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    Looking for good project to get started on

    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

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    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.

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    bump ...

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    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.

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    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.

    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..

    If you want to cut to the chase the book you want is this one: The Unix Programming Environment. It's in print and that link takes you directly to the publisher's online store.

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    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.

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    Quote Originally Posted by cdaringe View Post
    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.
    Last edited by jetsam; May 15th, 2010 at 10:00 PM. Reason: And an extra shot now! Wow! HOPE IT'S DECAF!!!!

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    Quote Originally Posted by cdaringe View Post
    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.

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    Re: Looking for good project to get started on

    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

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

    Um... 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!

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