There have been quite a few posts by people better than me about how to start contributing to KDE. I myself haven’t done any code contributions to KDE and I know nothing of Qt (except that it’s pronounced `cute’). But I think I can call myself a KDE contributor. This post is intended to provide a platform to those people, who like me have zero knowledge about Qt and the KDE code base, to start off by getting involved with the community(read my brother. Supreeth, I hope you’re reading this). This post is certainly not intended to discourage people from contributing code. Code contribution is definitely the greatest way you can contribute to any FOSS project. Let me first tell you how little I have contributed to KDE and how much I have gained from it. My first contribution came in the form of the KDE handbook that was released in 2008. My name does appear in the contributors list. I must admit that book has traveled far and wide across the world. We released this book at FOSS.in 2008 and we all got a lot of praise for it. Later on, I worked in marketing and organizing the logistics for KDE at FOSS.in 2009. That is probably it. Like I said, I haven’t done much. What have I gained from this? I have met some truly amazing people, made some awesome friends and of course loads of goodies including the KDE hoodie that protects me from the harsh Philly winter . It is through KDE that I’ve been fortunate enough to meet studs from IITM like Akarsh, Naveen, Kashyap and others. It’s while designing the KDE handbook that I met Kamal, the design genius! And of course Pradeepto. What I am trying to say here is that you too can get involved with KDE in such ways. If you’re good at writing, help out with the documentation of the tons of kool KDE tools and apps. If you’re good at good at Photoshop/GIMP, who knows, you may get to design the logo for Conf.KDE.in next year. Also whenever you feel like contributing code you have all your friends in the community to help you out in starting. Log onto #kde-in on freenode to feel the KDE love. And there could be no better time to get involved than now, with GSoC 2011 just round the corner.
So where to start? Conf.KDE.in! Go check out the website http://kde.in/conf/.
When? March 9th to 13th.
Why should you attend Conf.KDE.in?
Well, there are two reasons that I can think of:
1. A lot of talks are focused on beginners and there’s a whole lot of things you get to learn.
2. You get to see how a good FOSS community works and get to involve in some of the work yourself.