10 ways to pay back the open source community

So you have come to a point in your Open Source life where you feel that Open Source software has given you so much, so you would like to give something back. This is a nice thought, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out where to begin.

I would start with this article. Here you will find some great tips and ideas that are sure to get you started on the right path!

You run GNU/Linux. You play games on it, surf the Net, write documents, and edit pictures, and all for free, thanks to the multitudes around the world who contribute to the open source movement. Now it’s payback time — time to give back to the global fraternity giving you so much. Here are 10 ways you can help right now.

1. Thou shalt speak thy native language

Software worldwide is translated into a plethora of languages, yet some regions remain overlooked. Help create an indigenous version. Select a Unicode font, choose a bilingual dictionary, and translate. You can start with a small project and then move on to higher levels.

2. Thou shalt post bugs

No software is perfect. In spite of the developers’ best efforts, glitches appear. Some may be specific to your distro or platform. The next time you encounter a bug, post it at the developers’ Web site in the application’s bug tracking system or mail it direct to the developers. Time consuming? Maybe, but it’ll go a long way toward improving the software.