Getting into the world of open source
My contributions to open source so far have been both small and at the same time, as a beginner, pretty frustrating. I’m not completely familiar with the development world, and even less so with coding. Although coding has been something that I’ve been taught since I was younger, I wasn’t ever inspired enough by it to participate in projects.
A few months ago, I decided to get into Open Source. To start, I simply wanted make a few pull requests. So, I went to the Experts on Twitter to ask them what I should do. Ted Gould ended up suggesting that I gain some experience by getting involved in an Ubuntu project. (I do love Linux, so why not?).
Leo Arias also has been a huge help in my progress. There were quite a few times he could’ve easily given up on me, but he stuck around and also did a lot to make my contributions useful.
Mentoring opportunity at Ohio LinuxFest
After seeing a post by Lauren Kinsey requesting mentor volunteers for the Get Your Feet Wet In Open Source workshop at Ohio LinuxFest, I knew I wanted to go and learn from either the side as a mentor OR as a student. Lauren assured me that despite the little experience I already had, I would be a great mentor.
Lauren is a fellow Information Security professional, and the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for Ohio LinuxFest. She created the “Get Your Feet Wet in Open Source” workshop with the help of a team of volunteers. Her goal was to create a welcoming space where people from groups that are underrepresented in open source could learn to make their first contribution.
Even though I had just started my position at Hurricane Labs, they were happy to send me to Ohio Linuxfest for the workshop. I chose to work with Snapcraft, a packaging tool, which is what Leo had been helping me with for a few months already. It would’ve been awesome if Leo could have been there too, but his guidance inspired me to be as helpful as possible to others.