Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:48

Canonical joins Document Foundation advisory board

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Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system, has joined the advisory board of the The Document Foundation, the organisation that presides over the development of LibreOffice, the free office suite.

LibreOffice is the default office suite for numerous Linux distributions, including Ubuntu which has used it since its spring 2011 release.

LibreOffice 5.2 is being released next month and will become one of the first applications to be available as a snap package which will make it easier and simpler for The Document Foundation to maintain.

The snap package format is one that aims to be an universal one so that it can be installed on all GNU/Linux distributions.

Marina Latini, chairperson of the The Document Foundation, was quoted in a media release as saying: "Canonical has been an active member of the LibreOffice community since the early days, and one of the most frequent sponsors of the LibreOffice Conference.

"By becoming a member of the project Advisory Board, Canonical will provide the experience and the insights necessary to improve the presence of free software – and LibreOffice – inside enterprises and public administrations worldwide."

Will Cooke, desktop engineering manager of Canonical, said: "We are extremely pleased to become a member of the LibreOffice Project advisory board and have the opportunity to provide our guidance and insights to help improve LibreOffice for users around the world.

"At Canonical, we believe in the power of open source software. We are committed to developing it, and will support projects and initiatives that help to promote its benefits to a wider audience."

The primary function of the advisory board is to represent the The Document Foundation's sponsors, and to provide the board of directors with advice, guidance and proposals. In addition, the advisory board is at the heart of the LibreOffice ecosystem and plays a key role in the project's future development.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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