@yogthos its not that simple, its the learning curve to get thru in order to contribute / maintain.

When I switched back to Linux about 8 years ago, I tried to be more active in the community (Ubuntu back then).
Which I already found hard, as I couldn't even get a bug report get through the right people.
I didn't understand the processes.

Back the I didn't have a job and still it took too much time to make a meaningful contribution.
Today I would only have a couple of hours per week.
Is there guide, how to be a linux contributor?

@peter Fedora has an easyfix page as an entry point for people who are looking to start contributing:


Bugs Ahoy is another good place to start for Mozilla's bug reports, it sorts them by topic helping you find ones that might be of interest to you:



At #fedora we have a webpage to simplify the way towards contributions:


This should lead you directly to the right wiki section that explains how to contribute to the team you want to join.

Also it sends you to the mailinglists where you can ask for further details as we like to see introductions there to know that you exist and what you like to do.

I'm not sure about how other distros handle it.


IMO it's way too easy to just make a fix locally and call it a day, without ever publishing the patch, let alone getting it merged

@yogthos cc @Antanicus related to our FLOSS co-op discussions :)

@yogthos yes, pretty accurate. .oO( who wants to help out with hardware?
openbsd.org/want.html )


Same first panel, but then "who wants to pay for bugfixes" and "who wants to pay maintainers".

@yogthos also the "who are ready to contribute to a living salary for FOSS devs" Β¬.Β¬'

@bram that tends to be a big problem. At least more companies using open source are sponsoring projects now, and crowd funding is also getting more popular. Mastdon is a prime example of an OSS project being crowdfunded. :)

@yogthos @bram It works nice for Mastodon because it's an application marketed to end-users.
Crowdfunding wouldn't work for libraries or "behind the scene" applications.

@val @bram clojuriststogether.org/ is a crowdfunding effort to support Clojure libraries. It's supporting two projects currently, we'll see how it goes I guess.

@yogthos @val I've also saw some django core features being crowfunded on kickstarter, so yeah, things are changing, but that's reaaaally small :/

@yogthos and as @val indirectly said, it's really about how well a project manage to sell itself (that's easy for mastodon), not its value :/

@yogthos "Who wants to make a long-term commitment to be able to take fundamental (architectural, ...) decisions?"

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