IT World has identified 7 open source projects that are friendly to the first-time contributor to get their teeth in.
Apart from LibreOffice, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu, IT World also shortlists PC-BSD:
“If Ubuntu sounds interesting, but you want something a little off the beaten path, Dru Lavigne, Director of Community Development at iXsystems, recommends PC-BSD. Based on FreeBSD (which is based on BSD UNIX), PC-BSD is a relatively young desktop operating system funded by iXsystems.
Lavigne says that the PC-BSD Users Handbook makes it easy to get up to speed.
“A whole chapter of the User Handbook is dedicated to the various ways one can get started contributing to the project,”
she says. If documentation is your thing, simply create a wiki account, and get started.
“Editors review and discuss changes to help the writer clearly explain the concepts they are writing about,”
If you’re not ready to dive right in to PC-BSD yet, the forums and IRC channel can help you get familiar with the project community.
“The project and its regular contributors work hard to keep the atmosphere friendly, nip inappropriate behaviour in the bud, and provide an area where users are comfortable helping each other,”
It’s great to see PC-BSD shortlisted. Read the whole article here:
7 open source projects to cut your teeth on (and the ones to avoid) (itworld)