Kudos, LibreOffice

I just wanted to offer my thanks to the LibreOffice team for their continued efforts in slimming down, refining, and bringing new features to the office suite. People sometimes talk a bit of smack about LibreOffice, but the team has been doing a great job in not only liberating the codebase from an unhealthy previous stewardship with OpenOffice.org, but also building a strong community to bring LibreOffice forward as a capable and modern office suite. Of course, you can get LibreOffice nicely integrated in Ubuntu as well as other places and Operating Systems.

I just wanted to say thanks for everyone involved in this effort; keep up the great work. Also, for those of you with a few notes in your wallet, consider donating to support their work.

  • http://twitter.com/jspaleta Jef Spaleta

    whose talk’n smack about libreoffice? I’ve only seen one very high profile person bemoan the new open stewardship situation as a job killer at the very early stages of the formation of the new stewardship structure. Since then I haven’t seen anyone else make a serious gripe.

  • http://www.filmschoolsonline.com/film-schools/los-angeles-film-school.html LA Film School

    Intel has become a Member of the LibreOffice Advisory Board and a version of the open source office suite is now available from the Intel AppUp Center. Having Intel on-board seems to be a very positive step for LibreOffice and have a free full-featured office suite available in Intel AppUp may draw in the crowds. Now may be the time for developers to investigate Intel’s AppUp developer program.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. It’s been treating me well. I will say that Citrus UI (or something similar) couldn’t come sooner. GTK 3, also. Once we’ve got those targets down, I think it’ll be amazing. I’m guessing they’re still working to separate the UI code from the program to make it easier to create the mobile interfaces. Once that’s done I’m sure it’ll be pretty straightforward to implement incremental changes to get us closer to Citrus. I wonder if there has been any further discussion of the UI- it’s difficult to parse the mailinglist.

  • Anonymous

    Most of the smack I here is regarding poor templates and built-in resources compared to MS Office. I don’t think most people are extremely concerned with that.

  • https://launchpad.net/~bjoern-michaelsen Bjoern Michaelsen

    Thanks Jono!

    If you dont want to donate money, we also accept code: A good way to get started are the EasyHacks: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Easy_Hacks

    And if you are around in Europe and like to meet other LibreOffice hackers to get started, there is a Hackfest coming up in April: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Hackfest/Hamburg2012

    Our last Hackfest (in Munich) was much fun!


    Bjoern — LibreOffice Ubuntu guy

  • Sieb B

    Well, I for one think they’ve missed a great opportunity to take a couple of years out to throw away the whole UI and start again. Admittedly OpenOffice 3.0 would have been the ideal time to do that; MS Office had just released Office 2007 with its ribbon-based UI, and Apple was showing us what could be done by coming out with iWork ’08, both of which instantly rendered the OpenOffice user experience outdated and muscle-memory incompatible. Three years on, and rather than finding their own unique way to go, the leading free office suite that hasn’t quite caught up with the MS Office 97 user experience.