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[tdf-announce] LibreOffice getting ready for the next 1,000 hackers


Berlin, November 23, 2015 - The Document Foundation announces a renewed
effort to grow the developers community beyond the threshold of 1,000
hackers reached in October 2015 (source: OpenHub), with the addition of
Jan Iversen - a senior developer with a passion for mentoring, and a
long experience at Apache Software Foundation - to the team.

The extraordinary growth of LibreOffice developer's community, with a
monthly average of over 16 new hackers contributing to the code since
September 2010, is the result of a global mentoring effort by some of
the project founders. After five years and 1,000 new developers, though,
the complexity has changed, and the project needs to invest on mentoring
a new generation of coders.

LibreOffice has always been available on multiple operating systems -
Windows, MacOS and Linux - and is on the verge of being available on
multiple platforms: desktop, mobile and cloud. Because of this
evolution, the project needs a wider range of developing skills, which
can be achieved only with a renewed effort targeted to attract new code
contributors.

"When LibreOffice started, the code-base we inherited was known for
being extremely hard to contribute to, for both technical reasons and a
lack of mentors reaching out to new hackers," says Bjoern Michaelsen, a
member of LibreOffice engineering steering committee and a director of
the Document Foundation. "Today, the LibreOffice project is known for
its welcoming atmosphere, and for the fun. We strive to continue on this
path for the next 1,000 code contributors."

Jan Iversen has added: "I am excited and proud to be part of the
LibreOffice project. Helping to grow a project of this size, with an
extremely high activity in term of development for the last five years,
and at least three new contributors per month since September 2010, is a
challenge I look forward to being part of."

Blog link: http://blog.documentfoundation.org/?p=3602.

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