The wonderful world of LibreOffice

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Scheduled: Friday, November 5, 2010 from 4:30 – 5:15pm in President's Ballroom

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How we will fix your Free Software Office Suite


LibreOffice is the office suite of the future; it also happens to be built round an ancient beast of a codebase that reads, in places, something like a Windows device driver. Come and hear how the exciting transition to a world of beauty and elegance is going.

We will look at the threats to the Free Software ecosystem that poorly managed, corporate dominated, copyright assignment based projects can cause. We’ll look at some f the strains that LibreOffice places on the toolchain, revision-control, the kernel and base system. We will also try to understand the enigma of the failure of component based software engineering.

A development plan will be rambled over, with tips on how you can get your favorite new technology integrate into LibreOffice (should you be so brave), and finally you will be persuaded that this is the best place to make your personal blow for a Free Software office suite that we can all be proud of.

Presentation Materials



  • Michael Meeks

    Novell, Inc.


    Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic believer in Free software. He
    very much enjoys working for Novell where as a member of the Desktop
    research team he has worked on desktop infrastructure and
    applications, particularly MeeGo,, CORBA, Bonobo,
    Nautilus, Evolution and accessibility, amongst other interesting
    things. He now works as an Architect, trying to understand and nudge
    the direction of our Linux Desktop work. Prior to this he worked for
    Quantel gaining expertise in real time AV editing and playback
    achieved with high performance focused hardware / software solutions.

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