LibreOffice at Google Summer of Code
LibreOffice has participated in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Program for many years.
LibreOffice intends to apply as an organization for Google Summer of Code. The GSoC program helps students to dive into the open source world and we hope to match challenging projects with bright students this summer. Please refer to the GSoC Ideas page for projects ideas.
- Want to be a mentor? You can start reading Federico's Google Summer of Code Mentoring HOWTO. After that, feel free to add yourself as the mentor for a task in the Easy Hacks page.
- Have some interesting project idea? You can add some exciting project idea to the GSoC Ideas, but don't forget that students only have a full-time summer to work on it and that they may need some time to get up to speed.
- Want to apply for a project? Go to the GSoC page for the current year.
Project ideas can be found on the GSoC Ideas page.
- 2010 (for the GO-OO project)
- 2009 (for the GO-OO project)
Successfully Implemented Ideas
2021 GSoC application
Website URL https://www.libreoffice.org
LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite.
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LibreOffice is a lively and diverse community, delivering a full-featured cross-platform office suite. We value new contributors, just as we prize Open Source and Open Standards.
LibreOffice is a modern Free & Open Source Office suite, one of the largest open source projects, and used by millions of users worldwide. LibreOffice is compatible with many file formats like Microsoft® Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. At its heart though, LibreOffice is built around an open standard, the OpenDocument Format, as its native file format.
LibreOffice is developed by users who, just like you, believe in the principles of Free Software and in sharing their work with the world in non-restrictive ways. The development of LibreOffice is supported by The Document Foundation which provides the infrastructure for the project.
We believe that users should have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software that we distribute. While we do offer no-cost downloads of the LibreOffice suite of programs, Free Software is first and foremost a matter of liberty, not price. We campaign for these freedoms because we believe that everyone deserves them.
Though the members of our community hail from many different backgrounds, we all value personal choice and transparency, which translates practically into wider compatibility, more utility, and no end-user lock-in to a single product. We believe that Free Software can provide better-quality, higher-reliability, increased-security, and greater-flexibility than proprietary alternatives. LibreOffice is a large project (approx. 6MLOC), which makes it interestingly complex, but at the same time, provides a place for all sorts of contribution & skills.
The community behind LibreOffice is the heart of the project, without which we would not have the resources to continue developing our software. The passion and drive that every individual brings to the community results in collaborative development that often exceeds our own expectations. With tons of different roles in the project, we invite everyone to join us in our work and help us to make LibreOffice known, prosper, and accessible to all.
First, please present yourself. Since we don't know you we want to know some bits like your name, education, email address and nickname on the #libreoffice-dev IRC channel at freenode.net. Please subscribe to the LibreOffice developer list and write an email to the list.
We will require students to complete one of the easy programming tasks on the "Easy Hacks" page (or part of one if that EasyHack is a selection of separate tasks), though the dead-line for this isn't hard but needs to be somewhere before the end of the selection process. This means that each student who wants to have chances to be picked for a LibreOffice project will need to build the whole application, fix a bug and submit the patch to the development mailing list.
Explain what you want to achieve. Provide detailed informations on the project you want to work on and the use cases. The more precise your description is, the more it will show us that you investigated the area and though about it properly before submitting. The best is to base your project on one of our Ideas that come complete with friendly mentors to help you. You may have some nice project ideas, but make sure that someone will be able to mentor your project and knows that part of the code well enough.
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Why does your org want to participate in Google Summer of Code?
GSoC attracts a lot of students of whom some can be motivated to be long term committers. An mature project like LibreOffice needs a mixture of old and new developers, hence GSoC is very important for our future. For the student, being part of a large well known project like LibreOffice is a big plus in their CVs, something we take very seriously. GSoC is the major opportunity for students around the world to be an active part of open source and we want to help make it a combined success.
GSoC is an important program, because it provides a possibility to mentor students intensively over a relatively long period of time. The student gets more experience, while the project completes tasks that would be harder to do by pure volunteers. GSoC provides a platform that connects students with open source projects, LibreOffice interacts with the students after GSoC to e.g. provide developer days in universities.
What would your org consider to be a successful summer?
All projects are completed successfully, students are happy to have worked on LibreOffice and spread the word, the user community is excited about the results and at least one newcomer entering via GSoC continues as a volunteer developer or is hired into the commercial ecosystem.
How many potential mentors have agreed to mentor this year?
How will you keep mentors engaged with their students?
We use mail and IRC as the primary communication channels with an exceptional audio call when needed. In order to monitor the overall process, we have a weekly steering meeting, where GSoC is discussed in order to detect problems before they become real problems. Each student will have at least two mentors to avoid problems of disappearing mentors (even if only during the holiday times). Furthermore the GSoC admins (3) keeps an oversight throughout the project period.
Many of the mentors are employed by companies for their work on LibreOffice and therefore are expected to be available at least during the week.
How will you help your students stay on schedule to complete their projects?
Our mentors are typically people, who are present on our IRC channels and mail on a daily basis and have therefore sufficient capacity to adhere to the schedules of the students. Our GSoC administrators (some are also mentors) will follow the progress of each sub-project at a high level. We use Gerrit for patch management, which allows for easy monitoring of the progress.
In order to be selected, the students need to complete a non-trivial mentored task from LibreOffice Bugzilla. This requires them to build and start looking at the code, which gives the student more confidence in the task ahead and our mentors a chance to look at how the student works.
All students will be required to submit a report of their progress every week on the LibreOffice development mailing list and submit/update a patch on Gerrit every week. This will help spot the difficulties before the student is actually lost. The report does not need to be long, if the patch clearly shows work is being done.
How will you get your students involved in your community during GSoC?
Before the students apply to GSoC, they are welcomed as part of our mentoring program. In the mentoring program, we encourage the students to participate in discussions on IRC and mail. Our mentors will often ask the students to present their ideas to the community and thus get involved. In our opinion students need to do more than just write code. They need to interact with the community by proposing solutions and iterating them until reaching a community consensus. The interaction will ensure that students become part of the "team".
How will you keep students involved with your community after GSoC?
We have a mentoring program in place with the purpose of guiding new contributors into becomming full committers. The GSoC students will be a part of this program. We not only help new contributors become a part of the community, but also monitor progress and actively try to keep the motivation high. We believe an open and active community is one of the best assets in retaining contributors. We will before, during and after GSoC keep a personal contact with the students making them be a part of the community.
Has your org been accepted as a mentoring org in Google Summer of Code before?
Which years did your org participate in GSoC?
For each year your organization has participated, provide the counts of successful and total students.
If your org has applied for GSoC before but not been accepted, select the years:
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What year was your project started?
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LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.org and the Go-oo project migrated to LibreOffice. LibreOffice in itself only participated from 2011 GSoC, but:
- OpenOffice.org did in 2005, 2006 and 2007
- and Go-Oo did in 2009 and 2010