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Old 07-28-2003, 12:47 AM   #1
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Looking for simple Projects

Hello all

I've recently installed Redhat 9 and I've heard that the best way to "get into" Linux is simply helping out with an open project. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a current project that isn't too hard to help out with, and is mostly console-based. I've looked through the freshmeat archives and all the projects there are a bit complicated.

I know C, and can probably pick up other languages pretty easily. I read a FAQ that listed 5 languages that would be useful: Python, Java, C/C++, Perl, and LISP. Are any of these languages used more than another, and which should I focus on if I want to program on Linux?

Old 07-28-2003, 11:27 AM   #2
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Well, really it's best for you to just work on whatever you find interesting. There's always more work to be done on Gnome (the default red hat 9 desktop), which is written in C. Check it out at

Python => useful to know, but currently isn't used much for desktop apps.
Java => not used much outside of enterprise servers
C/C++ => used for desktop apps
Perl => server stuff/scripting
LISP => not really used outside of emacs

C is a good language to know. Just find a project, and get stuck in.

Have fun
Old 07-28-2003, 10:51 PM   #3
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If you go to there is a help wanted type section where they list many projects in need of assistance.


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