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LibreOffice in The Matrix [m]

If you use the Riot App (or any other) to connect to the Matrix and communicate, there's now a LibreOffice room that is bridged with the #libreoffice IRC channel on freenode.net. IRC channels are bridged to the matrix already for some time, but so far you had to type
/join #freenode_#libreoffice:matrix.org
in your matrix mobile app, or in the browser app know the bridge exists and select from the list, now you can just search in the available matrix rooms for LibreOffice and join. This should be a convenient method to join a chat with other LibreOffice users for people who otherwise don't use IRC or don't want to install an IRC app just for this on their mobile, smartphone, tablet..

The #libreoffice IRC channel and thus the LibreOffice matrix room is dedicated to user questions around all LibreOffice applications. Join and enjoy, get help and help others.

LibreOffice Hackfest at Hamburg

Thanks to CIB, who sponsored the event with their office location, drinks and food, we again had a LibreOffice Hackfest at Hamburg on Saturday/Sunday October 24/25, and a get-together on Friday evening with the opportunity to meet also some long time colleagues from Sun and Star.

My timeline:

  • followed a nice introduction to the help authoring extension held by Regina Henschel, for how to install and use it see the documentation in the wiki
  • changed our own implementation of rtl_math_{erf,erfc} to follow the C++11 standard's specification for input of Inf and NaN
  • added unit tests for rtl_math_{erf,erfc,expm1,log1p}
  • replaced implementation of rtl_math_{erf,erfc} with ::std::{erf,erfc}
  • attended a Gerrit inline editing introduction by David Ostrovsky (yet another time his favorite feature ;)
  • replaced implementation of rtl_math_{expm1,log1p} with ::std::{expm1,log1p}
  • dug with Regina into the help authoring extension to spot a place for switching the license text written based on the difference between existing and new file, but the convoluted agglomeration of template, fields, Basic and XSLT and the license text being an XML comment in .xhp didn't offer a quick and easy to spot solution, Kendy please take over ;)

But, as usual no new hacker was interested in diving into Calc core code.. maybe you at one of the next Hackfests?

See also the other achievements.

Last but not least, the important event of ordering pizza online:

The not to be underestimated event of ordering pizza online.
The not to be underestimated event of ordering pizza online.

For more and better pictures see Björn on G+

 

Happy Birthday, OpenOffice.org!

15 years ago the original OpenOffice.org source code was published by Sun Microsystems, on Friday, October 13, 2000, a Full Moon day. The source code that changed the Free Software office suite world and laid the basis for LibreOffice.

www.openoffice.org as scraped by the archive.org WayBack Machine on 2000-10-13
StarOffice Code Released in Largest Open Source Project – Linux Today article from 2000-10-13

LibreOffice Conference 2015 Aarhus Talk Slides

To those who want to review, the slides of my talk at the LibreOffice Conference in Aarhus are available as PDF from the conference's assets or from my own materials folder. Most if not all presenters have made the slides of their talks available at the LibreOffice conference site, take a look at the individual program pages.

Five years of LibreOffice – Happy Birthday, LibreOffice!

The huge success of LibreOffice, not only as a software package but as a Free Software project as a whole, can only be measured and expressed by giving credit to all who are involved and all that has been done. So thank you, all contributors to the project! To celebrate, The Document Foundation has compiled a history "leaflet" (well, it's more like a midsize tree ;-) of blog posts, articles, release notes, work that has been done etceteraetcetera. It is available in two versions, the "mini" (700 pages, 11MB) and the "maxi" (1300 pages, 18MB) versions as PDF files. For URLs see the TDF's Five years of LibreOffice blog post.

Happy Birthday, LibreOffice!

Open HUB is dead — or worse, it's a zombie

Some may recall it as Ohloh, then it was taken over by Black Duck Software and now runs under the name of Open HUB, the open source network to Discover, Track and Compare Open Source. What a laugh. Since Black Duck took over things continuously have gotten worse, spinning repository updates became infrequent, and now OpenHUB simply can't catch up with all projects, their engine for months was months behind with updating source code, and now completely fails on big repositories.

For example, take a look at the statistics for my commit accounts (which today, 2015-08-17, are said to be Analyzed 9 days ago).
Most recent commit 6 months ago — yeah, sure
Has made 178 commits — seriously? used to be in the thousands
and ... all commits of the entire LibreOffice project are missing.

So let's dig into the LibreOffice project statistics. In the Activity section there's a 30 Day Summary Jul 9 2015 — Aug 8 2015 which lists — tadaaa ... — 2 Commits of 2 Contributors, and for the 12 Month Summary it says 124 Commits by 12 Contributors. Of course that's nonsense. Compare with the LibreOffice repository clone pulse at GitHub, which is updated with every commit.

But, there may be people who think OpenHUB delivers accurate numbers, and for smaller projects the numbers may look "not so wrong in a non-obvious way". Or they were used to (half) accurate numbers from Ohloh, and may trust those numbers and quote them in publications or even make decisions based on those numbers. That's why I think OpenHUB is more than dead, a zombie delivering false data is worse than no data at all.