"You're an open source programmer, or you want to be. You're
looking for a project that'll bring you some combination of
education, good times, and money. How do you find it?"
"As it turns out, open source software is such a good idea that
it doesn't always have to be done for free. Several projects
already are pioneering innovations to bring together organizations
that want open source software developed and the programmers who
can deliver. That comparison describes the different matchmakers
now in operation. Which ones provide real services? Which are
likely to still be in business in 2001 and beyond? Once you've read
this article, you can judge for yourself how each one might help
meet your open source goals."
"There are plenty of conventional choices, of course. You could
sign on as a full-time employee with a company, such as Helixcode
or Red Hat, that concentrates on open source and perhaps receive
assignments you like. You could work as a consultant and list
yourself as a specialist in LessTif or Postfix. You could look
through the outstanding task lists for such projects as OpenLDAP or
Perl and simply start contributing patches. Job boards and
matchmakers such as Monster.com, Newmediary.com, eLance.com, Skills
Village, eWork Exchange, and others happily list open source work
with the thousands of other entries in their offerings."
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