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LibreWaterloo LibreOffice Community Group

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2019 - 06:04 PM

After a long period of anticipation, the newest of LibreOffice Community Support Groups has made its inaugural appearance on the Canadian scene. LibreWaterloo hopes to attract local developers in the Region of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) where the various university high tech programs have gained the reputation of churning out some of the best graduates in the business. In fact, local high tech graduates are counted as some of the most numerous working in Silicon Valley, California; Canuks are indeed well-entrenched in the Silicon Valley hubs and hightech culture. As well, the Region of Waterloo is blessed in having large high tech programs taught/mentored at local undergrad institutions and organizations, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, Perimeter Institute, not to mention the close proximity of the University of Guelph, local Region of Waterloo private educational enterprises as well as other private enterprises where mentorship programs are offered to its employees.

LibreWaterloo is the temporary name coined for the support group and may still be refined at a later date should the new membership or board of directors decide to a name change. However, LibreWaterloo, or by any other name, will still hold to its main purpose as part of the LibreOffice international chain of support groups. LibreWaterloo as of today is the only organized LibreOffice group in North America and hopes to lead actively in LibreOffice code development and local LibreOffice user support.

The mission of LibreOffice Community Support Groups tend to vary little across national boundaries, in that the groups' principal mission is that of LibreOffice user support as well as code development of the LibreOffice suite. The code development continues with its tradition of openness where developers/coders interested in helping out are invited to help with hacking LibreOffice code. Devs are vetted once introduced to the dev mailing list(s) and in most cases are offered a sample of "low lying fruit" or "easy hacks" where coders can start work with either some form of mentorship or by some form of direction from some of the seasoned developers. Devs are also invited to participate in QA, UX development, accessibility etc. For users who are not developers, there is also a call out for help with LibreOffice manuals, marketing, publicity, website and wiki design/maintenance, and also representation at conferences running LibreOffice booths. So, a little bit for any interested in the LibreOffice project.

If you are in the vicinity of the Region of Waterloo and would like to attend local meetings feel free to email join@librewaterloo.ca and the LibreWaterloo Community Group will add you to its mailinglist or visit https://www.LibreWaterloo.ca for more information.

 

*** NEXT MEETING ***

DATE: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9TH
TIME: 7-9PM
LOCATION: ROOM 1300 — CONRAD GREBEL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)

 

The LibreOffice suite is one of the world's largest opensource community project with over 200 million users worldwide. https://www.LibreOffice.org

Marc Paré  
   
LibreWaterloo Coordinators INTERESTED IN JOINING THE LibreWaterloo LibreOffice Community Group?
Barry Shantz  
Benjamin Tompkins SEND US AN EMAIL AT join@librewaterloo.ca
Mikalai Birukou  
Marc Paré www.LibreWaterloo.ca

 

 


 

 


LibreOffice v.6.3 and v.6.2.6 Released -- August 2019

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the release of both LibreOffice versions 6.3 (fresh version) and 6.2.6 (still version). While LibreOffice v.6.3 is more for those who prefer to work with the latest and greatest from our favourite office suite, and not mind the few hiccups that accompany it, version 6.2.6 is recommended for most who are in need of a more stable version.

"The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3

Berlin, August 8, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3, a feature-rich major release of the LibreOffice 6 family with better performance, a large number of new and improved features, and enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats" ... Visit the TDF-LibreOffice Blog for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/08/08/tdf-announces-libreoffice-63/

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"LibreOffice 6.2.6 is ready, all users should update for enhanced security

Berlin, August 14, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at users in production environments. All users of LibreOffice 6.1.x and LibreOffice 6.2.x versions should upgrade immediately for enhanced security, as the software includes both security fixes and some months of back-ported fixes." ... Visit the TDF-LibreOffice Blog for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/08/14/libreoffice-626/


The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 6.2.3

Contributed by admin on May 01, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Berlin, April 18, 2019 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.3, the third bug and regression fixing release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family, targeted at tech-savvy individuals: early adopters, technology enthusiasts and power users.

LibreOffice’s end users are helped by a global community of volunteers: https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/community-support/. On the website and the wiki there are guides, manuals, tutorials and HowTos. Donations help us to make all of these resources available.

More about this newest release may be found on the LibreOffice blog: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2019/04/18/libreoffice-6-2-3/


LibreOffice v. 6.1 is Released

Contributed by admin on Aug 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Berlin, August 8, 2018 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.1, the second major release of the LibreOffice 6 family presented in January 2018, with a significant number of new and improved features:


LibreOffice 6.0 Unveilled

Contributed by admin on Feb 14, 2018 - 06:15 AM

Berlin, January 31, 2018 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.0, a major release and a dramatically improved free office suite, which celebrates the 7th anniversary of the availability of the very first version of LibreOffice. Today LibreOffice is more powerful, simple and secure, and offers superior interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.

LibreOffice 6.0 is immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. The new major release adds a large number of significant new features to the core engine and to individual modules (Writer, Calc and Impress/Draw), with the objective of providing users with the best in terms of personal productivity.

A video summarizing the top new features of LibreOffice 6.0 is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBve8v13VY.

Visit the LibreOffice TDF Blogsite for more information: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2018/01/31/libreoffice-6/


The Document Foundation Wednesday Community Blogs

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2018 - 11:54 AM

(from the TDF Community Blog site)

"Our global community of volunteers, represented by The Document Foundation and based on many independent native language projects, is one of the main strengths of LibreOffice. Starting from today, we launch a new weekly blog post – scheduled on Wednesday – focused on community activities: events, seminars, conferences, projects with schools and central or local government bodies, achievements, etcetera.…


"Surpassed the 40,000 closed bugs milestone"

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:45 PM

A new milestone ... 40,000 bugs have been closed since the start of tracking of bugs on its bugzilla. Proof of LibreOffice's developer community commitment to closing bugs and also proof of LibreOffice's track record of community involvement in this most important opensource project. ....


"LibreOffice 5.4 released with new features for Writer, Calc and Impress"

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:37 PM

As of 28 July 2017, the bleeding edge "Fresh" version of LibreOffice v.5.4.0 is available for download. The "Fresh" version of LibreOffice is for those of you who are looking for some of the newest options and not-as-of-yet solid implemented in the suite; there may be the risk of a little bit of instability for some of these newest options, but you can help debug some of these instabilities and take part in helping improve their implementations. ...


LibreOffice 5.3.5 available for download

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2017 - 01:30 PM

As of 03 August ... LibreOffice v.5.3.5 is available for download. If you have not as of yet done the update of this newest version of the "Still" version of the suite, you may want to do so as it comes with some bug fixes that may be of interest to you. ...


LibreOffice at FOSDEM 2017

Contributed by admin on Feb 23, 2017 - 11:28 AM

LibreOffice was at the FOSDEM 2017 (Brussels) conference in February. There was a full complement of talks given by the LibreOffice team. More information may be found on the LibreOffice Planet (blog) as well as videos of the talks. Follow the link here: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2017/02/22/libreoffice-fosdem-17/

Marc


The Document Foundation announces feature-rich LibreOffice 5.3

Contributed by admin on Feb 02, 2017 - 01:01 PM

"Berlin, February 1st, 2017 – The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.3, one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the application. The office suite is immediately available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and for the first time also for the private cloud.

LibreOffice 5.3 represents a significant step forward in the evolution of the software: it offers an introduction to new features such as online with collaborative editing, which increase the competitive positioning of the application, and at the same time provides incremental improvements, to make the program more reliable, interoperable and user-friendly. ...

Visit the LibreOffice Blog to read the full blog post.


PCLinuxOS Article: "LibreOffice: Create A Fillable PDF"

Contributed by admin on Jan 06, 2017 - 03:20 AM

From a recent article on PCLinuxOS Magazine, how to create a "filable" PDF file using LibreOffice. A step-by-step guide on how to create such a document.

Visit the PCLinuxOS Magazine website to read the full article.


From the LibreOffice Blog: "The Document Foundation opens LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings to all project volunteers, to members of not-for-profit bodies, and to individuals of proven competence"

Contributed by admin on Jan 06, 2017 - 03:11 AM

Read the latest news from the TDF/LibreOffice Certification for Migrations and Trainings". There are more opportunities to join the ranks of certified LibreOffice professionals well versed in migrations.

Visit the TDF/LibreOffice Blog Site to read the full article.


LibreOffice – The Indispensable Office Suite of Choice for University/College Students

Contributed by admin on Aug 31, 2015 - 09:44 PM
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A Community Driven Office Suite Project

Looking for the perfect office suite for your upcoming term work? Have a peek at LibreOffice from The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is a worldwide community driven project with the aim of creating an office suite compatible with international ISO file format standards. Over the last sixteen years, LibreOffice has had help from over 900 developers with the maintenance of its code base and also has hundreds of volunteers helping with its "Get Help" channels (mailing list and forums), documentation (text books and online documentation) and its +100 translations. LibreOffice comes with 5 recognizable modules: "Writer"; "Calc"; "Impress" (presentation-slide module); "Draw"; "Base"; "Math" with compatibility for many MS file formats AND is even able to import multitudes of additional files of various formats.

And all of this for FREE! ...


LibreOffice IRC with Pidgin

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Here are the steps to access the LibreOffice IRC chat

  1. Use your packager to install Pidgin if it is not installed.
      
  2. If you do not have an account set up already, Pidgin will start with this window and choose "Add"
    (*** if you are already using Pidgin for chatting, go to "Accounts->Manage" and the Accounts window will appear and choose "Add" ***)

    Pidgin Account
     
  3. You will now see this  "Add Acount"  window. Click on the Protocol drop down window and choose "irc".
    You will notice that it automatically inserts the "irc.freenode.net" in the "server" field.
    Type your name (or the name you want people to see in chat mode) into the "Username" field.
    The "Username" can either be your real name or any other name.

    Pigdin2

     
  4. Your  "Add Account"  window should now look like this. Leave the other fields blank and choose "Add".

    Pidgin3

     
  5. A new "Buddy List" window appears. Pidgin will now look like this. Choose "Buddies->Add Chat".

    Pidgin4

     
  6. A new "Add Chat"  window appears. Choose "Account" drop down window and in the list choose  "Tim@irc.freenode.net (IRC).
    Choose "Channel" and type "#documentfoundation" in the field. Leave all else blank.

    Pidgin5

     
  7. The "Buddy List " window should now look like this. Double-click on the "#documentfoundation"
    and this will log you into the documentfoundation irc chat room.

    Pidgin6

     
  8. A new window appears with the name of your chat channel at the top (in this case #documentfoundation).
    Your Pidgin should look like this. As you can see the list of participants is showing on the right hand side
    and you have a small window at the bottom where you can type your message.
    Feel free to try it out even if we are not there.
    Just give a warning message that you are just trying our the irc chat channel and practising a bit.

    Pidgin7

     
  9. If you have any problems, ask on the chat channel and people will respond in kindness.
    Once you are done your session, just exit out of Pidgin, close all windows.
    Notice that Pidgin will remain in your bottom task bar.
    To close Pidgin down completely, right-click on the Pidgin icon in your taskbar and choose "Quit"
     
  10. Feel free to leave me a note on the LibreOffice mailing list if you have any problems
    or contact me directly via email.

LibreOffice v.5.0.0 is Out

Contributed by admin on Aug 08, 2015 - 01:18 AM

With quite a bit of fanfare, this week, the long awaited LibreOffice v.5 made its appearance. Thus far, it has been received quite well by users and the download numbers are significant. As usual, version 5.0.0 is the first release and the LibreOffice devs are already hard at work at the next update release v.5.0.1. …