New FSF membership benefit: LibreOffice certification

http://www.fsf.org/news/new-fsf-membership-benefit-libreoffice-certification

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 — The
Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that the opportunity to
apply for LibreOffice certification for migrations and trainings is
now available to FSF Associate Members.

LibreOffice is a free software project of The Document
Foundation (TDF)
, a non-profit based in Germany. An office suite,
LibreOffice encompasses word processing, and programs for the creation
and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, databases, diagrams and
drawings, and mathematical formulae. It uses the ISO standard
OpenDocument file format (ODF).

“LibreOffice is widely used, effectively fulfills a crucial free
software need, and its robust community has made it even better in
just a few years’ time. Using LibreOffice gets many people started
down the path of free software,” said FSF executive director John
Sullivan. “We admire The Document Foundation’s steadfast commitment to
free software principles.”

In 2015, TDF began offering LibreOffice certification to certify
“individuals actively promoting LibreOffice deployments, thanks to their
competence in specific areas” including development and L3
support, migrations to LibreOffice, and LibreOffice training.

People who are certified in LibreOffice migrations and trainings are
able to help companies and government offices make the switch away
from proprietary office suites, and that raises the value of a deep
understanding of LibreOffice. Previously, certification was only
available to TDF Members and active LibreOffice project members. Italo
Vignoli, Chair of the LibreOffice Certification Committee, said, “By
extending LibreOffice certification to FSF members, we are widening
the reach of our program to foster migrations to LibreOffice. In
several geographies, the availability of certified professionals has
triggered a number of large deployments in public administrations and
enterprises.”

FSF members can learn more about the program at
https://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/program/ and fill
out the application form at
https://www.documentfoundation.org/certification/application/.

Fans of software freedom can become an FSF Associate Member for
as little as $10/month or $5/month for students. Membership comes with
an array of benefits, including the opportunity to become
certified in LibreOffice migrations and trainings, and supports the
FSF and the GNU Project.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to
promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and
redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and
use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating
system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free
software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and
political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites,
located at https://fsf.org and https://gnu.org, are an important
source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF’s
work can be made at https://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in
Boston, MA, USA.

More information about the FSF, as well as important information for
journalists and publishers, is at https://www.fsf.org/press.

Media Contact

Georgia Young
Program Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
campaigns@fsf.org

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