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On Thu, 2011-06-16 at 08:58 -0700, Carl Symons wrote:
On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 6:01 AM, drew <> wrote:
On Wed, 2011-06-15 at 16:01 -0700, Carl Symons wrote:
What happens at a LibreOffice HackFest?

Hi Carl,

Well, when I first approached this I was thinking more of a QA day but
the organizer (and the organizers from SELF who would be interested,
possibly and depending on how it goes in Ohio, for next years SELF)
really wanted to call it and make it a hack fest.

Basically the idea is to have a number of 'easy hacks' or 'quick fix
bugs' that people could actually code against (for) right there at the
event. This would include help from mentors from the LIbreOffice side.

For a QA day it would be somewhat different with the goal of helping
people become useful QA contributors - something that is sorely needed

There is a bit of overlap as to what a mentor would need to help with
between a QA day and a HackFest - on the one hand I feel confident that
I, personally, could handle the QA day but not so for the Hackfest.

Anyway - that is not a lot of details and I'll try to flesh in those
details, with help from your folks on the list over the next couple of



This sounds like quite a useful project. Interesting to developers,
but would also require guidance from seasoned LibO development people.

100% agree - there is a little problem there and one I need to address
directly on a different mailing list, today.

What skillset would people need to have to be involved? C++, Java, Python?

Help improve the leading open source office suite at Ohio LinuxFest.
If you are a C++ (and whatever else) programmer and want to help make
a big FOSS difference, join the LibreOffice Hackfest. Free pizza and
Red Bull.

At the SELF show I was relentless in doing two things with every person
that stopped and talked:

1) They got a hand shake from me. Don't laugh that really does mean

2) I asked them to help the effort.

The number of people that said they wanted to help somehow was very
strong, not everyone of course, not even the majority of people, but a
goodly number - of those many where interested in helping with easy
hacks or with QA, so now we need to help them start. That is the goal in
my mind.



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