@brandon Are there any? Too much divisiveness and infighting in all of the ones I am aware of. I prefer practicality to extremism, so I do not fit well in any of them. Though, perhaps the BSD communities are the most accepting from a personal standpoint.
@SuperFloppies I think it's because of the difference in license ideologies.
I'd say that GPL is more dictatorial than the BSD license
@brandon join a mailing list for your favorite distro, hop on forums, maybe browse Reddit, and be friendly and helpful to people asking questions
@matt Fair enough, the debian folks often tend to be more level-headed
Especially since they're pretty much the longest standing Linux distro
@Algot I'm terrified of getting INTO the FSF tbh :P Mostly because of Stallman. But I take it that most never actually interact with him, right?
I have seen him, maybe said hello, but there are a whole bunch of great people who present at the conference and talk in the halls.
And, you can always be like me, a member who supports and lurks since I don't code.
When I taught school, I made a grade calculation program in BASIC . It worked great but the vendor with whom I was working turned it down after a year of my effort. They didn't feel it would pay them back their $50,000 production costs.
I turned it into public domain before the FSF started. It went nowhere there either.
Now, I'm too old to have the fire to code seriously. I just fiddle and have fun.
@Algot Do you still have the code for that calculation program? Would you be interested in recoding it in another language?
I probably do. I have trouble disposing of my former work. 😁
Please understand that it was later possible for me to redo the same features using a spreadsheet.
All successful grade calculation programs now MUST integrate within a broader learning management system and be web based so the school/district can easily do the grade reporting centrally.
A rework of the original code would be a mere shadow of what's needed today.
@Algot I get what you mean. A lot of schools today have an online system for students to access their grades, starting from higher education moving downwards rolling out slowly :P
Brandon, thanks, again, for the conversation. I'm shutting down for the day to go watch Red Sox baseball to see if they can actually set a new franchise record for wins in a season.
Go ahead and ask more questions, but expect answers in my tomorrow.
Honestly, I'm not bitter. I loved teaching, enjoyed it for 36 years. I'm not sure coding would have been as satisfying and I really don't think I would have been good at the "business" side of things, whether it was GPL or proprietary.
Nah...I wouldn't go for proprietary these days.
@Algot wow that's a lot of stuff you've got there on your site!
and the 3d printing stuff there is quality! I'm surprised you didn't say you use blender for that
@brandon Forums, if your into some common interaction.
For non-devs and non-native English speakers I totally recommend l10n/i18n teams. There is the place where you get in touch with alike people and have a very low barrier for "giving back".
I started around 2009 and still am actively translating lots of stuff to German: Xfce, Gnome, openSUSE and many other small tools.
@brandon No, not at all. I kept away from openSUSE for a very long time but with the recent path they went (Leap and the going on par with SLES) I gave it another chance and kept it.
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