[Athen] Fw: ShareLaTeX is now open source!

Lisa Brandt lisa.brandt1 at pcc.edu
Fri Feb 21 11:30:45 PST 2014

FYI, LaTeX fans. :-)
Lisa Brandt, PCC Disability Services
Accessibility Technician
Alternate Media Formats Technician

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From: "Henry Oswald" <team at sharelatex.com>
Sent: 2/21/2014 4:21:50 AM
Subject: ShareLaTeX is now open source!

Hi Lisa,

We're pleased to announce that ShareLaTeX is now open source, and you
can grab the code on Github! ShareLaTeX is a web-based real-time
collaborative LaTeX editor, and you can now run your own local version
where you can host, edit, share and compile your LaTeX documents. We're
still 100% focused on running the hosted version at
http://www.sharelatex.com, but we want to be more flexible in how you
can use ShareLaTeX, and give something back to our wonderful community.

We're starting by open-sourcing the core parts of ShareLaTeX, including
the editor, the project and document storage systems, and the backend
LaTeX compiler that we use. This is only the beginning of our
open-source journey though, and we will be open sourcing much more soon.
(We still need to review our back-end code and write documentation for
the other parts.)

Our main motivation for ShareLaTeX has always been to improve the
efficiency of scientists and students around the world. Open sourcing
our code base is a natural way to make sure that we can help as many
people as possible.

As a small team, we're constantly receiving feature requests that we'd
love to implement but don't have the time. We've also had a lot of
offers from willing volunteers who we've had to turn away because we
didn't have a framework for people to contribute. We hope that by
open-sourcing ShareLaTeX we can empower our brilliant community to help
improve ShareLaTeX in the ways that you want, without having to wait for
the two of us to work down our todo list.

A lot of people have asked to host ShareLaTeX internally due to company
guidelines or data privacy concerns. We don't have the resources to
support licensed installs at the moment, but we also hate having to say
no. With an open-source version of ShareLaTeX, now anyone who wants to
run it locally can.

We are still continuing to work on ShareLaTeX full time, and we expect
that the time we have to work on new features will only increase in the
coming year. (We are starting to look for a front end developer/designer
to join our distributed team. If that sounds interesting then please get
in touch at team at sharelatex.com.)

If you run into any problems with downloading and setting up ShareLaTeX,
please let us know on our issue page.

ShareLaTeX is written in CoffeeScript (and occasionally JavaScript), and
our back-end runs on Node.js. Regardless of your experience, we would
love to help you get to know the ShareLaTeX code base, and help you
contribute your first patch. The code can be found on Github, and an
overview of all open issues can be found here. We've got some issues
marked as 'good for beginners', but don't let that constrain you! We
also have an open chat room for discussing development. Please drop in
if you have any questions, or just say hi.

There are also ways to help that aren't all about coding. The whole site
could do with the caring touch of a designer, or if you speak a language
other than English, then you could help to translate ShareLaTeX. There
is LaTeX documentation that needs improving, and we're always keen for
bug reports from anyone using the site.

If you would like to discuss this news please head over to our
announcement blog post.

Henry and James
ShareLaTeX Co-founders
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