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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Introduction and start working
Date Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:51:33 GMT
On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM, Oliver-Rainer Wittmann
<> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am Oliver-Rainer Wittmann, living in a small town near Hamburg, Germany,
> and I want to join Apache OpenOffice.

Welcome to the project, Oliver!

> In the last nine years I was working in Sun's/Oracle's
> development team as a software developer. My main focus was on the word
> processing component Writer and on the OpenDocument support for this
> component.
> May be you know me from one of the last conferences (OOoCons)
> which I attended since 2008 as a speaker.
> May be you know me as as the Co-Lead of the
> Writer project.
> May be you know me from the OASIS ODF TC - the technical committee which is
> responsible for the OpenDocument file format - on which I have been an
> active member since December 2006 until this early summer.

I hope we will see you back at OASIS as well.  In particular it would
be good to understand which change tracking proposal will work best
for AOOo.

> After same change acceptance in the last months I have got the possibility
> to continue my engagement in OpenOffice, now under the Apache Foundation, as
> an employee of IBM. I am aiming to be a valuable contributor to this
> project.

IBM?  I've heard of it.  They make typewriters, yes?

> I will start working on a consolidation of the Windows Build software
> requirements as given on
> - get rid of dependence on unicows.dll
> -- take over issue 88652
> ( from Mathias and
> perform the given tasks.
> - get rid of dependence on instmsiw.exe and instmsia.exe
> -- I did not find any reference to these files in the sources. On my system
> (Windows 7) I have done a build without them and successfully installed this
> built version. Thus, I will provide a corresponding patch which only removes
> the check for the existence of these files in the configure script. I will
> ask others for verification on their Windows system, if a build and a
> following installation is still possible.

I don't know if you saw the "developer education" event we did a
couple of weeks ago for the Linux build.  It might be interesting to
do something similar for the Windows build, once you have the above
issues resolved.  This would help us test the build documentation and
build system. as well as enable more developers to help with the

> Please let me know, if somebody else is already working on these things or
> if you have any remarks, pros, cons, ...
> Afterwards, I will have a closer look at
> I will work on certain
> items of it starting with:
> - A lot of stuff is mentioned (and marked as solved) on this page which only
> needs to be done as proposed and discussed on this list, but as far as I can
> see not yet been done.
> Please let me know your remarks or objections.

I see that you have an iCLA on record, but are not yet a committer.
You can read more about becoming a committer here:

I think the key thing is to participate in the dev discussions on this
list and submit some high-quality patches.  This should be easy for
you.   Think of it like an Olympic trial.  Everyone, even the fastest
runner in the world, still needs to try out for the team.

> I am looking forward to good collaboration and building close relationships.
> Best regards, Oliver.

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