No pretty screenshots this time around, but lots of news on projects.
I installed LibreOffice 3.6.0 on the server and it didn't go perfectly. There were some issues it seems with the registration of extensions. I was able to get things working well to move it into production. Last night I installed 3.6.1 RC1 which fixed some thing, but not all of them. Everyone on the IRC is wonderful in this regard and we are working on resolution. We are certainly running well enough that the users are not seeing any of the behind the scenes issues. Seems like it will need another patch or so before it's working as expected. If you are working in a business environment, it might be best to wait another point release or so. The diversity of user settings is always a challenge; the fact that your session is working doesn't always mean it will for everyone else.
I'm now officially a LibreOffice hacker. This is especially interesting since I don't know C++. There were a few strings on the new file picker that were inconsistent and not perfectly clear to end users for EN-US. I downloaded the source and changed them and uploaded a patch and it's already been merged.
NX Replacement Software?
We're getting a lot of grief over the long delayed NX client for iPad and some of the architecture changes in the NX 4 client. If anyone knows of an 'enterprise' product to allow for connections to Linux multi-user servers, drop me a comment please. Requirements are 1) support contract available 2) enterprise authentication 3) Works over low bandwidth including EVDO 4) Mac, Linux, Windows & iPad clients. We already know about VNC (too slow), Our Director has requested that I spend time looking at options.
The office administrators have all been given user accounts to look over Zimbra as a replacement for Groupwise/Evolution. Feedback is positive and we are awaiting a few more users to spend the time to review the features and functionality. Every few years we have reviewed the features in web based email and calendaring systems in comparison to Groupwise and so far they have come up short. Zimbra 8 appears like a great product. Continued testing continues.
Other projects: Looking at why some printers are US-Letter and others A4 in LibreOffice when cups is configured correctly. This is a longstanding OpenOffice issue as well. Watching the hurricane track in the Gulf of Mexico; IT staff has been working to prepare in case it affects us. Working with Federico and Byren to work out details for SuseCon and OpenSuseCon. It will be fun to meet everyone in person.