Keeping track of LibreOffice activity

LibreOffice is a big project, with over 7 million lines of source code and hundreds of developers, testers, translators and other contributors spread across the globe. With so much activity going on, it can be difficult to keep track of recent developments – so here are a few pointers to keep you in the loop.

Upcoming releases

The current supported release of LibreOffice is 5.1, and the latest bug-fix version is 5.1.3. There are three more bug-fix updates due this year, so see this wiki page for information on the release schedule. The last planned update will be 5.1.6, due …

Mageia 6 Artwork Contest Extension

We have decided to extend the contest by a week as there are still lots of contributions coming in and with the work coming from people’s donated time, we wanted to give a larger chance to others that might have … Continue reading

International Day against DRM

253651703_5d9f260d28_oToday, May 3, is the International Day against DRM (Digital Restrictions Management).

Digital Restrictions Management is the practice of imposing technological restrictions that control what users can do with digital media. When a program is designed to prevent you from copying or sharing a song, reading an ebook on another device, or playing a single-player game without an Internet connection, you are being restricted by DRM.

In other words, DRM creates a damaged good. It prevents you from doing what would be possible without it. This concentrates control over production and distribution of media, giving DRM peddlers the power to …

First LibreOffice 5.2 BugHunting Session

noun_83830_ccLibreOffice is approaching the 5.2 release season with the first bug hunting session, on Friday, April 22, 2016. Tests will be performed on the Alpha version of LibreOffice 5.2, which will be available on the pre-releases servers a few days before the event. Builds will be available for Linux (DEB and RPM), MacOS and Windows, and will run in parallel with the actual installation.

Mentors will be available on April 22, 2016, from 8AM UTC to 10PM UTC. Of course, hunting bugs will be possible also on other days, as the builds of this particular Alpha release (LibreOffice 5.2.0 Alpha) …

Live from CeBIT

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Chemnitz Linux Days 2016

As it does every year in March, the German event Chemnitz Linux Days will take place during the coming week-end (19th and 20th of March). And as almost every year we are pleased to attend the event and present our distribution there. Please come around … Continue reading

TDF and LibreOffice at CeBIT 2016

CeBIT, the world’s largest computer expo, is just around the corner. CeBIT 2016 will take place as usual at the Messegelände in Hannover, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th of March – and the LibreOffice community will be there. So if you’re attending the event, come by and say hello! We will have a stand (D30) in Hall 3, and many of us from The Document Foundation will be present along with other LibreOffice users, developers and supporters.

CeBIT is a great opportunity for us to spread the word about LibreOffice and open document formats. We’ll be explaining how the …

Microsoft Sees the Light and Joins Eclipse

Microsoft on Tuesday announced it was joining the Eclipse Foundation as a solutions member. Membership will enable the company to collaborate more closely with the Eclipse community, which has more than 240 members. It also provides an outlet for delivering tools and services for all development teams. Microsoft will be able to improve its cloud services, SDKs and tools.

March 8, Women’s Day

march8March 8 is the International Women’s Day. The theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

march8dayThe Document Foundation has 210 members, but only 20 are women: Belinda Dibra (Albania), Christina Roßmanith (Germany), Eliane Domingos de Sousa (Brasil), Ellen Pape (Germany), Gülşah Köse (Turkey), Irmhild Rogalla (Germany), Jacqueline Rahemipour (Germany), Jean Hollis Weber (Australia), Katarina Behrens (Czech Republic, living in Germany), Linda Martinez (Venezuela), Marina Latini (Italy), Pallavi Jadhav (India), Priyanka Gaikwad (India), Rajashri Bhat Udhoji (India), Regina Henschel (Germany), Sigrid Carrera (Germany), Sonia Montegiove (Italy), Sophie Gautier (France), Surbhi Tongia (India) and Vinaya …

200,000 thanks

noun_23937We’ve received 200,000 donations in 1030 days, from May 1st 2013 to February 24th 2016, with an average of 194 donations per day. The best day was February 11th 2016 – the day after we announced LibreOffice 5.1 – with 474 donations. Together with volunteers who are contributing their time, and Advisory Board members who are investing in The Document Foundation, individual donors are making the dream of an independent self-sustaining free software-oriented foundation – capable of pushing the best free office suite to the next level of awesomeness – into a solid, enduring reality.

Back in 2010, when the …

Contribute! Get your wallpaper into Fedora 24

The development of Fedora continues, nearly each 6 months a new release. With a new release of Fedora just on the horizon, it also means it’s time to start submitting and voting on new supplemental wallpapers for Fedora 24. What… Continue Reading →


ilovefs-asciiWe love Free Software, and we definitely want to show our love on February 14: Valentine’s Day.

Show your appreciation publicly using social networks or your blog to demonstrate the world how many people love Free Software, and motivate others to do the same. Just use the hashtag #ilovefs on social media platforms.

ilovefs-hashtagYou can also download one of the images shared by Free Software Foundation Europe to share with you friends, or to add to your blog or one of your tweets.

ilovefs-heart-pxFree Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday life. It ensures our freedom, our …

New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair

SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers and a change of ownership. SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon. DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013.

Winter Weekends 5 | Mazcab and Raiding

Journey to this mystic land for our penultimate Winter Weekend.

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #23


LibreOffice provides a Zoom & View Layout dialog which makes it easier to set the size of the document inside the software window. The feature can be accessed either with the menu View > Zoom > Zoom… or by double clicking on the zooming percentage in the lower right corner. The dialog allows to set both the Zoom Factor and the View Layout, with a number of different option for each choice.…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #22


LibreOffice has several hidden gems, ignored by the majority of the users. One of these gems is the creation of editable PDF forms, which is a rather comprehensive feature and not a simple tip (but after 20 days, even the most basic user is now a skilled LibreOffice user…).

I will try to summarize the feature, which is explained in brief in this short tutorial (PDF) and in detail in a chapter of the LibreOffice Writer Guide (PDF).

Starting from an empty Writer document, and activating the Form Control and (optionally) the Form Design Toolbars, the user can access a …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #21

LibreOffice offers a large number of dictionaries for spell checking documents and presentations. They are available from the Extensions website, and can be searched by using one of the pre-configured selections (as shown in the picture).
Dictionaries …

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #19

LibreOffice Calc allows to show quite easily the top 10 values in a spreadsheet column with the AutoFilter function, which is activated with the menu Data > Filter > AutoFilter (image on the left). Once active, the function shows a down arrow i…

LibreOffice: Advent Tip #18

odf-guidance.odt - LibreOfficeDev Writer_004 LibreOffice allows to select the language to check the spelling of a document – or a paragraph – by clicking on the language area of the status bar. The action opens a menu with different options: first, the available dictionaries for the document, and then other choices from disabling the spell checker to choosing a language for a paragraph.…

Winter Weekends 3 | Minigames

More festive fun is in store with these Winter Weekend bonuses.