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12 tips to getting things done in open source

Feb 13, 2009, 14:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stormy Peters)

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"And people new to open source are usually at a loss as to where to start. Often they come with a great idea, tell a couple of people who confirm it's a great idea, and then ... well, and then they don't know what to do and the great idea fades.

"So here are some of my ideas on how to get things done in the open source world. And I am by no means the expert - I'm in awe of some of the people I work with on a daily basis.

"To get things done in open source:
Be prepared to do a lot. Somebody has to do it. And while you can convince others it's fun and needed and great, if you aren't willing to put time into it, why are they going to believe you?

"Believe you are empowered to do it. If you propose a new idea and everyone tells you it's great, believe them. And just do it. Nobody is going to say "ok, now you can do it.""

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