In an e-mail to their announce mailing list, the The Document Foundation have shared details of their first week of public operation: “One full week has gone by since the announcement of The Document Foundation, and we would like to share some numbers with the people who have decided to follow us since the first day.”
The e-mail, in full:
The Internet, October 6, 2010 – One full week has gone by since the
announcement of The Document Foundation, and we would like to share some
numbers with the people who have decided to follow us since the first
The beta of LibreOffice has been downloaded over 80.000 times. The
infrastructure has expanded dramatically from 25 to 45 working mirrors
in 25 countries (in every continent), including islands in the Pacific
Ocean. This number is close to half the mirrors achieved by
OpenOffice.org during ten years of history of the project.
People have started to contribute to the code, suggesting features,
committing patches and filing bugs. In just one week, around 80 code
contributions (patches, and direct commits) have been accepted in
LibreOffice from a total of 27 volunteers, several of them newly-won,
with around 100 developers hanging out on the #libreoffice irc channel
which is buzzing with activity (around 14,000 messages sent).
Turning to the wider community, 2.000 people have subscribed to the list
announce@ to keep up with the latest TDF news, and 300 people to the
discussion list discuss@, where there has been an average of 100
messages per day.
To round up the numbers, there are nearly 600 people following TDF
tweets, over 150 following the identi.ca TDF account, and over 1.000
fans on Facebook. The traffic on the server has been in the region of
In its only official response to the creation of the Foundation, Oracle
has stated: â€œOracle is investing substantial resources in
OpenOffice.org. With more than one hundred million users, we believe
OpenOffice.org is the most advanced, most feature rich open source
implementation and will strongly encourage the Open Office community to
continue to contribute through www.openoffice.org.â€
The Foundation understands from this that Oracle has no immediate plans
to support the Foundation, or to transfer community assets such as the
OpenOffice.org trademark. However, the Foundation hopes this position
will change as the company sees the volunteer community – an essential
component of OpenOffice’s past success – swing its support behind the
new Foundation. In the meantime, the Foundation will continue software
development under the LibreOffice brand.
As expected, a totally blank-faced reply from Oracle, communicating how little interest they have in a warm and friendly â€˜community’.
Overall, a resounding success and I hope to see rapid improvement in LibreOffice over the OpenOffice.org. With these numbers, I find it hard to see community interest in OpenOffice.org continuing for much longer, especially if Oracle want to be hard-nosed about communication.
TDF, and LibreOffice, I have just one thing to say to you: fix the update mechanism. All of your improvements are completely worthless if users can’t get updates. The update mechanism of OpenOffice is so terrible, I have never seen a user using any other version than what was originally installed. 1.3, 2.1, I’ve seen them all. Don’t ship a 1.0 without an update at least as good as Firefox (download updates in background, install automatically upon next start).
(With thanks to lemur2 for the submission, even though I didn’t use your text)