On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:08 AM, Cory Hilliard <coryhilliard(a)gmail.com>wrote:
I think this group is exactly what I've been looking for. I've been a
computer admin/web programmer for many years. Around 2003 I became
interested and started using Linux. Through all that I fell in love with
Open Source and Linux and am now half-way finished a 3 year CS program. I
did this because I want my whole future to be wrapped up in contributing to
Linux and Open Source. (Specifically Fedora).
Hi Cory! Welcome to the Fedora Project!
There never seemed to be a visible entry door for people like me.
seemed like a tight-knit group of "geeks" that had a secret knock or
passageway to get in... and unless you knew them, you weren't invited.
Entry is almost overwhelming. I don't know anything it seems. I've
wanted to learn how to write an RPM, how to contribute, how to test... but
the methods to do so are so confusing and so obscure, unless someone either
explains it or you read a manual that is thicker than a New York phone
book, you'll never know how.
I read the irc chat you guys had. If you want an understanding from the
viewpoint of an outsider. Please ask me. I'll tell you how huge the
castle wall looks like.
I can totally understand. I'm very glad you've appeared on the mailing
list. I'm not sure if I should ask a newcomer about ways to improve his
experience, but I have a quick question for you: would you rather ask for a
less intensive join procedure (less forms to fill, less groups to join,
just a take-me-to-where-I-do-stuff) or would you rather ask for a guided
approach where someone tells you the stuff (ok, go to this page and fill
out these points, next fill out this form introducing yourself)?
It's probably a difficult question to answer, but what was the first thing
you tried to do when you decided you want to contribute to Fedora? What
were your first hurdles? How did you reach here?
I'm hoping to devote some time this summer trying to work out an easier way
for folk to involve with Fedora, I think your answers will come handy!
Thanks, hope to hear from you and help you onboard!