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[News] Advice to People Seeking to Help Software Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Advice to People Seeking to Help Software Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:27:37 +0100
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Questions to Ask if Youâre Thinking of Getting Involved in Open Source

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| If you arenât a programmer and have no idea 
| what else could possibly need to be done, here 
| are a few ideas:
|     * Artists are needed for making themes and 
|     wallpapers for Linux distros and desktop 
|     environments like GNOME & KDE
|     * Make little tiny icons for programmers 
|     to put on the buttons in their programs
|     * Translating a program from English to 
|     whatever other language you speak
|     * Writing documentation (no project is 
|     too-well-documented)
|     * Tech support
|     * Testing is a great way for early 
|     adopters to help out
|     * Bug triaging
|     * Packaging software for a Linux distro


Moral obligations of Free Software authors?

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| I enjoy writing software. I often write 
| software to solve some sort of problem that 
| Iâve had. Usually virtually any code I 
| write winds up in my git repositories, on 
| the theory that it might be useful to 
| someone else. Some of the code that I think 
| might really be useful to people gets even 
| better treatment. OfflineIMAP, for 
| instance, has a very comprehensive manpage, 
| heavily commented example config file, 
| wiki, mailing list, public bug tracker, 
| etc. Most of these I did the majority of 
| the work to create, but OfflineIMAP does 
| occasionally receive code and documentation 
| contributions from others.



A Trip Through The Cathedral & The Bazaar

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| That parallel is why this ten year old book is
| still worth reading.  The open source process
| is still creating magic, marshalling armies of
| creative people who work for nothing -- or
| rather, as C&D points out, for gains that are
| not material.  The technical prowess of the
| OSS world is not in doubt: Linux, Firefox,
| Apache, and a host of other projects show that
| the bazaar can still out-code the cathedral.

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