Getting Started in Free and Open Source

Accepted Session
Short form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 from 11:20am – 12:05pm in Broadway


"All That Glitters is Not (Only) Code
- Testing
- Localization
- Documentation
- Release Engineering
- User Interface Design / Usability
- User support"


Leslie Hawthorn and I co-present this talk for beginners who are interested to getting involved but don’t know where or how to start.

We cover the basics of:
-why you might want to get involved
-what you can get out of participating
-more than coding is needed
-how to chose a project
-how to get started
-etiquette of lists and other communication
-dos and don’t of joining a community

The talk is not just for beginners; experienced FOSS folks can learn how to help newbies successfully join their projects.

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