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Old 03-31-2003, 02:52 PM   #1
Linus VanPelt
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Best way for non-tech to contribute to Open Source?

I really enjoy Linux although I am not anywhere near all that technically adept.

I'd like to contribute in some way to the Open Source movement but can't do any coding, site maintenance, or anything technical. I evangelize when I can, but I was wondering where I could find out something to work on that was non-technical in nature.

For instance, perhaps a site needs help editing their HOWTO's for grammar, etc. Editing is something I could do to contribute.

Where is a good place to start looking for opportunities to contribute in a non-technical fashion?
Old 03-31-2003, 03:06 PM   #2
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Savannah or Sourceforge are
good starting points.

All you need to do is create a user account,
find a project of interest that is looking for
authors, and you're all go :)

Old 03-31-2003, 05:50 PM   #3
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writing Linux documentation

Much of the Linux documentation reads like a programmer talking to himself. The way to find your niche in Linux is to find a program that you like to use but has horrible documentation. Use trial and error to try every program option until you understand how the program works in detail. Then contact the program's author and offer to write new user documention. Send him a sample of what you can do. Your new documentation will be based on how the program appears to a new user rather than snippets of the more interesting program logic.
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great idea!

there's always lots to do at TLDP

and there are also a few online linux mags that could use your help, especially if you know a second language:
Linux Gazette

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