LibreOffice 4 call hails new branding artwork
The members of the Document Foundation, the organisation behind LibreOffice called to the larger open source community to submit artwork to be used as the new branding with the release of LibreOffice 4, which is due early in February 2013. LibreOffice itself was forked from OpenOffice back in January 2011 and the latest release candidate of version 4 was released on 10 January 2013. Early adopters can test the release candidate by downloading the package from the LibreOffice website.
The scope of the artwork required includes the splash screen, the about screen and the welcome screen. Anybody is allowed to submit their artwork for consideration. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 26 January, which means there’s only a few days left. Interested parties can submit their artwork on the LibreOffice wiki. The wiki page also contains artwork already submitted by other members and users.
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The artwork already submitted range from contemporary designs to more classic designs and some artwork even boldly breaks away from the default green that has been used by previous branding.
This is another great example of the openness and inclusive nature of even the largest of open source projects. Users have clear transparency as the workings and decisions of the organisation in the development of the software.