One of our favorite free open source initiative at C68 is LibreOffice, a project we are actively engaged on several levels. For us, obligations on FLOSS communities are essentially crucial, but it ain't a secret that LibreOffice is one of our most favorite projects and one of the platforms we are happy to contribute due to the fantastic community.
LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. The LibreOffice suite comprises programs for word processing, the creation and editing of spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams and drawings, working with databases, and composing mathematical formula. It is available in 115 languages. LibreOffice uses the international ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument file format (ODF) as its native format to save documents for all of its applications. It is the most actively developed free and open-source office suite.
Contributions on visual communication issues and being part of the core organizing team of the annual LibreOffice conference in Tirana, are only some of the recent contributions we have been doing for the community.
In the framework of those contributions, and by the experience on open source culture, we have realised some major obstacles for beginners who want to contribute on open source software, and probably one of the most frequently self-asked questions from potential first-time contributors is From where should I start?
Our challenge is to make LibreOffice accessible and reclaimable to everyone, not only to FLOSS hacktivists and tech geeks. We are confident by understanding in depth the project, not only by providing services that have a direct impact to the community and the ecosystem; we are committed to building an infrastructure of open source culture without boundaries for the beginners.
Inspired by the microsite whatcanidoformozilla.org and excessively motivated by young FLOSS enthusiasts we met at LibOCon last year, we proposed to the community a similar idea: WhatCanIDoForLibreOffice, a micro-site for beginners who want to contribute in the LibreOffice community.
The core idea of the project is simple: a static page, with a clear view of an area of interests where everyone can funnel their own contributions, regarding categories like Documentation, Advocacy, Communication and Marketing, Testing Software, Translation and Localization, Design, Infrastructure, User Support, and Development. You can see full sitemap here.
The feedback we had from LibreOffice community, made our enthusiasm legal. As always, they widely appreciated our initiative and get ready to improve the WhatCanIDoForLibreOffice at the very first stage, especially by senior members. Only one week after we share the micro-site to LibreOffice Marketing Mailing, it gets translated into Italian.
We would like to invite to join LibreOffice community, and why not to make some improvements or even translate the content in your language? 👇
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Join the community image: Kleidi Eski/ CC BY-SA 4.0 License
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