How to start contribute

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xdknight
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Iscritto: 05/31/2017

Greetings friends!

Recently I got inspired by FSF movement. Really good ideas which are really close to me. I work about 15 years as web-developer, but recently this web-development stuff became very commercialized. There already tons of the crappy programming experience and infinite crappy frameworks where one is worst than other. In my opinion this trends will lead to nowhere, as the software development as well. I even don't say about privacy, moral and psychologic aspects, people went crazy with these "fancy" technologies, but seems that they don't give too much happiness in people's lives.

I would like to be a part of FSF. I already tried Trisquel once, on common laptop, a lot of stuff didn't worked like WiFi this is OK. no libre drivers - understandable. I am going to buy libre laptop and start to support FSF movement, but I dont know where from to start. Where is the entry point to start contribute? The first step is a bit messy for me, if I would like to start contribute Trisquel. Really hard to find starting point.

I have skills which can be useful for the movement. I use HTML, CSS, JavaScript as expert. Last year I started to learn C, have future ambitions to dig in Licux kernel. Using Linux for many years, mostly as common user, can write and understand BASH scripts.

PS.I continue to work only because my family wants to eat as well, but no pleasure at work anymore. Supporting and contributing FSF movement is good for my soul.

Hope for your wise advice.
Best wishes!

bobstechsite

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Iscritto: 12/10/2017

One way is to join the Free Software Foundation as an associate member: https://www.fsf.org/associate/
Not only would you be contributing financially to people doing great work, but it can lead to IRC and XMPP chats with people who might have some ideas for you. But the easiest way to contribute is to spread the word to friends & family, and boost good blog articles on your social media accounts.

Before committing yourself to buying fully-free kit, you should spend some time using Trisquel GNU/Linux on your existing devices (you mentioned you may have started doing this already). You will find things you are no longer able to do, and can make a judgement call about whether this is the right route for you. Once you've spent a few months with the system and want to take the next step, take a look at this list of suppliers: https://libreboot.org/suppliers.html

As for getting a job with the FSF itself... that's quite tricky as they don't come up very often. If you want to switch career tracks try learning Java (not JavaScript) as you'll have a wide pool of software houses and consultancies to choose from.

While I would love to work exclusively on free software, just like you I need to put food on the table! The team I work in is called the "Open Source Software Engineers" not because the code we write is free software but because we used open source languages and technology stacks to write proprietary middleware systems for clients. I also have to run Windows on my work laptop because the corporate IT policy mandates it.

(This is part of the reason I'm now retraining as a sysadmin. I have the luxury of no one depending on me so I can eventually switch to doing programming as a hobby on free software projects instead of having to compromise my principles to make money)

ADFENO
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Iscritto: 12/31/2012

I wonder, is Java still a good recommendation?

Some professional software companies are also going for Scheme, which
GNU Guile understands well. I won't mention their names here because I
don't want to serve as bait for openwashing, I think we deserve more
than organizations using free/libre software, but everyone else using
completely free/libre software (not just the parts a given company
allows us to).

Besides, Scheme itself has an XML parser and formatter which can also be
used to deal (with) or generate (dynamic, server-side) HTML (I'm talking
about 'sxml), and has embedded web server, plus other tricks that make
learning programming very easy, but also makes the language stand out in
other aspects compared to other languages.

2018-01-05T21:27:27+0100 name at domain wrote:
> One way is to join the Free Software Foundation as an associate
> member: https://www.fsf.org/associate/
> Not only would you be contributing financially to people doing great
> work, but it often leads people towards IRC and XMPP chats with people
> who might have some ideas for you. But the easiest way to contribute
> is to spread the word to friends & family, and boost good blog
> articles on your social media accounts.
>
> Before committing yourself to buying fully-free kit, you should spend
> some time using Trisquel GNU/Linux on your existing devices. You will
> find things you are no longer able to do, and can make a judgement
> call about whether this is the right route for you. Once you've spent
> a few months with the system and want to take the next step, take a
> look at this list of suppliers: https://libreboot.org/suppliers.html
>
> As for getting a job with the FSF itself... that's quite tricky as
> they don't come up very often. If you want to switch career tracks try
> learning Java (not JavaScript) as you'll have a wide pool of software
> houses and consultancies to choose from.
>
> While I would love to work exclusively on free software, you'll
> probably find like I did that's not always possible when you want to
> put food on the table! The team I work in is called the "Open Source
> Software Engineers" not because the code we write is free software but
> because we used open source languages and technology stacks to write
> proprietary middleware systems for clients. I also have to run Windows
> on my work laptop because the corporate IT policy mandates I
> must. (This is part of the reason I'm now retraining as a sysadmin)
>

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GrevenGull
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Iscritto: 12/18/2017

Also: there's this new pc thing now which are supposed to be all free hardware, I don't remember the name but it's a small thing you can just put anywhere (the size of mobile phone ca) and it works like a pc, and it's supposed to be all free hardware. I might be wrong.

xdknight
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Iscritto: 05/31/2017

Thank you for your detailed answer, it is very useful for me.
Of course I continue to work at my job as senior web-developers in current company where I work.
Because I have family who depends on me. But I want to deal with Free Software for my soul not for money.

gnutastyc
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Iscritto: 11/13/2017

If you want to help Trisquel development you will be more than welcome. Like a month ago developers meetings restarted to finish Trisquel 8 and rebuild the website. You can find all the info here: https://pad.riseup.net/p/trisquel-devmeeting

We have stopped for a couple of weeks as most people are in vacations, but I hope next week it will be hold again. You can find some more info here: https://trisquel.info/en/return-freedom-fridays-development-status-release-plans-and-ways-help Your knowledge will probably be fairly appreciated.

Magic Banana

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Iscritto: 07/24/2010

+1. Contact david (aka daroal), who is the most involved into Trisquel's website development: https://trisquel.info/users/david/contact