LibreOffice development extends to Brazil

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LibreOffice development extends to Brazil

The Internet, December 6, 2010 - The Document Foundation welcomes the
new BrOffice Centre of Excellence for Free Software, a software
development project recently announced by BrOffice, Itaipu Binacional
and the Itaipu Technological Park Foundation. The main software lab,
based in Foz do Iguacu, will contribute to the development of
LibreOffice (BrOffice in Brazil), and other free software projects. The
activity is forecast to start in the first quarter of 2011.

"BrOffice has 15 million users in Brazil, and it was time to have a
community of developers to contribute to the project and make it more
independent from large corporate sponsors", said Claudio Filho,
President of BrOffice and a founding member of TDF. "The idea of a
Brazilian development lab for BrOffice was born with the community in
2001, and the launch of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice have
created the right environment to make it a reality".

The BrOffice Centre of Excellence for Free Software will train
professionals in Brazil to contribute to the development of LibreOffice,
making The Document Foundation a stronger free software project
independent from a single corporate sponsor. The lab will reduce the
dependence of Brazilian users from international development, and in
doing so will contribute code and features to the free office suite.

"The process of building an independent foundation, in terms of
governance and software development, is not a trivial task. The
announcement of the Brazilian Center of Excellence is an important step
in this direction, and is a sign of the activities which have happened
before the date of the launch in September", said Charles Schulz, a
member of TDF Steering Committee.

"BrOffice was one of the early sponsors of The Document Foundation, and
we have a huge challenge here to keep LibreOffice on the leading edge of
free office suite software,” said Olivier Hallot, a board member of
BrOffice and a founding member of TDF.

The home of The Document Foundation is at http://documentfoundation.org.

The Document Foundation has the mission to facilitate the evolution of
the OOo Community into a new open, independent, and meritocratic
organization within the next few months. An independent Foundation is a
better match to the values of contributors, users and supporters, and
will enable a more effective, efficient, transparent, and inclusive
Community. TDF will protect past investments by building on the
achievements of the first decade, will encourage wide participation in
the Community, and will co-ordinate activity across the Community.

Media Contacts

Florian Effenberger (Germany)
Mobile: +49 151 14424108 - E-mail: [hidden email]
Olivier Hallot (Brazil)
Mobile: +55 21 88228812 - E-mail: [hidden email]
Charles H. Schulz (France)
Mobile: +33 6 98655424 - E-mail: [hidden email]
Italo Vignoli (Italy)
Mobile: +39 348 5653829 - E-mail: [hidden email]

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