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From "Andrea Pescetti (Confluence)" <conflue...@apache.org>
Subject [CONF] Apache OpenOffice Community > 2013 Oct
Date Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:07:00 GMT
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    <h2><a href="https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/2013+Oct">2013
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        <b>Comment:</b>
        Draft October report<br />
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            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br>OpenOffice, like the ASF
as a whole, is hit by the announced policy <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">change
of Apache Extras. The project currently stores several libraries <br>there, in an area
known as ooo-extras, and the build process downloads <br>them when options like --enable-category-b
are used. A solution should <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">change
of Apache Extras. The project is confident that a solution will <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >be found at the ASF level. <br>
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-snipped" >...<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >---------------------------------------
<br> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">The
project added 4 committers (May: dwhytock, akerbeltz, vkadal; <br>July: pmralbuquerque)
and one new PMC member (April: jani) since our <br>last report in April. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">The
project added 3 committers (July: elish, christef; August: sebb) <br>since our last
report in July. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">These
new committers are primarily involved in the translation efforts <br>to incorporate
additional native language capability into Apache <br>OpenOffice. Our new PMC member
has many years of experience in open <br>source, and is assisting in administration
of our LAMP servers. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">These
new committers span different areas of expertise, ranging <br>from QA to localization,
recruitment of new volunteers, website <br>updates and procedural advice. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br>A new documentation effort
for an end-users manual under the ALv2 <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">licence
was started on the OpenOffice Wiki and is progressing well. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">licence
is progressing well on the OpenOffice Wiki. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" >OpenOffice <span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">is
participating</span> <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color: #dfd;">participated</span>
in the Google Summer of Code program for <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >the first time after several years.
<br> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">The
OpenOffice forum infrastructure was successfully updated <br>last Summer. The OpenOffice
custom infrastructure is now in a <br>&quot;minimal maintenance&quot; mode,
and the project could benefit from more <br>volunteers helping with infrastructure work
and more well-defined <br>processes for system administration. <br> <br>Experimental
solutions to make website translation easier are <br>being developed, with a couple
of translated versions of the <br>website close to completion. <br> <br>New
versions of the Extensions and Templates sites, externally <br>hosted, were put online
in the last months. <br> <br>OpenOffice was accepted for a track (devroom) at
FOSDEM, a <br>major European free and open source software conference, to be held <br>1-2
February 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. <br> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >Community support forums remain popular
with users. The mailing lists <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" >for user support, localization,
QA and marketing are quite active. <span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">As</span>
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">Activity
in social media is progressing well. As Apache OpenOffice <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" ><span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">Apache
OpenOffice</span> is a client product, we continue to investigate ways <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color:
#dfd;">to direct users</span> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">to
direct users to appropriate support venues. The developer list, <br>ooo-dev, remains
very active. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">to
appropriate support venues. The developer (dev) list remains <br>very active. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br>Product/Project Development
Progress <br>------------------------------------ <br> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">We
will be releasing Apache OpenOffice 4.0 in July, likely the week <br>of July 15. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">Apache
OpenOffice 4.0 was released in July 2013, followed by another <br>release, Apache OpenOffice
4.0.1, on October 1st. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" ><span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">This
release will feature</span> <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color:
#dfd;">Version 4.0 featured</span> a new, more modern, user interface, a <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >reworked directory layout to simplify
development and installation, <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" >code updates to allow building
on newer platforms and <span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">(at
least)</span> 23 <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color: #dfd;">languages.</span>
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">languages.
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">In
preparation for the upcoming 4.0 release, new rebranding was <br>undertaken with a public
call and survey resulting in the adoption of a <br>new logo and other graphic elements
ready for the release. Many of our <br>new volunteers were instrumental in this process.
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">Version
4.0.1 added 9 languages (some of which hadn&#39;t been updated <br>in years) and
important bugfixes. The additional translations were <br>made possible by the community
growth and the availability of new <br>volunteers. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" > <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">Activities
that are already ongoing and will be finalized after the <br>release date include: the
rejuvenate01 branch, to explore using native <br>platform capabilities and libraries
for building rather than <br>downloading for building as has been done in the past;
the IA2 <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">Activities
that are already ongoing for the next release include: <br>the rejuvenate01 branch,
to explore using native platform <br>capabilities and libraries for building; the IA2
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >accessibility work; actions for an
easier installation and availability <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" >on mainstream Linux distributions;
a new localization process, <span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">that
so</span> <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color: #dfd;">now</span>
<br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">far
has seen the source tree cleaned of non en-US messages allowing <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-changed-lines" ><span class="diff-deleted-words"style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">normal
translation of these parts;</span> <span class="diff-added-words"style="background-color:
#dfd;">progressing in the l10n40 branch;</span> a build approach that is <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-unchanged" >progressively dropping the historical
dmake in favor of GNU make. <br> <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-deleted-lines" style="color:#999;background-color:#fdd;text-decoration:line-through;">Taking
these kind of development steps will result in both a better <br>product for end users
and simplify development and building for new <br>developers. <br></td></tr>
            <tr><td class="diff-added-lines" style="background-color: #dfd;">The
download trend remains very strong, with over 70 millions of <br>downloads of Apache
OpenOffice so far. <br></td></tr>
    
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        <p><em>Reporting to the Apache Board is a periodic task of the Apache
OpenOffice PMC Chair. See <a href="http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/openoffice-dev/201212.mbox/%3C50C36076.5010406%40apache.org%3E"
class="external-link" rel="nofollow">here</a> and <a href="http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/openoffice-dev/201212.mbox/%3CCAP-ksojd3bJ4oFw_CuO_3VJAKJCr6tT1Qpt08cSrdtS0cWFOYQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E"
class="external-link" rel="nofollow">here</a> for context.</em></p>

<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<br/>
---------------------------</p>

<p>OpenOffice, like the ASF as a whole, is hit by the announced policy<br/>
change of Apache Extras. The project is confident that a solution will<br/>
be found at the ASF level.</p>

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

<p>The project added 3 committers (July: elish, christef; August: sebb)<br/>
since our last report in July.</p>

<p>These new committers span different areas of expertise, ranging<br/>
from QA to localization, recruitment of new volunteers, website<br/>
updates and procedural advice.</p>

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

<p>OpenOffice participated in the Google Summer of Code program for<br/>
the first time after several years.</p>

<p>The OpenOffice forum infrastructure was successfully updated<br/>
last Summer. The OpenOffice custom infrastructure is now in a<br/>
"minimal maintenance" mode, and the project could benefit from more<br/>
volunteers helping with infrastructure work and more well-defined<br/>
processes for system administration.</p>

<p>Experimental solutions to make website translation easier are<br/>
being developed, with a couple of translated versions of the<br/>
website close to completion.</p>

<p>New versions of the Extensions and Templates sites, externally<br/>
hosted, were put online in the last months.</p>

<p>OpenOffice was accepted for a track (devroom) at FOSDEM, a<br/>
major European free and open source software conference, to be held<br/>
1-2 February 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.</p>

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

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

<p>Apache OpenOffice 4.0 was released in July 2013, followed by another<br/>
release, Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1, on October 1st.</p>

<p>Version 4.0 featured a new, more modern, user interface, a<br/>
reworked directory layout to simplify development and installation,<br/>
code updates to allow building on newer platforms and 23 languages.</p>

<p>Version 4.0.1 added 9 languages (some of which hadn't been updated<br/>
in years) and important bugfixes. The additional translations were<br/>
made possible by the community growth and the availability of new<br/>
volunteers.</p>

<p>Activities that are already ongoing for the next release include:<br/>
the rejuvenate01 branch, to explore using native platform<br/>
capabilities and libraries for building; the IA2<br/>
accessibility work; actions for an easier installation and availability<br/>
on mainstream Linux distributions; a new localization process, now<br/>
progressing in the l10n40 branch; a build approach that is<br/>
progressively dropping the historical dmake in favor of GNU make.</p>

<p>The download trend remains very strong, with over 70 millions of<br/>
downloads of Apache OpenOffice so far.</p>
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