Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Training contributors to free software projects

With the release of Ubuntu Karmic Koala a few days ago, I think a lot of great software are being abandoned because there are not enough developers in the upstream or not enough packagers. This is the case with CinePaint which is an HDR image editor and an industry standard in film editing. eXe, a scorm authoring software appear to be heading in the same direction. If only newbies, mostly occasional bug hunters could be trained to become developers or packagers.

Moodle may be on the right track with courses such as Introduction to Moodle Programming. I wonder if other projects are looking at the possibility of offering free training for eager users to be contributor-developers in free software.

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