Choosing which Free and Open Source Software project to contribute to


This week has been quite eventful for me because, I actually contributed to a real Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) project. More on that in a moment…

Several guidelines exist for those wanting to choose which FOSS project to contribute to. I will not try to re-invent the wheel so here are some useful links:


Teaching Open Source

Dr. Dobbs

Programmers Stack Exchange

Stack Overflow

My personal opinion is, choose a FOSS project whose product you use frequently. In this way you get to be part of contributing to software that you use. What better joy can there be than that?! Also you do not have to dive into the code to contribute. You can start with little things like helping to write the documentation, test the software and file bugs. This will allow you familiarise yourself with the culture of the project before taking on the code…

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