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07 May 2012
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LibreOffice 3.4 Writer Guide [26233]
By LibreOffice Documentation Team

Users of LibreOffice (and prospective users) can now purchase "LibreOffice 3.4 Writer Guide," which documents the use of LibreOffice's, a freely-available, full-featured office suite that runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The book is for beginners to advanced users of Writer, the word processing component, which covers setting up Writer to suit the way you work. This book was written by volunteers from the LibreOffice community. Profits from the sale of this book will be used to benefit the community. Free PDFs of this book and its individual chapters are available from the LibreOffice site.
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09 Apr 2012
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The Document Foundation Releases LibreOffice 3.5.2 [25879]
Hackers Continue to Join the Ranks

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.5.2, which fixes an additional large number of the bugs identified by TDF QA experts and LibreOffice users worldwide. Further TDF news is that LibreOffice has recently been selected as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code. Students are invited to look at the GSoC Ideas Wiki Page to get inspired for their next task. One of 2011 GSoC projects, the MS Visio Import Filter, has been integrated in LibreOffice 3.5, and the author, Eilidh McAdam, has already found a LibreOffice development related employer: Lanedo. The increasing popularity of LibreOffice is reflected in the growth of on-board hackers, which now numbers 429.
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26 Mar 2012
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TDF Announces LibreOffice 3.4.6 [25804]
Last in the 3.4 Series; Solves Security Issues, Adds Bug Fixes

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.4.6, the last planned release in the 3.4 series. TDF intends to concentrate its future efforts on the development of LibreOffice 3.5. Interested parties may download 3.4.6 immediately. LibreOffice 3.4.6 solves a potential security problem and a number of program bugs.
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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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