Apache OpenOffice.org (incubating) Developer Education: Building on Linux
It is September. In the northern hemisphere it is time for cooler weather and time to go back to school. The Apache OpenOffice.org podling is ready for the season with events to help developers learn more about OpenOffice.org.
Do you want to learn how to build Apache OpenOffice.org on Linux? Do you want to take the first steps towards becoming an OpenOffice hacker? Do you want to help test, review and improve our build instructions, on any one of a variety of Linux distros? If so, you will not want to miss this event.
Next week, from Wed September 7th through Saturday September 10th we will be making a concerted effort to enable everyone who wants to be able to build OpenOffice. This will be the first of a series of Developer Education topics we hope to deliver. Others may include how to build on Windows and Mac, and how to work on particular OpenOffice features.
This will be a virtual event, with collaboration on the ooo-dev mailing list and on IRC. Members of the OpenOffice.org podling will be on hand to help anyone who wishes to get started with OpenOffice development on Linux.
How to Get Involved
There are a few things you should do to prepare for this event:
- Find a Linux machine, at least 1GB RAM and 75 GB free disk space
- Run any updates needed to make your distro current
- Download the latest source code for OpenOffice.org via Subversion.
- Before Wednesday, sign up for the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
- Bookmark the OpenOffice.org Building Guide. This is the documentation we'll be following, and correcting.
- Starting on Wednesday, follow the discussions on the ooo-dev mailing list. We'll use a subject tag of [LINUX-BUILD] for threads related to this event.
- Also starting on Wednesday, join us on IRC: irc.freenode.net on channel #dev.openoffice.org
OOo! There’s a New Podling in the Nursery Incubator
The Apache OpenOffice.org (incubator) project was born on Monday, June 13, 2011. Delivery was complicated. The baby’s doing fine.
Following the June 1, 2011 announcement of the license grant from Oracle to the Apache Software foundation, there was extensive discussion over the proposal for acceptance of OpenOffice.org as an Apache incubator project. Before the June 10 voting began, 207 edits had been made to the proposal. Discussion leading up to the vote swamped the public mailing list used for consideration and oversight of incubator projects.
We’re now taking the baby steps that will lead us to a healthy, thriving project:
- The open, public developers list, ooo-dev, is operating and active. Anyone can subscribe and post. Anyone can access the archive.
- There is a fledgling Community Wiki. Anyone can subscribe and post. Anyone can access the wiki.
- There is also a Developer Wiki. Contributions here are treated as deliverables of the project. Anyone can access the wiki, but contributions to this wiki require submission of an Apache Contributor License Agreement. Perhaps this wiki could have a better name?
- There is a project web site. The content is rather thin at the moment. It is growing.
The gathering of contributors for the project is continuing. In the status of many of the incubating podlings, you’ll find the OpenOffice.org podling’s first check-up. (Scroll down through the alphabetical list.)
There is more to do, especially around migration of the sites and their artifacts from their OpenOffice.org homes to their Apache counterparts. There are more tasks to accomplish than the number already completed.
Everyone wants to know how soon there will be another OpenOffice.org release and how rapidly everything can be up and running. So do we. Apache OpenOffice.org will be different. The differences may be unrecognizable, but they will be there. Establishing what it takes to reach a sustainable, supported release process as an Apache project is where we first begin by crawling, next to walk, and then to run
This blog is a place for listening to the heartbeat and taking the pulse of the effort as it unfolds.