“the group of 16 founders launched an independent free software project under the stewardship of The Document Foundation, to fulfil the promise made by Sun ten years before â€“ at the time of the first announcement of OpenOffice.org â€“ of an independent free software foundation capable of pushing forward the free office suite to the next level.
After five years, LibreOffice is acknowledged in the marketplace as the sole Microsoft Office contender, based on a sheer feature by feature comparison, and on the number of successful migrations.
To celebrate our 5th anniversary, we have put together a book based on the blog post of the people who have made the history, which is available in a mini (700 pages) and a maxi (1,300 pages) version. Enjoy.”
See Five years of LibreOfficeOne of my fondest memories of FLOSS and GNU/Linux was installing that first release of OpenOffice.org. I read of it in the morning and made several installations by noon. I remember having to hunt for a mirror that wasn’t bogged down by connections. It wasn’t better than StarOffice but a year later OpenOffice.org was solidly out in front. Progress was slow after that but LibreOffice has been on steroids, growing rapidly out from under the thumb of Oracle which bought out SUN.
After GNU/Linux itself and probably FireFox, I think LibreOffice is one of the two or three most important FLOSS projects in the world. With all three, most of the lock-in schools felt for decades is gone and many governments are finding the door to freedom is wide open with just these three projects.
Gleanings from the book of blog-posts…
- Libregreen – #18a303
- Charles Schulz, 2011-5-18:”An old but famous Persian saying tells that caravans keep going on their path while dogs bark at them. The Document Foundation is a bit like a caravan, in that we’re a diverse community travelling towards one goal and not hesitating to include people on our way. We share our bread, we share our wine, we share our fire, and we even accept donations. Some people will call it awkward, will demand some “adult supervision”, will doubt each of our step, question our skills and postulate ulterior motives, but in the end, we shall prevail and we will be THE Free and Open Source Office Suite, innovative, open standards-based and developed in a transparent and inclusive way. Let the dogs bark. They really only wish they could be leading the party.”
- Michael Meeks, 2011-06-03, wrote about rationalizing the code:”That shrunk our mirror load from 76Gb down to 11Gb for 3.3, which is now for 3.4 down to 7.6Gb a handy win (of ~70Gb) for mirror admins, making us more agile, and appreciated by our fantastic mirror network I hope.”
- First Anniversary stats:”Downloads since January 25, 2011, the day of availability of the first stable release, have just exceeded 6 million from 81 TDF mirrors, and amount to 7.5 million when you add external sites (like Softpedia) offering the same package. In addition, there are many more users who install LibreOffice from a CD burned from the ISO images available online or bundled with a magazine. TDF estimates that there are 10 million users worldwide having installed from downloads and CDs. Over 90% of those are on Windows, with another 5% on MacOS.”
- Kohei Yoshida, 2011-11-30: Performance improvement in opening ODS documents “The real power of using open source software in your deployment is it gives you the ability to join and contribute to the project to influence the direction of its development. That gives you real flexibility in planning, and in my opinion the best way to harness the power of using open source software. The monetary cost-saving side of the benefit comes as a side effect but should be thought of only as an added bonus, not the primary reason for deploying open source software.”
- Lionel Elie Mamane, 2012-06-26: “Nearly all “enterprise/business applications” are more or less “read this from that database; do this work on it; push that to the database”. LibreOffice will never be a rapid application development platform a la Microsoft Office + Visual Basic for Applications without a solid database access / management component.”
- Italo Vignoli, 2012-07-500: “Horacio Fernandez is the 500th hacker committing code to LibreOffice, since September 28, 2010”
- Italo Vignoli, 2012-08-08: “LibreOffice is becoming increasingly popular in corporate environments. During the last months, several large public bodies have announced their migration to the free office suite: the Capital Region of Denmark, the cities of Limerick in Ireland, Grygov in the Czech Republic, Las Palmas in Spain, the City of Largo in Florida, the municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis in Greece, and the Public Library System of Chicago.”
- Italo Vignoli, 2012-09-13: “LibreOffice Localization Program in Saudi Arabia announced to enhance Arabic language related features”
- Italo Vignoli, 2012/10/17/: “LibreOffice is booming – Over 2 million downloads in September, over 540 developers, a community of over 3,000 volunteers from the five continents, over 100 languages (representing 95% of the world population)”
- Italo Vignoli, 2012/12/26/: “This growth is reflected in the downloads
of the Windows and MacOS X versions during 2012. The number of unique IPs who have downloaded LibreOffice has grown from just over 200,000 per week in January to well over 600,000 in December, for a total of 15 million unique IPs in 2012. Linux users, with very few exceptions, do not download LibreOffice as they can get the software from the repository of their distribution of choice.”
- Italo Vignoli, 2013-03-27: TDF releases White Paper to help migrations to LibreOffice “According to the white paper, migrations to Free Software and especially to LibreOffice should follow a carefully crafted change management process, which needs to handle not only the technical aspects, which are actually the easiest ones to cope with, but also the barriers met when breaking long-term working habits.
LibreOffice liberates the users from proprietary document formats by adopting natively ODF (Open Document Format), which is the standard document format recognized by the largest number of organizations and supported by the largest number of desktop software (including Microsoft Office).”
- Italo Vignoli, 2013-05-09: “the government of Spain’s autonomous region of Extremadura has just begun the switch to free software of desktop PCs and expects the majority of its 40,000 PCs to be migrated by the end of 2013. Extremadura estimates that the move to open source including LibreOffice will help save 30 million Euro per year.”
- Caolan McNamara, 2014-07: Coverity: “LibreOffice: 9,500,825 line of code and 0.13 defect density”
- TDF Blog, 2015-08-05: “LibreOffice 5.0 builds on the success of the 4.x family, which has been deployed by over 80 million users (source: TDF estimate, based on users pinging for updates), including large organizations in Europe and South America.”