'Apache OpenOffice.org (incubating) Developer Education: Building on Linux'

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Openluchtschool in de vrieskou / Open-air school in the freezing cold

 Developer Education

It is September.  In the northern hemisphere it is time for cooler weather and time to go back to school.  The Apache OpenOffice.org podling is ready for the season with events to help developers learn more about OpenOffice.org. 

Do you want to learn how to build Apache OpenOffice.org on Linux?  Do you want to take the first steps towards becoming an OpenOffice hacker?  Do you want to help test, review and improve our build instructions, on any one of a variety of Linux distros?  If so, you will not want to miss this event.

Next week, from Wed September 7th through Saturday September 10th we will be making a concerted effort to enable everyone who wants to be able to build OpenOffice. This will be the first of a series of Developer Education topics we hope to deliver.  Others may include how to build on Windows and Mac, and how to work on particular OpenOffice features.

This will be a virtual event, with collaboration on the ooo-dev mailing list and on IRC.  Members of the OpenOffice.org podling will be on hand to help anyone who wishes to get started with OpenOffice development on Linux.

 How to Get Involved

There are a few things you should do to prepare for this event:

  1. Find a Linux machine, at least 1GB RAM and 75 GB free disk space
  2. Run any updates needed to make your distro current
  3. Download the latest source code for OpenOffice.org via Subversion.
  4. Before Wednesday, sign up for the ooo-dev@incubator.apache.org  mailing list.
  5. Bookmark the OpenOffice.org Building Guide.  This is the documentation we'll be following, and correcting.
  6. Starting on Wednesday, follow the discussions on the ooo-dev mailing list.  We'll use a subject tag of [LINUX-BUILD] for threads related to this event.
  7. Also starting on Wednesday, join us on IRC: irc.freenode.net  on channel #dev.openoffice.org