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New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby nashimus on Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:58 pm

Hello everyone!

I'm fairly new to Linux Mint. I've gotten quite excited about the recent progress of gaming on Linux. I'm ready to give Linux another try, as my primary operating system. I've had a fascination with Linux since 2006, but haven't been able to stick with it. Pretty much the only reason I don't convert completely, is games, but now that is changing somewhat, I feel I should show my support for Linux.

Brief linux experience overview:
I started out with fedora/mandriva and mostly used fedora for several years. I was surprised to find that I actually liked Ubuntu better than Fedora, so I switched to that. I've been using ubuntu server for a home server for over a year. I've recently decided that I like Linux Mint better than Ubuntu. So, here I am. This is the first time I've decided to participate in the forums.

I've worked professionally in IT since 2003 and currently work as a DBA/swiss army knife, performing a multitude of duties pertaining to business intelligence. I've developed using C++ (mostly in school), JAVA. C#, asp.net and misc web development e.g. CSS, PHP etc. I've mostly used Microsoft technologies, (because that's what my employers have been using), but I would really like to participate in the development of something for open source linux, maybe even something Mint specific. I'd like to find something that I care about and could really get behind; if you know what I mean. I'd love to work with something multimedia related (which would be new ground for me). Also, I'm interested in learning Python.

So, my first question is; what are some interesting open source projects that need help? :D

Thanks,
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Re: New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby The-Wizard on Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:19 am

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Re: New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby catweazel on Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:24 am

G'day, and welcome.
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Re: New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby xenopeek on Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:10 am

Welcome aboard :D All the development for Linux Mint is done on GitHub. You can browse the project here: https://github.com/linuxmint. You can chat to the developers on #linuxmint-dev. Just open XChat from your menu, and once connected type the following to join the developer channel: /join #linuxmint-dev. Development is a lot of fun and it doesn’t take much to get started. If you’re tempted to join the team, don’t hesitate to follow the development on GitHub and come and chat with the developers :wink:

For working on open source projects, knowing your way around Git and GitHub is probably useful. GitHub has a code school where you can learn the basics in 15 minutes: http://http://try.github.com.

There is lots of exciting development going on for Linux Mint. Aside from browsing GitHub, having a look at the blog, Cinnamon news and the current roadmap for Linux Mint 15 might give you some inspiration. A good first project might be to write a Cinnamon applet, you know, just to flex your fingers a bit :wink:
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Re: New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby nashimus on Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:39 pm

Thanks for the direction xenopeek! I'll definitely want to start simple, so this is very helpful information.
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Re: New to Linux Mint! Where to help?

Postby jesica on Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:19 am

Good day
welcome to the forum
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