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LibreOffice: The History

LibreOffice: The History

Italo Vignoli

April 20, 2013

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  1. When you come to a fork in the road, take

    it Yogi Berra First Thought
  2. History of StarOffice 1984: Marco Börries, age 16, releases StarWriter

    for the Zilog Z80, the Amstrad CPC and the Commodore 64, then ported to the 8086-based Amstrad PC-1512 Later, the development of other two programs - Base and Draw - turned StarWriter into StarOffice 1.0, for DOS, IBM OS/2 and MS Windows StarOffice 3.0 offered StarWriter, StarCalc, StarDraw, StarImage and StarChart 1999: Sun Microsystems acquired the company, copyright and trademark of StarOffice
  3. History of OpenOffice.org July 19, 2000: Sun makes StarOffice source

    code available for download with the objective of creating an OSS development community and providing a free and open alternative to MS Office May 1st, 2002: OpenOffice.org 1.0 released with dual license SISSL (Sun Industry Standard SW License) and GNU LGPL October 20, 2005: OpenOffice 2.0 released with single license LGPL October 2008: OpenOffice 3.0 released
  4. your life does not get better by chance it gets

    better by CHANGE Change to Improve
  5. Allows to grow the community based on collaboration Excellent for

    very hard technical problems where nobody can run alone Excellent for catching up to existing proprietary alternatives through sharing Allows to reuse a lot of existing code as well Great if you do not want proprietary forks Copyleft is Awesome
  6. OOo source code was used by several derivatives: Copyleft: Go-OO,

    OpenOffice Novell Edition, RedOffice, NeoOffice, OxygenOffice Professional and Jambo OpenOffice Other: IBM Symphony (released in 2007 based on the five years old SISSL - permissive - licensed OOo 1.1, and then on OOo 3.0 based on a contract with Sun which ignored the obligations of the LGPL) CopyLeft @ OOo: What History Says
  7. Vendor Independence NO one can control more than 30% of

    the votes in any statutory body of TDF
  8. The Document Foundation was born TO PROMOTE free software TO

    PROMOTE SW user freedom TO PROMOTE document freedom TO PROMOTE open standards TO DEVELOP LibreOffice The Document Foundation
  9. TDF: Strong, Stable, Enduring Incorporated in Berlin as German Stiftung

    Provides the legal framework for the community work Membership element incorporated into legally binding statutes Collects donations, holds domain names, trademarks and other community assets Annual budget (2013): about 300.000 € excluding AB fees Administrative setup completed, all administrative work done by volunteers, no paid consultants
  10. Board of Directors MEMBERS Thorsten Behrens Florian Effenberger Olivier Hallot

    Caolán McNamara Michael Meeks Charles Schulz Italo Vignoli DEPUTIES Jesús Corrius Andreas Mantke Björn Michaelsen
  11. Membership Committee MEMBERS Sophie Gauthier Cor Nouws Eike Rathke Fridrich

    Štrba Jean Weber DEPUTIES Leif Lodahl Simon Phipps
  12. Engineering Steering Committee Ahmad H. Al-Harthi (MOTAH) Stefan Bergman (RedHat)

    René Engelhard (Debian) Joel Madero (independent) Mirek Mazel (independent) Lionel Elie Mamane (indep.) Eilidh McAdam (Lanedo) Caolán McNamara (RedHat) Michael Meeks (SUSE) Björn Michaelsen (Canonical) Petr Mladek (SUSE) Markus Mohrhard (indep.) David Tardon (RedHat) Norbert Thiebaud (indep.) Andras Timar (SUSE)
  13. Advisory Board John Sullivan, FSF Thomas Krumbein, FrODeV Jeremy Allison,

    Google Dirk Hohndel, Intel Martyn Russell, Lanedo Christian Schaller, RedHat Bdale Garbee, SPI Alan Clark, SUSE
  14. Affiliations OSI - Open Source Initiative OIN - Open Invention

    Network OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
  15. Teams and Collaboration Users Development QA L10n Documentation Daily Build

    Beta/RC Build Last RC == Final Tinderbox TDF/Wiki GIT Bugzilla Pootle Mailing list IRC Marketing
  16. Growth of New Code Committers Sep 10 Oct 10 Nov

    10 Dec 10 Jan 11 Feb 11 Mar 11 Apr 11 May 11 Jun 11 Jul 11 Aug 11 Sep 11 Oct 11 Nov 11 Dec 11 Jan 12 Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 12 May 12 Jun 12 Jul 12 Aug 12 Sep 12 Oct 12 Nov 12 Dec 12 Jan 13 Feb 13 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Cumulative Number of LibreOffice New Code Committers New Hackers Old Hackers
  17. Number of Committers per Month Mar 11 Apr 11 May

    11 Jun 11 Jul 11 Aug 11 Sep 11 Oct 11 Nov 11 Dec 11 Jan 12 Feb 12 Mar 12 Apr 12 May 12 Jun 12 Jul 12 Aug 12 Sep 12 Oct 12 Nov 12 Dec 12 Jan 13 Feb 13 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 LibreOffice Code Contributors per Month New Hackers Old Hackers 12 Month Average
  18. Balanced Developers Community Changesets by Company/Group September 2011 (inner) vs

    December 2012 (outer) Volunteers SUSE Red Hat OOo Code Canonical ALTA Lanedo Aentos KACST Collabora SIL TATA Apache OO Bobiciel IBM Nou & Off Munich CodeThink CodeWeavers Intel
  19. Diverse Developers Community (1) Active Developers by Affiliation September 2011

    (inner) vs December 2012 (outer) Volunteers OOo Code SUSE KACST RedHat Lanedo AOO Volunteers Canonical Collabora IBM Munich SIL Aentos ALTA Bobiciel CodeThink CodeWeavers Intel Nou & Off TATA
  20. Diverse Developers Community (2) LibreOffice Developers with 100+ Commits Caolán

    McNamara (Red Hat) Tor Lillqvist (SUSE) Stephan Bergmann (RedHat) Michael Stahl (RedHat) David Tardon (RedHat) Kohei Yoshida (SUSE) Markus Mohrhard (Volunteer) Miklos Vajna (SUSE) Luboš Luňák (SUSE) Noel Grandin (Volunteer) Andras Timar (SUSE) Matúš Kukan (Volunteer) Norbert Thiebaud (Volunteer) Michael Meeks (SUSE) Rafael Dominguez (Volunteer) Eike Rathke (RedHat) Julien Nabet (Volunteer) Takeshi Abe (Volunteer) Fridrich Štrba (SUSE) Jan Holesovsky (SUSE) Cédric Bosdonnat (SUSE) Noel Power (SUSE) Ivan Timofeev (Volunteer) Thomas Arnhold (Volunteer) Peter Foley (Volunteer) Lionel Elie Mamane (Volunteer) Bjoern Michaelsen (Canonical) Artur Dorda (Volunteer) Andrzej J.R. Hunt (Volunteer) Xisco Fauli (Volunteer) David Ostrovsky (Volunteer) Thorsten Behrens (SUSE) Zolnai Tamás (Volunteer)
  21. 346 active users in Pootle (translations.documentfoundation.org) 112 languages in Pootle

    + 4 languages maintained outside of Pootle LibreOffice 4.0 has 109 UI languages, and help packs in 58 languages LibreOffice can be used in their native language by more than 4 billion people worldwide LibreOffice Localizations
  22. Automated Tests Automated tests to prevent software problems The objective

    is to spot problems before they hit master Tests are integrated into the development strategy Small filter tests ensure that a fixed bug never regresses again Tests run whenever anybody builds LibreOffice and are executed on Tinderboxes too Nightly builds are available to execute tests on the newest version
  23. Torture Tests on Documents 3.4.0 3.5.0 3.6.0 4.0.0 0 20

    40 60 80 100 120 140 Count of Types of GNUmake Enabled Unit Tests (each one runs a battery of tests)
  24. Ongoing Quality Process Background Development Tools Tinderboxes compile the code

    after each commit Hackers can check development problems in real time Tinderboxes upload dailies for QA activities Bibisect (Binary Bisect) help chasing regressions Multiple office installs in a small package allow to spot the commit that introduced the bug
  25. Removing German Comments 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.0 0 10.000

    20.000 30.000 40.000 50.000 60.000 Detected Lines of German Comments
  26. Paying Down Substantial Technical Debt Reduced footprint of the software

    Undertaken long awaited code renovation Removed tens of thousands lines of dead code Removed deprecated libraries Translated many German comments to English Many other code renovation actions Completely new and substancially improved build system, making builds much easier Using 21st Century C++ constructs
  27. Growth of Users Pinging for Updates 0 20000 40000 60000

    80000 100000 120000 0 2000000 4000000 6000000 8000000 10000000 12000000 14000000 16000000 18000000 20000000 22000000 LibreOffice New Unique IPs Pinging for Software Updates Daily (left) & Cumulative Number (right) since February 2012
  28. City of Munich loves LibreOffice After careful risk-assessment, the capital

    of Munich has decided to migrate from OpenOffice to LibreOffice. In favour of that decision, among others, was the greater flexibility of the project regarding consumption of open source licenses. Beyond that, Munich wants to rely on large and vibrant communities for any Open Source product it employs. Kirsten Böge, head of public relations
  29. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Color and line styles for the

    columns and footnote separator lines
  30. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Improve HTML export with an image

    thumbnail gallery of the slides on the contents page
  31. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Support embedding Palettes and other property

    list types (we could only embed palettes into Impress ODP thus far)
  32. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 The word count dialogue is now

    mode-less and updates as you type This feature is key for professional writers like journalists and translators
  33. Open Document Format ISO/IEC Standard 26300 Driven and maintained by

    OASIS Implemented to the latest version Recognized by many governments
  34. Growing the Ecosystem Educating enterprises about getting professional support for

    LibreOffice Certification program, to allow community members to add value and make money with LibreOffice Help migrations from MS Office to LibreOffice, based on professional support
  35. People who live in the past generally are afraid to

    compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it. Sparky Anderson Last Thought
  36. Credits Thanks: to the LibreOffice community at large to Michael

    Meeks for statistics about developers and development to Joel Madero for coordinating QA and providing QA statistics to Marc Parè for many screenshots of new features to all other developers and volunteers which I do not remember but have provided additional information