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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Certified DEVs
Date Sun, 09 Jun 2013 22:00:02 GMT
On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 5:48 PM, Ian Lynch <> wrote:
> On 9 June 2013 22:18, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM, Ian Lynch <> wrote:
>>> As I said, let's not worry about the certification thing. I doubt it
>>> is really worth the effort developing a formal certification program
>>> for so few. It really has to be thousands of possible candidates to
>>> make these things work and end users would be the only way of getting
>>> those numbers. It is only to answer the simple question "How many
>>> people are making or are likely to make significant coding
>>> contributions to the project?"  (I don't think TDF has the first clue
>>> about certification in general, it's just that happens to be where
>>> they are identifying their main coders.) Perhaps Dave's svn authors
>>> list would do it. Maybe its just not an issue. Just occurred to me
>>> that if someone asked me how many people work on AOO code I wouldn't
>>> be able to give any sort of answer.
>> Sorry, I was responding to the topic of the thread that you started.
>> I'm not really interesting in rehashing the "whose is longer" debate
>> with LibreOffice.
> Seems I'm a bad communicator ;-) It's nothing to do with whose is
> longer. I was simply saying if someone asked me how many developers
> were making significant contributions at AOO I wouldn't be able to
> answer the question. Maybe everyone else can so its just my problem.

If I received such a question I'd say that OpenOffice is a 13-year old
open source project that has received contributions from hundreds of
developers and companies such as Sun, Oracle, Novell and IBM, that
contributors come and go, and that detailed data is available from our
public code repository history.

That's sufficient for any casual query.  If they want more information
then it is best for them to come to the dev list and explain exactly
what they are looking for, since there are a dozen different ways you
can slice and dice the data, and no one simple answer is sufficient
for all purposes.


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