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create an attractive timeline of LibreOffice history

Added by Mike Saunders about 1 year ago. Updated 5 months ago.

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Team - Q4/2017
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KDE's website has an attractive and informative timeline showing the history of the project, even going back further to the origins of FOSS: https://timeline.kde.org

I could create something similar for LO, showing the origins in Star/OpenOffice, when TDF was formed, various releases, LibOCons etc.

History

#1 Updated by Florian Effenberger about 1 year ago

Italo did something like that for our annual report, so maybe poke him directly and see if you can re-use his work

#2 Updated by Marina Latini 6 months ago

Hi Mike, all,

are there any updates on this? KDE's timeline is very cool. What was your idea? A new infographic or a webpage or what?

Ciao,
Marina

#3 Updated by Mike Saunders 6 months ago

Marina Latini wrote:

are there any updates on this? KDE's timeline is very cool. What was your idea? A new infographic or a webpage or what?

Hi Marina,

I haven't had much time to work on it yet, but if you think it's important I'll bump it up the TODO list to a higher position! Yes, I was thinking of something like the KDE website, also in a form that can be compressed into a single document.

#4 Updated by Mike Saunders 5 months ago

  • Status changed from New to In Progress

Drafted the text and posted on marketing-priv@ for feedback. Note that the images are just ideas for now -- not all of them may be usable:

LibreOffice timeline

  • 1994: StarOffice 2.0 is released, including StarWriter, StarCalc and StarBase
  • 1999: Sun Microsystems buys StarDivision for $73.5 million
  • 2003: OpenOffice.org 1.2 is released, with one-click Export to PDF and Export presentations to Flash (.SWF). It also allowed third-party add-ons
  • 2009: Oracle buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion
  • 2010: The Document Foundation is created by members of the OpenOffice.org community. It is a non-profit, independent, self-governing and democratic foundation to further the development of open source office software. The foundation's main project is LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice.org
    IMG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Logo-libreoffice.svg
  • 2011: Oracle stops development of OpenOffice.org and contributes the trademarks to the Apache Software Foundation
  • 2011: In Denmark, 13 hospitals in the Copenhagen region decide to move away from a proprietary office suite and switch to LibreOffice on almost 25,000 PCs
  • 2011: LibreOffice 3.4 is released, with memory usage improvements, code cleanups, improved GTK+ theme integration, and reduced Java dependencies
  • 2012: MIMO, France’s inter-ministerial working group on free software, switches to free software office tools, installing LibreOffice on nearly all 500,000 desktops of France’s ministries, including Energy, Defense, Interior, Education and Finance
  • 2012: LibreOffice 3.5 is released, with a native PostgreSQL driver, import of Microsoft Visio .vsd files, AES encryption support for ODF file encryption, and the ability to install on Microsoft Windows via a .msi file
  • 2013: LibreOffice 4.0 is released, with import/export support for native RTF math expressions, import filter for Microsoft Publisher files, improved XLSX loading times, and CMIS support
  • 2013: The administration of the Spanish region of Valencia completed the migration of all 120,000 PCs, including in schools and courts, to LibreOffice
  • 2013: LibreOffice 4.1 is released, with a new sidebar, gradient backgrounds, embedding fonts in documents, export of charts to ODC files, and text layout via Core Text on macOS and HarfBuzz on Linux
  • 2014: LibreOffice 4.2 is released, with file lists in the Start Center, calc performance improvements (including OpenCL for calculations via graphics cards), and import filters for Apple Keynote and AbiWord files
  • 2014: LibreOffice 4.3 is released, with new drawingML-based DOCX import/export filter for shapes and text frames, improved PDF import, a better default icon set, printable comments in margins, and support for paragraphs of over 65,536 characters in Writer
  • 2015: LibreOffice 5.0 is released, with style previews in the sidebar, emoji support in 22 languages, the ability to crop images in Writer, Microsoft Word-compatible text highlighting and shading, and a UI for controlling conditional formatting in Calc
  • 2015: The administration of the city of Nantes, France, announces that it has switched 2,500 PCs to LibreOffice
  • 2015: Yi-Lan County in Taiwan migrates 9,000 PCs to LibreOffice
  • 2016: LibreOffice 5.1 is released, with an improved and reorganised user interface, more document import filters, a hide whitespace option in Writer, and the ability to equalise object sizes in Impress
  • 2016: Lithuania's police department switches to LibreOffice on 8,000 PCs
  • 2016: LibreOffice 5.2 is released, with new drawing tools in Writer and Calc, single toolbar modes, extensive function tooltips in Calc, and import of Microsoft Word for DOS files
  • 2017: LibreOffice 5.3 is released, with table styles in Writer, new options for merging non-empty cells in Calc, improvements to colour and gradient management, better templates in Impress, and an experimental Notebookbar interface option

#5 Updated by Florian Effenberger 5 months ago

  • Target version changed from Qlater to Q4/2017

#6 Updated by Mike Saunders 5 months ago

Updated timeline after feedback from Eike and Italo:

LibreOffice timeline

  • 1993: StarWriter 1.0 for Windows was released, which prepared the ground for the later StarOffice
  • 1994: StarWriter 2.0 was released for Windows, OS/2, Mac OS and Solaris (SPARC)
  • 1999: Sun Microsystems buys StarDivision for $73.5 million
  • 2001: OpenOffice.org XML, the default file format used by the suite, is contributed to the OASIS consortium - this is later developed into the Open Document Format (ODF)
  • 2003: OpenOffice.org 1.1 is released, with one-click Export to PDF and Export presentations to Flash (.SWF). It also allowed third-party add-ons
  • 2009: Oracle buys Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion
  • 2010: The Document Foundation is announced by members of the OpenOffice.org community. It is a non-profit, independent, self-governing and democratic foundation to further the development of open source office software (incorporated in Berlin in 2012). The foundation's main project is LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice.org
    IMG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Logo-libreoffice.svg
  • 2011: Oracle stops development of OpenOffice.org and contributes the trademarks to the Apache Software Foundation
  • 2011: In Denmark, 13 hospitals in the Copenhagen region decide to move away from a proprietary office suite and switch to LibreOffice on almost 25,000 PCs
  • 2011: LibreOffice 3.4 is released, with memory usage improvements, code cleanups, improved GTK+ theme integration, and reduced Java dependencies
  • 2012: MIMO, France’s inter-ministerial working group on free software, switches to free software office tools, installing LibreOffice on nearly all 500,000 desktops of France’s ministries, including Energy, Defense, Interior, Education and Finance
  • 2012: LibreOffice 3.5 is released, with a native PostgreSQL driver, import of Microsoft Visio .vsd files, AES encryption support for ODF file encryption, and the ability to install on Microsoft Windows via a .msi file
  • 2012: LibreOffice 3.6 is released, with support for colour scales and data bars in Calc, a word count in the status bar, and 10 new Impress master pages
  • 2013: LibreOffice 4.0 is released, with import/export support for native RTF math expressions, import filter for Microsoft Publisher files, improved XLSX loading times, and CMIS support
  • 2013: The administration of the Spanish region of Valencia completed the migration of all 120,000 PCs, including in schools and courts, to LibreOffice
  • 2013: LibreOffice 4.1 is released, with a new sidebar, gradient backgrounds, embedding fonts in documents, export of charts to ODC files, and text layout via Core Text on macOS and HarfBuzz on Linux
  • 2014: LibreOffice 4.2 is released, with file lists in the Start Center, calc performance improvements (including OpenCL for calculations via graphics cards), and import filters for Apple Keynote and AbiWord files
  • 2014: LibreOffice 4.3 is released, with new drawingML-based DOCX import/export filter for shapes and text frames, improved PDF import, a better default icon set, printable comments in margins, and support for paragraphs of over 65,536 characters in Writer
  • 2015: LibreOffice 5.0 is released, with style previews in the sidebar, emoji support in 22 languages, the ability to crop images in Writer, Microsoft Word-compatible text highlighting and shading, and a UI for controlling conditional formatting in Calc
  • 2015: The administration of the city of Nantes, France, announces that it has switched 2,500 PCs to LibreOffice
  • 2015: Yi-Lan County in Taiwan migrates 9,000 PCs to LibreOffice
  • 2016: LibreOffice 5.1 is released, with an improved and reorganised user interface, more document import filters, a hide whitespace option in Writer, and the ability to equalise object sizes in Impress
  • 2016: Lithuania's police department switches to LibreOffice on 8,000 PCs
  • 2016: Certified developers begin combining LibreOffice Online with open source file sharing solutions to offer cloud-based versions of the suite
  • 2016: LibreOffice 5.2 is released, with new drawing tools in Writer and Calc, single toolbar modes, extensive function tooltips in Calc, and import of Microsoft Word for DOS files
  • 2017: LibreOffice 5.3 is released, with table styles in Writer, new options for merging non-empty cells in Calc, improvements to colour and gradient management, better templates in Impress, and an experimental Notebookbar interface option. This is also the first full source code release of LibreOffice Online

#7 Updated by Mike Saunders 5 months ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed

Implemented timeline into the website:

http://www.libreoffice.org/about-us/libreoffice-timeline/

So closing this now.

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