TDF to publish LibreOffice in the app stores, especially Apple and
Microsoft. TDF will work to prepare LibreOffice for the app stores
as soon as possible
As this era ends, I'd like to say how pleased we are at
Collabora to have been able to lead here - to have fronted the
significant initial investment needed to get LibreOffice into the Mac
sandbox, and app-store and to have got it done.
We made it easier for a large number of users to get
LibreOffice. Later on we charged for the convenience and re-invested
that into improving the Mac version up-stream, and also are pleased to
have donated a significant sum to TDF. We've also explored the
market-demand-curve for convenience, updated the board from time to
time & will of course complete that (as time permits) when the
I'd like to thank many for their great work here: Tor
Lillqvist in particular, but also Tomaz Vajngerl, Lubos Lunak, Andras
Timar & Miklos Vajna.
It is also important to give credit and thanks to CIB &
Allotropia for their work on getting a high quality LibreOffice into
the Windows app-store to make it more accessible to people too. I'm
not sure that I have the exact list right here but I'd like to call
out Marina Latini, Vasily Melenchuk, Samuel Mehrbrodt and Thorsten
Behrens for making the goodness happen.
Looking back at this app-store journey, we have a debt of
gratitude particularly to Simon Phipps, Nicholas Christener, Uwe
Altmann and Marina Latini for their hard work around building better
ways to structure the app-store provision. There are many views on
that - but it is unarguable that they put in a lot of hard work and
love to try to improve LibreOffice which is much appreciated.
I'd like also to give credit to the PortableApps team for
making LibreOffice available in their app-store. They have done great
work promoting us from early in the LibreOffice project:
TDF to publish LibreOffice in the app stores ...
Which leads us to other app-stores. Traditionally packaging
has been a great provider of diversity and excellence around
contribution to LibreOffice - starting IIRC with Frederic Crozat's
amazing work to make OpenOffice.org into the first Mandrake Linux
packages waaay back in the day - which much of our Linux packaging is
ultimately built on.
Anyhow - it was wonderful to have lots of work from Stephan
Bergman and Caolan McNamara at RedHat with help from Robert McQueen at
Endless to get LibreOffice into: https://flathub.org/ "Flathub - An
app store and build service for Linux". As always getting LibreOffice
into a different kind of sand-box sounds trivial, and yet often takes
quite some work.
Then of course we have the team started by Bjoern Michaelsen
who massaged LibreOffice into the nattily named "Snap Store" -
https://snapcraft.io "the app store for Linux with an audience of
millions." thanks for making that happen Bjoern! And thanks too to
Olivier Tilloy, Heather Ellsworth, Rico Tzschichholz, Marcus Tomlinson
for their patient tending and improvement of the snap app!
I should mention William Gathoye for his great work making
LibreOffice available in Chocolatey - though at some stage I start to
get fuzzy as to what is, and is not an app-store. Going wider we've
been blessed by many sympathizers mutually promoting LibreOffice and
their brands in software catalogs left and right.
Anyhow. Lots of good work, much of it already working and
build-able on without immediate bit-rot I hope.
If the TDF board want to have a bigger packaging team, so be
it. Hopefully it will not negatively impact those who previously did
I am somewhat curious as to the budget impact here, and the
real scope of "app-store". In particularly how much time is this
expected to take away from areas such as CTL/RTL, CJK as well as other
things that we are hoping to address with targeted developers ?
I'm also curious if the plan is for TDF to sell LibreOffice
(in app-stores or elsewhere) and to become a for-pay vendor. Presumably
there is no need to decide immediately on that but I look forward to
the conclusions and rationale over the next month.
Apologies to those that my memory inevitably missed out, and
All the best,