, etc.Freedesktop hostingLGPLv3+ / MPL for new code ...
Last Eight MonthsSeptember 28, 2010: The DocumentFoundation and LibreOffice 3.3 Beta areannouncedJanuary 25, 2011: LibreOffice 3.3 StableReleasedEnd of May 2011: LibreOffice 3.4
What Users Can DoFile good bugsClear description: i.e. not “it doesnt work”Sample documents: should exist, and be minimali.e. what is the smallest possible bug documentBug triage: hunting duplicates, poking “bad” bugsHelp us out: we have some wonderful QA guysTest teamDownloading and testing release candidatesUsing the latest snapshots, running QA testtool
CodeBuild LibreOfficeFind tasks to be solvedWrite code and patches that go into thesoftwareExperiment with and implement ideas
QAPerform testing on the softwareFind and report bugsReview patchesHelp improve the quality of the software
LocalizationTranslate the project in your local languageHelp the software reach out to a Non-English-Speaking audience too
GraphicsDesign buttons and iconsDesign web bannersDesign badges and stampsMake it just work, and look great, too!
WebWrite content for the websiteHelp test and maintain the website andfeatures
DocumentationHelp write technical documentation for theprojectWrite technical “how to’s” for all themember applicationsWrite User Guides
MarketingLearn how to compete with the bestmarketing organization in the softwareenvironment, without a budgetWork with the oldest and less enjoyablemarketing guy in the free software world
What Are We DoingCodeBug fixingNew features: SmartArt, improved interoperabilityGNU-make completion & cross-compile for WindowsDuring-build unit tests & improved QA processMoving bottom up ... clean code → clean UI → featuresPolish ... making it usable and pretty: i.e. Ctrl-F to findGovernanceIncorporation: raised 100k Euro for setting the legal entityhttp://wiki.documentfoundation.org/CommunityBylawsMembership process bootstrapping, ESC setup, etc.
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