Why LibreOffice is the Office suite of the future

Michael Meeks (Novell and Inc.)

LibreOffice is the most powerful and viable Free Software office suite, available cross-platform. We’ll discuss the history, and rational behind the LibreOffice project and its relation to OpenOffice.org. We’ll also look at what we’ve achieved so far, in features, infrastructure, governance and development plan.
We will survey the lost opportunity to the Free Software ecosystem that corporate dominated, copyright assignment based projects can be, and the dangers involved. Then we’ll get stuck into how to develop it – even if you are not (yet) a super-star hacker. We'll persuade you to come and get involved with something exciting, and help our mission to make tens of millions of user’s first experience of Free Software something to be proud of.

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