Wanted:”new-developer” friendly open source project… 7

I had a pretty interesting conversation with a computer programmer today, he was asking me if i knew any open source projects that are stopped, stuck, or too new and in need of software developers.

Well the truth is that all software projects are in need of contributors but new open source contributors usually find it a bit difficult to suggest a project thats “newbie friendly”, so do i. I always believed in the wisdom of the crowds so in that spirit i would like to invite the readers of this blog to comment on which projects they believe are “newbie friendly” and “why is that so?”.

About Eleftherios Kosmas

Technologist in the University of Athens, open source enthusiast, member of the local hackerspace, vice chairperson of the Libre Space Foundation,


7 thoughts on “Wanted:”new-developer” friendly open source project…

  • Dimitris Glezos

    I’d encourage folks to participate in new projects rather than older and/or unmaintained ones.

    FWIW, shamelessly doing some “blessing of our beards” here (‘βλογάμε τα γένεια μας), there are a few tickets in Transifex marked as ‘easy_task’s:


    And I could create many more if there is a need for it. 🙂

  • betabug

    Yes, I agree that stuck projects aren’t the easiest ones to pick up. It depends of course on the definition of “newbie”, someone who is new to open source, but an experience programmer might indeed help, while someone who is still struggling with basics of programming and project handling might be lost fast.

    More important IMHO: Apart from “what state is the project in?”, a good question would also be “is there one of the projects developers around close geographically, so a new dev could get a hands-on start?”

    Of course lots of open source projects work very well in a wide geographical distribution, but when you’re new to the game a bit of direct “show me” goes a long way. If the programmer who posed the question in the start is in Greece, he might hop in a bus to Patras and have Dimitris show him where to start – it might be more interesting to start with some real code then just to fix the line lenghts 🙂 (example just picked out randomly there).

  • Eleftherios Kosmas Post author

    @ Thanos

    Interesting since Ubuntu is so widely known to lots of people even outside the Linux ecosphere.

    @ betabug

    I think too that geographical proximity is usefull when you are trying to start contributing.