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Poll Results: How long have you been using your current, main installation?

 
  • 24% (50)
    less then a month
  • 23% (47)
    less then six months
  • 14% (30)
    less then a year
  • 24% (49)
    less then three years
  • 13% (27)
    three years+
203 Total Votes  
post #1371 of 4043
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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

re the poll: I don't tend to donate much money to Linux projects because I donate a lot of time. However I do donate money to other free services such as wikipedia.

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Originally Posted by CSCoder4ever View Post

regarding the poll, I have been donating a lot of time, but not so much the money part. but I believe I will do that eventually.

yeah, the poll covers both, I figured a lot of people might help a project beyond just the basic money thing.
post #1372 of 4043
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Regarding the poll, I too do more time then money. And I do feel people should try to help when and where they can, even if it is for things like documentation, user support, etc. And I'd consider reporting bugs (as long as it is good bug reporting) a worthwhile time investment.

I don't think there is a moral/ethical reason to help, more of a community thing.

personally, I feel that if you use it, think it's good and have something that can help, you probably should try to help with something. I don't do much, I did write some documentation for both debian and fedora, but really should help more. Reporting bugs is always a good idea, although I hate the built in bug reporting software many distros package. If I have a bug, I can file it myself. I do understand though many people might not know how.
post #1373 of 4043
I try and contribute code where I can. In fact I used to be quite an active contributer on one project.

I've not contributed much code lately though. But I've had some big projects of my own on the go.
post #1374 of 4043
I feel bad but outside of doing my best (which is sad I'm sure) with bug reporting and some testing...I haven't donated money...yet. Considering the direction of one distro I was considering donating to I'm not sure I agree with them anymore. The next one I fear is on the ropes of surviving. And then figuring out individual programs and how to donate (yes I'm stupid) leads me to asking "what if they fail?". To some degree I feel this gives me an understanding of being a venture capitalist...minus the whole share of profits and having a large sum of money to screw around with; there's still that whole fear...what if the project I just threw money at fails? I'm a college student without a job and good intentions don't feed me or allow me to support devs. redface.gif
     
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post #1375 of 4043
Then instead of donating to a single project, donate to the whole. Throw $5-10 at the main kernel or in larger projects such as gnome or kde that are going to flourish for a long time to come, or even to a charity which helps supports your beliefs and fight for your electronic rights such as the EFF. There's a ton of things that aren't going to die off. Even so if you donate say $10 to Kubuntu and they stay around for several more years before dying then it's $10 well spent in my opinion. I've donated maybe $50 or so to Arch over the years and I am now not so sure I like the position that they've been taking things lately and have been trying to find another that I can settle down with, but that's just the way things go, I don't consider it money down the drain as I had quite an enjoyable time with them while it lasted.

Just find a project you enjoy and maybe donate $10/year, a small number but if the whole community were to do such a thing it would make a good impact. At least, towards the lesser funded products, wouldn't make much an impact on something like Ubuntu who has money spilling out of every orifice...
Edited by Shrak - 6/26/13 at 1:09pm
post #1376 of 4043
If I knew any code, I would contribute it. As it stands currently, I only know Python and Bash scripting. Those aren't very useful for most projects. Regarding money, I struggle to feed my own family these days. That's why my rig is slowly becoming outdated. Giving money away is simply out of my current budget, but that won't be the case forever.
post #1377 of 4043
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Originally Posted by Ferrari8608 View Post

If I knew any code, I would contribute it. As it stands currently, I only know Python and Bash scripting. Those aren't very useful for most projects. Regarding money, I struggle to feed my own family these days. That's why my rig is slowly becoming outdated. Giving money away is simply out of my current budget, but that won't be the case forever.

You'd be surprised just how much is written in Python these days
post #1378 of 4043
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If I knew any code, I would contribute it. As it stands currently, I only know Python and Bash scripting. Those aren't very useful for most projects. Regarding money, I struggle to feed my own family these days. That's why my rig is slowly becoming outdated. Giving money away is simply out of my current budget, but that won't be the case forever.
Nearly all projects have a large python base.

To everyone: If you want to contribute, i suggest translations. Even US english to UK english is needed.

I've been a tester for Ubuntu for a year, an developer and translator for 6 months
post #1379 of 4043
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Originally Posted by Noskcaj View Post

Nearly all projects have a large python base.
Not really no. It's not even remotely "nearly all". While many of sysadmin UIs are Python based*, their only a small subset the open source projects out there and there's a whole plethora of languages used in the wider community. If anything, I'd say C++ and Bourne/Bash shell scripts are the predominant languages on Linux (but that's a little like saying which is the predominant DE, when everyone basically just picks whatever environment they find the most productive for that project).

(*but even there, there's also a mix of Perl and Bourne/Bash shell scripts - depending on the project)
post #1380 of 4043
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Originally Posted by Plan9 View Post

Not really no. It's not even remotely "nearly all". While many of sysadmin UIs are Python based*, their only a small subset the open source projects out there and there's a whole plethora of languages used in the wider community. If anything, I'd say C++ and Bourne/Bash shell scripts are the predominant languages on Linux (but that's a little like saying which is the predominant DE, when everyone basically just picks whatever environment they find the most productive for that project).

(*but even there, there's also a mix of Perl and Bourne/Bash shell scripts - depending on the project)
oops, swap "projects" with "OSs"

And you're right
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