[lug] The changing Linux Community was Re: cp and rm

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Thu Aug 2 17:53:59 MDT 2001

On Thu, Aug 02, 2001 at 01:45:01PM -0400, Hugh Brown wrote:
> This is something that is interesting to me.  I have extremely limited
> programming skills.  I have the perception that if I were to try and get
> involved in contributing code back to the community, I would be laughed off
> or that I would be thoroughly overwhelmed by the learning curve necessary
> to get to the point required to be able to fix things that bugged me.
> For now, my means of contributing is answering what I can on mailing lists
> such as this and by using the system at home.

Agreed, Hugh.  I'm a HORRIBLE programmer.  Heh.  But I give every bug I
run across at least one concerted attempt at figuring it out if I have
any time to do so at all... slowly I've been picking up things and maybe
one day it'll all click, but I'm starting to see that only by doing some
serious programming and I going to pull myself over that hump.  Now the
next hard part, what project do I love so much that I will "find" time
to work on it... hard choice.

And in the things I have to do for work I find that someone usually has
already written the documention or I'd much rather contribute there.  I
send authors "patches" to docs from time to time, but it seems like it's
rare that I'm doing something "completely new" that needs something
written about it.

Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com>

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