Thursday 10:50 AM–11:30 AM in Central Park East (#6501a)

Contributing to Open Source: A Guide

Paul Ganssle

Audience level:
Novice

Description

Contributing to open source can be a rewarding experience, but many people don't know how, or find the process confusing or frustrating. This talk tries to bridge both the technical and social gap between new contributors and maintainers to help the listener have a positive open source experience.

Abstract

Open source software powers a huge amount of the technology you use every day. Maintainers often exhort the public for contributions, but many developers find the process complicated or don't think that they have any skills they can contribute.

This talk will cover:

If you think it sounds cool to be able to make a meaningful contribution to software that touches millions of lives, but never thought you could - this talk is for you. If some open source software you use has a bug in it that just never seems to get fixed - this talk is for you. Even if you don't see the appeal of contributing to open source projects and just want to learn why you might want to do so - this talk is for you.

Open source software powers a huge amount of the technology you use every day. Maintainers often exhort the public for contributions, but many developers find the process complicated or don't think that they have any skills they can contribute.

This talk will cover:

If you think it sounds cool to be able to make a meaningful contribution to software that touches millions of lives, but never thought you could - this talk is for you. If some open source software you use has a bug in it that just never seems to get fixed - this talk is for you. Even if you don't see the appeal of contributing to open source projects and just want to learn why you might want to do so - this talk is for you.

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