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Monday, November 17, 2014

Preparing next LibreOffice Hackfest, as an offline Bug-hunting session

Short notice :)

We, the Tokyo LibreOffice community now preparing to have the LibreOffice Hackfest on this Saturday (22th, November).   That day is within the LibreOffice Bug Hunting Session, the global event aimed to do as much testing on the 4.4.0 as possible, so our main target is bug-hunting.

Of course we can collaborate IRC channel #libreoffice-qa globally, but chatting in English is a little tough work for some of the Japanese people (includes me :), that's why I want to have an offline bug-hunting, to provide opportunity for discussion in our mother tongue, Japanese.

HackFest in Tokyo is one of Japanese offline bug-hunting events, other people in LibreOffice Japanese Team prepare

I (freenode nick: naruoga) will be online in #libreoffice-qa channel from 1am to 11am UTC on 22th, November.  Because of the time difference, it's not a core mentoring slot, but I hope we'll see you LibreOffice QA people.

Kanto LibreOffice Hackfest & Tokyo-area Debian meeting

This is an later report also, sorry.

The Debian community in Japan is very active.  Debian JP (Japanese) is a Japanese organization to promote Debian in Japan, since 1998 (!).  There are several Debian developers / maintainers,  and they have monthly study parties in Tokyo-area, and Kansai-area.

We, the LibreOffice Tokyo community is much younger than Debian's one (just two years old), but we also have monthly Meetup.


Anyway, as the Debian global project does, Debian JP wants to collaborate on upstream projects like LibreOffice, so we held joint Meetup in 25th October (Thanks Hideki Yamane to offer to do together, and Takahide Nojima to arrange the Meetup), in SQUARE-ENIX's beautiful seminar room.  This is 119th (!) meeting of Tokyo Debian, and our third LibreOffice Hackfest.

Group photo by Hideki.  Thanks!

Hideki already wrote a nice article to report the good Meetup, so I add a little.

Understanding LibreOffice packaging in Debian is so nice for me as an Ubuntu user.  We learned Debian package of LibreOffice has many patches, and had discussed to apply these patches to upstream.

As our Hackfest, I tried my first Easy Hack, since the HackNight of the last LibreOffice conference, Bern (wow, 2 months needed).  I couldn't commit a patch at that time, but after a few days later, I finally sent a patch and accepted.  It was my first commit to LibreOffice.  Yeah!

Others tried to fix a libvisio bug, to translate UI in Pootle, to create a document how to report a problem for Japanese casual users, ...  Pretty nice Hackfest we did :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Behind the Great Firewall

It's a little late and very short report.

I've joined openSUSE Asia Summit in Oct, 18th(Sat) and 19th(Sun) in Beihang University, Beijing.  It is the first Asian openSUSE summit.

Entrance of BUAA

Generally speaking, beginning something new is most difficult, and the core team (includes me, it's my honor) worked so hard and, and did it very well!

Organizers, by xxairwolf from Flickr



Because I had trouble with my business, I've arrived 2pm. on Saturday, and left 1pm. on Sunday.  Sorry to join very short time, but I have enjoyed the summit, it's nice talks, good exhibits, lovely fellows, awesome party, and lunch, Yoshinoya!
Yoshinoya is a Japanese fast food chain, but it seems Chinese style :)

Fortunately, I had a opportunity to have a short talk about LibreOffice.  In the talk, I explained LibreOffice as a product and as a community, and asked what we, eastern Asian LibreOffice users / communities, work together.  Here is my slide.


Since my practice was not enough, I have spent a time to talk and had no time to discussion.  However, after the talk, I chatted with some of the attendees about collaboration in the eastern Asia.  To summerize the chat, "We are close geographically, but we aren't close linguistically."
Yes, it's true.  We don't have "Asian" common language, and we have to use English, same as global.  And many people in Japan, China, or some Asian people can't use English well (yes I also).
It's a difficult problem, but I still believe I have something to work together and I'll be looking for what is a first point.


And last comment from me; if you'll attend a conference in China, don't forget to bring your important travel information locally (e.g. your hotel reservation info), not to leave in Google (I mean, Gmail or Google Calendar), and bookmark a search engine other than Google, because we have Great Firewall.  I totally forgot to do this, so I had lots of troubles (of course it's my fault).  But, thanks to my great fellows, everything was solved smoothly.

Thanks everyone, see you next openSUSE Asia Summit!
Group photo, by Bin Li from flickr

PS. You can find lots of nice photos in flickr's openSUSE Asia Summit 2014 group.  Check it out!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tokushima prefecture published LibreOffice manuals under CC BY 4.0

A small LibreOffice related news from Japan.

Tokushima prefecture (their English page / Wikipedia), located Shikoku-island in Japan, published their own LibreOffice manuals (in Japanese) under CC BY 4.0 license.


Their migration to LibreOffice is quite an old news.  Japanese journalist already reported it (in Japanese) on August 2013.

Tokushima prefecture had been used OpenOffice.org several years ago with some proprietary software (e.g., Microsoft Office and Ichitaro; Japanese local office suite word processor developed by Justsystems, in Tokushima Pref.) licenses.

Since January 2014, they decided to use LibreOffice as a their primary office software, and not to renew license contracts of their proprietary office software.  The license fee they could reduce was estimated almost 100 million JPY.


And now, they just published their manuals which has been used for their LibreOffice migration.

Here is the rough translation of their comment on the publication page:
Tokushima prefecture utilizes LibreOffice as a fee-free usable office suite.We already created operation manuals for our employees to apply everyday works, and now we decided to publish them on our website to let residents know strength to use fee-free LibreOffice well.  Please use the manual anyone who has an interest, or who want to use LibreOffice but don't know how to use it.
Cool stuff.

They are not first end-user in Japan to publish their own manual under the public license.  JA Fukuoka city (in Japanese), the farmers' union in Fukuoka-city (in Kyushu island) also have published their own LibreOffice manuals (basics / advanced / macros) under CC BY NC 2.1 since December 2011.


Of course we, LibreOffice global community, already has tons of nice manuals/documents/videos as well, but unfortunately using English documents is a little hard for Japanese casual users.
I personally hope we would like to translate global materials into Japanese, but in parallel, it also would be nice that end-users create their own manuals (with community help) and publish them under the public license.

Thanks Tokushima prefecture, and JA Fukuoka city!

Monday, September 8, 2014

LibreOffice Conference 2014 in Bern, Switzerland

Some of our community people already wrote some good reports about this awesome conference, but please let me add some with my poor English ;).

Bern is small but really beautiful city with the quite nice river (as a kayak lover, I checked the river), and University of Bern, which is our venue, is also nice.
Every food provided local crew was so yummy (especially cheese in sandwiches), and "hacker's energy" drink!  I love it.

All of the talks really excited me, and everyone who I met was so kind.  Really nice community, I love all of you!

Thanks to Kohei and Kendy, I had an opportunity to do a lightning talk.  Here is my slide.



Thanks you, and see you next year!
This group photo is taken by a kind passer-by girl using Matthias's camera.

PS. I might add some photo in this post later.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We've done LibreOffice mini Conference 2014 Tokyo/Japan!

Last Saturday, 7th June, I've done LibreOffice mini Conference 2014 Tokyo/Japan!
Group Photo!


First, We really appreciate to Mr. Taisuke Yamada of IIJ, who sponsored the venue of the great conference room.
Of course, also thanks to all speakers, attendees and our great staffs.


Last year we had the first LibreOffice mini-conf but it this year we took a quite different style.

Last year's one focused community works, and all speakers were from our community.  This year, we called for presentation widely, and speakers had submitted it.  This year we have a good 'conference,' not a fee-free seminar by the community :).

And this year's one focused 'become a LibreOffice developer,' so most of all talks were related building LibreOffice.  Good opportunity to check how to build, debug, test LibreOffice.


Let's go through the whole program from the first to the last.

The first talk is "the backyard talk about articles in Nikkei Linux."  Speaker Mr. Tsuraki Tani had a 6 months series of articles about LibreOffice Basic macro and extension in Japanese famous Linux magazine, Nikkei Linux.  He told background and theme of each articles, and their sample codes with lots of jokes.
Tani-san was introducing his LibO Basic macro sample


Then Mr. Takeshi Abe, LibreOffice committer and TDF member, had a hands-on seminar to build LibreOffice on Linux or Mac OS X, from preparing the build environment to running autogen.sh and running generated Makefile within 1 hour.  Someone succeeds to start running make.  It had been a very nice first step :).
Abe-san is giving an advice about a building step


As a suppliment, I told about very basic of building on Windows.  Unfortunately, I couldn't build LibreOffice on Windows because of lack of my Windows development environments, but building steps seemed much easier than one year ago.


Then we took a coffee break (good coffee from TULLY'S and cheesecake), and we've some lightning talk.  We had four talks:

  • Why we choose LibreOffice? (comparing another software) -- Mr. Senoo
  • Building in OOo era -- Mr. Nakamoto
  • Want to fix the font matching algorithm of LibO! -- Mr. Takeyama
  • LibO in Web 3.0 era -- Mr. Kondoh
  • What's EasyHacks? -- N. Ogasawara

Everything was good :)

Mr. Ryo Onodera had a great talk about LibreOffice building on *BSD with pkgsrc build system; famous build system used on NetBSD, but supports other systems.  He is a maintainer of pkgsrc itself, and in the former presentation he already succeeded building on NetBSD (see his wonderful slide), so at this talk he picked DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.  Oh yeah, great!
His talk was a little difficult, but very exciting.


The last talk was about Quality Assurance by Mr. Shinji Enoki.  He told about unit test, bug submission in Bugzilla, bug triage, Bug Submission Assistant,..., lots of QA related stuff.  Developing and Quality Assurance has a strong relationship so it was nice wrap-up talk of the event.
Mr. Enoki's talk about QA.


Anyway, it was very good step for LibreOffice Japanese community to have a larger, or international event.  Thanks, all of you!


Our small booth :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Preparing LibreOffice mini Conference 2014 Tokyo/Japan

Now we, the Japanese LibreOffice community preparing the event titled "LibreOffice mini Conference 2014 Tokyo/Japan" at 7th, June.  The event will focus to become a LibreOffice developer everyone :)

I'm just trying to build LibO on my Windows environment because no one can spend a time to do that.  I'm a Ubuntu guy so it's a little hard job, but my preparing for the presentation slide about building on Windows is almost done.  It will take 40 minutes.

I also will have another 5 minutes lightning talk about EasyHacks; very good opportunity to become a developer.   I'll make slide after I'm back to home today (right now, it is a morning of 6th, June :).

Anyway, tomorrow we'll have a awesome day, I believe!