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   Community: Questions 

  1. How do I get involved and communicate with other people about the OpenOffice.org Project?
  2. Does the OpenOffice.org Project have the support of the leaders of the open source world?
  3. How will Sun participate in the community?
  4. Will Sun continue to work on the StarOffice sources as part of OpenOffice.org?
  5. What contributions is Sun looking for from the open source community?
  6. How will code be accepted into OpenOffice.Org? Will there be a process similar to Apache's +1/-1 system?

   Community: Answers  

  1. How do I get involved and communicate with other people about the OpenOffice.org Project?

    The code is now available. Sign up for the mailing lists on the site and begin working on the code.

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  1. Does the OpenOffice.org Project have the support of the leaders of the open source world?

    Yes. OpenOffice.org is widely touted as the most important open source project in the world (de Icaza) and is considered critical for the adoption of open source software on the desktop. It gives all users a free productivity suite that is interoperable with other office suites.

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  1. How will Sun participate in the community?

    Sun began its contribution to this project by opening the new sources currently in development which will deliver the future StarOffice Productivity Suite 6.0. Sun functions as a full member of the open community and Sun's engineering efforts are directed toward collaboration with the open community, working off of a single, open CVS tree hosted at OpenOffice.org. From here on out, all of our work on the office productivity components will be in the open.

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  1. Will Sun continue to work on the StarOffice software sources as part of OpenOffice.org?

    Yes. Sun has a full team of dedicated engineers working on developing StarOffice software who will continue work on the OpenOffice.org version. Sun is dedicated to the effort which will make OpenOffice.org a success.

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  1. What contributions is Sun looking for from the open-source community?

    To be successful, OpenOffice.org will require the participation of the open source community at all levels. We invite you to get involved! Open source projects are typically run as meritocracies, where if you are motivated and have good ideas you will be welcomed with open arms. With OpenOffice.org, members of the community will have the equal opportunity to become the maintainers for any and all major projects within OpenOffice.org.

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  1. How will code be accepted into OpenOffice.Org? Will there be a process similar to Apache's +1/-1 system?

    Please see our new "Contributing" page. Most of your answers should be answered there.

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