Beginners and non programmers can even help. 99.99786% of all OSS projects desperately need help with documentation. IF you want to start somewhere, start there.
The problem with Open Source Software is the intense focus on the freaking source code. But for most software projects Coding source code is only 40% of the work. There is a lot of work going in Architecting, Designing, Documentation, that goes on as well. For most project they have the Coder do all the work, that is why they write a few dozen lines of code a day because they are busy doing the other stuff.
RMS may not have gone insane if the printer manufacturer just released better documentation of the s
the Linux Kernel development team in particular is known for its savagery
I've found that the "It's my party and no one else is invited" syndrome permeates all too many OSS projects. Finally stopped offering to help after encountering one too many projects that act like the snobby fraternity from a bad 80's movie. Now I do my own stuff and forgo the projects that have already started.
I've found that the "It's my party and no one else is invited" syndrome permeates all too many OSS projects.
Pics or it didn't happen.
In other words, I've hear this a lot on the internet, but I've never seen it myself despite having contributed to numerous open projects. I expect that there are assholes out there running projects, but there are also plenty of assholes who wish to contribute as well.
I've even exchanged emails with Theo De Raadt himself and wasn't flamed. Actually, he was polite and helpful.
1) Get a github account.2a) Submit a bug.2b) Request a new feature.2c) Fix a bug.2d) Research and comment on an open issue.2e) Add a new feature.2f) Fix typos in documentation.2g) Add documentation.2h) Add a translation for your own language.2i) Add a new theme/template.2j) Make the project page nicer to look at.2k) Thank the authors.2l) ???3) Profit!
Getting involved starts simply with making "first contact".Any half-decent project team will gracefully accept anything you have to offer and pretty soon you'l