Advogato: In-Roads to Free Software DevelopmentJun 18, 2000, 12:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Burley)
"Many understand the developmental model used by free software development groups and GNU/Linux distributions. However, few understand how to properly get involved. This problem has perplexed many and reduces the number of individuals who are able to become involved in free software development and testing."
"The first step before starting in on any project is making contact with the existing maintainer of the project. Communication is the key to reducing redundant efforts, ensuring that work isn't done twice and maximizing the value of the work of individuals. This step may yield the discovery of a dormant project which needs help. It may also bring to one's attention that they can join an effort another person has started. Be sure to evaluate the skills needed for any undertaking and decide on how to help based upon those skills. Nearly any undertaking will be a learning experience."