New AddOn Releases For The LibreOffice Extensions And Templates Website

I worked on improvements of the Plone addons for the LibreOffice extensions and templates website during last time. I finished this work yet with two new releases of the addons. There is one of them for the extensions part of the site and another one for the templates part. The new feature of both addons is mail form to get in contact with the author of an extension or a template and give the author some feedback. The mail forms are protected with a recaptcha.

The releases are available on the ‘cheesehop’ (https://pypi.org):
https://pypi.org/project/tdf.extensionuploadcenter
https://pypi.org/project/tdf.templateuploadcenter/

This releases would be probably the last ones, because The Document Foundation want to change the environment for the extensions and templates website to another software.

I already explained in different contextes that I had to limit my volunteer engagement for The Document Foundation in my spare time to give other topics more room (e.g. family and sport). I stated that my contributions include only the maintenance of the current LibreOffice extensions and templates website running on Plone. My work on the website stopped already in October 2018 for communication issues. I did some work on the addons, that I developed for The Document Foundation, since then. But with the decision of The Document Foundation to drop the current LibreOffice extensions and templates website soon, I see no need to further develop the addons within the current setting. I’ll rethink if and how to proceed (most probably in another environment etc.).

Anerkennung der zwei Projekte (Staaten)?

Es ist interessant zu lesen, dass für ein (oder mehrere?) Community-Mitglied(er) eines Forks eines Open Source Projekts ein Essential die Anerkennung des Vorhandenseins von zwei Projekten ist. Dies erinnert mich an die Geschichte meines Heimatlandes, Deutschland. Da hat der eine deutsche Staat auch die Anerkennung der Koexistenz von zwei Staaten als Bedingung für gute Beziehungen als notwendig angesehen. Heute gibt es keine zwei Staaten in Deutschland mehr, sondern nur der eine ist dem anderen beigetreten. Mal sehen, ob jemand bzw. wer den Mumm in der zweiten Community hat, diese Lösung auch im Open Source Bereich der von LibreOffice und Apache OpenOffice voranzutreiben.

Ich hoffe nur, dass der Prozess nicht die gleiche Zeitspanne braucht wie zum Start des Vereinigungsprozesses der beiden deutschen Staaten (also mehr als 40 Jahre). Dann wird es eher einen Bundesstaat Europa, in Vielfalt vereint, geben, als ein gemeinsames  Projekt und eine Community der beiden Projekte. Die Europäer hatten vor 60 Jahren mehr Willen und Mut, eine gemeinsame Zukunft zu gestalten.

Worked On An Author Contact Form

I worked on a new  mail form to send feedback to an author of a project. The email address of the project author (contact) is not public visible, thus it has to be added to the mail template by the new mail form module. The user of the website has only to fill in the name of the project into a field. The rest is done by a Plone portal_catalog search.

The new mail form includes also a recaptcha validation to protect the site against robot spam. The code for the mail form is published on github.com:
https://github.com/tdf/tdf.templateuploadcenter inside the account of The Document Foundation (TDF). I’ll add some further additions and publish a new release of the Plone addon during the next days. If the new release should be used on the LibreOffice templates website a member of the TDF infra team would need to run an update on the TDF server.

The Document Foundation – No Review Of LibreOffice Extensions

I saw today that someone has published extensions on the LibreOffice extensions website that had been submitted to the review queue. But after a quick look on this newly published LibreOffice extensions it was clear that they never had been reviewed by The Document Foundation or a volunteer of the project. It seemed only an administrator of the website pushed a button without any look on the content he published.

Because the LibreOffice extensions website runs on ressource of The Document Foundation and is under the control of the foundation such a ‘workflow’ is very dangerous for this entity. I wouldn’t expect such an behavior from an entity that declares itself one of the biggest and best world wide open source projects.