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LibreOffice

LibreOffice
LibreOffice 4.3 Writer
Original author(s) StarDivision
Developer(s) The Document Foundation
Initial release 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25)
Stable release
"Fresh" version

4.3.4 (November 14, 2014 (2014-11-14)[1])

"Still" version
4.2.7 (October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)[1])
Preview release
"Fresh" version

4.4.0 Beta 1 (November 22, 2014 (2014-11-22)[2])

"Still" version
4.2.7 RC1 (October 6, 2014 (2014-10-06)[3])
Written in C++, Java, and Python[4]
Operating system
Platform IA-32, x86-64, ARMel, ARMhf, MIPS, MIPSel, Sparc, S390, S390x, IA-64 (additional Debian platforms)[7]
Available in 114 languages[6][8]
Type Office suite
License GNU LGPLv3 with new contributions dual-licensed under MPL 2.0[9]
Website .org.libreofficewww

LibreOffice is a StarOffice. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs to do word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, maintain databases, and compose mathematical formulae.

LibreOffice uses the international Apache OpenOffice and NeoOffice). The OpenDocument file format is now also supported by all major competing office suite applications (proprietary and open source). LibreOffice is also compatible with other major office suites, including Microsoft Office,[10] through a variety of import/export filters. The file formats of Microsoft Office are well supported, though some layout features and formatting attributes are handled differently in the application or are not entirely supported in the filters.[11] LibreOffice is available in over 110 languages[12] and for a variety of computing platforms,[10] including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or newer, and Linux. It is the default office suite of most popular Linux distributions.[13][14][15][16]

Between January 2011 (the first stable release) and October 2011, LibreOffice was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times.[17] During 2012, the office suite was downloaded about 15 million times[18] and in 2013 it was downloaded 25 million times.[19]

Contents

  • Features 1
    • Included applications 1.1
    • Operating systems 1.2
    • Supported file formats 1.3
    • Miscellaneous features 1.4
    • Licensing 1.5
    • LibreOffice Basic 1.6
    • Extensions 1.7
  • History 2
    • ooo-build, Go-oo and Oracle 2.1
    • The Document Foundation and LibreOffice 2.2
    • End of OpenOffice.org 2.3
    • History after the establishment of The Document Foundation 2.4
  • Versions 3
    • Release schedule 3.1
    • Release history 3.2
      • Overview 3.2.1
  • Users and deployments 4
  • The LibreOffice Conference 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Features

Included applications

Module Notes
Writer A word processor with similar functionality and file support to Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. It has extensive WYSIWYG word processing capabilities, but can also be used as a basic text editor.[10]
Calc A spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel or Lotus 1-2-3. It has a number of unique features, including a system which automatically defines series of graphs, based on information available to the user.[10][20]
Impress A presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentations can be exported as SWF files, allowing them to be viewed on any computer with Adobe Flash installed.[10][21]
Draw A vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio and comparable in features to early versions of CorelDRAW. It provides connectors between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts. It also includes features similar to desktop publishing software such as Scribus and Microsoft Publisher.[22]
Math Math: An application designed for creating and editing mathematical formulae. The application uses a variant of XML for creating formulas, as defined in the OpenDocument specification. These formulas can be incorporated into other documents in the LibreOffice suite, such as those created by Writer or Calc, by embedding the formulas into the document.[23]
Base A database management program, similar to Microsoft Access. LibreOffice Base allows the creation and management of databases, preparation of forms and reports that provide end users easy access to data. Like Access, it can be used to create small embedded databases that are stored with the document files (using Java-based HSQLDB as its storage engine), and for more demanding tasks it can also be used as a front-end for various database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC/JDBC data sources, and MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL or Microsoft Access.[10][24]

Operating systems

LibreOffice is officially developed for Microsoft Windows (IA-32), Linux (IA-32 and x86-64) and OS X (IA-32). Community ports for FreeBSD,[25] NetBSD,[26] and OpenBSD are maintained by contributors to those projects, respectively.[27][28][29] A community port for OpenIndiana is in development.[30]

In 2011, plans were announced to port LibreOffice to both Android and iOS.[31] A-EON Technology announced in 2012 that a port of LibreOffice is underway for their AmigaOne X1000 computer running the latest AmigaOS.[32]

LibreOffice Online will allow for the use of LibreOffice through a web browser by using the canvas element of HTML5. Development was announced in October 2011 and is ongoing. It has not yet been released.[31]

Supported file formats

Miscellaneous features

LibreOffice can use the GStreamer multimedia framework in Linux to render multimedia content such as videos in Impress and other programs.

Visually, LibreOffice uses the large "Tango style" icons that are used for the application shortcuts, quick launch icons, icons for associated files and for the icons found on the toolbar of the LibreOffice programs.[40][41] They are also used on the toolbars and menus by default.

LibreOffice also ships with a modified theme which looks native on GTK-based Linux distributions. It also renders fonts via Cairo on Linux distributions; this means that text in LibreOffice is rendered the same as the rest of the Linux desktop.[42]

LibreOffice has a feature similar to WordArt called Fontwork.[43]

Licensing

The LibreOffice project uses a dual Apache Software Foundation, there is an ongoing effort to get all the code rebased to ease future license updates. At the same time, there were complaints that IBM had not in fact released the Lotus Symphony code as open source, despite having claimed to. It was reported that some LibreOffice developers wanted to incorporate some code parts and bug fixes which IBM already fixed in their OpenOffice fork.[45]

LibreOffice Basic

LibreOffice Basic is a programming language similar to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) but based on StarOffice Basic. It is available in Writer, Calc and Base. It is used to write small programs known as "macros", with each macro performing a different task, such as counting the words in a paragraph.[46]

Extensions

LibreOffice supports third-party extensions.[47] As of June 2013, the LibreOffice Extension Repository lists more than 190 extensions.[48] Another list is maintained by Apache OpenOffice[49] and one by the Free Software Foundation.[50]

History

ooo-build, Go-oo and Oracle

Members of the OpenOffice.org community who were not

  • Official website
  • The Document Foundation

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References

  • 2011 – Paris, France – 12–15 October[128]
  • 2012 – Berlin, Germany – 17–19 October[129]
  • 2013 – Milano, Italy – 24–27 September[130]
  • 2014 – Bern, Switzerland – 3–5 September[131]
  • 2015 – Aarhus, Denmark – 23–25 September[132]

Starting in 2011, The Document Foundation has organized the annual LibreOffice Conference as follows:

The LibreOffice Conference

  • In 2003-2004, the Brazilian corporation Serpro started migrating its software to BrOffice (the local version of LibreOffice at the time), with estimated value of BRL 3.5 billion (approximately US$1.2 billion at the time), and became a case study for similar initiatives in Brazil, particularly in e-government.[111]
  • In 2005, the French Military Police announced its migration to OpenOffice.org.[112] It is currently migrating to a customised version of Ubuntu with LibreOffice (target for 2015: 72,000 desktop machines).[113]
  • In 2010, the Irish city of Limerick gradually started migrating to open-source solutions to free itself from vendor lock-in and improve its purchase negotiation power. One of the key aspects of this move has been the use of LibreOffice.[114]
  • In 2011, the administrative authority of the Île-de-France region (which includes the city of Paris) included LibreOffice in a USB flash drive given to students which contains free open source software. The USB flash drive is given to approximately 800,000 students.[31][115]
  • In 2011, it was announced that thirteen hospitals of the Copenhagen region would gradually switch to LibreOffice, affecting "almost all of the 25,000 workers".[116]
  • In 2012, the Greek city of Pylaia-Chortiatis migrated its PCs to use LibreOffice. The local Linux User Group estimated cost savings to be at least 70,000 euros.[117]
  • In July 2012, the Spanish city of Las Palmas switched its 1200 PCs to using LibreOffice, citing cost savings of 400,000.[118]
  • In 2012, the administration of Umbria, Italy, started a project to migrate an initial group of 5000 civil workers to LibreOffice.[119]
  • The city of [121]
  • In June 2013 the government of the Italian province of South Tyrol will be switching 7000 PCs in administration and "many more thousands" of PCs in health services using LibreOffice and ODF.[122]
  • In August 2013, the administration of the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia has completed the migration of all 120,000 PCs of the administration, including schools and courts, to LibreOffice.[123]
  • In 2013, the German city of Munich announced that it would transition from OpenOffice to LibreOffice in the near future. This is in line with Munich's long term commitment to using open source software. Munich uses LiMux, an Ubuntu Linux derivative, on nearly all of the city's 15,000 computers.[124][125]
  • In 2014, the French city of Toulouse announced it saved 1 million euro by migrating thousands of workstations to LibreOffice.[126][127]

LibreOffice has seen various mass deployments since its inception:

The Document Foundation has set a target of 200 million users worldwide before the end of 2020.[109]

The Document Foundation estimated in September 2011 that there were 10 million users worldwide who had obtained LibreOffice via downloads or CD-ROMs. Over 90% of those were on Windows, with another 5% on Mac OS X. LibreOffice is the default office suite for most Linux distributions, and is installed when the operating system is installed or updated. Based on International Data Corporation reckonings for new or updated Linux installations in 2011, The Document Foundation estimated a subtotal of 15 million Linux users. This gave a total estimated user base of 25 million users in 2011.[109] In September 2013, after two years, the estimated number of LibreOffice users was 75 million.[110] A million new unique IP addresses check for downloads each week.[19]

Users and deployments

Branch Version  Release date Notes Screenshot
3.x Old version, no longer supported: 3.3 beta 28 September 2010 Initial release based on ooo-build; 80,000 downloads.[84]
Old version, no longer supported: 3.3 25 January 2011[85]

First-introduced features unique to LibreOffice:[86]

  • SVG image import
  • New or improved import filters: Lotus Word Pro, Microsoft Works, WordPerfect. PPTX chart import feature[87]
  • Bundled extensions, including Presenter View in Impress
  • Colour-coded document icons
  • Load and Save ODF documents in flat XML[87]
  • AutoCorrections match case of the words that AutoCorrect replaces[87]
  • Vastly improved RTF export[87]
  • Embedding of standard PDF fonts[87]
LibreOffice Calc 3.3
Old version, no longer supported: 3.4 3 June 2011

New features include:[88]

  • Memory usage improvements[38]
  • Speed and MS-Excel-compatibility improvements to Calc, redesigned Move/Copy Sheet dialog[42][89]
  • Code cleanup: German comments translated to English, dead code removed[89]
  • Improved GTK+ theme integration[89] and font rendering in Linux.[42]
  • Reduction of LibreOffice's dependence on Java[38]
  • Continuing the transition to GNU Make for building LibreOffice[90]
Redesigned Move/Copy Sheet dialog in LibreOffice Calc 3.4
Old version, no longer supported: 3.5 14 February 2012[37]

New features include:

  • Visio .vsd import,
  • A native PostgreSQL driver.
  • Java 7 support.
  • AES encryption support for ODF file encryption.
  • A .msi Windows Installer,[91]
  • Improved Office Open XML support.[92]
  • Introduction of an online update checker.[93] By default, this feature is not fully automated.
LibreOffice Impress 3.5.5
Old version, no longer supported: 3.6 8 August 2012 New features include:[94]
  • Support for color scales and data bars in Calc
  • Added word count to status bar
  • PDF Export with watermark option
  • 10 new Impress master pages
  • Support for importing Office SmartArt
  • Import Filter for CorelDRAW documents

This was the last version to support Windows 2000.

Libreoffice Math 3.6
4.x Old version, no longer supported: 4.0 7 February 2013[95]

New features include:[4]

  • Import/export support for native RTF math expressions, import filter for Microsoft Publisher files
  • Support of all versions of Visio files[96]
  • Improved XLSX load time
  • Various DOCX improvements
  • CMIS support
  • Support for Firefox Personas[97][98]
  • PDF import, Presenter Console and Python scripting provider now core features[4]
  • Support for comments to text ranges in Writer[4]
LibreOffice Writer 4.0 with "GNU - I" Persona showing comment set for text range
Old version, no longer supported: 4.1 25 July 2013 (final)[99]

New features include:[100]

  • Sidebar
  • Improved image rotation[101]
  • Gradient backgrounds
  • Embedding fonts in documents[101]
  • Import large HTML documents with more than 64k table cells
  • Import/export of charts to odc files and export to various vector formats
  • OOXML and RTF bugfixes and enhancements,[101]
  • Basic implementation of EMF+ metafiles.[101]
  • Import of legacy Mac text formats (Write Now, MacWrite Pro, AppleWorks) .[34][102]
  • Layout via Core Text for OSX and HarfBuzz for Linux.[100]
LibreOffice 4.1.5, showing sidebar and text frame with gradient background
Older version, yet still supported: 4.2 30 January 2014

New features include:[103]

  • Calc performance improvements[104] and OpenCL for calculations via the graphics card[105]
  • Start Center with file lists
  • New set of monochrome icons, "Sifr"
  • Import filter for Apple Keynote and AbiWord files[106]
  • IAccessible2 (IA2) in Windows version
  • Embedded Firebird database engine for Base (experimental)
LibreOffice 4.2.1, showing a character border and Sifr icons in the interface
Current stable version: 4.3 30 July 2014

New features include:[107]

  • Brand new drawingML-based DOCX import/export filter for shapes and TextFrames
  • Improved PDF import
  • Improved handling of Microsofts's Office Open XML format
  • Non-printing characters are displayed in a different color
  • Paragraphs in Writer can now be over 65,536 characters (up to 2 GB)
  • The default icon set has been updated
  • Comments can be printed in the margins
  • Data fields in Calc pivot tables can now be set to columns
  • Presentations can have OpenGL 3D objects
Libreoffice 4.3 showing the updated tango icon set.
Future release: 4.4 New features include:[108]
  • Toolbar buttons have been reorganized
  • Sidebar now enabled by default in Writer
  • It is possible to connect to OneDrive and SharePoint 2010/2013 directly from LibreOffice.
  • Draw can now import Adobe PageMaker files
  • LibreOffice 4.4 adds the libre-licensed Caladea and Carlito fonts (Huerta Tipográfica). Caladea and Carlito have the same metrics and proportions as Microsoft's Cambria and Calibri, respectively, so they can be used as drop-in replacements.
  • Images are now scaled proportionally by default in Calc and Impress/Draw, as they were already in Writer
  • New Color Selector:
    • Shows recently used document colours
    • Support for different color palettes and for .gpl GIMP palette format
    • Allows to directly open the color picker and choose another colour
  • Added the ability to import files from MacDraw, MacDraw II and RagTime for Mac (v. 2-3) in Draw and Writer
  • Firefox Themes improvements
Legend: Old version Older version, still supported Current version Latest preview version Future release

Overview

Release history

LibreOffice uses a time-based release schedule for predictability, rather than a "when it's ready" schedule. There has been a major release approximately every four to eight months, with the intention to do so every six months (eventually in March and September, with the intention of aligning it with other free software projects).[83] A minor bugfix version of the current and some previous release branches is released each month.

Release schedule

  • "Fresh" (containing the latest enhancements)
  • "Still", formerly "Stable" (catering to users who prefer stability) to signal their appropriateness for differing user profiles.[82]

Two different major versions of LibreOffice are available at any time. LibreOffice designates the two release branches as:

Versions

As of July 2013, the advisory board of The Document Foundation has 11[81] members: AMD, Google, Red Hat, SUSE, Intel, Lanedo, King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST), Inter-Ministry Mutualisation for an Open Productivity Suite (MIMO), Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public Interest, and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.[79]

By 2013, the founding aims of The Document Foundation were achieved. Hosting infrastructure had been set up and enlarged to cope with increased demand. The Document Foundation was officially set up as a German non-profit foundation.

In June 2011, Google, Free Software Foundation, Red Hat, SUSE, Software in the Public Interest and Freies Office Deutschland e.V.[79] each contributed one representative to The Document Foundation's Advisory Board to serve for an initial term of one year.[80]

History after the establishment of The Document Foundation

Timeline of major derivatives of StarOffice and OpenOffice.org. LibreOffice is in green.
The act of creating The Document Foundation and its LibreOffice project did no demonstrable harm to Oracle's business. There is no new commercial competition to Oracle Open Office (their commercial edition of OO.o) arising from LibreOffice. No contributions that Oracle valued were ended by its creation. Oracle's ability to continue development of the code was in no way impaired. Oracle's decision appears to be simply that, after a year of evaluation, the profit to be made from developing Oracle Open Office and Oracle Cloud Office did not justify the salaries of over 100 senior developers working on them both. Suggesting that TDF was in some way to blame for a hard-headed business decision that seemed inevitable from the day Oracle's acquisition of Sun was announced is at best disingenuous.[78]
denies this is the case: Simon Phipps But former Sun executive [77].Contributor License Agreement that it would donate the OpenOffice.org code and trademark to the [76] In June 2011, Oracle announced[75]Oracle announced in April 2011 that it was ending its development of OpenOffice.org and would lay off the majority of its paid developers.

End of OpenOffice.org

[74] LibreOffice was initially named BrOffice in

It was originally hoped that the LibreOffice name would be provisional, as Oracle was invited to become a member of The Document Foundation. Oracle rejected requests to donate the OpenOffice.org brand to the project[72] and demanded that all members of the OpenOffice.org Community Council involved with The Document Foundation step down from the OOo Community Council, citing a conflict of interest.[73]

LibreOffice 3.3 beta used the ooo-build build infrastructure and the OpenOffice.org 3.3 beta code from Oracle, then adding selected patches from Go-oo.[70] Go-oo was discontinued in favour of LibreOffice. Since the office suite that was branded "OpenOffice.org" in most Linux distributions was in fact Go-oo, most moved immediately to LibreOffice.[71]

On 28 September 2010, OpenSolaris.[66][67][68][69]

LibreOffice Writer

The Document Foundation and LibreOffice

[65] Discussion of a fork started soon after.[64] — as Meeks put it in early September 2010, "The news from the Oracle OpenOffice conference was that there was no news."[63] Sun was purchased by

Sun's contributions to OpenOffice.org had been declining for some time,[58] they remained reluctant to accept contributions[59] and contributors were upset at Sun releasing OpenOffice.org code to IBM for IBM Lotus Symphony under a proprietary contract, rather than under an open source licence.[60]

[57] In 2007, ooo-build was made available by Novell as a software package called

Linux distributions[54] and was contributed to by said distributions.[55]

[52] and put forward a more detailed proposal in 2001.[51]

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