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cdaringe
May 3rd, 2010, 09:49 AM
Hi guys/ladies:

I'm looking for a good, simple program to get started helping out on. I've never programmed in gnu/linux. I'd like to help maintain or grow a project/program/package/etc. I've done relatively simple C in the past, moderate vb.net (don't think that's going to take me anywhere here...), and I'd like to learn some more python. If somebody knows of something simple I can jump on board with and start learning some hoops, I'd appreciate recommendations.
Thanks,
-Chris

Vahagn_IV
May 3rd, 2010, 08:46 PM
I'd also like to join a project.
I have some skills in c++ and am making my PhD in physics. I would participate in linux game development with great pleasure.

cdaringe
May 13th, 2010, 08:50 PM
bump ...

jetsam
May 13th, 2010, 09:11 PM
I think everybody has to find their own path to a project that's right for them. "Scratch an itch you want to scratch," or something like that... Then sign up for a developers mailing list for a project that interests you, and introduce yourself and find a niche. Something like that.

Do you want to work on Ubuntu, or are you more interested in something upstream (i.e. a specific piece of software or genre of software)? If you want to work on Ubuntu, I'd suggest you start in the testing forum for Meerkat and go from there. You'll learn some of the internals of the platform and the OS that way and can get an overview of what needs help before you commit to anything.

D3mon_Spawn
May 15th, 2010, 04:29 AM
http://sourceforge.net/

jetsam
May 15th, 2010, 05:12 PM
Back at too many options? You have to give us something to work with, or we can't help you OP.

Ubuntu Developer Zone official intro page is here (http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate/developerzone).

An interesting thread in the cafe full of upstream projects possibly needing attention is here: List Linux program you use that you feel need some help or love.. (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1389231)

If you want to cut to the chase the book you want is this one: The Unix Programming Environment (http://www.mypearsonstore.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=013937681X). It's in print and that link takes you directly to the publisher's online store.

cdaringe
May 15th, 2010, 07:58 PM
Jetsam, thanks for the links. I read through the 'need some help or love' and looks like there a few small things needing aide. I may poke around w/ Meerkat too if time allows. Thanks.

Vahagn_IV, let me know if you found something that's a good fit. I'm be curious to know where you ended up.

jetsam
May 15th, 2010, 09:59 PM
Hi guys/ladies:

I'm looking for a good, simple program to get started helping out on...
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...and I'd like to learn some more python. If somebody knows of something simple I can jump on board with and start learning some hoops, I'd appreciate recommendations.
Thanks,
-Chris
Fixed that for you.

We're in similar situations, Chris. I've just been using linux longer than you have, and I have way too much ubuntu.:P

Vahagn_IV
May 16th, 2010, 09:15 AM
Vahagn_IV, let me know if you found something that's a good fit. I'm be curious to know where you ended up.
Nothing yet. What about starting e new project? I've found good tutorials of OpenGL programming in gamedev.net.

jetsam
May 16th, 2010, 05:46 PM
I'm pretty sure you could just post in this thread and find yourself with more than a few ideas:
La Vida- The Sims For Linux (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=919372)

If that's overkill, post in the programming subforum, or the gaming and leisure one.

Um... pygame (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygame). I've never met them and I've never downloaded the software. I have a sneaking suspicion they want you to look at what they have and think about their physics engine, but really you'll have to look there and ask them. Because you're scary qualified. Like raptor scary!

DangerOnTheRanger
May 17th, 2010, 12:58 AM
Nothing yet. What about starting e new project? I've found good tutorials of OpenGL programming in gamedev.net.

OpenGL is too low-level; use a game engine, like Irrlicht, or Panda3D.