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Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > 2012 Nov
Date Sun, 04 Nov 2012 21:40:00 GMT
Space: Apache OpenOffice Community (
Page: 2012 Nov (

Change Comment:
added information about forum.

Edited by Hagar Delest:
*OpenOffice (was*

OpenOffice entered incubation 2011-06-13 and graduated from the Incubator on 2012-10-17.
OpenOffice is an open-source, office-document productivity suite providing
six productivity applications based around the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
OpenOffice is released on multiple platforms. Its localizations support
have supported 110 languages worldwide.

As the project graduated very recently, this report still focuses on the
pre-graduation phase.

*Most Important Items To Address Toward Graduation*

OpenOffice graduated in October. To that aim, the project since the last
report had:
1. chosen a PMC with public nominations on the ooo-dev list
2. elected a PMC chair
3. carefully checked the compliance of code in its repository with the Apache rules.

*Issues for IPMC or ASF Board Awareness*

No new issues at this time.

*Community Development/Outreach Progress*

We are increasing our global reach by recruiting volunteers to help update and
maintain the large set of native language home pages and to update the OpenOffice
translations into several languages. We managed to recruit new translation
volunteers and get them involved in the project.

Because our product is client-centric, we have put additional focus on our social
networking accounts -- Google \+, Facebook -- in collecting feedback and  ideas
from our user base. For example, 1260 users proposed ideas for OpenOffice 4.0 in
a survey we conducted using Google Moderator.

In anticipation of additional growth post-graduation, we are developing
web pages to support new volunteers, especially in the localization
and QA areas.

We are also looking at conferences and events to increase our outreach: after
ApacheCon, we will have a strong presence at FOSDEM (February 2013, Brussels, Belgium)
where the Apache OpenOffice project will have a dedicated track for developers ("devroom").

*Project Development Progress*

We started discussing plans for the next OpenOffice release. It will contain
several new features and it will probably be labelled 4.0. Plans are to release
it in Q1 2013 or shortly after.

Community support forums remain popular with users. The English forum reached 50,000 members
in June.
But if we remove the spam accounts which manage to go through, the real date is end of September,
almost 5 years after its creation.
The ooo-users list also is quite active and the localization list ooo-L10N is fast growing.
As Apache
OpenOffice is a client product, we continue to investigate ways to direct users
to appropriate support venues.

The developer list, ooo-dev, remains very active.

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