Monday, March 3, 2014

Open Source Conference 2014 Tokyo/Spring (pt.2; LibreOffice)

Sorry I've no time to help LibreOffice team in last OSC Tokyo (because I've been very busy about MongoDB), then this post is a short summary of Mr. Enoki's one.

LibreOffice Japanese Team exhibited a booth 2 days in Open Source Conference 2014 Tokyo/Spring, and had a talk titled "What's new in LibreOffice 4.2, with brand-new splash screen" by Mr. Ohmori.

LibreOffice Japanese team booth; with all staffs
Mr. Ohmori had a talk about what's new of LibreOffice 4.2
wearing new LibreOffice T-shirt :)

Lots of people stopped by the booth and leaflet about new features of LibreOffice 4.2 handed out almost 150.  Someone didn't know the name of LibO, but people who already use LibO seems to grow than last year.

Non-active user of LibO have interest about compatibility with Microsoft Office.  We always say,  new MSO sometimes can't read old format of MSO but LibO can, and about OOXML, we keep going to up interoperability each by each of new versions.

The agents of Shiojiri-city, Nagano-pref. stopped by the booth.  Shiojiri-city had been shift from MSO to OOo almost 2 years ago, then have moved to LibO because of development activity.  They told they have no problem with LibreOffice.  Nice :D

It's happy to hear LibreOffice users seems growing in Japan, and we want to help them in the OSC or any other opportunities.


Open Source Conference 2014 Tokyo/Spring (pt. 1; MongoDB JP)

Last Friday (Feb., 28th) and Saturday (Mar., 1st) was a Open Source Conference (OSC) 2014 Tokyo/Spring.

As I wrote wiki page of the Document Foundation, Open Source Conference is the most important event series in the Japanese FLOSS world.

Of course Tokyo is the biggest city in Japan, and we have OSC two time each year; Spring and Fall.  Recently OSC Tokyo had been hosted Meisei University, which is little far from center of Tokyo, but around of 2,000 FLOSS lovers gathers OSC Tokyo. Amazing!

We, MongoDB JP (MongoDB Users Group (MUG) in Japan), exhibited booth 2 days, and had a session in Saturday.  It was our first exhibit to OSC.
Friday morning.  Start quietly...

In the booth, we demonstrated a small Web program to find out nearest shops users want using geospacial index and Google Maps API.  Everyone amazed how simple query can do this.
We made leaflet to explain about very basic of MongoDB, and MongoDB JP ourselves.  According to remaining it, 158 people have it, lots of people have interest about MongoDB.  Great!

Hundreds people in the room, and many people enjoyed our demo and deep tech talk.

And Mr. Watanabe's talk gathered almost hundred people. Wow!

Yes, it was little hard 2 days (I was very tired, haha), but, all of we really enjoyed that great time.

Thanks for everyone visited our booth and attended our talk!
And our fellows, Ogawa-san, Fuzisaki-san, Fukuzaki-san, Kubota-san and Watanabe-san!  Good jop!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

LibreOffice hack-a-thon Tokyo #1

Yesterday we've done our first LibreOffice hack-a-thon in Tokyo!
It also might a first one in Japan.

Thanks to all attendees (almost 15 people in there, and one via the net), and KDDI Web communications to sponsored us with providing their great seminar room!

Now our (Japanese) translation team has very urgent status because thousands of our UI translation had been overwritten by French words since last template update in Pootle (it might be my fault...), so most of people (includes myself) work about UI translation.
Some of us investigated LibreOffice bugs (they are really "hack" LibreOffice),  or translate TDF wiki, or writing some macros in LibreOffice.

At 3pm., we've taken a coffee break.  A good break and discussion time.  Look!  Our sponsor has a really nice bar!

Then we've continued to each works.
Personally, I've spent most of time to translate (actually submit hundreds of suggestions by other people), but the most important work is that Mr. Mogi told me how to use Gerrit system.  I believe I'll take care of some Easy Hacks near future.  Thanks, Mogi-san!

Around 7:30pm., the pizza had delivered, then we've done all of works and enjoyed pizza, beer, wine, ...  and of course talking about LibreOffice.  Yeah, good party we had.  Sorry, I'm not a good photographer, this photo is very similar to above one ;).

Last 15 min, Mr. Kamataki had short talk about ODF edit feature of ownCloud 6.  It's so nice feature except we can't edit in Japanese :).  We'll check how the awesome product improves.
(Sorry I forgot to take some picture during the talk...)

Anyway, everything done, over 1000 translation was finished (and over 300 new suggestions had remained at that time).  I can't believe that!  Wow!

And very very fun time for everyone.  I'll prepare next hack-a-thon soon (I hope!).

Today's update

Some of us had a free time so we want to continue the work remains.  Four people (includes me) gathered at noon, eaten lunch and translate hard and hard till 7pm.  Finally we've submitted about 1000 (300: yesterdays, 700: new!).
We had a two-days hack-a-thon.  Well done, but little tired :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

LibreOffice 4.1 under NetBSD 6

Now we're in OSC; Open Source Conference 2013 Tokyo/Fall, Japanese biggest FLOSS event.
I saw a great thing here:

Mr. Onodera, a member of NetBSD users group in Japan, have succeeded to build LibreOffice under NetBSD 6!
If you use NetBSD 6, you can install LibreOffice via pkgsrc after 9 hours building :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

LibreOffice Conference 2013 Milan: Mr. Enoki's presentation

Just short note:

Now we have LibreOffice Conference 2013 Milan (unfortunately I lost a chance to attend this year).

From Japanese Team, Mr, Enoki is in there and his talk is just finished.  Great work!

His talk's theme is little similar as my SFD's one thus I helped to make a part of his slide.  If there are some English mistakes, it might be my fault.  Anyway good talk and discussion.

Well done, Eno-san :)

Software Freedom Day Hong Kong 2013

Thank you so much, FLOSS lovers in Hong Kong!

The 3rd Saturday of September, 21st September 2013, I had a great opportunity to have a lecture in Software Freedom Day Hong Kong, memorial first event in HK.

According to their official site (I'm in the top photo; wear a green shirt -- of course LibreOffice Japanese Team's one), Software Freedom Day (SFD) is:
a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of software freedom and the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source Software. Local teams from all over the world organize events on the third Saturday in September. 

I had a 40 minute talk at this event as a keynote.  As a member of LibreOffice Japanese Team, I've introduced LibreOffice; product side and community side, and activities in Japan.  Here is a slide.

LibreOffice: outline, and what we are doing in Japan from Naruhiko Ogasawara

I got two good questions from the audience.  I couldn't answer well so Graham Leach caught the questions and his answer seems perfect, but now I want to answer the two questions in my words.
Q1. Why you commit LibreOffice? 
Because it's "our right."
Please consider if you find a bug in the software you use. 
If the software is proprietary, only you can do is just call tech support and get an answer "Oh sorry it's our bug, we'll consider to fix it in next version" or something else. After that, only you can do is wait.
If the software is FLOSS, you can fix it and send the patch to upstream.  Or file it in Bugzilla and you can track everything about the issue.
Your action might help to solve your problem, and any other people who have a same problem. 
Q2. What is a benefit to commit? 
First, it's fun.  It's a very good hobby.  We can feel we are part of evolution ;) 
Second, LibreOffice is very casual, active, easy-to-join project, and it is a good training field to commit any kind of FLOSS project.  Working on FLOSS project is good for young people to grow one's skill up.  And looking really open governance of LibreOffice community is a very good opportunity. This experience will help you if you manage someone else.
Anyway, thanks for everyone helped me in HK or via the net, especially Fred and Pockey.  So awesome days HK!

Travel report follows: TL;DR.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Open Source Conference 2013 Okinawa

Sorry for long time nothing post...

In 6th July 2013 (Sat), I've been in Okinawa, Japanese hottest prefecture, to attend Open Source Conference (OSC) which is one of series of most famous FLOSS related events (OSC 2013 Okinawa's official site is here; only in Japanese).

Yeah, Okinawa, really good place :)  Strong sun than Tokyo area. It was first time for me visiting Okinawa, and I became an Okinawa lover.

Here is Okinawa convention center, in which we had OSC Okinawa.

And here is our space; LibreOffice Japanese team.
Sorry I forgot to take photo within the event, so it is taken at before event had started that's why no people is in there.  Of course our booth had lots of visitors.

We also had a session. Ohmori-san, one of key person of our team and an employee famous LibreOffice user-company, had described about LibreOffice project, what's new of 4.1, etc.

I can't say "there had been full of people in the room" because it was in lunch time, but an important point is that we had lots of discussions includes development related stuff.  Good time, of course.
One of the visitor told us that he build LibreOffice with Tiny Core Linux!  I feel it's interesting to try running LibreOffice on TCL!  Wow!

Basically I'm a LibreOffice guy, but also an Ubuntu lover, so I've helped Ubuntu team session by Ubuntu official member, Mizuno-san.
Same as LibreOffice Japanese Team, Ubuntu Japanese Team attends lots of IT events mainly OSC; having a booth and a session both.
You might hear my voice in the video above, because I'm a Jan-ken (Japanese name of paper, rock, scissors) fighter to get some gift (T-shirt, magazines, ...).

Anyway,  for me as a LibreOffice guy, most important purpose visiting Okinawa is to meet Takashi Abe, one of very few Japanese residence LibreOffice code committer.
We have spent long time in A&W burger shop with refill-free root beer, and told many things about LibreOffice; from community handling to development.  Really nice time.
Thanks, Takashi!

The end of the day, we drunk "real" beer (Orion beer is Okinawa local beer, tastes light so really nice in hot place like Okinawa) and Awamori; Okinawa local spirit.  Everything tastes so nice.

Next day, Sunday was a holiday for me.  I enjoyed sea kayaking on really beautiful Okinawa's sea.  Sorry for my waterproof camera was broken (water leaked from somewhere) and I could take few photos. I show you some.

Basically I love running rivers with kayak, not sea-kayak guy. But after paddled Okinawa's beautiful sea, now I think I should add sea-kayaking as my hobby :)

Thanks, Okinawa, I promise I'll visit again near future!