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from Collabora

Michael is a Christian and enthusiastic Open Source developer. He is the General Manager of Collabora Productivity, leading our Collabora Office and Online products, supporting customers and consulting on development alongside an extremely talented team. He serves as a Director of the The Document Foundation, and on the LibreOffice Engineering Steering Committee; he has contributed to both ODF and OOXML standardization. Prior to Collabora he was a Novell/SUSE Distinguished Engineer working on various pieces of Free Software infrastructure across the Linux stack to MeeGo, GNOME, CORBA, Nautilus, Evolution and Open Source accessibility, among others.

Come and hear some of the stories of the beginning, and before the beginning; why bother ? because echos of the initial decisions, and the advice and choices taken back in the day help to explain many things in the present. Parallels can help inform where to go in the future.

Hear a developer's perspective on the first ten years of the project, and how LibreOffice improved so many things. Hear the un-told story of how companies had a little to do with this, alongside some amazing volunteers.

Perhaps we can all learn from the mistakes of both OpenOffice and LibreOffice to chart a brighter future together.

2020 October 16 - 13:30
30 min
Room 2
Open Source

Happening at the same time:

  1. openSUSE on ARM
  2. Start Time:
    2020 October 16 13:30

    Room 1