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[tdf-announce] LibreOffice runs on the Raspberry Pi, with the right license


The full fledged free office suite is available on the credit card sized
single-board computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Cambridge (UK) and Berlin (Germany), December 20, 2012 - The Raspberry
Pi Foundation (http://www.raspberrypi.org/) and The Document Foundation
(http://www.documentfoundation.org/) announce the availability of the
full fledged version of LibreOffice (http://www.libreoffice.org/) on the
Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer created with the intention
of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The
Raspberry Pi is a little PC which plugs into a TV and a keyboard and can
be used for many of the things that most desktop PC can do, like
spreadsheets, word-processing and games.

LibreOffice is the first comprehensive office suite to run on a 40
dollar credit card sized PC, without any compromise on features and
performances. LibreOffice has been ported to ARM by multiple
contributors from Canonical, Debian and RedHat, and was packaged for the
Raspberry Pi by Rene Engelhard as a part of his work as the Debian
maintainer for LibreOffice.

"The availability of LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, on
the Raspberry Pi - the most affordable PC ever, targeted to hardware and
software enthusiasts, and schools - is extremely important for The
Document Foundation, because it will contribute to the growth of the
brand awareness in key market segments", comments Bjoern Michaelsen, a
Canonical developer and a deputy member of the Board of Directors of The
Document Foundation.

"I'm very impressed that the LibreOffice team didn't have to make any
changes to the code in order for it to compile and smoothly run on
Raspberry Pi", said Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. "It's
also great to have a comprehensive office suite available in the Pi
Store at launch, making people even more aware of the potential of this
device".

LibreOffice is available from the Raspberry Pi Store
(http://store.raspberrypi.com/projects/libreoffice), which is described
here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2768 (including instructions
on how to install it). Raspberry Pi Foundation announcement press
release is here: http://blog.indiecity.com/?page_id=2269.

UPDATE (December 20, 2012): The license blurb has been fixed, and it now
links to the LGPLv3 text.

About the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer, designed to fit in a pocket, and
cheap enough to be bought with pocket money. It was developed by the
not-for-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge to help children
engage with computer programming, and has won dozens of awards in its
first year of release. Additional information at http://www.raspberrypi.org.

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