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LibreOffice: The History

LibreOffice: The History


Italo Vignoli

April 20, 2013


  1. LibreOffice: The History (why "libre" is better than "open")

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

    it Yogi Berra First Thought
  3. Our Ten Years Heritage

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. OOo Lean in 2000

  7. OOo Fat in 2005

  8. OOo Conference Lyon 2006

  9. MS Office Foundation ?

  10. Breaking the Bell

  11. The First Supper Budapest, Sep 2, 2010

  12. your life does not get better by chance it gets

    better by CHANGE Change to Improve
  13. September 28, 2010

  14. Kübler-Ross Change Curve

  15. 50 Reasons against Change

  16. Curve of Managed Change


    VENDOR INDEPENDENCE The Document Foundation
  18. Copyleft License Free Software Ethos Fosters the Development Community Protects

    a Fair Contribution Environment
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Copyleft vs Permissive Copyleft Volunteers Permissive Corporations

  22. No Contributor Agreement Drop CLA

  23. Meritocracy if you want something done DO IT you will

    lead and be recognized
  24. Community Governance

  25. Vendor Independence NO one can control more than 30% of

    the votes in any statutory body of TDF
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. Membership Committee MEMBERS Sophie Gauthier Cor Nouws Eike Rathke Fridrich

    Štrba Jean Weber DEPUTIES Leif Lodahl Simon Phipps
  30. 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)
  31. 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
  32. Affiliations OSI - Open Source Initiative OIN - Open Invention

    Network OASIS - Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
  33. Subverting the Paradigm

  34. 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
  35. LibOCon Berlin 2012

  36. LibreOffice

  37. Writer

  38. Calc

  39. Graph

  40. Impress

  41. Draw

  42. Base

  43. Math

  44. None
  45. LibreOffice: Standard for GNU/Linux

  46. Developers: TDF Main Asset

  47. "Rules for Revolutionaries"

  48. 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
  49. "The Amazing Easy Hacks"

  50. Huge Mentoring Effort

  51. Presentations

  52. Hackfests

  53. Pasta Hacking

  54. 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
  55. LibreOffice Code Contributors

  56. 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
  57. 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
  58. 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)
  59. Newest Member of the Project

  60. Manuals in Arabic Language

  61. 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
  62. Development Process

  63. Gerrit Code Review

  64. Tinderboxes

  65. 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
  66. 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)
  67. 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
  68. Bug Submission Assistant

  69. Bug Tracking & Management

  70. Test Marathons

  71. Removing Unused Methods

  72. 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
  73. 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
  74. LibreOffice Release Roadmap

  75. 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
  76. LibreOffice Estimated Value

  77. 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
  78. MimO loves LibreOffice

  79. Limerick loves LibreOffice

  80. Las Palmas loves LibreOffice

  81. Chicago Public Library loves LibreOffice

  82. Regione Umbria loves LibreOffice

  83. LibreOffice New Features

  84. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 New gradient / drop-shadow to highlight

    Writer pages
  85. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Color and line styles for the

    columns and footnote separator lines
  86. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Greek Characters mode for bullets and

  87. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Redesigned Move/Copy Sheet dialog

  88. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Named range as the data source

    for Pivot Table
  89. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Improved search toolbar opens by hitting

  90. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Adding and removing color charts

  91. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Improve HTML export with an image

    thumbnail gallery of the slides on the contents page
  92. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.4 Linux text-rendering improvements

  93. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Better UI for Header and Footers

  94. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 First ever built-in Grammar checker for

    English (and a few other languages...)
  95. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 New Hinting on Linux Libertine G

    and Linux Biolinum G
  96. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Multi Line input bar in Calc

  97. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Unlimited conditional formatting

  98. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Re-Designed Autofilter popup window

  99. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Support embedding Palettes and other property

    list types (we could only embed palettes into Impress ODP thus far)
  100. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Line chart smoothing upgraded to ODF1.2

  101. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 RTF import rewrite

  102. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Import filter for MS Visio documents

  103. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Import filter for MS Visio documents

  104. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Import filter for MS Visio documents

  105. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Toolbar improvements

  106. 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
  107. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Improved color picker

  108. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.5 Importing PPTX SmartArt

  109. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Added Word Count to status bar

  110. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Support for contextual spacing

  111. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Label / Business Card Wizard

  112. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Improved CSV export

  113. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Support field items in cells

  114. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Allow Sorting from Autofilter popup window

  115. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Quickly allow pasting only text, value,

    or formula from the context menu
  116. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Support for color scales and data

  117. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 More than 3 sort entries for

  118. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 10 new Impress Master Pages

  119. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Corel import filter

  120. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 PDF Export with Watermark option

  121. New Feature: LibreOffice 3.6 Rulers are now much cleaner and

    more light-weight
  122. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Range Comments (sponsored by OSBA)

  123. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Allow extra word boundary characters

  124. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Allow different header and footer on

    the first page
  125. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 RTF: Drawing Object Import 4.0

  126. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 RTF: Improved eg. Formulae

  127. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 DOCX: Ink Annotation Import

  128. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Support of CMIS Protocol

  129. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Microsoft Publisher Import

  130. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Arbitrary XML → Spreadsheet

  131. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Conditional Formatting Bars + Icons

  132. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Stock Options Pricing Formulae

  133. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Exporting of a single chart as

    image (PNG, JPG)
  134. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Android Remote Control for Impress

  135. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 New Template Selection UI

  136. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 Style Previews in Drop Down Menu

  137. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 New Widget Layout Technique

  138. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.0 LibreOffice Personas (shared with Firefox)

  139. New Feature: LibreOffice 4.1 Font Embedding in ODF Documents ODF

    Contents (ODP)
  140. Open Document Format ISO/IEC Standard 26300 Driven and maintained by

    OASIS Implemented to the latest version Recognized by many governments
  141. Hybrid PDF Format Standard ODF Format embedded in a Standard

    PDF Format
  142. Navigating the Project

  143. www.libreoffice.org/get-involved

  144. www.documentfoundation.org/contribution

  145. www.libreoffice.org/get-help

  146. Global Mailing List announce@documentfoundation.org - announces board-discuss@documentfoundation.org - discussions projects@global.libreoffice.org

    - project coordination users@global.libreoffice.org - users l10n@global.libreoffice.org - localization documentation@global.libreoffice.org - documentation marketing@global.libreoffice.org - marketing design@global.libreoffice.org - design certification@global.libreoffice.org - certification
  147. www.libreoffice.org/get-help/faq

  148. www.libreoffice.org/get-help/installation

  149. wiki.documentfoundation.org/faq

  150. Development http://planet.documentfoundation.org/ http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Dev-f1639786.html #libreoffice-dev on freenode http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/log/ http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Native_Build http://opengrok.libreoffice.org/

  151. www.libreoffice.org/developers-2

  152. www.documentfoundation.org/develop

  153. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Git_For_LibreOffice_Developers

  154. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development

  155. wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugReport

  156. wiki.documentfoundation.org/BugReport_Details

  157. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/How_to_debug

  158. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Macros

  159. Quality Assurance http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Dev-f1639786.html #libreoffice-dev on freenode https://bugs.freedesktop.org/ http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA

  160. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Litmus

  161. wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA

  162. wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA-FAQ

  163. wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/Testing/Automated_Tests

  164. wiki.documentfoundation.org/QA/Testing/Regression_Tests

  165. Localization http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Language http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/L10n-f1630956.html https://translations.documentfoundation.org/

  166. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Language

  167. wiki.documentfoundation.org/TipsTricksl10n

  168. www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation

  169. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation/Easy_hacks

  170. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation/Development

  171. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation/Production

  172. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation/Publications

  173. Resources for Documentation

  174. Documentation Workflow

  175. Design and User Interface http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Design libreoffice-ux-advise@lists.freedesktop.org design@global.libreoffice.org

  176. Marketing http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Marketing-f1645224.html http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Marketing

  177. wiki.documentfoundation.org/Marketing

  178. ask.libreoffice.org/questions

  179. 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
  180. Certification Program

  181. LibreOffice 2020 THE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN

  182. 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
  183. 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
  184. italo.vignoli@documentfoundation.org skype italovignoli - gtalk italo.vignoli@gmail.com