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April 15th, 2007, 09:44 PM
I did a little bit of development for beryl.
I wrote a mod for the Burn animation effect called "Mystical Fire." Thanks to someone on the forum it got included into beryl as an option. It was a really simple tweak: randomzie the rgb values of the fire particles.


I also tried to write the code to make the cube transparent using a few opengl calls that would enable transparency. But, as you can see, it didn't quite work. You cannot see the back two desktops. Thankfully somebody else figured out it shortly afterwards.


Anyways, what have you contributed to OSS?

April 15th, 2007, 09:55 PM
I translated:

Gshutdown (http://gshutdown.tuxfamily.org/)
KBlogger (http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=29552)
Pnxsmbtool (http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Pnxsmbtool+%28PhoeNUX+SAMBA+tool%29?content=47167)
kapt-get (http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php/kapt-get?content=47043)

into Spanish. I'm always looking for more apps to translate, as I find that it's the best way I can personally contribute... I'm a terrible coder (which isn't necessarily a bad thing... I'm studying law, not something tech-related)

April 15th, 2007, 09:57 PM
I've contributed the only things I can right now--documentation and online support through the forums.

I can't program, I can't do artwork, I don't do marketing, and I don't have that much money to donate.

April 15th, 2007, 10:02 PM
My time on these forums, and one day i hopefully will contribute something through my programming, but i dont have the time right now..... (isnt that always the way!!)

April 15th, 2007, 10:11 PM
I've started my own personal crusade against the danish public service system, trying to figure out how to make them not use all my tax-money on software licenses. While I think about that, I nag my friends and family about the joys of GNU-stuff :)

(I'd love to code and translate and other technical stuff, but my english sucks and I haven't got any further then "Hello world" in my programming career. Hell, I can't even compile a program :))

use a name
April 15th, 2007, 10:21 PM
I hope to contribute codewise sometime. Atm, I'm not that much into any linux specific code (or openGL for that matter) and I do not have the time to really work on something for the next few months, but it has my interest.

I've contributed a couple of bucks by buying two SuSE Linux boxes. :D

April 15th, 2007, 10:41 PM
I started my own crusade against my school (they bought everything Microsoft, I'm asked to do some things for the new student introduction days, but that has to be done in ASP since they don't have PHP support ;-))

I got wireless working at my school, only MS is supported but now everybody knows how to get it working in linux.

And last but not least, all of my development work is in linux (OpenGL and stuff, trying to learn that now (with a ATi X200m videocard :P))

the people from my class are a bit scared of by my enthousiasm, but some people now see that linux has lots of advantages

April 15th, 2007, 11:12 PM
i am an editor of the full circle magazine. :D
and i've contributed by talking about linux all the time with my friends. and by doing so i've sacrificed something pretty big, as uncyclopedia puts it: the more you know and talk about linux, the less likely chances are girls will talk to you. :p

April 16th, 2007, 12:15 AM
I've hacked together a simple GUI to let the user change the default choice and timeout value for the grub menu, and am happy to answer questions from newbie (more than me) linux users. I'm also doing all my programming on linux, so compatibility is assured.

April 16th, 2007, 12:30 AM
One of these days, I'm actually going to get a grasp of C/C++ and/or perl and write something usefull to someone besides myself :x At the moment, I want to learn enough perl to write an IRC bot that doesn't even need irssi, but I'm nowhere near knowledgable enough in the language to pull that off yet ><

April 16th, 2007, 02:16 AM
the more you know and talk about linux, the less likely chances are girls will talk to you. :p

Not necessarily (link (http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/linuxlovingmen.shtml))

April 16th, 2007, 02:19 AM
I only made a simple beryl theme:


April 16th, 2007, 04:06 AM
I've contributed the website/coding/backend/other random stuff to full circle magazine (http://www.fullcirclemagazine.org). It's a continuation of the idea of an ubuntu magazine. We just released our first issue :)

April 16th, 2007, 05:21 AM
Mainly bug reports and alpha/beta tests.

I can program in a few programming languages, but don't have the time to make a serious effort in a project.

April 16th, 2007, 05:55 AM
Over the years, I've spent more money on various Linux distributions than I have on DOS/Windows versions. Plus the usual bug reports, beta testing, and spending obscene amounts of time on various Linux forums helping people with their problems.

April 16th, 2007, 06:02 AM
Sex appeal. :)

April 16th, 2007, 06:10 AM
I am the author of gdivelog - see sig - from which I have a had a few emails from users like:

"...it was the last program keeping me from wiping out Windows from my hard drive. "

Which was/is rather satisfying to say the least.

I have also written a few patches for other software, e.g. some conversion stuff for gtkpod, logged a few bugs and answered peoples questions on forums.

April 16th, 2007, 06:30 AM
Sex appeal. :)

Hey, wow! Me too!

But seriously

I truly hope that someday I am knowledgable enough to contribute to a project. Isn't it the same with many of us here? :D In addition, being a student, I hope to make a good application for a Google Summer of Code project in the next couple of years.

I consider my time helping on the forums time well spent :) Keep up the good work people!

April 16th, 2007, 09:11 AM
not very much...I talk with my friends about linux, ubuntu, open source movement etc, I distributed as many ubuntu live cds I could to all the people I know and who were willing to try it, I've converted my girlfriend to use linux (even in dual booting as she needs stuff like corel and so on)....But I'll try to do as much as I can (in my spare time...) :)

April 16th, 2007, 09:48 AM
My first "real" (lol) contribution: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=430229

That counts, right? I hope so, cos it's all I'm capable of right now :x

April 16th, 2007, 09:50 AM
Projects I work on
Lybniz (http://lybniz2.sourceforge.net/) (graphing calculator, in feisty universe)
SDict Viewer (http://sdictviewer.sourceforge.net/) (good for offline reading of wikipedia (and other encyclopaedias and dictionarys))
also a few small patches to other random things.

lots of bug reports, and triaging.

helped a few people move from windows to linux. support in the forums.

donations to a few projects.

April 16th, 2007, 11:27 AM
I've donated to a couple projects, reported some bugs and made a GDM theme (http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/XfceCarlos?content=55740) for Xfce users.

I am working on a Freevo theme and consider writing a Python script for organizing audio folders in Freevo.

April 16th, 2007, 11:50 AM
Submitted bugs for the Gimp (2.3.x).

April 16th, 2007, 04:50 PM
Bug reporting, some mandriva packages back in the day, help on IRC and a (trivial) patch to an old version of Gaim/Pidgin to fix a translation bug.

April 16th, 2007, 05:10 PM
I give their servers a good workout...oh, and lots of support for Zenwalk.

April 16th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Lets see now- I helped fix a major bug in the slamd64 development, I have uploaded 2 gdm/gtk themes, and 2 openbox themes, I admin the Ubuntu Document Storage Facility, and have wikied countless pages in there, I help out in IRC for both Zenwalk and Ubuntu, I wrote/modified 3 scripts for Weechat.

Yeah, I'm doing my bit.

Incidentally, we urgently need help with the Ubuntu Document Storage facility in wikifying docs from these forums. Anyone interested please PM me.

April 16th, 2007, 05:26 PM
A few half baked wallpapers & some insignificant packages. I tried my hand at testing, found plenty of bugs, but felt stupid when I couldn't offer solutions. I'm more of a hindrance really ;)

PS. I donated some money to these forums, I hope that counts :)

April 16th, 2007, 05:30 PM
6 new users all in one go......but not much else.

more of a hindrance really


April 16th, 2007, 06:17 PM
I send Firefox crash-reports all the time. :)
That helps right?Telling developers about their bugs.