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Getting involved with FOSS - Fosscon 2011

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Getting involved with FOSS - Fosscon 2011

  1. 1. Making a Difference for Millions: Contributing to FOSS Presented by Elizabeth Krumbach [email_address] www.princessleia.com @pleia2
  2. 2. Elizabeth Krumbach <ul><li>Debian Systems Administrator
  3. 3. Member of the Ubuntu Community Council
  4. 4. Board Member of Partimus.org </li></ul>
  5. 5. Launchpad.net bug # 713087 Allow Unity launcher to be resizable
  6. 7. status: New -> Opinion status: Opinion -> Invalid status: Invalid -> New status: New -> Confirmed status: Confirmed -> Opinion Andrea Azzarone wrote a patch for this status: Opinion -> Confirmed status: Confirmed -> Triaged status: Triaged -> Fix Committed status: Fix Committed -> Fix Released Looks great! Thanks Andrea — Mark Shuttleworth
  7. 8. Do you contribute to FOSS today? Do you want to contribute to FOSS today?
  8. 9. How is it organized? Who pays for it?
  9. 10. Why?
  10. 11. The parties!
  11. 12. Friends!
  12. 13. Travel!
  13. 14. Learning!
  14. 15. Experience
  15. 16. Making a Difference for Millions (or thousands) (or hundreds) (or dozens) (or just you)
  16. 17. What?
  17. 18. Programming
  18. 19. Working with Bugs
  19. 20. Documentation
  20. 22. Support
  21. 23. Testing
  22. 24. Design
  23. 27. Community
  24. 28. How?
  25. 29. <ul><li>Go to their website, look around
  26. 30. Join mailing list(s), IRC channel, forums
  27. 31. Get a feel for the community
  28. 32. ...or
  29. 33. Just submit a patch. </li></ul>First Steps
  30. 34. <ul><li>Not every project is active
  31. 35. You may want to avoid projects that are: </li><ul><li>Huge and with high entry barriers
  32. 36. Run by companies in an “over-the-fence” style </li></ul><li>If you work in tech, you may have restrictions placed on your involvement with open source </li></ul>Watch Out!
  33. 37. <ul><li>Respect other contributors
  34. 38. Follow procedures in place for contributions
  35. 39. Follow through with commitments
  36. 40. Avoid insulting the work of your predecessors
  37. 41. Focus on constructive criticism and comments
  38. 42. Don't fork the project </li></ul>Tips
  39. 43. Have fun!
  40. 44. Questions?
  41. 45. Credits Lydia Pintscher — Talk title suggestion Laura Czajkowski — UDS ice skating photo Mike Edwards — Philadelphia photo Jorge Castro — Unity bug example Trevor Calabro — grecipe icon set Martin Owens — Reasons to Love Ubuntu poster Mike Joseph — Slide review

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