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From Ian Lynch <>
Subject Re: Blondie's Parallel Lines...
Date Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:13:02 GMT
Reality is what matters. So let's make the best reality possible :-)

On 3 Jun 2011 23:15, "Cor Nouws" <> wrote:

Hi Rob, all, wrote (02-06-11 21:34)

> If you claim to have 200 developers working on LO
> then I suspect this is with a very low level...
I know several people that started with really tiny contributions for
LibreOffice in the past months but just evolved to people contributing
features, more and more clean ups, committing to the repository themselves
and help with checking other patches. Also, people with specific knowledge
of any of the many areas in the huge code base, can mean a lot by just using
their skills for maybe few lines of code.

I hardly new about this process when I was active in the old
project. Now in the LibreOffice project I've seen that it is reality, and
what the importance of that approach is.

> And most of those names are making very
> sporadic, but I'm sure very valuable, contributions.


> Notably the top 20
> contributors were making 90% of the commits and of those the majority are
Which is not relevant - but of course that percentage is getting lower
regularly with others joining LibreOffice.

> The "halo" of additional developers is important as well.  But their
> effectiveness is entirely...
It is different, as I wrote above.

And I too think it is relevant. Although I read for example this:

Ross Gardler wrote (03-06-11 15:25)

> The incubator does not expect a viable community on the way *in*, it
> only expects a viable community on the way *out*.
> We will take a vote on whether to accept this proposal into the
> incubator. That vote, for the majority of people, will not be about
> vague unanswerable questions such as "will it graduate" it will be about
> "is there any *definite* reason to refuse entry to the incubator".

The difference is relevant at least for managing expectations. When there
are many contributors for LibreOffice that you may not expect to join an project in Apache.
I would love to see all work in one big project - read all my pleas in the time. But reality tells me that is not going to happen.


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