LibreOffice will have roadmap for cloud service next month
Releases last build of 3.4 fork
The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces the leading open source office software suite LibreOffice, is on schedule for the release of its plan to offer a cloud version of its software next month.
The team released the last update to its 3.4 build on Thursday and is now focused on developing version 3.5 further, but the group is now also ready to detail its plans for cloud services in April. That said, the team reserves the right to hold off on launch until the last few software fixes come in, TDF spokesman Italo Vignoli told The Register.
"At the moment we are focusing more on this because of some of the opportunities that are arising, which we can't disclose now," he explained. "We will have the cloud version roadmap out in April."
The final build of the 3.4 fork, version 3.4.6, fixes a possible security hole in XML handling, as well as tweaking the build with small refinements. Updates to version 3.5, which was released in February, are now well underway and the team is also looking to port the software to other platforms.
Vignoli said that LibreOffice for Android was well under way, with about 80 per cent of the porting complete and over half the coding left to do. The interface is the area that now needs most work done before release, and the iOS port will be released after the Android version.
TDF is also close to finalizing its certification process for developers and third-party consultants, so that enterprises looking to use the software can hire qualified people to ease integration. The quickest move towards this, however, is to get involved in the project, Vignoli said.
So far, TDF is getting a lot of support from the development community. Around 10 to 20 developers were joining the project every month, and the team has managed to get 12 builds out in the last 18 months. By comparison, the former top dog in the open source software field, OpenOffice, is still waiting to do a major update to its code base, although Apache is promising this soon. ®
Re: LibreOffice for Android
Agreed. We are now (almost) where I thought we would soon be 10-15 years ago.
- Free operating system that you can tinker with the code to and which works on everything.
- Free office suite that you can tinker with the code to and which works on everything (though Lotus/Wordperfect compatibility has shifted to Office compatibility now).
- Cheap, powerful devices that range from desktops to laptops to tablets to smartphones able to run the above.
- Worldwide, ubiquitous network and services.
- Virtually everyone from grannies to children having appropriate access to the devices and networks.
All we really need is a bit more government adoption but government IT really is one of those things we should stop throwing money and salesmen at and start throwing geeks at. The "open data" initiatives are a step in the right direction but we still throw billions away on making schools provide themselves with Microsoft software individually. Meanwhile, the kids are all sitting in class with smartphones, have iPads and laptops at home, and could use whatever the hell software you wanted.
To me, if I were a sub-teenager now, I'd be in utopia. Cheap devices that you can change the whole OS on, program on for free, even program for other devices on, and smartphones that you can aim your apps at and that ALL YOUR FRIENDS can then play (who, also, you can talk to at any time of the day or night no matter where they are, and can find new groups of friends in minutes with shared interests), and internet resources to help you do all the above, push it to people and even make money from it.
If I'd had that when I was that age, I *seriously* would never have left the bedroom. I think people underestimate just how much the world has changed recently. Sure, there are still lots of unsolved problems (securing a corporate network against such devices, preventing inappropriate usage, etc.) but for your average person, and your dedicated geek, the world is slowly creeping towards science fiction.
Imagine in your early PC days if someone had said "Oh yeah, and this entire office suite is free and runs exactly the same on this touchscreen device the size of a credit card that anyone can have at a reasonable price, that also happens to be a general purpose computer with an open OS on it and powerful enough to take just about anything you throw at it because we got stuck at about 2-3GHz and haven't really progressed past that yet." You'd have not touched it for being quite obvious vapourware back then.
Have a look at Thunderbird (e-mail) with the Lightening (calendar) plugin. I use Lightening to display and modify my different Google calendars, since you can have calendar files stored on any network location (including the internet). You can convert a calendar event to an email invitation and I think you can have emailed invitations go to your calendar. It's all free so you might as well play with it.
As a business user I think this is wonderful news; they're really raising their standard a /lot/ (keep in mind: I never followed Libreoffice before the OpenOffice fall).
I do hope that they'll also manage to embed access to such cloud services into the office applications themselves; best of both worlds! For example; say people can share templates and such in the cloud; it will be very easy for users if they can access (search & open) those templates straight from within the office application itself.
And that's obviously not mentioning support to store documents onto an online storage medium as well.
The advantage you have when this is embedded in an application (IMO anyway) is that you get the best from both worlds as user. If required you can easily access, edit and re-publish online documents. Or work entirely online (from the "cloud"). BUT... Should your internet connection suddenly fail you can still continue working on stuff residing on your own computer; iow you're not depending on an always available Internet connection.
Alas.. I think this is good news and I hope they keep it up!
Sure; I'm already deeply involved with the 'competition' and simply can't afford to "just" move away (the time that takes alone would be a major investment for me). But that doesn't mean that I don't enthusiastically follow these developments. I'm definitely going to be checking out the upcoming releases again (no, not to check which one is "better", to check how well it works and what has changed, and how and if it could suit some of my customers / friends). IMO people should try that more often; keeping an open mind on these things.