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20 Feb 2013
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The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 4.0 [29878]
Immediate Download Is Available

LibreOffice is now available in version 4.0, to which, The Document Foundation reports, " ... several million lines of code have been added and removed, by adding new features, solving bugs and regressions, adopting state of the art C++ constructs, replacing tools, getting rid of deprecated methods and obsoleted libraries, and translating twenty five thousand lines of comments from German to English." Overall excellent backwards compatibility is retained for legacy extensions, but moving forward TDF is committed to a more pro-active approach to evolving the UNO APIs, with more functionality to be deprecated and eventually dropped. LibreOffice 4.0 is available for immediate download.
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24 Dec 2012
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Libre Office: Linux Journal Best Office Suite 2012 [28998]
LibreOffice Writer Tops in Its Category

With a modest amount of chest thumping, The Document Foundation announces the preference, by a wide margin, for LibreOffice as the best free office suite of reference for the Linux environment, and LibreOffice Writer as the best single office program. LibreOffice Writer shares the top spot with OOWriter. The results come from the Linux Journal.
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10 Dec 2012
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LibreOffice 3.6.4 for Windows, MacOS and Linux [28787]
Improving the overall quality and stability

The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 3.6.4, for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability for any kind of deployment, on personal desktops or inside organizations and companies of any size.

LibreOffice 3.6.4 arrives a couple of weeks after the successful LiMux HackFest, where more than 30 developers have gathered to hack LibreOffice code and work on features and patches. One result is this video by Peter Baumgarten and Christian Lohmeier, showing how easy it is to build LibreOffice on your own to get involved in the project.
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09 Dec 2012
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The Document Foundation Announces 6-Day Marathon Testing of LibreOffice 4.0 [28793]
December 14 - December 19, 2012

The Document Foundation announces the LibreOffice 4.0 Test Marathon, running for six days from December 14 to 19. Users and supporters around the world will be testing the first beta of the upcoming LibreOffice 4.0, which is scheduled for release in February 2013. The LibreOffice community has organized various bug hunt sessions before, during which the many people involved found bugs and performed tests. This has contributed considerably to the overall quality of the product. By organizing this big Test Marathon early, the developers will be able to fix many bugs before the release candidates and the final version are made available.
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07 Dec 2012
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Triumph and disaster: Two migrations to OpenOffice [28789]
Simon Phipps Sorts Out the Experiences of Munich vs. Freiburg RE: Microsoft to LibreOffice

Simon Phipps analyzed a tale of two migrations -- Microsoft to LibreOffice. One resulted in a successful, cost-effective move; the other in a costly reversion to Word 2000. Freiburg, Germany was the site of the unhappy outcome; Munich the locale where things went right. Phipps speculates that Freiburg had one thing in mind: cost cutting -- an invitation to failure. Munich invested in training and securing freedom from proprietary constraints. Moreover, Munich's migration was categorical. Freiburg's was piecemeal, with some users opting out of the migration altogether. Phipps cautions against relying too heavily on the possibility of "interoperability" in productivity migrations.
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08 Nov 2012
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The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice Certified Developers [28391]
Appointees Peer-reviewed by Engineering Steering Committee

LibreOffice Certified Developers have been peer reviewed by the Engineering Steering Committee, which has appointed Bjoern Michaelsen, Jan Holesovsky and Stephan Bergmann to manage the certification process for developers. The newly certified developers include Bjoern Michaelsen (Canonical), Caolan McNamara (RedHat), Cedric Bosdonnat (SUSE), Christian Lohmaier (Volunteer), David Tardon (RedHat), Eike Rathke (RedHat), Eilidh McAdam (Lanedo), Fridrich Strba (SUSE), Jan Holesovsky (SUSE), Kohei Yoshida (SUSE), Lionel Elie Mamane (Volunteer), Lubos Lunak (SUSE), Markus Mohrhard (Volunteer), Michael Meeks (SUSE), Michael Stahl (RedHat), Petr Mladek (SUSE), Rene Engelhard (Volunteer), Stephan Bergmann (RedHat), Thorsten Behrens (SUSE), Timár András (SUSE) and Tor Lillqvist (SUSE).
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