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dadoprso
March 8th, 2012, 06:45 PM
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.

wojox
March 9th, 2012, 02:27 AM
There are also plenty of projects you could join in Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/). :P

dadoprso
March 9th, 2012, 04:20 PM
There are also plenty of projects you could join in Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/). :P

I will check it out.

Zill
March 9th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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. :-)

dadoprso
March 9th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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.