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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: How to help? Reply with quote

Hello there.

I have finished my studies for nearly a year now. Just working doesn't fulfill my life so I thought, I could contribute to a free software projekt. As a great fan of gentoo (using it for quite a time now) I thought there might be some "jobs" here to apply for.

Can you give me a hint, how to help gentoo? How could I contribute time and having also some fun while doing something nice for the things I use on a regular basis? I have experience in system administration, I speek english and german (native) and I can code quite well.

Help me to help.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well there's always a need for maintainers of ebuilds..IE when a new upgrade comes out , you make a new updated ebuild to work with it. Submit new interesting foss projects ebuilds to be accepted into the tree. Look at any project that you use all the time and see if you can help improve it. Most projects are always looking for programmers willing and able to help.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hand out at bugs.gentoo.org submitted new ebuilds and patches. Also, go to #gentoo-bugs on Gentoo bug days (announced at the start of every month) for more bugs to squash.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Follow the dev list. When something interesting comes up jump on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the things that I feel Linux lacks is a truely magnificent application for editting videos. I mean, we've got Gimp, OOo, K3b, Mozilla, plus countless text editors, programming tools, and media players. There are several projects that I've heard of but know nothing about. If could contribute to those projects it would help Linux find it's way to more desktops.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly, until Linux has something like http://www.avisynth.org/, which is highly customizable and has a ton of plugins for. Linux won't be a powerhouse for encoding.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tsunam wrote:
Honestly, until Linux has something like http://www.avisynth.org/, which is highly customizable and has a ton of plugins for. Linux won't be a powerhouse for encoding.

Maybe form a team here or with others to port it to pave the way for a future video editting software suite? I know porting is horribly difficult. I know very little about the programming aspects of Linux video software, but I do know how the end-user aspect isn't too great right now.

Speaking of Linux video software, there's a ton of bugs in Xine right now...
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your many interessing suggestions. First, I know Video editing software and use it myself. I know, it would be a great oppurtunity to port such a famous software to linux. Also I feel not fully qualified to do this job on my own in a reasonable amount of time; with a team of developers, maybe.

I have subscribed the gentoo-dev list, reading it, to find a place where to help. I will try to go to the named IRC Channels when I have some time to chat and read (are there irc-digests anywhere?) as I am not able to use IRC during the workhours. Also I am trying to read throught the developer docs once again.

Maybe it would be a goog idea to have a list like gentoo-mentor, where developers can recruit newbies and support them by getting involved in the development process. I know this may be a boring and timecomsuming task for the devs, so I don't expect to much.

I would be happy to get more ideas, how to help, not only for me directly (but also :D), but for others who stumble over this thread. There may be some folks out there trying to help but don't have an idea where to start; just like me.

Update:
I just found this thread, covering a similar topic, very interesting:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-264645.html
http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/index.xml?showlevel=1
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