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LibreOffice 3.3 Interview

Jessica Thornsby
LibreOffice-3-3-Interview

LibreOffice shipped their first production release earlier this week. JAXenter spoke to Document Foundation steering committee member Olivier Hallot, on reaching this milestone….

LibreOffice shipped their first production release earlier this
week. JAXenter spoke to Document Foundation steering committee
member Olivier Hallot, on reaching this milestone….

JAXenter: The Document Foundation recently
released
LibreOffice 3.3
. What features does LibreOffice 3.3 add to the
OpenOffice.org release?

Olivier Hallot: We added a few new features
that were long awaited by our users. For example, the new Insert
Title Pages dialog to assist users in creating cover pages for
their documents. However, since LibreOffice 3.3 is our first
release, the set of features is almost the same as OpenOffice 3.3.
Most of the changes are internal, that is, we underwent a cleansing
job of removing dead code, repackaging the software for
distributing, improving performance and even just translating
comments in German that still exist in the legacy code into
English, so that more developers can now handle and maintain the
code.

JAXenter: How is LibreOffice developed in
relation to OpenOffice.org? Do you view LibreOffice as a downstream
version of OpenOffice.org, or a fork?

Olivier Hallot: It is inevitably a fork.
OpenOffice.org source code contribution requires that the code
copyright be turned to Oracle, which many developers don’t like or
want. That means that OpenOffice.org project cannot benefit from
the developments of LibreOffice, without asking the developers for
copyright. We expect that LibreOffice will quickly take a path that
will lead it away from OpenOffice.org.

JAXenter: Can we expect to see increasing
differences between LibreOffice and OpenOffice, as the project
matures?

Olivier Hallot: Definitely, for the reasons I
pointed above. We are confident we will be one of the most dynamic
open source project and the software will undergo a drastic change
in all aspects of its features: either through new features,
increased performance, an innovative user interface, or through
vibrant community support, new beautiful icons or increased
installed base.

JAXenter: Are there any plans to expand beyond
offering a single office suite?

Olivier Hallot: Not at the moment, because of
our administrative and technical priorities. But we are a
foundation that was created to address many user and developer
needs, with an innovative open source software. We are open to
embrace other projects, and it is likely that it will happen in the
near future.

JAXenter: What are the next steps, for
LibreOffice?

Olivier Hallot: Our challenge is to produce the
best office suite in open source. This is an enormous endeavour we
are all proud to be a part of. At the moment we must start the
legal matters of the Document Foundation, work on the funding for
our administrative tasks, handle the legal matters, work on the
next release of LibreOffice and as a matter of vital importance:
take care of our community of developers and end-users.

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