Although many are content to make a small donation to support Apache OpenOffice and the
Apache Software Foundation (we appreciate every contribution), some users want to
get more involved and volunteer their time and expertise with the project.
There are many motivations for why volunteers participate in an open source project like OpenOffice. Some of the more common ones include:
You don't need to be a programmer to contribute to Apache OpenOffice. Our project involves a large range of different skills, levels of involvement and degrees of technical expertise. So, if you want to get involved in Apache OpenOffice, there is almost certainly a role for you.
We are looking for people to:
All of these contributions help to keep a project active and strengthen the community. We welcome and encourage participation, and try to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved.
OpenOffice is a large, complex open source project, with a culture developed over many years as an independent project, combined with our experience at Apache.
If you are familiar with Apache-style open source development then you might just jump in. Subscribe to a relevant project mailing list and introduce yourself. We'll help you get started.
If, however, you are new to Apache, or want a more methodical approach to getting started, then we have a set of graduated New Volunteer Orientation Modules designed for new volunteers that takes you through a number of background topics related to Apache OpenOffice and how we do things.
Which path you take is up to you and is a matter of personal preference. You can even do both.
We also maintain a list of specific areas where we need volunteers on our Help Wanted page of the wiki.
If you are a student, looking to contribute to the project as part of your school work, please also see our Advice for Students page.