OpenOffice.org 3.3 esta aquĆ­ y lista para ser descargada.

 – La suite de productividad libre usado por mas de 100 millones de usuarios ahora incluye muchas nuevas mejoras a las empresas.

Germany, 25 January 2011.— El proyecto de OpenOffice.org anuncia hoy el lanzamiento de OpenOffice.org 3.3, la mejor versión a la fecha. Con las mejoras y funcionalidades ajustadas a las necesidades que se necesitan en las empresas, la suite entra en una nueva área. El usuario empresarial, en la administración publica y privada, encontraras una compatiblidad mejorada con MS Office, la hoja de calculo y avances en el componente de presentación, y las muchas nuevas funcionalidades en las contribuciones comunitarias que han sido bienvenidas. Una lista de Proyectos comunitarios que han sido alcanzados pueden verse aquí <http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.3/>.

OpenOffice.org 3.3 marca un hito en la madurez de la suite. Diez años despues que Sun Microsystems iniciara el proyecto de productividad, la suite ha crecido de ser una “alternativa libre” a ser la opción predeterminada y demandada por más de 100 millones de usuarios que han venido a valorar la calidad, estabilidad, y extensiones así como los estándares abiertos usados en una suite con un formato abierto como OpenDocument Format (ODF). Desde el lanzamiento de 3.0, hemos contado mas de 192 millones de descargas, la mayoria de estas en Windows. Y una extraordinario numero sería una baja estimación.

Con OpenOffice.org 3.3, hemos trabajado para alcanzar y participar en el futuro que este centenar de millón de usuarios alrededor del mundo demandá en las organizaciones públicas y privadas que migran a OpenOffice.org y ODF, al mismo tiempo que una simple preferencia de la suite que haga de todo manteniendo un grado de personalización. La lista de nuevos elementos es extensa, pero algunas mejoras resaltan a la vista.

OpenOffice.org 3.3 no solo es más rápida al iniciar y en general, también:

      • incluir fuentes estándares en PDF

      • incrementar la protección de documentos en Writer y Calc

      • provee mas de 1 millón de filas en una hoja de cálculo

      • ofrece nuevas opciones para CSV (Valores separados por coma)

      • permite insertar objetos de dibujo en Charts

      • mejora la presentación de las diapositivas en Impress

      • mejoras y una barra de búsqueda universal

La lista continua, y con la comunidad contribuida por un repostorio de extensiones, las mejoras implementadas, la cantidad y las plantillas especificas, diccionarios, idiomas de OpenOffice.org esta constantemente creciendo. Les invitamos a ver que existe y descarges lo que mas te interese. OpenOffice.org es sobre productividad: Su productividad.

Como Andrew Southworth, coordinador de redes, Congreso del trabajo Canadiense, escribe “Nunca ha sido sobre los ahorras. El congreso del trabajo Canadiense selecciono OpenOffice.org en apoyo a lo que hace y como lo hace. Su soporte completo del formato ODF que nos libera de comprometernos a un proveedor en especifico. Sus extensiones, el elemento empresarial que el codigo abierto le da a todos los que representa y trabaja en Canada, desde escuelas a hospitales a librerias al sector privado, las organizaciones gozan de una libertad y productividad real — sin estar encerrados a un proveedor o compañía que forcen como deben ser las cosas. Ahorrar dinero es grandioso. Pero OpenOffice.org, con su soporte de ODF, es mas que el resultado final. Es sobre libertad de escoger el mejor.”

Adicionalmente a las mejoras, tambien incluimos actualizaciones de seguridad, y estamos recomendando a todos los usuarios actualizar a la nueva versión tan luego como puedan. También, como siempre, recomienda los usuarios siguan las practicas de seguridad.

OpenOffice.org esta completamente soportado alrededor del mundo por una comunidad de empresas profesionales, ambas pequeñas como grandes. Oracle continua el patrocinio del proyecto y hace bienvenido las contribuciones de todos.

Una guia completa de las mejoras estan disponibles en <http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/features/3.3/>. El boletín de seguridad con detalles del potencial de vulnerabilidades arregladas en <http://www.openoffice.org/security/bulletin.html>.

Para descargar OpenOffice.org 3.3 de forma gratuita: <http://download.openoffice.org/>.

 

*Paquete de prensa: OpenOffice.org <http://marketing.openoffice.org/press_kit.html>

* Casos para OpenOffice.org: <http://why.openoffice.org>

 

**Contactos

Alexandro Colorado (UTC +-06h00), Cancun, Mexico

Líder de proyecto OpenOffice.org Español

jza @ openoffice.org

+1 (347) 414-9315

 

Peter Junge (UTC +08h00), Beijing, China

Líder del proyecto de OpenOffice.org Marketing

pj @ openoffice.org

Louis Suárez-Potts (UTC -05h00), Toronto, Canada

OpenOffice.org Community Manager

Chair, Community Council

louis @ openoffice.org

+1 (416) 625 3843

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The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3

The Internet, January 25, 2011 – The Document Foundation launches LibreOffice 3.3, the first stable release of the free office suite developed by the community. In less than four months, the number of developers hacking LibreOffice has grown from less than twenty in late September 2010, to well over one hundred today. This has allowed us to release ahead of the aggressive schedule set by the project.Not only does it ship a number of new and original features, LibreOffice 3.3 is also a significant achievement for a number of reasons:

  1. the developer community has been able to build their own and independent process, and get up and running in a very short time (with respect to the size of the code base and the project’s strong ambitions);
  2. thanks to the high number of new contributors having been attracted into the project, the source code is quickly undergoing a major clean-up to provide a better foundation for future development of LibreOffice;
  3. the Windows installer, which is going to impact the largest and most diverse user base, has been integrated into a single build containing all language versions, thus reducing the size for download sites from 75 to 11GB, making it easier for us to deploy new versions more rapidly and lowering the carbon footprint of the entire infrastructure.

The full annoucement is available here.

Getting involved in LibreOffice

Most importantly, the LibreOffice project needs all the help it can get. If you want to join a vibrant, active community around a very visible and dynamic project, there are plenty of ways to do so.

If you or someone you know has some time and resources to dedicate to this important part of Ubuntu and of every libre desktop, come by sometime to the #libreoffice IRC channel and we’ll take care of you :)

Getting help for LibreOffice

I joined the LibreOffice project a few weeks ago and I must say this is a very exciting day ! I am mostly involved in marketing and documentation, but I’m also proposing the following two resources to become official support and self-help channels:

The LibreOffice project has a dedicated page listing all available online help resources.

I believe having additional self-help and support communities that complement the exiting OpenOffice.org existing ones is important, as the LibreOffice code-base will inevitably diverge more and more, and as we have more version-specific issues and bugs that can’t be treated equally. Furthermore, having language-specific communities and tools that can be used in your own language is also an important way to advocate LibreOffice in any part of the world – without depending on English-only tools.

Installing LibreOffice in Ubuntu

If you haven’t tried LibreOffice in Ubuntu yet, this would be a good time :)

If you are using Ubuntu do not download the .deb files for manual installation, there is a PPA repository that has been available for a few weeks now. Follow these instructions to install LibreOffice from the PPA so you get automatic updates. If you are running Ubuntu 11.04 LIbreOffice is already part of the standard packages, just search for libreoffice in your favorite package manager. Keep in mind the PPA shows version 3.3 rc4 as of this writing, however the 3.3 release should be available shortly.

The following is needed and works for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.10. Keep in mind a PPA is always considered a third-party application and unfit for production purposes, however LibreOffice is becoming part of Ubuntu officially in the next release, due in April 2011, so the PPA will get a lot of attention and care. Make sure you test this and perhaps wait a few weeks if you intend to use this in 10.04 LTS or 10.10 in any significant way.

Here are the steps, then to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS or Ubuntu 10.10:
Start a terminal window and issue these commands (you’ll be asked for your password):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libreoffice

To complete the integration to Ubuntu (Gnome) or Kubuntu (KDE), you will also need to either

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

or

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-kde

… accordingly.

Filing a bug for LIbreOffice in Ubuntu is easy, I have documented the process here.

Additional language modules, help files and extensions are also available if you search for libreoffice in your package manager.

Frameworks, link share and entrepreneurial investments

So since I have been living here in Cancun I have been involved with this developers meetup where we talk and share impressions and comments around development topics. Things like frameworks, languages, best practices and also just have fun with new applications and discoveries. All these took part on last meetup we had yesterday.

The atendee list was small even if many more verified their assistance. A total of four developers gather, most of them I already knew from previous sessions however a new face showed up to this meetup. Some great applications where shared during our meetup including an application similar to the Illumination software creator, which generate applications for Linux, Windows, OSX, Iphone, Andorid and so on, but a new one called Titanium. The whole toolkit is based on Javascript and then generated into the native language. Quite similar to the Illumination software except is a pygtk generation and flex.

Other topics were circulating including the troubleshooting of a JQuery module for the use inside a site. While some hacking was going on an interesting discussion which I decided to record about the differences between the frameworks and MVC model versus the traditional way of developing web applications.

The discussion was pretty interesting and the comments about Python vs PHP and how MVC can be applied to certain applications. There was also some link sharing including Woopra, an alternative to Google Analytics. Rescuetime.com which acts as a monitor of your time spent in at the workstation and teach you how to save time between the applications you are working at.

There was a small discussion about hosting services and cloud services versus VPS and smaller shared accounts, on price point and also cloud services. From local backup to Carbonite and similar cloud services which I am not very found off. My philosophy on using linux for example has changed the way I percieved hardware and when making a selection on netbooks or laptops I just see a shell to my information that lives on different devices as opposed on planning and saving for just 1 expensive piece of tech.

The last part of the meetup was quite interesting, we change scenery and went to a Wings Army which was a good time to throw some food. We were able to talk about the business side of entrepreneurship. We went from venture capitals in Mexico to a directory of south california investments. He told me his experience with government funding and how corruption brought the whole thing down. Something unfortunately very common in the government.

Eventually going back to stories about how to look for greener pastures and try to refocus the strategy and how to avoid huge ammount of paperwork to get by the funding of the solution. I shared my personal strong critics to the Mexican ‘investors’ being completely missplaced as far as what market capitalization vs monetization and growth. As many would notice, Google, twitter, and even Facebook, monetization was always pushed further and delayed as much as possible, even now at 50+ billion dollars there still not substantial monetization yet investment is now pouring from every angle.

Dream of going away

Yesterday I had an interesting dream about getting a ticket to europe. The dream actually started with me getting on a non fueled poweres smart type of car. Driving behind the airport into a more exclusive area only for the KLM and Air france flights.

To be honest the lounge looked more like a Nike shop meet a theatre with the main exit directly to the aiplane hanger. However I never saw the planes. I went to the ticket desk and ask fort flights and got multiple KLM and Air France flights. The best time was for AF so I’ve just got it and left. After steping out I saw the ticket for 1,205 USD a larger ammount that I had budgetted. Then I wonder why I didn’t get it online and was beating myself about it.

The funny thing is that I went to the KLM site right after waking up to check the flights to Berlin. So I probably won’t  go to Berlin, but I thought it was pretty funny the way I got to play with the idea.

 

Organizing for the new year the FLOSS way

So a good Free Software new year wishes is to start organizing Free software events for this year. There are several events where we can put our community on the map. Each year events such as Document Freedom Day, Software Freedom Day, FLISOL and the multiple FLOSS applications events. My initial thought is to cover them via streaming, the multiple talks in different places and countries makes me impossible to look this as a phisical thing but more as a broadcasting thing. Tunning in on a specific hour to a on-going talk about the relevant event seems like the best thing to start going at it.

Things like an on-going IRC channel for the different “ES” regions that can just connect during that day and have a distributed conversation about the events seems like the best idea. However organizing small events is also something I would like to get involved and see what can be done in that area as well as get involved with networking of geeks in my local area.

Some of the issues is that I am new to the area, also my geek friends are increasing but not at the rate that I would have expect at first. So I would like to have a stronger social network that come together into making more geeky things through the network. Also having some more spare change wouldn’t hurt. Being able to access to university resources, tackle on innovation from a larger userbase like maybe a school or medium company that can get involved into providing a cookout or a location that we can all collaborate on making it better. This remind me of a place like LinuxCabal where in Guadalajara was very very active, this gave us a great position where we can all geekout.

I guess my larger goal is to have that people and have that place to geekout and strenght the geek metropolitan network. Till next time, these events will tell if I made it or not.

Wikipedia 10th anniversary

So today was Wikipedia 10th anniversary celebration world wide. 10 years in the tecnology world is like a whole era, and having a community project such as this has been incredible. Since it caught me by surprise, little I did to have a local celebration of wikipedia celebration. However the list was interesting and there were plenty of events in Mexico. However there were also other activities going on specially in the virtual space. So I did attend the IRC room and the facebook sites as well as some of the hashtags. However some of the interesting things that I did was actually using it. Spending time in the site and the more lesser known projects of the Wikipedia Foundation specially the specialized products.

Wikipedia2

There are interesting stuff going on on these sites and spending time getting to know it will definitely help you out in the future. Things like WikiNews, WikiSource, Wikiquotes, Wiki Commons and others. I particuarly liked the Wikiversity which is a complete school program full of information for every level.

Things like the Wikibooks is also another specialized site that will provide a whole library of ebooks published under a free license. Is interesting for authors that want to get a book out there for everyone to enjoy.

Wikispecies has also more scientific information and biologist might find it amazing repository of information that could help and they can provide the preservation of quality information about our world and the species living in those ecosystems.

Jimmy finally thanked everyone involved with the project and gave it’s video to the general public and published on the wikimedia site. My biggest quote was a testimony of what I experienced recently with wikipedia and other sites like google:

One of the most important experience with wikipedia was when I was talking with a friend. I remembered an episode from my childhood of Twilight Zone. An obscure episode from my childhood memories that I was chatting about, after doing a search wikipedia had a list of all the episodes and I could rescue the exact episode information Within minutes I was able to watch Wikipedia again. Thanks Wikipedia for reviving my childhood memories.

Thanks Wikipedia for 10 years of incredible information and sharing the narrations, quotes and valuable information that have helped everyone.

Codejam and Development Thursday

So today was a great day, well rather yesterday I guess. I spent a couple of hours late night with a bunch of other developers on a conf call and coding at the same time. This was a great experience coming from the somewhat disbelief of the events that are being undertaken by some of my peers. Don’t get me wrong, I believe the event is a good idea, but having too many events might become a distraction of the real goal. So I started a code jam just to see the difference.

So CodeJam’s big difference is what do you know that you want to share, and what we can do together as a collective. I think that smart people know how to work together, while not so smart people are satisfied by just talking about their individual achievements. So to avoid ending up with a group on the lather I try to come up with a more active group that could provide some insight into the coding development and learn it through the practical documentation.

Since I have a global call conference center at my disposal I tried to use it and start doing development with these couple of guys. The goal was to create at least the basic examples of the framework we were targeting.

The framework we saw was Raphael and Pyjamas. The first one was a Javascript framework for the manipulation of SVG. The second one was a python framework to generate multiple effects through HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Originally it was about Javascript but I think the current form goes beyond it and into new development of things.

We had lots of fun trying to solve the first examples and end up with a great satisfaction about being able to at least start understanding the framework. Unfortunately starting so late make us finish early as well. Not to mention that we just got to install it and configure it. I hope some of the guys stick to it and come up with something good on their own.

During the chit chat we came also with some questioning about the use of IDE, and how vim is very powerful but we need better information on how to use it. Something that I somewhat solved by finding a presentation on the use of VIM and PHP.

The next day was the Development meetup and well it wasn’t as good as I expected but eventually we got stuff out there. At least we shared some good links of projects regarding AppEngine, Javascript’s Frameworks for games and other interesting development of Google Maps. I also showed what we did the night before at the codejam meetup and well we got to talk about how to better organize ourselves. The meeting end up on a great note as we were talking about trying to pull out geeks from the university one of the baristos from the starbucks came and talk to us asking about being a student of one of the colleges I went at the beginning of the week and asking if we could contact them. Which was exactly what I did this monday. I hope that he email me so we can come down to something interesting.