The Free and Open Productivity Suite
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Abstracts of Conference Papers - Community Stream

State of the project , year 6

Louis Suarez-Potts

This session would continue a tradition that began with the first OOoCon and provide an overview of the work done in the Project over the last year and an examination of where we anticipate going. The discussion will touch both on the product and project: What 2.0.x (released on last year's anniversary) has accomplished and how the Project has evolved over the last year, in part because of the product's accomplishments. The evolution has made the Project more open to developers and other contributors; it has also brought into focus our market position—and the responsibilities associated with it. I conclude this paper by examining the options available to us and suggesting a strategic plan for the coming years.

Louis Suarez-Potts is the Community Manager of, a position he has held for over five years.  He writes and presents on Free and Open Source and throughout the world.

Back around the globe: the Native-Language Confederation

Charles-H. Schulz

This session will be about how the Native-Language projects drive the momentum, and how much the present and future success of the project depends on them. It will present the Native-Lang Confederation, explains what it does, what are the activities of the Native-Language Projects, and how they contribute on the local scale to the success of Open Source and social/economical development.An update on the Native-Language Confederation will also be made.

Charles-H. Schulz, 27, graduated in the ISEG Paris, has a Master of International Trade and Negociation, Ars Aperta co-founder. He worked in many FLOSS companies including Mandriva and Novell. He is the lead of the Native-Lang Confederation of He works at fostering the international development of this successful project. He is in charge of the worldwide coordination of the communities of users, developers and documentation teams of the project.


John McCreesh, Marketing Project Lead -

The Marketing Project believes the next twelve months are crucial to the development of The product is better then ever. Microsoft is losing the sympathy of several of its key markets, and is the only realistic alternative. 2006 is UNESCO's year of Mother Languages in Cyberspace, and is uniquely poised to exploit the demand to use software in mother languages. Public administrations and commercial organizations are starting to realise the value locked in their office documents, and is the market leader in supporting ISO 26300 file formats.

For all these reasons and more, is the answer - we know why we use it; we need to get the message out to those who don't. At the same time, the Community needs to increase its membership: developers, translators,advocates, end user support. We know why we volunteer to work in the Community - we need to get that message out too.

The Marketing Project is responding to this with a campaign ''. This session will explain the drivers behind the campaign and explain what every conference delegate needs to know to go home and answer the question:“Why” why should people in target markets like governments, SMEs, universities, schools, etc. implement why should developers rise to the challenge of working on the code? why should people volunteer to work in the Community?

John McCreesh had spent a lifetime in commercial IT before discovering open source during the dot-com boom. After dabbling in coding,,John realized he could do less damage to his pet open source projects by publicizing them rather than hacking them. His interests have ranged over projects as diverse as qvwm, php, Rails, LTSP, Ubuntu, WordPress and of course, where he has been co-Lead of the Marketing Project for two years before becoming Lead in May 2006.John's support for open-source ties in with his other non-IT interests such as sustainability and fair economic systems.


Visual Identity of Now and in Future

Bernhard Dippold

Since the release of 2.0 the office suite gets more and more public attention all over the world. People should recognize as well the product as the community not only by it's name but also by the visual impression they get.

If they get the same impression wherever they see any reference to they should recognize it without reading the characters – they should recognize it even if there aren't any characters at all.

This “Visual Identity” is important for spreading public awareness for and therefore we should try to include not only the official OOo logo but specific bugs and symbols wherever we want to promote in marketing materials, on web pages, documentations and so on.

The main bug is the pair of stylized gulls from our logo (in right relative size and position), some other graphical elements are used to refer to 2:

  • the blue-to-white gradient from the splash screen
  • the “wire gulls” (from the splash screen, too)
  • the colors of the program icons and the icons themselves
  • the S-curve from the icons.

The Art Project created proposals for an updated logo, program icons and additional bugs to be used as official branding elements for after the release of 3.

This artwork will be presented to the community and hopefully will be discussed among the different projects involved in this topic: Art, Marketing, Website, Documentation and as many Native Language Projects as possible.

Bernhard Dippold, in “real life” anaesthesist in Hamburg, Germany, 39 years, married, 3 children. Using StarOffice since SO3.0, OOo from Version 1.0. Member of de-project since 2003, main activities there, in Art Project, Marketing and trying to reduce distances between marketing and native-lang projects.

Back 2.x and beyond

Michael Bemmer

This session will provide an overview about the functionality improvements and new features implemented by Sun Microsystems and other contributors for the next releases.


Building - what, how and even more

Pavel Janík, independent consultant

Building is a lot of fun! This session will guide you to places, where the real fun happens. I'll talk about experiences I gained in the past building on several operating systems and I'll compare build experience on different operating systems (GNU/Linux on x86 and x86_64, Mac OS X, Windows and Solaris) and hardware configurations.

Pavel Janík is long time user and developer of GNU/Linux and free software applications, member of GNU project. He is a member of Community Council, Engineering Steering Committee, co-lead of l10n project and lead of Czech Native-Language project. He provides regular builds of development milestones for more than 20 languages and GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. In his other life, he is an independent consultant working for various public and government companies, agencies and institutions in Czech republic and EU.



Louis Suarez-Potts is free and should stay free (gratis). However, given the ambition of the project, we need to chart ways in which to monetize what is free, the product. We can charge for ancillary things, and this BOF would discuss options available to us. They include featuring ads in the downloads, getting support from interested companies, providing for-fee support (either directly or indirectly), licensing documentation for 3rd-party support, training, certification, ads, and so on. In short, a wide variety of options are available to us and these will help sustain our ambition.

Louis Suarez-Potts is the Community Manager of, a position he has held for over five years. He writes and presents on Free and Open Source and throughout the world.

Back An Indian Success Stroy

RKVS Raman

The localization activities of in India (done largely by BharateeyaOO.o group and other Open Source L10N contributers) is on the verge of creating a revolution as far as adoption of goes in Indian Masses. Initialy started with an intention to provide a BIPK (Basic Information Processing Kit) to general masses in Indian Languages, the ministry bundled along with other popular Open Source Softwares and released them as Free Cds which could be obtained by any person by sending a simple mail. The languages that these Cds were released were in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. About 200,000 Cds have already been distributed apart from making them available on the government website ( ). The Ministry has promised that the Cds will be released in all 22 scheduled Indian Languages and has cemented its place in the BIPK list.

The popularity of the efforts and the quality of softwares is now making some of the local OEMs (HCL, HP and Zenith) to consider pre-bundling and other softwares. This helps them in reducing costs as well as providing localized versions of the softwares. A National Resource Centre for FOSS has been setup at Chennai India ( ). One of the mandates of NRCFOSS is to build a localized Debian based distro for Indian Government and Educational Sector. forms a major part of this software especially in the Government Sector. BharateeyaOO.o ( ) is helping NRCFOSS in integrating and certain other specific OOo macros into their installation set. Currently is avalable in 8 Indian Languages and more are in the pipeline. In months to come is set to capture Indian Markets in a big way.

RKVS Raman, BharateeyaOO.o Project Coordinator. His interests include XML, Semantic Web, knowledge management, IML, online learning, agent technologies, text-to-speech in Indian languages, speech recognition.


Brazil - A strange success case

Claudio Ferreira Filho

Today, Brasil is a great example with regards to Free Software use and adoption, from the regular user to the Federal Government. Inside this adoption process, is one of the main tools, althought, there is a particular aspect in its community development in the country.

In Brasil, the project exists since 2001 and presented various problems, from localization tasks to the trademark, creating a possible trap to our users and developers. "Open Office" is a trademark registered in 1996, on the National Office of Trademarks and Patents, and considering a legal position, it's not possible to use this name or derivated versions.

The Brasilian Community generated critical mass and a support structure for a number of users estimated in more than 7 million users, and with the trademark problem, preventive measures were taken to ensure the ongoing works, like the creation of a NGO called, with the goal to collect resources to invest in infrastructure and developers in our country, both to and related projects, and beyond, to invest in projects that fights against digital and social exclusion.

Today, Brasilian Community, protected by the trademark, keeps promoting and expanding the user base, encouraging new developers and projects, technology, economicanl and cultural fixation.

Claudio Ferreira Filho, graduating student in Information System, and work with IT since 1988, and with Linux since 1994. In opensource world, initiated in 2001 with localization of for brazilian portuguese, and created the brazilian communities of Mozilla and PostgreSQL. Today, work into Mato Grosso's State Treasury Department


What open source lovers wants?

Cristian Driga & Erwin Tenhumberg

This session tries to give insights into what the people using, developing and supporting want. For this purpose, data from different surveys and metrics will be analyzed and presented. One key data source for the presentation will be the ongoing user survey which gets completed by about 2000 people every day. In addition, developer surveys, external surveys and various user and developer metrics will be brought into the picture as well. The session will try to provide answers to questions like “What functionality do different users need?”, “How do people want to contribute to”, “What motivates people to contribute to”, etc.

Erwin Tenhumberg is a Product Marketing Manager for and the StarOffice suite at Sun Microsystems. In addition, he is the co-chair of the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) Adoption TC (Technical Committee). As part of his role he supported Valoris in the creation of their report "Comparative assessment of Open Documents Formats - Market Overview" for the European Commission. Erwin Tenhumberg is also involved in the ODF efforts at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and elsewhere. For these efforts he works closely together with the OASIS OpenDocument Format TC, the ODF Alliance as well as the open source community.

Cristian Driga is an attorney at law based in Romania. He has worked in the last 5 years as consultant for IT companies in Romania. He is involved in the Community since May 2002 when he discovered the Open Source World and wanted to give something in return for the great products he was using. He is founder and Lead of the Romanian NLC project and he is also involved in the Marketing Project as maintainer of the User Registration Survey. Since May 2006 Cristian became Co-Lead of the Marketing Project.


From TrainedMonkey to Google SoC mentor

Fridrich Štrba

As a libwpd developer, with the integration of libwpd based WordPerfect import filter, I became an OOo developer maintaining the filter, but also doing other tasks. On the way to become OOo developer, I met several barriers. These barriers were to big for my other libwpd collegues and thus I am the only one maintaining the filter inside the OOo code. Since this project lacks sorely developer community, my experience might be interesting for those who would like to lower the above mentioned barriers. It can be also interesting for knowing which structures can be efficient for motivating and retaining new developers.

Fridrich Štrba, 37 years, christian male, maried to a beautiful woman and father of a handsome boy. One of lead developers of libwpd ( and libwpg ( Developer for, AbiWord and ooo-build. Contributor to Koffice. System administrator for a research organization as a day job (available to be hired if you want :-)). Maintaining the WordPerfect(tm) import filter for and if time remains doing some other tasks.


The specification process demystified

Christian Jansen & Tino Rachui & Joerg Sievers

Goal of this presentation is to bring the specification process closer to the community.

Specifications are an essential and central part of the development process. They serve as working base for Development, User Experience, Quality Assurance and Documentation.

A team of three community members took a closer look at the specifications. It turned out that the quality of specifications written for 2.0 is too low. Analysis of a subset of specifications and feedback gathered from the community confirmed the correctness of this finding. Further the specification process is considered intransparent, bloated, and blocking. The team started fixing the issues by improving the specification template and by streamlining the specification process.

Christian Jansen has held a position on the StarOffice User Experience team for over 6 years. As a member of this user experience team at Sun Microsystems, he plays a major role in the product design of His responsibilities include designing and specifying the graphical user interface and the functionalitly behind it and in so doing, addressing easy-to-use-interface needs. He holds a degree in Communication Design from the 'Hamburger Akademie für Kommunikationsdesign und Art Direction' (Hamburg Academy for Communication Design and Art Direction)

Tino Rachui: is working  for almost 6 years in the development at Sun Microsystems. The main working areas included among other things the system abstraction layer (SAL), Windows platform integration, and the Writer core. In his spare time he is furthermore involved in the OOo Mac OS X porting project.

Joerg Sievers, finished industrial training as specialist and some university courses in food technology. Installed, supported and coached TurboMed® medical practice software. Working since 1998 for the StarOffice™ quality assurance department in Hamburg. Solaris™ system administrator and ISTQB® Certified Tester, Foundation Level.


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