LibreOffice: First Goals after Forking
According to golem.de, a German IT news magazine, the Document Foundation has announced its first goals for the office suite LibreOffice. The dependency of Java shall be reduced and a general refactoring of all components is in the plans.
The number of developers has risen to over 90, which is far more than OpenOffice had.
LibreOffice 3.3, based on OOo 3.3 will be the first "flavour" of a long term strategy. Every module will undergo major rewrites, beginning with Calc, which will receive a new engine called Ixion, given it increased performance and more versatility for macros.
Writer's layouts will be improved as well as Impress' slideshow capabilities. With all the efforts, there will be a focus to maintain compatibility with other office suits, however, this will not stop major innovations in this area.
Italo Vignoli says, that instead of focusing on features, the user will be the centre of attention in the further development of this office suite.