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At FISL in Brazil last week, I had the opportunity to speak as the co-presenter in a session about 
the evolution of - I think there will eventually be video of it. During the meeting, 
I called for developers to start work on the code-base now, regardless of their eventual 
expectations of which of the two open source projects they will join, so that their skills and 
their familiarity with the code is developed. This uniting message was well received by the 

Also during the presentation, Jomar Silva announced that he had just met with representatives of 
the Brazilian government and representatives of both the Apache (Jomar Silva) and TDF communities 
(Olivier Hallet) had signed a letter of intent[1] with the government that Brazil should start 
engaging directly with the office suite they depend on, rather than just consuming the code. 

This growth in the developer base seems to me to be exactly the sort of news we all need at the 
moment, and I'm looking forward to hearing from Olivier and Jomar as the first developers are 
identified and start work on the LibreOffice Easy Hacks.


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