The Document Foundation must be doing something right

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Oct 122011
 

The Document Foundation, the organization behind LibreOffice, is celebrating its first anniversary. The project lists over 300 contributors with code commits coming from a variety of areas, including SUSE developers, Red Hat and former OpenOffice developers. Engineering Steering Committee member Norbert Thiebaud says of the project, “Thanks to a very welcoming attitude to newcomers, to the copyleft license, and to the fact that it is not requesting any copyright assignment, The Document Foundation has attracted more developers with commits in the first year than the OpenOffice.org project in the first decade.” It’s a big claim, but the download numbers indicate The Document Foundation is doing something right. According to project member Italo Vignoli, they “have just exceeded 6 million [downloads] from our mirror system and get to 7.5 million with the addition of external sites (like Softpedia) offering the same download. Over 90% are Windows downloads, while MacOS is around 4%. Linux is a different story, as most users do not download LibreOffice but get it from the distribution repository.” He goes on to estimate that approximately 15 million Linux users have installed LibreOffice in the past year.

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Linux Mint has been growing in stature…

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Sep 212011
 

Linux Mint has been growing in stature for several years now, so it’s hardly surprising to see a plethora of articles that talk about the Ubuntu-based distribution. The latest one comes courtesy of Tech Radar which introduces the inner workings of a distro that is redefining desktop standards: “Linux Mint’s meteoric rise to the top of the distro charts can be attributed to its perfect mix of usability and functionality. But if you think it’s just another Ubuntu-skinned distro, you’re very wrong. Unlike most popular Linux distros, Mint is the brainchild of just one man – Clement Lefebvre – yet it has managed to invigorate the community. It’s no surprise, then, that it looks to its legions of users for advice. Kendall Weaver, the man who maintains the LXDE edition of the distro, says Mint’s success is down to Lefebvre and his interpretation of what the community wants. ‘Most of the idea generation comes from Clement Lefebvre and his take on the community input. He’s the project leader and the primary decision maker,” he said. Lefebvre confirms that brainstorming takes place throughout the cycle and is mostly done by the community. It’s no surprise, then, that it looks to its legions of users for advice.”

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Saturday 17 September is Software Freedom Day

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Sep 162011
 

Software Freedom Day is an event with hundreds of teams from all around the world running local events to help their communities understand Software Freedom.

Here are the registered events in New Zealand, open to the public for your interest & information…

Go on, get down there and take a look.  You won’t be disappointed!

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