The tech world has been hit hard by the new corona virus, with big companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook canceling their events and moving toward virtual meetings that completely eliminate the risk of infection with their followers,media reported. The Document Foundation said in a statement released today that the OpenSuSE and LibreOffice meetings will still take place in October, but organizers are still keeping a close eye on the outbreak to adjust their plans in a timely manner.
TDF noted in a blog post that while it hasn’t canceled real-world activities, it is already considering other solutions such as virtual conferencing. “At this difficult time, we would like to assure our community that we are actively delivering a good outcome to all the members, sponsors and stakeholders who participated in the OpenSUSE and LibreOffice meetings. We are looking for alternatives to meetings such as holding a virtual conference and exploring what tools might help us achieve this if we thought it was a viable option. “
Since it is still April, it is difficult to predict what will happen in the next few months, and if the authorities lift some restrictions, organizers are likely to hold meetings.
2020 is the year of the openSUSE and LibreOffice projects co-hosting the Hybrid Annual Meeting, which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the LibreOffice project and the 15th anniversary of the openSUSE project.
“We are moving forward, assuming that the meeting will be held in Nuremberg from 13 October to 16 October as planned, and we will inform our community of any decisions we have made about the conference plan and any alternativeoptions such as virtual meetings,” tDF said. “