LibreOffice has included an necessary function that has been damaged for years. Jack Wallen takes on the duty of not solely calling out the issue however calling on builders to resolve the problem.
I have been overlaying LibreOffice for a really very long time. Over the previous couple of years that protection has slowed to a crawl as conventional workplace suites have turn into a bit antiquated. Within the place of the tried and true, locally-installed workplace suites cloud-based choices like Google Workspace and Office365 have taken over. And with good trigger.
Simply check out my use case. I’m knowledgeable author. I spend most of my day writing and typically go from machine to machine to take action. Due to that, I would like entry to no matter I am engaged on from wherever. On high of that, I would like a dependable backup answer. Sure, I might make a locally-installed answer like LibreOffice work, however it might take appreciable effort for it to incorporate the options I depend upon with Google Workspace.
One of many greatest points is saving a file from LibreOffice to the cloud. It is a function the builders baked into the software program a while in the past. Nonetheless, it hasn’t labored for a really very long time. I keep in mind, years in the past, making an attempt to get the LibreOffice distant save to work with Google Cloud. The function is offered, however I do not know that it has ever labored.
Over the previous few years, I revisit the subject and each time I discover the function nonetheless would not work. Google it and you will find the identical criticism relationship again 3+ years in the past. Three years is a very long time to have a function not work in a bit of software program. It makes on marvel why the builders have continued together with it.
A couple of weeks in the past, I reached out to LibreOffice about this very problem. Their response was very simple: They do not have a developer to work on it.
That is fairly frequent inside the world of open-source growth. When a crew consists principally of volunteers, it is exhausting to search out assist. And when a function is not important to the performance of the applying, it should get sidelined.
Factor is, the distant save function ought to be thought-about important. Individuals have migrated to the cloud. The lots depend upon the likes of Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. So when an workplace suite, resembling LibreOffice, teases a function that might assist make it (considerably) combine with the cloud, that is thrilling. To have the ability to save information on to Google Drive or open information from Google Drive might transfer the likes of Linux nearer to mass enchantment.
Take into account this: If LibreOffice might get that performance working, the workplace suite could possibly be one step nearer to feeling (not less than considerably) cloud-native. No less than it might be cloud-adjacent. And that is necessary to modern-day customers who’d fairly preserve their information in a cloud drive than native storage.
So what’s a crew just like the LibreOffice builders to do? Despite the fact that I really feel I am fairly effectively linked with the open-source group, I do not ever keep in mind the LibreOffice crew calling out to builders the world over to say, “Hey, we’d like a developer who can assist repair our Distant Save performance! Anybody ?”
Guess what…I’ll do it for them.
Should you’re a developer who feels as if you possibly can step in and at last repair that distant save function in LibreOffice, head over to the Begin hacking LibreOffice at the moment! web page and attain out to the crew. Allow them to know you are fascinated about serving to out, so this must-have function can lastly operate as anticipated.
It should not be this difficult. Sure, I get it, creating software program is a really difficult occupation. However discovering high quality builders for a challenge as necessary as LibreOffice should not be a process that requires Herculean effort. The onus for that is on LibreOffice. Though builders ought to be within the behavior of reaching out to a crew (to become involved), tasks resembling LibreOffice ought to all the time be selling duties that require assist, particularly when mentioned function might actually assist deliver the suite in keeping with modern-day use circumstances.
So, what do you say, developer world? Are you able to step up and assist LibreOffice make good on a promise to permit customers to avoid wasting and open information to/from Google Drive (and different cloud companies)? If that’s the case, what are you ready for?