LibreOffice: outline, and what we are doing in Japan

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This slide is for Software Freedom Day 2013 Hong Kong, held in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 21st Sep., 2013. See official site: http://hk.digitalfreedomfoundation.org/en/sfd2013/
It describes about LibreOffice product, LibreOffice very active lovely community, and Japanese activities.

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LibreOffice: outline, and what we are doing in Japan

  1. 1. 1 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 LibreOffice: outline, and what we are doing in Japan OGASAWARA, Naruhiko LibreOffice Japanese Team
  2. 2. 2 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 About Naruhiko A member of Japanese Team LibreOffice regional group to encourage Japanese community to be discussed later NOT a member of The Document Foundation :) CUPS ja translator Wrote some articles in Japanese media Ubuntu, LibreOffice, printing solutions in FLOSS world Ubuntu Magazine see http://ubuntu.asciimw.jp/ Software Design Oct., 2012 see http://gihyo.jp/magazine/ SD/archive/2012/201210
  3. 3. 3 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 disclaimer I'm NOT member of TDF (mentioned before) All information in this slide about LibreOffice community and The Document Foundation is not TDF official Just my observation (and sometimes expectation) (especially page 13 and 14 :)
  4. 4. 4 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 What's ?
  5. 5. 5 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 has two meaning Product: Free office productive suite Community: World wide, transparent, open community To provide LibreOffice office suite
  6. 6. 6 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 as a great office productive suite
  7. 7. 7 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Overview Libre (French) ~= Free Multi platform Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux Might be used as cloud services (coming soon) LibreOffice OnTablet will come (iOS and Android) Portable version (Windows only) Carry in a USB stick, use without installation LGPLv3+ / MPL Repos of Extensions and Templates
  8. 8. 8 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Open Document Format (ODF) and interoperability Default file format of LibreOffice standardized in OASIS recent version is 1.2 (now proposed to ISO/IEC) totally vendor-free LibO, AOO, MSO, Google Drv, Abiword and Gnumeric support ODF ensured interoperability by PlugFest Great interoperability features Hybrid PDF exporter (can embed ODF itself) OOXML and legacy MS Office importer / exporter many other formats can be imported
  9. 9. 9 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Are we developing a Microsoft Office compatible software? NO. LibreOffice is NOT a Microsoft Office compatible DO NOT say “poorman's MS Office” ;) But people can migrate their office suite from MS Office to LibreOffice Top features and interoperability Such as migrate database Oracle to PostgreSQL No free lunch we have But we can let our intellectual properties (documents) free from a vendor
  10. 10. 10 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Time-based release Faster is better we believe :) rapid development is good for developers Problem: QA, too short lifecycle for enterprise See: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org /ReleasePlan master Conservative beta RCs Early adopters Recom- mended .0 .2 or .3 .4++ 3.6 EOL: 3.6.7 (08/15/2013) SOL: Nov 2013 now 2013-09 time SOL = Start of Life EOL = End of Life 4.0 EOL: 4.0.6 (11/21/2013) 4.1 EOL: 4.1.6 (05/28/2014) 4.2 EOL: 4.2.6 (11/19/2014) 4.3 → SOL: May 2014
  11. 11. 11 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 as a open, transparent, free community
  12. 12. 12 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org and Apache OpenOffice LibreOffice is: a son of OpenOffice.org an elder brother of Apache OpenOffice Code base had been same (OOo), But totally different project fork contributed from Oracle OpenOffice.org LibreOffice Apache OpenOffice
  13. 13. 13 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org and Apache OpenOffice (cont'd) Common misunderstanding: Oracle is evil generally, I can say nothing but about us, it's NOT true Which is do you want; open project, or strict controlled project? In Sun era, OOo team's governance had been very closed so open-oriented developers had left from OOo and created TDF then OOo had contributed to Apache I don't know how they are right now ;)
  14. 14. 14 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 The Document Foundation (TDF) What's TDF? legal backing for the community charitable foundation under German law Mission statement/objective: to nurture and to develop office software that is free to use by everyone and that is based on open standards Vendor independence: advisory board(※) gives advice, but can NOT vote Everything is open everyone can read any discussions and judgements ( ) AMD, CloudOn, Collabora, KACST, MIMO, Studio Storti, FRODEV,※ FSF, Google, Intel, Lanedo, RedHat, SPI, SUSE
  15. 15. 15 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Fast growing community
  16. 16. 16 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Well-balanced voluntary / profession development
  17. 17. 17 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 The door for new comer is always open
  18. 18. 18 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 You can choose full time work, or send a small patch to LibreOffice
  19. 19. 19 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Open, active, speedy development Open technical discussion in ML, IRC, … Fast code review by Gerrit Easy to localize by Pootle web system Lots of unit tests instead of long QA terms Cleanup old/unused codes and German comments Easy to join to develop via Easy Hacks Collection of bugs to fix easily for novice developers https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Easy_Hacks
  20. 20. 20 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Happy community! Thanks for Florian Effenberger and his nice slide: https://speakerdeck.com/floeff/ the-document-foundation-the-open-transparent-and-meritocratic-future-of-free-office-software
  21. 21. 21 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 in Japan
  22. 22. 22 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 What's Japanese Team? A team to work in backyard of Japanese local communities Which backyard jobs we have: promotion / marketing for Japanese users translation of TDF official announcements making rules / guideline in Japanese community work (mainly translations of UI / Web) LibreOffice Global Community LibreOffice Japanese Community Japanese LibreOffice end usersJapanese Team
  23. 23. 23 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Lots of events!
  24. 24. 24 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Lots of events!
  25. 25. 25 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Lots of events! from OpenStreetMap http://osm.jp/map
  26. 26. 26 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Lots of events!
  27. 27. 27 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Translations Official announcements from TDF every announcements are translated within few days (mostly a day) UI & Help everyone can suggest translation in Pootle active members have commit privilege UI keeps >99% translation ratio with good quality help... painful problem... high level knowledge about office suite itself needed Wiki less activity
  28. 28. 28 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Development, QA Development very few, but some new guys coming in and works very well :) developer-growth project just started by Japanese Team we'll have mini hack-a-thon around Tokyo area within this year Mr. Kohei Yoshida, Japanese full time Calc developer (Collabora), is good advisor for developer newbie Local QA CJK issues – can we work together? special type docs in Japanese culture Excel Ho-gan Shi ( 方眼紙)
  29. 29. 29 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Off topic: great world of Excel Ho-gan shi 方眼紙 = grid sheet spreadsheet as a layout software We can't use cells to input values line-style is most important in the culture
  30. 30. 30 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 How LibreOffice popular in Japan? I feel name of LibreOffice is getting populer Thoug “OpenOffice” is still strong they will google “OpenOffice” when they'll need a fee-free office suite... see graph from a research by Japanese web media Attending/organizing events is NOT enough we have to talk with non-FLOSS people But how? OpenOffice 51% LibreOffice 28% KingSoft Office 13% JUST Office 2% StarSuite 2% Others 5% http://itpro.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/COLUMN/20130326/466042/
  31. 31. 31 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Good News! LibreOffice won best users' satisfaction in “non-MS” office suite in Japan same research in previous slide Because of our rapid development strategy LibreOffice OpenOffice 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 18.9% 10.3% 51.4% 29.4% 13.5% 33.8% 13.5% 20.6% 2.7% 5.9% Horrible Bad So so Good Very good
  32. 32. 32 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Major LibreOffice users in Japan Local Goverments Aizu-Wakamatsu City (Fukushima Pref.) Kohga City (Shiga Pref.) Tokushima Pref. Kuki City (Saitama Pref.) Kosai City (Shizuoka Pref.) Companies, Groups NTT Comware Corp. (system integrator) Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. (electronics equipment manufacturer & sales) Japan Agricultural co-operative (JA) Fukuoka-city (Fukuoka-city's regional organization of farmers)
  33. 33. 33 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Case Study 1. Aizu-Wakamatsu City In Fukushima Pref. Population: 123,000 pictures from: http://www.aizukanko.com/
  34. 34. 34 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Case Study 1. Aizu-Wakamatsu City (cont'd) Start from OOo (2008) IT manager have joined OOo community feedback bugs, suggest translation wording, ... NOT just an end-user, BUT a community member – Mr. Meguro is our great fellow Migrated to LibreOffice at Jan 2012 migration process is published in their web site all documents inside the local gov. are ODF most of all document forms to residences of the city are provided as ODF (and PDF, MS Office)
  35. 35. 35 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Case Study 2. JA Fukuoka-city Japan Agricultural co-operative Whole Japan cooperation JA Fukuoka-city Fukuoka-city's Regional branch of JA Almost 400 PC in several offices
  36. 36. 36 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Case Study 2. JA Fukuoka-city (cont'd) Their IT manager had studied deeply alternatives of MS Office and chosen LibO point: good functionality and active community Not using commercial support they make their own migration guidelines / manuals and published under CC-BY-SA 2.1 JA Document migrations / BASIC (macro) migrations Their point: the way to use FLOSS on their usual business is sharing everything they know usual business we don't have any secrets
  37. 37. 37 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 In addition... NTT Comware has Japanese team members also Sumitomo Eletric Industries is in very community side support our activities to rent their meeting space for our offline meeting Some companies provide L1 commercial support (but it's not our activity) Microsoft threat
  38. 38. 38 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 Conclusion LibreOffice is fantastic, free office suite LibreOffice community is open, transparent, free and really active LibreOffice Japanese team are having lots of events to promote LibreOffice in Japan different kind of efforts are needed to let LibreOffice popular Some local gov., groups and companies are keep good relationship with us
  39. 39. 39 Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013 All text and image content in this document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License (unless otherwise specified). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks. Their respective logos and icons are subject to international copyright laws. The use of these therefore is subject to the trademark policy. Join LibreOffice community and collaborate eastern asian locals … Thanks! … Meet at my booth :)

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