Hello to All!<br><br>I've been lurking on this list for quite awhile, and I felt that I should finally make my introduction. <br><br>My name is Meg and I am currently a graduate student in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. My focus is Human Computer Interaction and I'm a total usability nerd. (I have a webpage at
<a href="http://filebox.vt.edu/~mdickey/">http://filebox.vt.edu/~mdickey/</a> if anyone is interested). My research revolves around applications and technology use for educational purposes. (Maybe I should see what I could contribute to Edubuntu?) I'm also a VERY active member in our VT chapter of the Association for Women in Computing.
<br><br>I've been using Ubuntu for several months now and I really like it. I'm finding it really easy to keep my system up to date and install packages that I need. I have used Mandrake, Fedora Core, and Gentoo before for brief periods of time, but Ubuntu is definitely my favorite thus far.
<br><br>I am very good with C/C++ and Java, and I've also been teaching myself Python when I have some free time. I *wish* I had more experience with things like PHP and mysql. I got an 'A' in the Unix class at school, but besides learning how to write a few simple scripts I don't think I got much out of it.
<br><br>I am finding three barriers of my own that are preventing me from joining in on an open source project or starting any of my own:<br>1.) I don't know if I'm skilled enough to actually contribute something useful.
<br>2.) I don't really know how to approach anyone about helping them out with a project or getting involved.<br>3.) As a grad student I don't have a lot of time, so I'd really only be able to put in a couple hours every week.
<br><br>So I have a question for those experienced contributors, how did you get started? What was the first contribution you made to the open source community? <br><br>Thanks!<br>~Meg <br> <br>