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an intro talk about getting involved in Free Software I gave at Campus Party Europe 2012

an intro talk about getting involved in Free Software I gave at Campus Party Europe 2012

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Free Software - your chance to change the world and how to get there Free Software - your chance to change the world and how to get there Presentation Transcript

  • Free Softwareyour chance to change the world and how to get there Lydia Pintscher (@nightrose)
  • WTH is Free Software?
  • Freedom to: ● use ● study ● modify ● re-distribute
  • Who here has used Free Software?
  • Who here has contributed to Free Software?
  • Why should you do it?
  • Make a difference!● disaster management● anonymous communication● assistive technology● internationalisation and localisation● recording human rights violations and election manipulation● climate science and environmental conservation● hospital management● knowledge sharing/education● ...
  • How can you do it?
  • two ways to get into Free Softwareunstructured structured
  • ● Google Summer of Code● GNOME Outreach Program for Women● Season of KDE● X.Org Endless Vacation of Code● ...
  • choose a project you use and like
  • all projects need help(not all realize it though)
  • choose an area you like
  • look for a get involved page
  • lurk for a while
  • start doing stuff(look for junior jobs)
  • some tips
  • be realistic about your skillsOpen Hatch Codecademy
  • start small
  • get comfortable in the open
  • meet people
  • be visible and talk about what you are doing
  • help others(youre not alone)
  • give credit where credit is due
  • take on responsibility(and do not disappoint)
  • dont give up
  • open-advice.org
  • Go out and do it!
  • Questions?! @nightroseOh and btw: Your mother was right. Sharing is good.