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    Lightbulb Finding an open soruce project

    Hello,

    I'm looking for an open source application to contribute to. I'm sure this has been asked before.

    I've found the project ThinkUp: http://www.thinkupapp.com/

    There are 800+ people on the mailing list. Is this a suitable project for a beginner?

    Is mailing list size a good indicator of project support and/or complexity? Should I look for a smaller project?

    Any suggestions of good blog posts on how to get started with open source?

    I am very new to open source development; I have a lot to learn: so much that I don't know how to express my questions correctly (please excuse my ignorance).

    I look forward to learning all that I can.

    Thank you,
    Dado

    Edit: my OS of choice is Ubuntu and I'd like to learn to use open source tools: Maven/Ant, Bash, Vim, etc. One step at a time though.

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    wojox is offline I Ubuntu, Therefore, I Am
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    Re: Finding an open soruce project

    There are also plenty of projects you could join in Launchpad.

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    Re: Finding an open soruce project

    Quote Originally Posted by wojox View Post
    There are also plenty of projects you could join in Launchpad.
    I will check it out.

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    Re: Finding an open soruce project

    dadoprso: Not wishing to sound negative but there is a great difference between simply using an existing application and developing one!

    If you wish to move into application development then I suggest you start by thoroughly learning all the tools you will need to use. This means that you first become a competent user, learning how to configure and use the OS and its many applications effectively. Although possibly not essential, I suggest you will also need to have a good working knowledge of terminal commands and tools.

    Armed with these skills, I am sure that project development teams will then welcome your assistance.

    In the meantime, you could assist users on these, and other, forums. Expert knowledge is always welcome here.

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    Re: Finding an open soruce project

    Quote Originally Posted by Zill View Post
    dadoprso: Not wishing to sound negative but there is a great difference between simply using an existing application and developing one!

    If you wish to move into application development then I suggest you start by thoroughly learning all the tools you will need to use. This means that you first become a competent user, learning how to configure and use the OS and its many applications effectively. Although possibly not essential, I suggest you will also need to have a good working knowledge of terminal commands and tools.

    Armed with these skills, I am sure that project development teams will then welcome your assistance.

    In the meantime, you could assist users on these, and other, forums. Expert knowledge is always welcome here.
    I know. I develop in Java at work: using spring, maven, etc. I have good people around me as well.

    I will need to learn the terminal commands, but I'm willing to put in the work.

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