The Document Foundation 2012 in Review

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 26, 2012

Italo Vignoli today published lots of cool graphs and stats demonstating the growth and other accomplishments over the course of 2012. From the growth in number of contributors to high-profile roll-outs to increasing numbers of downloads, 2012 has been a banner year. He said, "Looking back, it has been amazing."

Starting with the contributor list, LibreOffice had 379 contributors at the start of the year, but that number had grown to 567 by Christmas 2012. The Document Foundation also announced 14 LibreOffice releases in 2012 and the team is currently working on LibreOffice 4.0, which should be released in February 2012.

LibreOffice won the Office Suite of the Year 2011 and was chosen Best Office Suite 2012 by Linux Journal's Member Choice Awards. "In Brazil, LibreOffice has received the 'Technology For Citizens Award' from Guarulhos City."

Vignoli also stated that downloads numbered in 200,000 per week at the start of year but has grown to over 600,000 in December. Linux isn't figured into these numbers due to most getting LibreOffice from their distributions. Despite that over 14,000,000 downloads in all have been tallied for LibreOffice in 2012.

LibreOffice has racked up several large profile migrations and has even began a certification program. Finally, Vignoli spoke of the promotion of Florian Effenberger, who was once a volunteer but is now officially employed by The Document Foundation "to manage the infrastructure and take care of administrative tasks." See his post for more details.

In other LibreOffice news, LibreOffice 4.0 Beta 2 was released to contributors and testers recently. Some bug fixes include "support multiple selection in page fields, setting properties for all data labels, RTF editing/import not recognizing page breaks," and a "Tools > Options > Language Settings > Languages > CRASH."