Open Advice is a knowledge collection from a wide variety of Free Software projects. It answers the question what 42 prominent contributors would have liked to know when they started so you can get a head-start no matter how and where you contribute.


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Free Software projects are changing the software landscape in impressive ways with dedicated users and innovative management. Each person contributes something to the movement in their own way and to their abilities and knowledge. This personal commitment and the power of collaboration over the internet is what makes Free Software great and what brought the authors of this book together.

This book is the answer to "What would you have liked to know when you started contributing?". The authors give insights into the many different talents it takes to make a successful software project, coding of course but also design, translation, marketing and other skills. We are here to give you a head start if you are new. And if you have been contributing for a while already, we are here to give you some insight into other areas and projects.


Open Advice is available as a free download under the CC-BY-SA license. You are encouraged to share it with anyone. (pdf, source, epub, mobi, bug reports, French translation)


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We hope that after reading the book you are very excited about contributing to a project. OpenHatch is a website where you can find a lot of beginner tasks from a great variety of projects. What are you waiting for? Today is the day to get started. You can subscribe to the announcement and the discussion mailing list.

This site was created by Debajyoti Datta, Saransh Sinha & Supreet Pal Singh