I'm working on an article on getting involved in open source projects,
aimed at non-technical people.
I'd be keen to hear your stories about getting involved in doing
openSUSE artwork and any other projects that you do.
You can write a little or a lot, it's up to you. Something like how
you first got involved, your background and tips on the best way to
get started, any mistakes you made and so on. Suggestions on how to
make your contributions 'count' and succeed would also be helpful. If
you're not sure what to write, just jot down whatever comes into your
head, and I can always take a quote from it, or ask you to clarify
something with a follow up question. I'm trying to keep the tone as
light and fun as possible.
I'm writing the article in the first person, sharing some of my own
experience, and will present the words of other people usually as a
quote in a sort of interview style.
If you just have any general suggestions and don't want to be
specifically quoted, that's fine too. I think the article might
include a couple of 'callout boxes' that are popular in this type of
article, with a point list of tips or something like that.
Don't worry if your English isn't good, I'll edit it and you can
check it before I submit it.
Depending on how much response I get and the total word count, I can't
promise to include everything, but will try to represent you if I can,
and there might be 'spin off' smaller articles I could place
If you're keen to contribute and would have a nice clear promotional
photograph of yourself at work, that would be fabulous too! + Any
other images that you feel might be useful.
I'm not sure where the final article will go, but I hope to submit it
to a major user-focused magazine, possibly the UK 'Linux Format' mag
if they'll bite, or a more general print computing mag, as I want to
pick up the non technical audience - people who love Linux but aren't
sysadmins or developers.
Feel free to reply to me off-list if you wish.
I've started a pirate pad. You can add your comments to that if you
want (please make sure to include your name!!!) or email them to me.
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