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How to Contribute to Open Source Projects

Jun 22, 2011, 22:04 (0 Talkback[s])

"Brian Behlendorf, the founder of the Apache Web Server project and a lead developer on Subversion, discusses how to get started on an OSS project — and what to expect Choosing the Right Project

DDJ: Let's say I'm a developer with some experience and I'm interested in contributing to one of the Apache projects. How do I get started?

BB: What's your motive?

DDJ: To get more experience, working with bright folks who are doing stuff in an area that interests me.

"BB: That's not the most usual path. More often, it's a developer who wants help to solve a specific technical problem. After some Google searching, he's found some packages that claims to do x. And, if there's one that's free, that's the one that's going to get evaluated first. And he starts pulling it down and playing with it."

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