"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
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
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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