A Chance For Ordinary Users To Give Back To FLOSS

Most of us are not coders. I’m a coder but don’t do C… That is a barrier to giving back to FLOSS in the form of code but there are opportunities. Today, The Document Foundation invited users to contribute to a future release templates they create for documents. There are some conditions which are easily met:

  • They are an original work, and are not converted from existing templates.
  • They are licensed under Creative Commons CC0.
  • They are based only on fonts bundled with LibreOffice (Caladea,Carlito, DejaVu, Gentium, Liberation, Libertine G, Open Sans, PT Serif,Source Code, Source Sans).
  • They are based on LibreOffice styles, and not on direct element formatting. Styles must be created according to the expected use of the template.
  • They contain only a minimum of text (ideally, no text at all), as they will not be translated for LibreOffice 4.4. Because of that, language must be en_us.

I use a few templates, it wouldn’t take much effort to meet their conditions. Let the floodgates open. In 100 million users there must be some great templates out there.

See Create a Template for LibreOffice, and get a free T-shirt.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to A Chance For Ordinary Users To Give Back To FLOSS

  1. DrLoser says:

    Wot, no T-Shirt stories?

    Ah well. It’s hard to give back. Even when giving back requires nothing more than crafting the odd template or two.

  2. DrLoser says:

    I have created a plethora of templates for Excel, Word, Writer, Calc and Google Forms. Unfortunately, these were company owned and created with their trademarks, etc.

    Surely you could take a small hiatus from your busy life selling snake oil to leverage this fantastic expertise and create a second plethora of templates for LibreOffice, Dougie?

    Think of the T-Shirts, man! Think of the T-Shirts!

    Oh, and also that giving back to the community thing. That works, too.

  3. dougman says:

    I have created a plethora of templates for Excel, Word, Writer, Calc and Google Forms. Unfortunately, these were company owned and created with their trademarks, etc..

  4. DrLoser says:

    It’s the free T-Shirt that finally got your attention, wasn’t it, Robert?

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