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OpenOffice at Apache


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From ApacheCon 2012, Sinsheim, Germany. The first part is from a personal perspective, the second part from a broader perspective.

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OpenOffice at Apache

  1. 1. ApacheCon Europe Sinsheim, Germany, 6 November 2012OpenOffice at Apache Andrea Pescetti VP, Apache OpenOffice
  2. 2. ApacheCon Europe Sinsheim, Germany, 6 November 2012aPaCHe oPeNoFFiCe A Very Personal Perspective. Andrea Pescetti VP, Apache OpenOffice
  3. 3. A long time ago... Volunteering in OpenOffice since 2004Aged 35. Male. Italian. Mathematician. Web developer. Unaffiliated.
  4. 4. Chairing the OpenOffice PMC is not about powerThe Apache Way rewards merit. No hierarchy. All votes are equal.
  5. 5. Chairing is about caring that the community stays healthy Mentoring new volunteers. Keeping existing volunteers motivated.
  6. 6. The Phantom MenaceIssues with earlier OpenOffice incarnations we must avoid.
  7. 7. At we depended too much on Sun/OracleMost of their staff is lost (and not working on any open source projects!)
  8. 8. Some of them still help (in their spare time) OpenOfficeAnd fortunately they provide insight on issues requiring old knowledge.
  9. 9. We shouldnt give any volunteers reasons for leavingBe welcoming. Engage them. Lower barriers. Limit arguments.
  10. 10. Attack of the ClonesOpenOffice and other projects. Improving relationships.
  11. 11. There is room for more than one sun in the skyWe shouldnt believe there has to be only one free office suite.
  12. 12. “i am your father”Other projects shouldnt portray OpenOffice as an enemyOpenOffice is friendly, harmless, open to collaboration: license, events...
  13. 13. OpenOffice must not see other projects as inferior beingsCriticizing them or pointing out oddnesses/problems is not our business.
  14. 14. A New HopeA bright future after graduation.
  15. 15. A strong, respectful communityUnity in diversity. Balance private/corporate interests and public good.
  16. 16. Great outreach capabilities, local to globalWord-of-mouth and events. Our users as ambassadors.
  17. 17. A trusted community and a trusted productOpenOffice must “just work”. And its community too.
  18. 18. Thanks... so far! All pictures are copyright LucasFilm.All section headings are movie titles by LucasFilm too. Any double/offensive/metaphorical meanings are pure coincidence and, in case, my fault.
  19. 19. ApacheCon Europe Sinsheim, Germany, 6 November 2012OpenOffice at Apache Past, Present and Future. Andrea Pescetti VP, Apache OpenOffice
  20. 20. The Past: A Heavy Feather Incubation at Apache. Discussions. Solutions.
  21. 21. A 16-months incubation (June 2011 – October 2012) A big undertaking for both OpenOffice and Apache.
  22. 22. A new open source license: Apache License 2.0Free Software (GPL compatible). Ready for other projects to consume.
  23. 23. An accurate and tedious, but not that long, code inspection “Intellectual Property” clearance. Relocating/replacing components.
  24. 24. A huge infrastructure migration, from Oracle to ApacheBugzilla. Forum. Wiki. Release archive. Pootle. Website. Buildbots.
  25. 25. A new hierarchy to learn: no hierarchyA flat community without predefined roles/leads. Everyone counts one.
  26. 26. A new, distributed, decisional process to learnLazy consensus. Induction of new committers. No central authority.
  27. 27. A new name, and a slightly modified logoReflecting our new life at Apache, in continuity with
  28. 28. New for Apache: a huge end-user focus, with new needsPowerful support tools, friendly mailing lists, non-technical instructions.
  29. 29. New for Apache: countless trademark abusesFake domains. Counterfeited versions. Need to provide binaries.
  30. 30. New for Apache: previously unseen download numbers Solved with external help (SourceForge). Seamlessly integrated.
  31. 31. The Present: Just Graduated Able to self-govern. Diverse. Transparent.
  32. 32. Graduation: OpenOffice is an Apache Top-Level ProjectThis proves its able to make releases, to self-govern, and that its diverse.
  33. 33. New releases under Apache: OpenOffice 3.4.0 and 3.4.1May and August 2012. Massive changes since 3.3.x. Stable and reliable.
  34. 34. Apache OpenOffice is big...Impressive download figures. More committers than Apache HTTPD.
  35. 35. ...and it is now independent and diverse.Our community has a great diversity in affiliation, language, geography.
  36. 36. A self-governing communityFull control. Consensus. Constructive attitude emerging. Meritocracy.
  37. 37. Transparency: all project decisions are taken in public.Everything happens on the public dev list. Private list virtually unused.
  38. 38. A growing, large ecosystemExtensions. Templates. Consultants. Book authors. Distributors.
  39. 39. Future: OpenOffice in 2013Renewed product. Renewed project. Your help welcome.
  40. 40. The product: Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is coming in 2013 Details still being discussed. March-April 2013 seems reasonable.
  41. 41. Our priorities are community-definedA global survey with Google Moderator. Users drive development.
  42. 42. Users Priority #1: Improve interoperability with MS Office While still actively promoting ODF as a better standard for the future.
  43. 43. Users Priority #2: Modernize the application interfaceBetter usability, get rid of “outdated” look & feel, but stay functional.
  44. 44. Users Priority #3: Be connected and flexibleSome explorations will already be discussed at this conference.
  45. 45. A new opportunity: IBM donated Lotus SymphonyReady for integration: MS Office interoperability, interface, accessibility.
  46. 46. A new opportunity: Better integration with online resources Most users never installed an Extension or looked for a Template.
  47. 47. Also featuring: Smoother installation experienceDigitally signed packages. Incremental updates (fast, small download).
  48. 48. Also featuring: Improved ODF 1.2 supportBe a reference implementation for ODF. Promote and develop it.
  49. 49. Also featuring: Improved system integrationTake advantage of native system features, such as “gestures”.
  50. 50. Also featuring: enter the Linux distributions repositoriesOpenOffice is available for GNU/Linux, but make it easier to install.
  51. 51. Also featuring: New visual identity and branding (contest)Time to aim at a consistent, community-developed, visual presentation.
  52. 52. Also featuring: what you would like to develop or sponsorThe community is open and will welcome small and big contributions.
  53. 53. Stay tuned: follow OpenOffice 4.0 as it takes shapeMailing list (dev@openoffice.a.o). Wiki pages. Development snapshots.
  54. 54. The project: Apache OpenOffice must grow in 2013. We need more volunteers, more companies, better publicity.
  55. 55. More volunteers: show and complete our language support Many more languages in sources than we distribute. Aim for quality.
  56. 56. More volunteers: QA and developersMentoring new developers: mark simple bugs as such.
  57. 57. More volunteers: Orientation projectGuide to finding your way around and seeing how to help effectively.
  58. 58. You are welcome to help, starting immediatelyWhatever skills you have, we have tasks for you. It will be fun!
  59. 59. More companies: get more full-time developersHuge codebase. Lower risk. Full-time developers are never too many.
  60. 60. Better publicity: We need a more efficient PR activityOpenOffice doesnt get the recognition and coverage it deserves.
  61. 61. A responsibility: our users should know the truthBy lunchtime, todays new users will outnumber this stadium. And this city.
  62. 62. “OpenOffice has become paid software” E “OpenOffice is no longer Open Source” LS “OpenOffice is no longer Free Software”“OpenOffice only makes source code available” FA “OpenOffice has no developers” “OpenOffice copies code from other projects” Contrast false claims and myths about OpenOffice Rectify many misconceptions repeated by some journalists/bloggers.
  63. 63. The most common misconception: OpenOffice is dead! Well, it isnt. Or anyway, its reborn at Apache. And here to stay.
  64. 64. Product Project Andrea Pescetti