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Old 09-10-2009, 05:01 PM   #1
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What you do for FOSS?

Everyone knows what FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) community does for computer's users. Thanks to the work of hundreds of thousands of people we have Linux kernel, a few hundreds of Linux distributions and thousands of applications for Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

No-one knows what you do for FOSS. You don't have to be a programmer to contribute to the expansion of Open Source community. It's enough you'll encourage a few people a year to use FOSS.

This thread is for you. You can report here what you do for FOSS community or declare what you intend to do for it in the future.


I started the present thread inspired by my own post from the other thread. I described there my contribution to FOSS so now I can simply quote my own words:

I'm an active member of FLOSS community. For five years I was an editor of Linux-oriented Polish-language quarterly magazine. I wrote a few Open Source programs including anti-spam Perl mail filter testmail and useful set of macros for called ooo-macro (English-language version) and ooo-makro (Polish-language version). All these packages are accessible through From time to time I submit some bugs that I find in different applications -- first of all in I'm also the maintainer of a dozen or so of SlackBuilds -- mostly dockable applications for lightweight window manager Window Maker.
Old 09-12-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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i talk about the benefits of FOSS over Windows all the time and in the past 3 months have converted at least 2 people away from MS to Linux. Also more and more of my customers are using FF instead of IE. Thank the gods on that last one.
Old 09-13-2009, 05:57 AM   #3
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I help answer questions on FOSS products here, I report bugs and sometimes I request enhancements. I registered to do OOo beta testing but haven't actually done any yet.
Old 09-13-2009, 07:30 AM   #4
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My main contribution is support, in forums and mailing lists.

I've done some translations as well (Spanish) and some minor contributions coding (mostly C) to some OSS projects. I am also a moderator in the Gentoo forums and so some ebuilding from time to time. Bug reports as usual.

I inform people about Linux, because they don't know about it. But I don't preach. At least around me, everyone is free to use whatever s/he thinks it's better.
Old 09-13-2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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Mostly answering questions here at LQ. I also did some translation and bug reporting work in the past. What else? Oh, yes. I encourage people to try out FOSS products. And one more thing: I'm trying to show the path in the mists of FUD spread out by... well, you know who.
Old 09-13-2009, 06:38 PM   #6
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