The Document Foundation (TDF) has appointed an advisory board to steer the development of projects like the open source LibreOffice application suite.
Representatives from Google, SUSE, Red Hat, the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Freies Office Deutschland and Software in the Public Interest will sit on the board and provide material support, proposals for development and advice on specific issues.
"The creation of a TDF advisory board is a great step forward for the organisation," said Jeremy Allison, co-founder of Samba and member of Google's open source programmes office.
"Google is pleased to be a supporter of TDF, and to provide funding and advice to advance their work."
TDF is currently run by a steering committee of founders who manage a specific sector, such as enterprise integration or marketing.
Once the TDF is incorporated, it will elect a board of directors to oversee operations, with the advisory board offering a supporting role.
"We are a meritocracy, in that members have to be contributors to the project," steering committee member Italo Vignoli told V3.co.uk.
"If you don't show a commitment you don't become a member. This is a democracy, in that members elect the directors."
In a similar fashion almost all the advisory board members had to commit to the project, either by coding and development by firms like Red Hat and SUSE, or by providing financial and advisory support like Google.
The one exception was the FSF, which was added because of its importance in the open source movement.
"The FSF is a not-for-profit, so is not providing any specific material support to TDF, but it will provide important opinions and guidance," Vignoli said.
"It's important to have a strong association with the FSF, and we hope something similar might happen with other organisations like the Open Source Initiative."
TDF expects to incorporate this year as a German foundation, and will continue to develop the LibreOffice suite, which is gaining considerable traction as an office productivity suite.
Looking ahead Vignoli said that TDF will recruit more advisory board members from the customer base to advise on deployment in larger environments and other organisations that could augment the project.
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