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From Peter Junge <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice Developer Room (devroom) at FOSDEM
Date Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:51:19 GMT
On 9/25/2012 3:32 AM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:


> Going on, this is the request I would send, posted here for corrections
> and lazy consensus. Note: the "Saturday" choice below is totally arbitrary.
>     ---
> * Devroom name: Apache OpenOffice
> * Description
> Apache OpenOffice, formerly known as, is one of the most
> popular Free and Open Source software projects. The project, hosted by
> the Apache Software Foundation since June 2011, had two successful
> releases in 2012, with more than 16 million downloads in 4 months.
> OpenOffice is developed by a large and diverse community, including
> full-time and part-time core developers, translators, testers, user
> experience experts, documentation contributors, developers of
> third-party extensions and templates.
> * Project URLs
> -
> -
> * Preferred day: Saturday or Sunday
> - Saturday
> * Why should FOSDEM accept this proposal?
> After a period of reorganization at Apache, the OpenOffice project
> managed to come back to a regular release schedule, is attracting new
> volunteers and is now able to successfully engage them. Recent
> contributions, like the donation of the Lotus Symphony code by IBM,
> provide interesting challenges for new developers, and there are a lot
> of tasks available for non-developers too.
> An Apache OpenOffice devroom would allow existing volunteers to meet and
> discuss future developments, and users and potential new volunteers to
> learn how they can help the project, thanks to presentations and
> hacking sessions spanning a broad range of topics.
> The Apache OpenOffice project is definitely willing to consider a
> possible suggestion by the organizers for a joint "ODF editors" devroom,
> dedicated to Apache OpenOffice and to the other Free and Open Source
> editors using OpenDocument as their native format.
>     ---

Great draft: +1


>> The issue: who wants to own this? I have done that and worked with
>> fosdem for several years, as has Juergen, to whom I handed off the
>> task back in 2008 or 2009.
> I just want to make sure we submit our application in time. I wrote the
> draft above so that we have a concrete basis for discussion, and I'll
> likely attend FOSDEM, as I've done quite regularly in recent years.
> If nobody else steps up, I'll send the application after we have
> consensus on it, but if anybody else wants to take over from now on,
> it's absolutely OK for me, provided we meet the deadlines, i.e., we send
> the application this week.
> Regards,
>    Andrea.

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