Your First Open Source Contribution with VM Brasseur
The Open Source world is large. It’s also complex and difficult to manage, especially for a novice. Our guest this week is VM Brasseur, who is the Vice President of the Open Source Initiative and the author of a new book from Pragmatic called Forge Your Future With Open Source. We talk how Open Source is different from free software, and how to get started in Open Source, how to pick a project, how to navigate a new project to make your first submission. We’ll also look at it from the other side, and talk about open source projects can make themselves more contributor-friendly. And we talk about the state of Open Source in general. We want to hear from you. What was your first open source experience like? Or, how do you handle new contributors on your project?
03:40 - Misconceptions Keeping People From Contributing to Free and Open Source Software
05:27 - Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
08:27 - Why Contribute to Open Source?
10:15 - What Project Do I Start With?
12:32 - Why NOT To Start With Documentation
14:24 - Getting Started With Your First Contribution
20:20 - Advice For Navigating the Open Source Community
22:40 - The Importance Codes of Conduct
24:44 - The Evolution of Open Source
35:29 - Join VM at the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference on November 9th & 10th!
36:33 - Advice For Maintainers Wanting to Make Projects Welcoming
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