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From Andrea Pescetti <>
Subject FOSDEM 2013 devroom request: Apache OpenOffice
Date Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:09:42 GMT
(sent on behalf of the Apache OpenOffice PPMC: )

* 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.

Best regards,
   Andrea Pescetti - Apache OpenOffice PPMC.

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