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How do you get stated in the Linux community?
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MessedUpHare



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:58 pm    Post subject: How do you get stated in the Linux community? Reply with quote

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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towy71
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I help people break, sorry, fix their computers Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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).

Paul.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrote a small script that was reasonably well recieved... Rolling Eyes

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

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Answer questions on a forum

Help with documentation
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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? Very Happy
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