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From "Andrea Pescetti (Confluence)" <>
Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > 2013 Jul
Date Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:41:00 GMT
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    <h2><a href="">2013
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         <p><em>Reporting to the Apache Board is a periodic task of the Apache
OpenOffice PMC Chair. See <a href=""
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<p>Apache OpenOffice</p>

<p>Apache OpenOffice is an open-source, office-document productivity<br/>
suite providing six productivity applications based around the<br/>
OpenDocument Format (ODF). OpenOffice is released on multiple<br/>
platforms and in dozens of languages.</p>

<p>Issues for Board Awareness</p>

<p>None at this time.</p>

<p>Community Development/Outreach Progress<br/>

<p>(cloned from April; still to be updated)</p>

<p>The project added a new committer, ...</p>

<p>Blog posts calling for new development, documentation, QA, design<br/>
volunteers have proved successful, with many new people contacting the<br/>
mailing lists and some providing sustained contributions to the<br/>
discussions and activities. Orientation modules for new volunteers were<br/>
made available, to simplify introduction of new volunteers.</p>

<p>Apache OpenOffice participated in FOSDEM 2013 in Brussels, with a<br/>
booth for two days and a dedicated track (devroom) for a full day of<br/>
technical talks, and in ApacheCon NA in Portland, with presentations<br/>
and meetings.</p>

<p>The OpenOffice Wiki, running on MediaWiki, was very unstable. It has<br/>
been fresh installed on a new vm and updated to the latest release<br/>
under the guidance of Infra, and is now stable, documented and<br/>

<p>A new documentation effort for an end-users manual under the ALv2<br/>
licence was started on the OpenOffice Wiki.</p>

<p>A new project logo is currently being selected for version 4.0.</p>

<p>A small team of volunteers was created to take care of the LAMP virtual<br/>
machines used for the OpenOffice Wiki, the OpenOffice Forum and an<br/>
ASF-wide new Pootle server for software translations. The Apache<br/>
Infrastructure team is providing guidance and support. The OpenOffice<br/>
infrastructure needs have been discussed with Infra to allow proper<br/>
planning and budgeting.</p>

<p>Community support forums remain popular with users. The mailing lists<br/>
for user support, localization, QA and marketing are quite active. As<br/>
Apache OpenOffice is a client product, we continue to investigate ways<br/>
to direct users to appropriate support venues. The developer list,<br/>
ooo-dev, remains very active.</p>

<p>Product/Project Development Progress<br/>

<p>The project released an update to version 3.4.1 in late January,<br/>
to include 8 new language translations made available by volunteers. </p>

<p>The next OpenOffice release will be labeled 4.0. Plans are to release<br/>
in June, 2013.  </p>

<p>New ports, languages and other distribution channels are expected. The<br/>
new release in June will be provided in many more native languages. New<br/>
volunteers have come forth to assist with this effort. Build work has<br/>
started for reinstating OpenOffice into Linux repositories, currently<br/>
Fedora at this time.</p>

<p>The source tree has been cleaned of non en-US messages (these are<br/>
now kept in external files) allowing normal translation of these parts.</p>

<p>A new localization process, eventually leading to a more efficient<br/>
translation workflow and a massive cleanup of tools and intermediate<br/>
formats, is being implemented. The toolset is independent of OpenOffice<br/>
and can be easily adopted by other projects especially in combination<br/>
with the new translate/Pootle server.</p>

<p>Most of the work towards version 4.0 is being done in branches, with<br/>
integration to trunk expected to begin soon. Buildbots and QA tests<br/>
cover both trunk and branches, to guarantee optimal coverage.</p>

<p>Work is beginning on a Strategic Plan for the project. The plan will<br/>
likely be sub-divided into various components: Web/Wiki, User Support,<br/>
Documentation, Project: General, Project: Writer, Project: Calc,<br/>
Project:Base, etc. We anticipate this will be a rather lengthy process<br/>
involving both volunteers and our end users.</p>

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