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Thursday
21 September, 2017


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  • Walked to the conference, abortive customer call; gave my talk:
    Collabora Online and ownCloud update - hybrid PDF
  • Caught up with Markus over lunch, talked with various customers and users, poked at a bug with Thomas.

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Thursday, 28th September 2017 will be a special day – not only is it the seventh birthday of The Document Foundation, but we will also be running an “Ask me (us) Anything” session on Reddit – specifically, the /r/linux subreddit.

Team and board members from The Document Foundation will be on hand to answer questions and point people in the right directions.…

Read more: Coming up on 28th September: Reddit “Ask us Anything” (and a birthday)


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Yesterday, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced that the opportunity to apply for LibreOffice certification for migrations and training is now available to FSF Associate Members. In 2015, TDF began offering LibreOffice certification to certify “individuals actively promoting LibreOffice deployments, thanks to their competence in specific areas” including development and L3 support, migrations to LibreOffice, and LibreOffice training.…

Read more: LibreOffice Certification is now available to FSF Members


Wednesday
20 September, 2017


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  • Up unfeasibly early, coach to Stansted for an early flight to Nuremburg for the ownCloud conference. Poked at slides. Arrived, good to catch up with lots of people, out for dinner with Holger, Thomas, Michael & some CERN guys in the evening.

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Not been much active there, but mammut.space is down since days (weeks?) without any sign of life. So I revived my @erAck@mastodon.technology account (https://mastodon.technology/@erAck).


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LibreOffice’s native file format is the fully standardised OpenDocument Format. This is ideal for long-term storage of data, but many of us have to work with other file formats as well, including those generated by proprietary software. The Document Liberation Project (DLP) develops libraries to help us access these files, and there have been various updates in the last two weeks, so let’s see what’s new:

  • libfreehand 0.1.2 – This is a library for importing Aldus/Macromedia/Adobe FreeHand documents.

Read more: Document Liberation Project: New releases


Tuesday
19 September, 2017


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  • Mail chew; chat with Eloy; lunch; partner call; built slides for monthly mgmt meeting. Admin, chased invoices; built ESC agenda.
  • Dinner; out to H's organ practice; did a bit of hackery while it happened on unit testing, walked home and put babes to bed variously.

Monday
18 September, 2017


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  • Practice with babes; mail chew, installed ownCloud X for demos. Lunch with J. poked at online unit testing some more. Consultancy call.
  • Into Cambridge with a 4K screen to seek out some memory issue; caught up with Tracie.

Sunday
17 September, 2017


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  • Picked up H. NCC in the morning; dropped her and Elize to Katie's to setup a surprise party for a friend Home for Pizza; Julie over in the afternoon, slept a little; out to NCC AGM in the evening. Bed.

Saturday
16 September, 2017


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  • Took H. to All-Saints for some Organ Practice & dropped her at Emily's; home, slugging variously. Took H. and Elize to hers in the afternoon for a sleep-over. Back to play with the babes.
  • Got some hacking in while re-watching a Prince and Me DVD.

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If a member of the LibreOffice extensions and templates website submitted a new project for publication it was added to the review list. But there is currently no notification of the reviewer about this new entry on the list. Thus the reviewer had to log in to the site constantly to check if there is a new project on the list.

To make the life of the reviewer a bit easier I added a notification by email in case someone submitted a new project for publication. I did this for both Plone addons which drive the LibreOffice extensions and templates site. The site itself runs on Plone 5, a powerful Content Management System.


Friday
15 September, 2017


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  • Out for a run in the morning with J. mail chew, partner call, Lunch. More mail.

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Thanks to donations to The Document Foundation, along with valued contributions from our community, we maintain a small team working on various aspects of LibreOffice including documentation, user interface design, quality assurance, release engineering and marketing. Together with Italo Vignoli, I help with the latter, and today I’ll summarise some of the achievements so far in 2017.…

Read more: Marketing activities so far in 2017: Mike Saunders


Thursday
14 September, 2017


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  • Mail; finally noticed Java EE going to Eclipse on the grounds that a copy-left license is good for communities; good for Oracle. Looking forward to seeing how they can make that blossom & grow, exciting times.
  • Admin, ESC call, sync. with Shinnok, call with Kendy & Heiko, plugged away at admin until late.

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LibreOffice’s development community has been growing steadily for seven years, thanks to the great enthusiasm demonstrated by several core members. They have mentored an entirely new generation of LibreOffice developers, also thanks to Hackfests and other face-to-face meeting opportunities such as FOSDEM and the LibreOffice Conference.

After seven years is now the right time to start thinking about the new generation of Hackfests.…

Read more: Call to Action: Hackfests “The New Generation”


Wednesday
13 September, 2017


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  • Mail chew; patch review; sync with Tor & Miklos. Poked at partner mail; plugged away at spell checking in the evening.

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Being an open source project is one of the pillars of LibreOffice. Understanding the people who not only build and maintain but also use LibreOffice is important to anyone concerned about the sustainability of open source. So we asked the community what aspects are important and present the results now.…

The post What Open Source Means to LibreOffice Users appeared first on LibreOffice Design Team.


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Firebird Project announces the first Alpha release of Firebird 4.0, the next major version of the Firebird relational database, which is now available for testing.


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New version 5.11.0.0 of ADO.NET provider for Firebird is ready for download. This release is about .NET Standard 2.0. Now the .NET Standard 2.0, with all the new APIs supported, version is available. Another new feature is support for passing key over the wire for encrypted databases (you need to have server side plugin for this feature, i.e. this from IBPhoenix). New connection string property


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Mark Rotteveel published a guide and example program using Firebird 3 Embedded with Jaybird 3. The sample you can find it on https://github.com/mrotteveel/jaybird-embedded-example.


Tuesday
12 September, 2017


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  • Mail chew; poked at tile diff compression; built ESC agenda bits. Travelled into Cambridge to setup some hardware, quick partner call. Lunch. More machine poking, consultancy call, home. Worked away until late; Lydia & Janice over.

Monday
11 September, 2017


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  • Mail chew, booked another AirBnb in Rome for the LibreOffice conference. Lunch with J. Consultancy call, signed things; more mail chew.

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While I got OpenGL transitions working under Gtk3 at the end of last year basically matching the Gtk2/Generic OpenGL quality the transition into and out of the OpenGL sequence wasn't very satisfying. And with access to HiDPI it was clearly even worse with an unscaled image momentarily appearing before the correct one.

So here's the before and after of the improvements that landed on upstream master today. Just screen-recordings with built in ctrl+shift+alt+t under gnome3 and positioned side by side and clipped roughly together in pitivi


Sunday
10 September, 2017


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  • Out to Giles' baptism in Mildenhall at Kings Church - really encouraging to hear his testimony of the rescue of his family and himself: from aggression, obesity, living to play xbox and being abusive to his family - to freedom, peace, a normal weight, running for charity, and with hope for the future.
  • Back for lunch with Julie-Anne, caught up a bit; and slept on the sofa between playing Windlands on the Vive.

Saturday
09 September, 2017


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  • Up late; played Vive with M.; poked at callgrind profiles and threading goodness. Prodded at team-building opportunities around Rome. Slugged in the afternoon variously.

Friday
08 September, 2017


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  • Up early; practices, packed babes of to school. Mail chew, out to get the car services & MOT'd - price of Prius Plug-in seems to be GBP 35k, presumably around the Tesla / Model3 price - of course, you get a hybrid / engine too.
  • Worked (on the laptop) in a nearby gym until it was done; sync. with Kendy, feature ranking etc.

Thursday
07 September, 2017


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  • Mail chew; partner call, admin, lunch. TDF admin, contract pokeage. Distressed by the hyper-load pops / clicks coming from pulseaudio + chrome + hangouts, starting up a hangout is far from ideal with headphones on - scary.
  • Out for an Organ lesson with H. and Roger at All Saints - good to hear the pedals in action. Home, read to H.

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The 3rd day should have started with a Debian sprint and then a LibreOffice one, taking advantage I’m still attending, as that’s my last day. But plans don’t always work out and we started 2 hours later. When everybody arrive we got everyone together for a short daily meeting (scrum style). The people were divided to 3 teams for translating:  Debian Installer, LibreOffice and Gnome. For each team we did a short list of what left and with what to start. And in the end – how does what so there will be no toe stepping. I was really proud with this and felt it was time well spent.

The current translation percentage for Albanian in LibreOffice is 60%. So my recommendation to the team is translate master only and do not touch the help translation. My plans ahead would be to improve the translation as much as possible for LibreOffice 6.0 and near the branching point (Set to November 20th by the release schedule) decide if it’s doable for the 6.0 life time or to set the goal at 6.1. In the 2nd case, we might try to backport translation back to 6.0.

For the translation itself, I’ve mentioned to the team about KeyID language pack and referred them to the nightly builds. These tools should help with keeping the translation quality high.

For the Debian team, after deciding who works on what, I’ve asked Silva to do review for the others, as doing it myself started to take more and more of my time. It’s also good that the reviewer know the target language and not like me, can catch more the syntax only mistakes. Another point, as she’s available more easily to the team while I’m leaving soon, so I hope this role of reviewer will stay as part of the team.

With the time left I mostly worked on my own tasks, which were packaging the Albanian dictionary, resulting in https://packages.debian.org/sid/myspell-sq and making sure the dictionary is also part of LibreOffice resulting in https://gerrit.libreoffice.org/#/c/41906/ . When it is accepted, I want to upload it to the LibreOffice repository so all users can download and use the dictionary.

During the voyage home (ferry, bus, plain and train), I mailed Sergio Durigan Junior, my NM applicant, with a set of questions. My first action as an AM (:

Overall FOSScamp results for Albanian translation were very close to the goal I set (100%):

  • Albanian (sq) level1 – 99%
  • Albanian (sq) level2 – 25% (the rest is pending at #874497)
  • Albanian (sq) level3 – 100%

That’s the result of work by Silva Arapi, Eva Vranici, Redon Skikuli, Anisa Kuci and Nafie Shehu.


Filed under: Debian GNU/Linux, i18n & l10n, LibreOffice

Wednesday
06 September, 2017


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  • Packed oldest three babes off to school; did some practice with E. and tried to avoid getting stuck into M's bigger 'cello for its novelty value.
  • Mail chew; planned the day; call with Eloy. Interview with Kevin. Amused to re-read the Economist Style-Guide on Political Correctness.
  • Collabora is hiring always looking for smart people - but Collabora Productivity is particularly looking for a sharp Marketing Specialist - could it be you ? let us know; do you have just part of the skills we seek: also interesting - drop us a line.
  • Customer call , another interview , admin. Dinner; assembled a hex core Ryzen PC with the babes - showing them how relatively trivial it is.

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Einer der Schwerpunkte in der LibreOffice-Community ist die Weitergabe von Wissen. Im Rahmen von zahlreichen Initiativen wie Workshops, Bug Hunting Sessions, Vorträgen und Hackfesten arbeiten wir gemeinsam daran, nicht nur das Programm zu verbessern, sondern vor allem auch das Wissen um den Aufbau, die Struktur und die Programmierung von LibreOffice weiterzugeben, um mehr Menschen die Mitwirkung an der Entwicklung zu ermöglichen.

Mein Kollege Björn Michaelsen hat jetzt einen neuen Vorschlag eingebracht, wie wir diesen Gedanken noch effektiver voranbringen können.

Die grobe Idee hat er bereits in einer E-Mail auf unserer öffentlichen Vorstandsliste skizziert. Vereinfacht gesagt geht es darum, dass wir das Wissen, das wir bislang vor allem oft „remote“ genutzt haben, jetzt direkt vor Ort an die Hackfeste holen und gemeinsam und live mit erfahrenen Programmierern an LibreOffice arbeiten.

Im Wiki finden sich zahlreiche LibreOffice-HackfesteIm Wiki finden sich zahlreiche LibreOffice-Hackfeste

Das Ganze ist derzeit eine grobe Idee, die gemeinsam mit der Community diskutiert und entwickelt werden soll. Dazu ist für

Sonntag, den 17. September 2017
um 16:30 Uhr

eine öffentliche Telefonkonferenz in englischer Sprache geplant, zu der wir alle Interessenten – ob alte Hasen oder neue Mitwirkende – ganz herzlich zum Mitdiskutieren und Mitdenken einladen wollen!

Die Telefonnummern zur Einwahl findet ihr in unserem Wiki, die Raumnummer ist die 21 24 86. Das Ganze richtet sich ausdrücklich auch an Nicht-Entwickler, die ihre Ideen und Vorschläge mit uns teilen wollen.

Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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