by Michael Meeks
from Collabora

Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic believer in Free Software. He
is the General Manager of Collabora Productivity, leading our
LibreOffice team, supporting customers, consulting on development
alongside an extremely talented team. He serves as a member of the
board of The Document Foundation, and the LibreOffice Engineering
Steering Committee; in the past he served on ECMA/TC45 improving
Microsoft's description of their format OOXML. Prior to this he was a
Novell/SUSE Distinguished Engineer working on various pieces of Free
Software infrastructure across the Linux desktop stackm and before
that he worked on both hardware and software for real-time video
editing at Quantel.

Come hear the story of The Document Foundation, from the
birthing pains up until the latest LibreOffice features of today.
Hear why we did what we did, the key players including openSUSE and
the parts they played. Hear how a vision of a collaborative ecosystem
around the code-base created something bigger than all of us, to which
we are loyal. See how we managed to build consensus, co-ordinate and
make decisions between hundreds of contributors in a meritocratic and
vendor neutral fashion.

Finally, I hope to showcase the latest juicy features we have in
LibreOffice 4.2 and under development.

2014 April 26 10:00
1 h
openSUSE Conference