Apache OpenOffice

Thursday July 26, 2012

Apache OpenOffice Conference-Within-a-Conference: Call for Papers Open!

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The ApacheCon Europe 2012 team has opened the Call for Papers. Deadline for submission is August 13th. This year the conference will be held in Sinsheim, Germany from November 5 - 9. Check out the conference site here: http://www.apachecon.eu/

The Apache OpenOffice project team is planning to build a dedicated stream of sessions. Think of this as a "Conference-Within-a-Conference" where we will focus on everything related to Apache OpenOffice.

We invite you to submit proposals for talks, for technical sessions focused on the core components: Writer, Calc, Impress, Math, Base and Draw. Equally important topics include: Programmability, Extensions, User Experience Design, Performance, Quality Engineering, Translation, Support, Website, Documentation and Community.

If your experience and expertise falls more in the business side of things, please submit proposals for sessions where you can share experiences deploying Apache OpenOffice. Case studies for Apache OpenOffice adoption in government, industry and educational environments are most welcome.

In addition to the formal talks, there will be hackathon rooms, meetups and evening sessions.

For more background information please have a look at our project planning wiki. The plan will evolve and depend on everyone contributing and bringing the best of their knowledge and expertise to ApacheCon Europe.

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a talk. Community is our strength. This is your opportunity to share and shine.


As a home user I don't have the means to attend or contribute a paper etc. I mainly use Calc, Writer & Base. Recently I have found Base to be very useful, particularly the report writer. I have however found some difficulties with Base, partly because it is new to me, but I do feel that the documentation for Base & its report writer could be expanded & improved. If it would be of any help I could report on problems encountered as they occur. I have found that Base is particularly useful in fillling gaps in Calc such as the ability to create group totals & summaries. JRvZ

Posted by J R van Zijl on July 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM UTC #

To use it, realy need to be able to treat (open, change, save) new Microsoft Office formats, like docx, xlsx, etc...

Posted by Eduardo Santos on July 26, 2012 at 06:38 PM UTC #

Hi, I'm a sprightly 73 year old. I'm intrigued as to why people choose to pay for Microsoft office "because others are using it" rather than use the free Open office and go to the minute effort of converting. This could make for an interesting exploration. All the best with your conference Cheers Tim

Posted by Tim Kottek on July 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM UTC #

I wish like to comment on the difficulty of installing OO on a Fedora machine. By default, Libre Office is installed with Fedora 16 and 17 and possibly earlier versions as well. I was unable to install OO3.4 without removing Libre Office. Once Libre Office was finally un-installed, in itself, not an easy task, I found that 50% of my Gnome 3 desktop had gone and logging in was not possible from the graphical interface. OO3.4 installed and ran perfectly but without the functionality of the Gnome 3 desktop. An upgrade to Fedora 17 re-installed Libre Office! Contrast this with the ease of installing on Mac OSX and Windows, both of which I use. Normally, one would expect the difficulties with Windows machines, not Linux.

Posted by Colin Sare-Soar on July 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM UTC #

Will there be in the near future, that I may be able to open documents on 1 computer at home, and finish them on my vacation home computer, something like 'Google Docs'?

Posted by Ed Jewell on July 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM UTC #

I recently discovered a solution to an old problem using openoffice. At one time I used a canon Starwriter 95 which went u/s trapping a lot of data on discettes. Canon no longer provided support for the system but suggested a firm who would sell me an expensive programme to solve the problem. Recently I tried to open them with OpenOffice It worked - a little loss of format. Big thank you.

Posted by David Sims-Baker on July 28, 2012 at 09:11 AM UTC #

Sehr gut

Posted by Günter Hein on July 28, 2012 at 09:23 AM UTC #

I want to thank and congratulate all the people who worked on open office. No 'has to' do things like this, but they did it anyhow! I a great fan and encourager to others to the use of open office. Please continue the great work and feelthe pride it gives!

Posted by Pieter Vercayie on July 28, 2012 at 03:57 PM UTC #

I used openoffice 5 years and was pleased with it. As the last version (3.4) makes me not be able to use my files, I used the forum to know what I did wrong and how to solve it. I fooowed all helpers offered me to do and did not fix my problem. Then I changed product to another and it works without any problems now.

Posted by bsalvert on July 29, 2012 at 07:29 AM UTC #

Dear Mr Tim Kottek you ask why people choose to pay for Microsoft office "because others are using it" rather than use the free Open office and go to the minute effort of converting. There is an excellent piece at http://www.idealware.org/articles/msoffice_vs_openoffice.php That is a precise of the tech difference of MS and other software and also goes into why people make decisions based more on tech spec.

Posted by Peter Murray-Cowan on August 03, 2012 at 03:07 AM UTC #

yo peeps of open office, for one, it's nice to know that it's opens ms-office and google docs. however I find the base interface hard to use as a form seems almost exactly like writer, was hoping for a window form or at very least something more internal than say a writer. some help docs would be of great help. Thanks a bunch.

Posted by Joshua L. on August 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM UTC #

Love it, just love it, the greatest thing since sliced bread!

Posted by Erwin K. wolff on August 09, 2012 at 02:08 AM UTC #

thank you

Posted by yoki on August 09, 2012 at 10:35 AM UTC #

i really like the article and congrats the team of openoffice.

Posted by clouds on August 18, 2012 at 03:49 AM UTC #

Count me among your fans as well. I think it is a tremendous gift to society to have this software available to people with limited resources. Thank you all for the hard work that it takes to keep improving the product.

Posted by Miriam Raskin on August 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM UTC #

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