How do you get stated in the Linux community?

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How do you get stated in the Linux community?

Postby MessedUpHare » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:58 pm

Hi all,

I've spend an age deliberating how to give back to the community.

I'm just unsure what to do, at the moment I'm trying to teach myself C++ having been years since I touched any programming.

What does everyone else do when they want to give back to the community?

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Postby towy71 » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:10 am

I help people break, sorry, fix their computers ;-)
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Postby paulm » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:25 am

I maintain packages for two Linux distributions (which is fun) and do most of the repo maintenance for one of them (which is not fun).

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Postby Dutch_Master » Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:23 am

I wrote a small script that was reasonably well recieved... :roll:

Oh, and I try to answer questions from others, both here and on the LQ forums. ;)

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Postby Bazza » Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:04 am

LXF 129...

Dr Brown`s Article...

"Create Better Bug Reports."

You don`t need to know anything about programming to help
and add your bit to the Open Source Society.
(OSS!?! Sounds like CIA dunnit, eh! :)
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Postby johnhudson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:29 am

Answer questions on a forum

Help with documentation
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Postby nelz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:33 am

Tell people about Linux
Jojn a LUG and help people there

One of the wonderful things about the Linux community is that there are so many people that are contributing without considering that they are doing so.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." (Albert Einstein)
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Postby M-Saunders » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:30 am

Seconded for documentation. Free Software documentation ranges from brilliant to non-existent. Launch your most-used apps and see how much documentation you can find from within the app. If nothing, look on the app's website. If there's still nothing, offer to write some. Even if you don't have much time, any documentation is better than none at all!

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Postby nelz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:54 am

My pet peeve is documentation that details all the options but gives no examples of how to use them. If you use such software already, it's not much work to send a few examples to the devs.
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Postby Rhakios » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:36 am

nelz wrote:My pet peeve is documentation that details all the options but gives no examples of how to use them. If you use such software already, it's not much work to send a few examples to the devs.


Shhh! nelz, that's why people buy LXF. ;)
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Postby nelz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:23 pm

Yes, but if the man pages included examples I could paste those into my copy instead of working them out for myself... but keep that between you and me :)
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Postby guy » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:56 pm

I help promote the use and development of Free/Open Source at work - we are making slow but steady progress.

I contribute to various wikis (OK that's just the wider open information community, but I hate dividing lines)

And I lay slow plans to join a project developing software for my favourite hobby.
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Postby guy » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:58 pm

nelz wrote:My pet peeve is documentation that details all the options but gives no examples of how to use them. If you use such software already, it's not much work to send a few examples to the devs.

And mine is documentations that tells you how to use a tool but not where to find it.
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Postby Bazza » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:28 pm

My pet hate is the dependency issues.

I really hate anything that needs this, that and the other
of version(s) x.y.z before it will even start.

The amount of times that it occurs to people on this site
alone is staggering.

Anyone who can list dependencies for any one App`, versions,
where to find them, how to install them and create a line by
line childs level set of instructions to do so would be of great
use.

(Why can`t these whizzkid coding experts create something
without resorting to "some_unknown_unwanted_library.so"?)
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Postby nelz » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:37 pm

Bazza wrote:Anyone who can list dependencies for any one App`, versions,
where to find them, how to install them and create a line by
line childs level set of instructions to do so would be of great
use.


That's what package managers are for, users shouldn't have to worry about dependencies.


Bazza wrote:(Why can`t these whizzkid coding experts create something
without resorting to "some_unknown_unwanted_library.so"?)


Like YAM depending on buggy MUI classes with gaping security holes? :D
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