Happy birthday to LibreOffice.


This week (Wednesday) was the 6th anniversary for LibreOffice and The Document Foundation. A happy birthday from me, but even more, “job well done”.

Approximate a year ago, I resigned as Chair of the Apache OpenOffice project. I took on the  role after Andrea Pescetti, who had been a good mediator in transforming AOO from Apache Incubator to a real Apache Project. I thought as Chair, to have more possibility to help bring the two projects together (a work Andrea had started, and I had helped with). There were many discussion at different levels, starting at FOSDEM 2015 and ApacheCON Austin with the PMC, Apache board members as well as TDF board members. Sadly enough my well meant efforts caused some very personal discussions at PMC level, that eventually lead to my resignation. Dennis Hamilton, who became the new chair, have done quite a good job for the last year.

It is important to all of FOSS that OpenOffice.org does not die, a lot of people see OpenOffice.org as an equivalent of OpenSource !! It makes me sad to see, how many people put personal interest ahead of the bigger picture.

I gave a presentation at the LibreOffice Conference (2 days full of talks in 3 tracks only about the community around LibreOffice and of course the product itself), with my mentoring hat on. see

The LibreOffice project is very much alive, and is growing stable. A few numbers from a neutral source  open hub:

  • 289 different people made 16.484 commits within 12 months (just measuring core)

For comparison here is a link to AOO. It is my strong hope, that this will be the year where AOO and LO starts to cooperate, as I once said publicly, AOO inherited a strong brand, and LO has a high activity level, together that would make 1+1 = 3.

With my role as development mentor for LO and history of AOO, I am prepared to help as much as I can, in giving the story a happy ending.


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