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July 8th, 2016

A Discussion on Contributing to Open Source

Are you wondering how to get involved in an open source project? Maybe this episode from the Mondern Web podcast will give you some ideas.

The Video Viewing Room

Learn tips for participating in an open source community from Ben Lesh and Zack Chapple in this engaging short video interview by Tracy Lee.

The key take-away? Don’t be shy if you have something to offer. My friendly additional tip — find yourself a buddy or mentor. They can help show you the ropes. Before you know it — you’ll be someone else’s buddy/mentor. That’s the way that the world goes round.

For extra credit points — ask your local public library if they can host a panel discussion about participating in open source projects — both software and other. If you offer to help track down panelists, one of the librarians ought to be interested and supportive.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at

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