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19 Mar 2012
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Release of LibreOffice 3.5.1 Provides Additional Security and Stability [25739]
Developer Community Shows Remarkable Pace of Growth

The majority of the most-important bugs identified by users have been fixed in the release of LibreOffice 3.5.1 which includes improvements in security and stability. LibreOffice 3.5.1 is available for immediate download. According to Italo Vignoli, member of The Document Foundation Board of Directors, “During the last month, the number of TDF hackers has overtaken the threshold of 400 code developers, with a large majority of independent volunteers and several companies paying full time hackers. In any case, the project is independent, as none of these companies employs more than 7% of the developers."
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29 Feb 2012
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The bright future of LibreOffice [25569]
By Simon Phipps

February 2012 was a coming-of-age for the LibreOffice open source productivity suite. Multiple announcements show the project is well-supported and thriving. But what of the future?

Formed out of Oracle's neglect of the OpenOffice.org project by a community uprising in 2010, LibreOffice quickly gathered a critical mass of developers to work on it, drawn from a diverse set of backgrounds and motivations. They hunkered down on the tasks that had been hard to address while the project was in the hands of Sun Microsystems (where I was once employed), such as removing unused code from the project's two-decade legacy or making it possible for a beginner to get involved through Easy Hacks. A year and a half later, there's much to show for their efforts, yet so much more to do.
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24 Feb 2012
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LibreOffice Foundation Symbolises Maturity [25526]
Finally established as an independent entity

Simon Phipps celebrates the evolution of both LibreOffice and The Document Foundation in his post LibreOffice Foundation Symbolizes Maturity. He points to several indications of advancing stages in this evolution, including:

  • Release of LibreOffice 3.5
  • Survey results showing increasing diversity in the participant community
  • Announcement of the next LibreOffice Conference
  • Opening of Ask LibreOffice, a StackOverflow-style community support site To Phipps' eye, all of these developments clearly reveal " ... a refreshing story of community triumphing over adversity."
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17 Feb 2012
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LibreOffice 3.5 [25456]
the best free office suite ever

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 3.5, the third major release of "the best free office suite ever", which shows to end users the improvements derived from the development strategy adopted since September 2010. LibreOffice 3.5 derives from the combined effort of full time hackers - the largest group of experienced OOo code developers - and volunteer hackers, coordinated by the Engineering Steering Committee.
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16 Jan 2012
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LibreOffice 3.4.5 Available for Download [25254]
Newest Release Features Improved Program Stability

In its latest release LibreOffice 3.4.5 includes several bug fixes and an improved level of stability. The Document Foundation, the parent organization of LibreOffice, reports that the solution won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award 2011 as the Best of Open Source Software and the Open World Forum Experiment Award of Most-Popular Software. Downloads of LibreOffice 3.4.5 are immediately available, as are extensions.
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26 Dec 2011
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The Document Foundation [25120]
2011 was full of activity, especially for LibreOffice

The paragraph below from the Document Foundation Blog handily summarizes the year's achievements: "2011 was the year of our first stable release. ... Today, over 30 million people use LibreOffice in 109 languages, a software developed by 40 core developers and over 300 active developers plus 280 localizers. ... 230 of those developers are totally new, have never been contributing code to the free office suite before, and were attracted by our open, transparent, meritocratic and inclusive community. Over 16.000 mailing list subscribers are on our 100 mailing lists, and TDF now counts 138 members.
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