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Who Can Contribute to Free Software

Oct 13, 2007, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Coker)

"A common misconception is that only programmers can contribute to free software. The first significant reference I recall to this was in a presentation by Pia Waugh where she mentioned that she felt that the way words such as 'coder' and 'hacker' are used in the community as synonyms for 'contributor' are denigrating to people such as herself who aren't coders!

"I'm certain that no-one in the Australian Linux community would have any doubt about Pia's contributions, not even when they mis-use terms such as 'coder...'"

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