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As Apache announced the release of OpenOffice 4.0 with handy sidebar, The Document Foundation was busy sweeping up the last bug reports for the upcoming LibreOffice 4.1 release. In a post to The Document Foundation blog, Italo Vignoli, founder and board member, acknowledged the contributions made by OpenOffice developers while taking stock of the achievements of the LibreOffice project the last couple of years.
Vignoli remembers early days at OpenOffice with fellow hacker Michael Meeks saying they spent five years, with other developers, "in endless discussions about a different vision for the future of OOo." A fundamental element of this envisioned future was a happy home for developers, and in providing that in the LibreOffice project has encouraged new developers to join in each and every month, so says Vignoli. In fact, he says LibreOffice benefits from contributions from 100 developers a month with a total active number of 350.