Since starting my Linux adventure last summer, I've wanted to contribute back to this awesome community. After all, it's this community that has embraced my journey, and provided me with endless amounts of positive feedback , encouragement and knowledge. But I can't write code. I don't fully understand the nuts-and-bolts of the kernel. So I started asking some questions.
Ubuntu Budgie's Dustin Krysak ended up being a crucial resource in answering those questions, and he was a huge inspiration for the resulting article I published at Forbes:
In doing the research for that piece, I realized there was no way to make it as comprehensive as it deserves to be within the digital pages of Forbes. I laid those 8 ideas on the table and nudged people in the right direction, but there are a seemingly infinite number of doorways for them to step through.
Every distro, every open source software project does things differently. Different procedures for testing and bug reporting, different needs across the board. In some cases it was impossible to find where to get involved, and there are far too many projects overall to include in a single article.
That's what prompted the idea of starting a Wiki.
With all the distro hopping and testing I do, I knew creating a GitHub account and being active there was an eventuality I shouldn't ignore any longer. So I fired up an account and went in blind like I always do – just makes the learning more fun!
People always want to help, but may not realize they possess the talents that are needed. And if they do, they frequently have no idea where to start (I was that person until just recently).
Basically, I want all of us to create a living, always-updated, comprehensive Wiki containing ways to contribute to the Linux and open source community. It will contain exhaustive links to every project that needs help, links, resources, contact information, etc.
I have zero experience with GitHub (this should rectify that!), and I don't know the smartest way to go about building this. So I'd love your help in making a difference.
Here's a link to the project on GitHub.
I've linked a repository that contains a document with my original Forbes article, and I imagine that repo will quickly fill up with various files. The sky's the limit here, but this feels like a good place to start.
UPDATE: I've already been told by a few people that GitHub may not be the best place to actually build and host this Wiki. Fossil, MediaWiki and other names have been dropped and I'll investigate those. I'm open to alternate suggestions. Track me down if you have a better idea!
As always thanks for following this crazy journey. I look forward to seeing what we can do together!