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Re: Office software for the Linux Desktop....



On Thu, Sep 15, 2005 at 04:38:57PM -0700, Redefined Horizons wrote:
> I'm interested in contibuting to an open source office suite that will run 
> on Debian, and prefrably interface nicely with GNOME. I've got some 
> experience with OpenOffice, but I note that GNOME comes with its own office 
> software like Abiword and Gnumeric.
>  Which direction does the Linux development community seem to be heading in? 
> I know there have been some issues with OpenOffice's requirements for Java, 
> which doesn't always play nice with Debian.
>  On the other hand, the office apps native to Gnome don't seem to be as full 
> featured as OpenOffice.
>  Where would be the best place to concentrate my efforts? Which community 
> has the best support for new developers?
>  Thanks,
>  Scott Huey

AIUI, the OpenOffice "community" consists mostly of paid Sun employees.
It is difficult to break in for anything except probably localization
tasks and maybe documentation.  Personally, I would find a smaller
project and start there.  Or find one you like and is maybe lacking in
certain features and start on that.  I'm not trying to steer you away
from contributing to OpenOffice, just trying to give you an additional
perspective.

-Roberto

-- 
Roberto C. Sanchez
http://familiasanchez.net/~roberto

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