Add CONTRIBUTING, README, and .gitignore #1

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@alex-konovalov alex-konovalov merged commit 80b9ddf into gap-system:master Feb 26, 2015
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Happy birthday to this pull request #1 submitted exactly a year ago! Some highlights of what happened after that:

  • In this repository, in total we have 640 pull requests and issues.
  • If things are done, they are done: pull requests are normally reviewed and getting merged. Today we have 32 open and 356 closed pull requests. That's more than one new pull request a day!
  • For issues, the ratio is nearly 50/50: today, we have 120 open and 133 closed issues.
  • We had several very productive GAP Days.
  • We have a gap-system virtual organisation on GitHub which also contains repositories for other development tools, GAP Website, etc.
  • We have growing virtual organisation for gap-packages.
  • There is even larger activity with GAP packages, since some of them are openly developed elsewhere - see this page.
  • There is an open GAP development mailing list.
  • We started a Wiki with documentation for developers here.
  • We made two minor releases based on this repository (4.7.8 and 4.7.9).
  • We put a lot of efforts in making GAP more robust and test it better, in particular, we now run nightly check of the test coverage and publish reports here.
  • And we are now going to announce the first major release of GAP 4.8.2 made from this repository!

This is a result of collaborative efforts of many people - congratulations and thanks to everyone involved!!! Looking forward to the new advancements!

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