LibreOffice and The Document Foundation Mark One Year of Existence

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LibreOffice, TDF Mark First Anniversary of Office Productivity Suite

“The Document Foundation marks the first anniversary of the day developers broke away from Oracle-controlled OpenOffice.org to launch the LibreOffice office productivity suite.

A year after forking the OpenOffice.org project to create a community-driven office productivity suite, The Document Foundation estimated that LibreOffice has 25 million users worldwide.

The Document Foundation and the LibreOffice marked their first anniversary on Sept. 28.

OpenOffice.org developers originally created LibreOffice to break the software away from Oracle’s control after it appeared that the database giant was not interested in working with the open-source community. The Document Foundation was founded to make the project truly vendor-neutral. Google was among the first companies to support the new project.

Oracle responded to the split by forcing TDF members who were also participating on the OpenOffice community council to step down. Despite not having Oracle support, LibreOffice has thrived in the past year, with more than 25,000 code ‘commits’ submitted by 330 contributors. Code commits reflect major changes to code, the addition of new features and bug fixes.

‘The Document Foundation has attracted more developers with commits in the first year than the OpenOffice.org project in the first decade,’ said Norbert Thiebaud, a member of TDF Engineering Steering Committee.

LibreOffice has been downloaded about 7.5 million times since the first stable launch in January, TDF estimated. However, another 10 million users have installed the code via USB stick or CD burned by one of these downloads. Most Linux users get LibreOffice directly from their distribution’s software repositories.

As expected, a bulk of LibreOffice’s popularity comes from Linux users, primarily because major Linux distributions favor LibreOffice over OpenOffice.org. Approximately 60 percent of the installed base use Linux, 36 percent use Windows and the remaining 4 percent use Mac OS X, according to statistics collected by TDF.

The developer community is ‘well balanced’ between company-sponsored contributors and independent volunteers, Italo Vignoli, a member of the TDF Steering Committee, wrote on The Document Foundation blog. SuSE and Red Hat are major contributors to the project, and organizations such as Canonical have dedicated LibreOffice developers on staff.”

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