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LibreOffice's tenth anniversary: The many faces of a global free software community

Italo Vignoli


LibreOffice was announced in 2010, and will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2020. Over these last ten years, the global community behind this project has grown from a small group of volunteers, mostly based in Europe, to a large and diverse group of free software advocates spanning many countries. This presentation will discuss the challenges faced by the community during this incredible growth, and will provide a better understanding of the community for people who have only followed this evolution through announcements and events.


3 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.