Winter in Vermont

Living in Vermont is a certain kind of special. It’s often hard to put my finger on exactly what makes it such a joy to live here, but as a picture is worth a good thousand words or so, may I please present Exhibit A:

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Exhibit A

That’s a dog, lying in the middle of the road. He likes to hang out there in the warmer months, usually on the inside of the curve, usually somewhere near that house off in the distance.

As far as I know, nobody’s ever hit the dog, and nobody’s ever complained that a dog shouldn’t be using the warm pavement of the road to warm himself. Interesting.

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Mark your calendars: LibreOffice Bugzilla Migration is 1 month away!

tdf-walrus_experiment-iconWhat did you hope to get this Christmas? A new sled? A new laptop? Free Software that can fill out PDF forms?[1]

The LibreOffice QA Team has been hoping to migrate our bugtracker to our own infrastructure for the past year, and after a bunch of testing and experimenting, this January our wish is coming true!

On January 24th, 2015, The Document Foundation will commence migration of our bugtracker from Freedesktop.org infrastructure to TDF-hosted machines. Migration will give us increased flexibility to extend and modify the underlying Bugzilla code to match our needs, integrate other TDF services with the bug tracker, and provide more granular services for projects such as the Impress Remote and the Document Liberation Project.

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Happy New Year, LibreOffice!

happy-holidays-libreofficeAs 2014 draws to a close, I’m reminded of all of the amazing things that have happened in the LibreOffice project over the last 12 months. We’ve talked to hundreds of users and supporters at FOSDEM, SCALE, OSCON, FOSSETCON, and other conferences around the world, we’ve hosted Hackfests, LibreFests, and other community events, and we’ve worked on the nitty-gritty of the project, triaging over 8700 bugs and making more than 25000 commits[1].

LibreOffice wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of people working in many different countries and in many different roles. Since I’ve joined The Document Foundation as a QA Engineer this past summer, I’ve had an opportunity to work with new developers, users, technical support staff, teachers, administrators, and volunteers. Each day brings new puzzles and new opportunities to learn, as well as new volunteers and curious users who decide to stick around and help the community after we’ve worked to answer their questions or reproduce and fix their bugs.

The QA Team has been especially busy in the last few months, bibisecting regressions and chopping our UNCONFIRMED bug count in half, dropping under 400 in the last week.  We’re getting ready to migrate to our own instance of Bugzilla at the end of January, which will give us increased flexibility and easier customization of our bug tracker. In honor of Bugzilla, the stegosaurus at the top of the page is doing his best impression of the Mozilla Dinosaur. I’ll make a separate post with all kinds of details about the migration very soon Read all about the Bugzilla Migration right here!

Thanks for the amazing 2014, LibreOffice! I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together in the coming 365 days!

-Q

Join LibreOffice in Seattle for a Bug Triaging Bee & Hackfest!

Who makes the best office suite? You do!

SeattleLibreFest_2014At the tail end of October, LibreOffice is headed to Seattle, WA for SeaGL, “a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source software/hardware.” While we’re hanging out in Washington, we’re planning to have a LibreFest — a community event to bring users, developers, and contributors from the Seattle area together to help LibreOffice by squashing bugs, writing code, and increasing public awareness of this amazing Free Software office suite. The LibreFest will take place on Sunday, October 26th at the University of Washington in Seattle.

At the LibreFest, we’re planning to have two tracks available:

  • A Bug Triaging BeeA fun, community exercise for people of all experience levels, from newcomers to experienced QA Engineers
  • A HackfestFor developers and programmers interested in eliminating bugs and implementing new features

Testing bugs and writing code takes a lot of concentration, so we’ll have plenty of free food and drink available to keep you fueled up and working at peak efficiency. We’ll also be giving out LibreOffice Contributor T-shirts to all participants, as a thank-you for your hard work!

To Sign Up, send an email to qubit [at] libreoffice.org with your Name and T-Shirt size. Let us know if you’re interested in the Bug Triaging Bee, the Hackfest, or both!

For more information, please see the Seattle LibreFest event page.

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Fossetcon was amazing!

Following the LibreOffice Annual Conference in Bern, Switzerland, I headed to Olando, Florida for Fossetcon. This was my first trip to the Sunshine State, and I got a very warm welcome from all of the Fossetcon team.

When I arrived at the airport, Vernon Singleton was kind enough to pick me up and give me a ride over to the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Situated along a strip of various hotels and eateries, the Rosen Plaza was an all-in-one venue, providing lodging, conference space, and a few different dining options. In addition to my regular QA Engineer work, I was spending the week learning how to be the Release Engineer for LibreOffice, so I spent a fair amount of time glued to my computer, but did find time to run out to eat and use the pool.

WARNING: Floridians don’t know what crosswalks are. They will run you over. The same thing will happen in Dallas, TX, and perhaps in any other city in the South. Just wait until there aren’t any cars within a hundred feet or more, and then cross.

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LibreOffice 4.3 Bug Hunting Session

Pick up your shovels and shovel up your picks, ’cause it’s time (once again) for a LibreOffice Bug Hunting Session. We’re working to get LibreOffice 4.3 ready for everyone in the world to enjoy, and we’d love to have more hands on deck to test our our alpha and beta builds and report any and all problems we uncover.

As our handy-dandy 4.3 Release Plan wiki page explains, beta builds of LibreOffice 4.3 are ready as of this week. We’d like to bring as many eyes as possible together to test the software and confirm that no regressions have been accidentally introduced and check that all the components and basic features are working as expected.

We have some suggestions about what to test, but feel free to just download the 4.3 builds and see how they operate in your normal, daily workflow. Remember that 4.3 is beta software, so please backup any important data before starting any testing.

 

Thanks for your help!

LibreOffice at LinuxFest Northwest

Tucked up at the top of Washington state — only a few miles away from Canada — LinuxFest Northwest is a perfect example of a welcoming, regional FOSS conference.

Like the town of Bellingham that plays host to the weekend’s activities, LinuxFest Northwest isn’t gunning to get as big as possible. Rather, LFNW provides a smaller-sized conference that is much more accessible to newcomers to GNU/Linux than bigger, industry-lead events. When I gave presentations in the rooms at Bellingham Technical College, I had a marvelous mix of both experienced technical experts as well as individuals that had just shown up because they were interested in learning more about computers and Free/Open Source Software.

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