me, thinking out loud…

Contributing to FOSS

2010-08-19 Thu 00:06

gora asked for some good links (on ##linux-india) to redirect newbies, enthusiastic about contributing to FOSS.

I dug up a few links from the web – some that I read, when I was starting off with using GNU/Linux and FOSS, others are newer links.

Just making a note of them here; hoping someone would find it useful.

  • How to Become a Hacker – A definitive how-to on becoming a hacker. Answers all the right questions. :)
  • Philosophy of the GNU Project – This is the page, where I started. Thanks to Voodoo for giving me the link to this page. I distinctly remember that day. :) I’m going to pass on this link to any newbie who comes my way, no matter how much bashing I get from other FOSS evangelists.
  • 6 Easy Ways To Get Started Programming Open Source – A neat list giving steps to get started with programming for open source. I like #4. Understanding the social dynamics of the project is an important thing which is often overlooked by newbies.
  • OpenHatch – A community site to help newbies get started with contributing to FOSS. A cool site. Also, here is a story about OpenHatch.
  • Look at the Numbers! – an interesting paper giving quantitative data in support of using FOSS.
  • Ubuntu – Code of Conduct – A nice description of general conduct expected in any of the FOSS communities, not just Ubuntu.

I’d be happy to add any other links that any of you share. Thanks!

Comments on: "Contributing to FOSS" (2)

  1. hey Punto… thats quite a lot of times u pened… err keyed ur thoughts… grt going..

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