Linux News Today: LibreOffice Now Has More Than 1000 Developers Working on It
The LibreOffice project is one of the biggest open source endeavours in the world and The Document Foundation announced that there are now more than 1000 developers working on the office suite.
LibreOffice is growing at an extraordinary pace and it looks like it will continue to gather a lot of talented people at a constant rate. The Document Foundation started its work with a fork from the equally famous OpenOffice.org, but grew into something that nobody would have guessed.
The developers put a lot of work right from the beginning in making LibreOffice a lot lighter and started to add features so that it can rival any other office suite out there. It’s even starting to displace Microsoft Office from city administrations and government, and that is not a small feat. That would not be possible without an army of developers working towards a single goal.
LibreOffice continues to grow
The number of hackers ready to put their talents to good use is growing each month and there is no indication that the trend is changing. If anything, they still require more people to further improve the office suite.
“The Document Foundation announces a renewed effort to grow the developers community beyond the threshold of 1,000 hackers reached in October 2015 (source: OpenHub), with the addition of Jan Iversen – a senior developer with a passion for mentoring, and a long experience at Apache Software Foundation – to the team,” reads the announcement on the official blog.
Moving past a 1000 developers also means that The Document Foundation needs more people in places that can guide the new generation of developers. Jan Iversen from Apache Software Foundation has joined the team and he will be one of the people responsible for mentoring and guiding the new talents that come to work on LibreOffice.
The team is now building LibreOffice 5.1 and that important update should arrive on February 1, if everything goes according to plan.