Enabling New Contributors

I had a random idea today and wanted to share it in case anybody has thought about this too, or tried something like it, or could add on to the idea. How We Onboard Today I onboard, mentor, and think a lot about enabling new contributors to open source software. Traditionally in Fedora, we’ve called out a ‘join’ process for people to join Fedora. If you visit join.fedoraproject.org, you’ll get redirected to a wiki page that gives broad categories of skill sets and suggests Fedora teams you might want to look at to see if you could join them. I started thinking about this because I’m giving a keynote about open source and UX at Ohio Linux Fest this weekend. One of the sections of the talk basically reviews where / how to find UX designers to help open source projects. Some of the things I mention that have proven effective are internships (Outreachy, formal Red Hat intern program, etc.), training, and design bounties / job boards. Posting UX assistance on say join.fedoraproject.org? Didn’t come up. I can’t tell you if I’ve actually onboarded folks from that workflow – certainly possible. My best success ratio in onboarding contributors in terms …

Adventures in recruiting new free software ninjas video

Chris Macken totally rocks. He’s in the process of posting the videos he filmed at Boston Software Freedom Day 2011, with some really nice editing and titling. Above is the video of my keynote he put together. (the slides are here.) In case the embedding doesn’t work on planet, click the screenshot below for the link: Chris also has talks from A. Richard Miller and Walter Bender posted; keep checking in with his website for more as he posts them!

Software Freedom Day Boston / Ninja Recruitment

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Deb Nicholson, Asheesh Laroia, and the OpenHatch project organized this year’s Software Freedom Day Boston.
I gave a keynote presentation on how design bounties have worked for the Fedora Design team, and the steps to create your own bounty. You may have noticed our newest bounty was posted the morning of Software Freedom Day, and we’ve already got a ninja recruit working on it!
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    There were a lot of great talks by Boston-area community leaders. I was surprised to learn, for example, that the local python meetup in Boston is 1200+ members strong. I’m hoping to be able to make some time to get involved in the Boston python community in particular soon.

Fedora Design Bounty: Installer Ransom Notes

Fedora Design Team Bounty
The Fedora Design Team Bounty is a type of blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet!

Fedora Installer Ransom Notes

Today, when you install Fedora, you have to wait between 5-45 minutes (depending if you’re using live media or the full installer, and how many apps you select) for the install process to finish. While you wait, this is what the installer screen looks like:
Install Progress Screen in Fedora 15

Third Fedora Design Bounty Ninja identified!

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly (well, at least monthly! 😉 ) blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet! I am quite happy to report that we have identified our third Fedora Design Bounty Ninja: Christian Brassat!! Christian responded to our third Fedora Design Bi-Weekly Bounty – a t-shirt design for the Fedora Students Contributing program. Christian put together a most excellent T-shirt design for the program, using Inkscape and Nicu’s Open Clip Art T-shirt template, collaborating with the Fedora Design Team throughout the process, then prepping the final design for print using Scribus. He came up with a very nice concept for the T-shirt – it’s summery and fun with its tropical flowers, and relates to free software and mentorship with its sprouting-seed design – and carefully adhered to all of the Fedora branding guidelines. He also provided all of his source work! The original design …

Fedora Design Bounty: 'Fedora Students Contributing' T-Shirt

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly (well, at least monthly! 😉 ) blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet! ‘Fedora Students Contributing’ T-Shirt Design The Fedora Students Contributing program (the artist formerly known ‘Fedora Summer Coding’) is a program sponsored by Red Hat, JBoss, and Indifex to sponsor university students to contribute to Fedora-related free software projects during a summer break. The program hooks these students up with experienced mentors to show them the ropes and get some awesome projects done. For example, Christopher Antila put together a totally rockin’ Fedora Musicians’ Guide, and Aditya Patawari put together a KDE-based Fedora Netbook spin. See the full list of awesome students & projects here. What we need is an awesome T-shirt to commemorate and celebrate the students’ accomplishments, for this past summer and for future Fedora summer programs like this. The shirts will be given out to the …

Second Fedora Design Bounty Ninja identified!

I am quite happy to report that we have identified our second Fedora Design Bounty Ninja: Emily Dirsh!! Emily responded to our second Fedora Design Bi-Weekly Bounty – a slide template project – shortly after introducing herself on the Design Team’s mailing list. Emily put together a new default slide template for Fedora presentations, using Inkscape to create her mockups, and building the final template for OpenOffice.org Impress. She came up with a very nice texture for the background based on Fedora logo elements, and carefully adhered to all of the Fedora branding guidelines. She also provided all of her source work! Congratulations, Emily, on a job well-done! Emily has already started regularly attending the Fedora Design Team meetings and has provided very useful suggestions during these meetings, including some great feedback on Fedora websites redesign project, so we’re definitely looking forward to work with her more! Ninja Supply Kit Both Emily and Jef have ninja supply kits on the way to help thank them for their Fedora Design Bounty work. Are you ready for your chance to become an open source design ninja too? Keep an eye out for the next Fedora Design Bounty!

Fedora Design Bounty: Fedora slide deck template

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly (well, at least monthly! 😉 ) blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet! Fedora project slide deck template Fedora project members, from pretty much every part of our project (especially Ambassadors), give presentations all over the world: from FUDcons (Fedora Users’ and Developers’ Conference) all over the world, to FOSS.in in India, to the Linux Symposium in Canada, LinuxTag in Germany, to FISL in Brazil, to SCALE in Calfornia – and many, many more. However, we don’t have a single, consistent yet flexible template to meet our presenters’ needs. Your Mission Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a stunning-looking base Fedora presentation template that our worldwide community of users and contributors can use, whether or not they’re giving a presentation at their local Linux Users’ Group or at a well-known international conference. Tips I’ve put together …

First Fedora Design Bounty Ninja identified!

I am quite happy to report that we have identified our first Fedora Design Bounty Ninja: Jef van Schendel! Jef responded to our first Fedora Design Bi-Weekly Bounty just a couple of hours after it was posted, and he did an amazing job putting together a 6-page layout for the Fedora 13 feature profiles, carefully adhering to all of the Fedora branding guidelines and providing all of his source work! Congratulations, Jef, on a job well-done! By the way, Jef is a second-year industrial design student from the Netherlands, and this was his first contribution to open source. Also worth noting, Jef has since taken on two other design tickets as well as worked on some mockups for Design Hub, so he is whooping some serious behind (or skulking stealthily about with a Gimp katana or Inkscape nunchucks at the ready, as ninjas prefer to do)! Are you ready for your chance to become an open source design ninja too? Keep an eye out for the next Fedora Design Bounty!

Fedora Design Bounty: F13 Feature Profiles

The Fedora Design Team Bi-weekly Bounty is a bi-weekly blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet! Fedora 13 Feature Profiles As you might have read about in Mel Chua’s blog post about Fedora 13 marketing deliverables last night, the Fedora marketing team is putting together a Fedora 13 press kit that will be provided to members of the press at the 2010 Red Hat Summit event in Boston, Massachusetts later this month. An important part of that press kit is the six-page Fedora 13 Feature Profiles document. The feature profiles are a series of excerpts of interviews Mel Chua, Paul Frields, Robyn Bergeron, Hannah Kowen, and Nelson Marques did with developers Stephen Gallagher, Dan Williams, Josef Bacik, Ben Skeggs, Tim Waugh, Richard Hughes, Mike McGrath, and David Malcolm to provide information and background about some of the new features in Fedora. Mel put together an initial draft of this document …