CIB announces LibreOffice on the Microsoft Store

Munich, August 8, 2019 – CIB, the innovation leader for output and document management, announces the availability of two different LibreOffice packages for the Microsoft Store: the first – a TDF branded version – is called LibreOffice Vanilla, while the second is called LibreOffice powered by CIB and is a CIB branded version of the software.

The two packages – which are based on the latest LibreOffice release from The Document Foundation – allow Windows 10 S users to easily download and install the leading free office suite for personal productivity on their PC. TDF branded version relies on the global LibreOffice community for assistance and help, while LibreOffice powered by CIB also provides online support, automatic updates and security fixes for 18 months.

“The package for the Microsoft Store extends LibreOffice powered by CIB product range for Windows, macOS and Linux, based on the following products: LibreOffice powered by CIB for Business, a business optimized version of LibreOffice; LibreOffice powered by CIB LTS (Long Term Support), focused on the needs of large organizations deploying LibreOffice as the cornerstone of their desktop productivity; and LibreOffice Online powered by CIB, a solution for the private cloud of organizations“, says Ulrich Brandner, CEO of CIB.

Applications on the Microsoft Store use the new generation packaging format MSIX/APPX, simple and secure, and are ready for deployment in Windows 10 S and beyond. Windows 10 S mode is a simplified version of Windows 10 for security and performance which offers the same experience. To improve security, it only allows Microsoft Store apps and requires Microsoft Edge for browsing.

CIB – with offices in Germany and Spain – is currently one of the largest contributors to LibreOffice development, with a global multilingual team with decades of hacking and consulting experience on the code base and the product. In addition, the company offers professional services for migrations and training, and fast-response support only for LibreOffice powered by CIB.

For additional information: libreoffice.cib.de.

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Press Release: CIB and Crust Technology announce partnership

Munich, June 20, 2019 – CIB and Crust Technology today announced a partnership to create the LibreOffice Online “Corteza” distribution, a free production grade release of the LibreOffice Online software. All software development will be carried out within the Document Foundation, the custodian of the LibreOffice project, while packages will also be made available via Corteza, the Digital Work Platform for Humanity and upstream distribution of Crust. 

As one of the principal long-term contributors to LibreOffice, CIB were the obvious choice of partner for this projectsays Niall McCarthy, CEO of Crust Technology. “We’re excited to play our part in building a top class LibreOffice Online integration for the completely free and independent Corteza project by helping with various user interface and user experience improvements within LibreOffice Online and by providing the necessary storage and identity infrastructure within Corteza”.

We’re very excited about this opportunity, with the vast functionality and potential of LibreOffice Online being delivered in Cortezaremarks Thorsten Behrens, head of the LibreOffice team at CIB. “Free software took its time, but this marriage of LibreOffice and Corteza certainly delivers on a bright future for private Digital Work platforms. We are proud to enable users to make use of Open Formats, giving them full control over their content and data.

The LibreOffice Online “Corteza” distribution is targeted for release at the beginning of September 2019. At the same time a version for enterprises of “LibreOffice Online powered by CIB” will be made available for the commercial Crust platform.

Link to press release: https://cortezaproject.org/cib-and-crust-technology-announce-partnership-to-create-the-libreoffice-online-corteza-distribution/


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Press Release: LibreOffice powered by CIB product range announced

Munich, June 12, 2019 – CIB, the innovation leader for output and document management, announces LibreOffice powered by CIB product range, which represents a complete desktop/cloud productivity solution for companies and organizations of all sizes willing to deploy LibreOffice.

LibreOffice powered by CIB product range is based on the following products:

  • LibreOffice powered by CIB for Business, providing online support from a professional team, incremental updates and backport of security fixes for 18 months. The product is a business optimized version of LibreOffice, focused on the basic deployments issues of small and medium size organizations.
  • LibreOffice powered by CIB LTS (Long Term Support), providing professional support from a team of developers, incremental updates and backport of security fixes for 36 months. The product is focused on the needs of large organizations deploying LibreOffice as the cornerstone of their desktop productivity, which has to be integrated with third party applications and personalized according to specific user or business requirements.
  • LibreOffice Online powered by CIB, providing a cloud based productivity solution for the private cloud of organizations, based on the same engine of the desktop application and using the same document format, for a superior interoperability experience.

CIB – with offices in Germany and Spain – is one of the largest contributors to LibreOffice development, with a global multilingual team with decades of hacking and consulting experience on the code base and the product.

LibreOffice powered by CIB product range is immediately available from CIB. For additional information: libreoffice.cib.de.

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LibreOffice Community Meeting Spanien

Nach FLISoL, LibreItalia und dem Community Meeting in Deutschland zeigte sich CIB nun auch in Valencia! Am 25.05. fand dort das erste Treffen der spanischen LibreOffice Community statt.

Die Veranstaltung richtete sich an ein breites Publikum und setzte sich vor allem aus interessanten Vorträgen zu verschiedenen spannenden Themen zusammen, wie z.B. die Migration von LibreOffice in valencianischen Behörden. CIB spielte hier als einer der wenigen Anbieter von LibreOffice mit Langzeitsupport eine besondere Rolle.

Außerdem wurde das Event dazu genutzt, sich innerhalb der Community besser zu vernetzen und die Geschäftsbeziehungen in Spanien auszuweiten – mit Erfolg!

Die kommende Veranstaltung, an der wir teilnehmen werden, ist die OW2con’19 in Paris! Seid gespannt auf Neuigkeiten zu CIB Lösungen!

Let’s CIB!

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LibreOffice: four open source weekends

FLISoL, LibreItalia conference, German and Spanish community meetings

In April and May we demonstrated our commitment towards the open source community: dedicating four weekends completely to LibreOffice and its local communities!

15° FLISoL (Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre)

On April 27, CIB attended the the largest Latin American Free Software advocacy event aimed at all types of audiences. For the first time it took place in Munich, Germany. The aim: to share experiences and knowledge about free and open source software with conversations, demos and workshops. Our team contributed with a speech about LibreOffice and the improvements available thanks to the commitment of German public administrations.

Have a look at our presentation.

German LibreOffice community meeting

The following weekend, from May 3 to 5, our team joined the German LibreOffice community meeting organized by The Document Foundation at Linuxhotel in Essen. The aim: This annual fixed date represents the opportunity to summarize what has been achieved during the last year and to plan new activities.

LibreItalia Conference

Focusing on the international rather than just the German market, relationships with other LibreOffice communities are constantly growing. For this reason, from May 11 to 12, we attended the 6th LibreItalia Conference, the annual meeting of the Italian LibreOffice community which took place in Palermo, Sicily.
The aim: This year’s edition was not only focused on LibreOffice, but also on other communities like OpenDataSicilia, Mozilla Italia or Ubuntu Italia. The event was a great opportunity to learn more about the different ways to work and interact with the open source communities as well as introducing the new OASIS ODF Advocacy Open Projects.

Next step: Spanish LibreOffice community meeting in Valencia on May 25.

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CIB sponsert Open Projects

Offene Standards mit ODF und Open Source mit LibreOffice powered by CIB

OASIS ist eine internationale Non-Profit-Organisation, die die Entwicklung, Konvergenz und Übernahme von E-Business-Standards vorantreibt. Kürzlich wurde die Einführung von Open Projects angekündigt, was uns als stolzen Sponsor von OASIS natürlich besonders interessiert.

Open Projects ist das erste Programm seiner Art und zielt darauf ab, die Welt von Open Source und Open Standards zu verändern und die beiden Gebiete enger aneinander zu bringen. Im Rahmen des Programms wurde die OpenDocument Format (ODF) Advocacy angekündigt. Sie dient der Förderung des weltweit führenden Dokumentenstandards ODF, der von OASIS selbst entwickelt wurde. Der Standard wurde von der ISO anerkannt und stellt den permanenten Zugriff auf Dokumente sicher. Dies wirkt dem Problem der Interoperabilität entgegen, vermeidet so die Abhängigkeit von bestimmten Herstellern und reduziert Lizenzkosten. CIB ist nicht nur Sponsor des Projekts! Unsere Entwickler arbeiten auch aktiv an ODF und haben mit über 300 Änderungen zum bald erwarteten ODF 1.3-Standardupdate beigetragen. Außerdem haben wir mit LibreOffice powered by CIB eine starke Lösung zur Verarbeitung von ODF im Portfolio.

Weitere Open Projects zu verschiedenen spannenden Themen, u.a. Blockchain, werden in den kommenden Monaten angekündigt.

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CIB visiting FOSDEM 2019

A new edition of FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers‘ European Meeting) just ended. Our CIB LibreOffice team this year was represented by Thorsten Behrens, Michael Stahl and Marina Latini.

The event is held annually during the first weekend of February, at the „Université Libre de Bruxelles„. For our team, attending FOSDEM means to be involved in a full week of meetings and collateral events related to LibreOffice and other open source communities.

This year „The Document Foundation“ changed the ordinary schedule, organizing the majority of the internal meetings before the conference itself started. Like the company is actively involved in the LibreOffice ecosystem, the outcomes were really good, including for CIB.

The week started with the well established two-day Hackfest on January 30th and 31st. These days, our team also attended the Certification Committee and the Board of Directors“ meetings

The „LibreOffice Certification Program“ organized by „The Document Foundation“ certifies the growth and the expertise of all the professionals who are constantly involved in the LibreOffice ecosystem. The main focus is professional support for development, training and migration to LibreOffice. We can provide certified CIB Support for each area guaranteed by the certification program.

Friday 1st was a whole day of meetings with the Board, the Membership Committee and the team.  From Saturday 2nd on, CIB was attending the two-day conference: In the „Open Document Editors devroom“ Michael Stahl was presenting the important changes done for improving the Traced Changes. The full recording with the slides is available here. Thorsten Behrens was presenting how to Cross-build LibreOffice for x86 architecture with Docker. Click  here for the presentation and slides.

After the technical presentations, our team ended the first day of FOSDEM with the annual community dinner, a nice networking evening at „Betacowork Coworking Brussels“. Three different kinds of pasta were directly cooked by the „LibreItalia community“ together with our Marina Latini.

The last day of FOSDEM was a great networking opportunity to meet in person several community members and companies involved in the open source ecosystem. From 12 till 15 o´ clock the LibreOffice certification exams took place – and we are proud to announce that Katarina and Thorsten Behrens were certified as LibreOffice professional trainers.

Stay tuned for more insights and…

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LibreOffice powered by CIB – We improve it!

For enterprises and professional deployments, CIB develops and provides you with LibreOffice powered by CIB, the certified long-term supported version of LibreOffice. On top of that, additional services are not limited to a verified and supported productivity software. The LibreOffice team at CIB is offering you several professional services like custom development, trainings, adoption and migration plan with an initial assessment. All these services are provided by certified trainers, developers and certified migration consultants. The full package assures a better LibreOffice adoption and integration in your daily workflow with the best user satisfaction.

The Document Foundation is not providing support services for LibreOffice, but has developed and is maintaining a certification system for professionals.

There are three different areas of certification: the developer, the professional consultant and the professional trainer.

From the definition provided by The Document Foundation, a certified developer “is able to hack LibreOffice code to develop new features or provide L3 Support to enterprise users, researching and developing solutions to new or unknown issues, designing and developing one or more courses of action, evaluating each of these courses in a test case environment, and implementing the best solution to the problem. Once the solution is verified, it is added to LibreOffice source code.” “[…]part of their certification is peer reviewed by the Certification Committee and the Engineering Steering Committee, based on criteria defined by the Engineering Steering Committee.”

Also according to this definition, the group of certified LibreOffice developers at CIB are skilled and capable to provide a working solution able to satisfy any user or customer need.

Thanks to his great commitment and experience, the LibreOffice certified developers team at CIB includes now Serge Krot. The full team of certified experts was already composed of Armin le Grand, Jürgen Funk, Katarína Behrens, Marina Latini, Michael Stahl, Oliver Specht, Samuel Mehrbrodt, Thorsten Behrens and Vasily Melenchuk.

With that recent addition, we have an even stronger team to provide our customers, partners and everybody interested with great services.

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LibreOffice powered by CIB @ Linux Pro Magazine

Am 15.12.2018 wurde die neueste Special Edition des Linux Pro Magazine mit dem Thema #LibreOffice veröffentlicht.

CIB ist als kompetenter Partner und langjähriger Supporter von LibreOffice natürlich in der Ausgabe vertreten und gleich mit zwei Anzeigen dabei.

On 15.12.2018 the latest special edition of the Linux Pro Magazine concerning #LibreOffice has been published. 

As a competent partner and long-time supporter of LibreOffice, CIB is of course represented in the issue with two advertisements

Die Ausgabe kann hier gekauft werden/Get your copy here:
Print Magazine / Online Magazine

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LibreItalia Conference 2018

After a great LibreOffice Conference, followed by the LibreOffice Hackfest held at modulE and the SFSCon in Bolzano sponsored by CIB, the LibreOffice community met again in Sanremo on December 1st, for the annual conference of the Italian supporters and contributors, members of the LibreItalia association.

Unfortunately CIB wasn´t able to attend the event, but thanks to all the LibreItalia social channels, we did have the opportunity to interact with all the attendees. LibreItalia was using a custom Telegram channel dedicated to the conference and the conference was commented via twitter using the hashtag #libreitaliaconf.

The mayor of Sanremo opened the session, sharing great interest in the importance of the digital culture, formats and open source software for citizens and students, too. Enio Gemmo, LibreItalia president, and the entire board talked about all the past initiatives of the ongoing year and the plans for 2019.

The speech of Francesco Di Costanzo, president of PA Social, presenting the activities and goals of the association that are pointing towards the development of new communication via social media in order to increase and improve the relationship between the PAs, companies and the citizens was really appreciated.

LibreItalia is strongly committed to schools! Therefore this years` session after lunch break was focused on schools, with reports on past and ongoing activities.

The conference could be the first step for bringing a new municipality to adopt LibreOffice and ODF.

Next meeting of the association will probably be between April and May 2019, in the beautiful city of Palermo.

We´ll hopefully be there.

Let´s CIB!

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