Twenty years ago, I started using free and open source software. Soon after, I started asking questions on dedicated forums, learned how to use IRC to chat with developers, and contributed my first bug reports. As my contributions increased, I made a career move from industry to open source software.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve learned a lot about using and contributing to free and open source software and working with communities and developers. Here are 10 of the key areas you’ll find in an open source project and some tips for managing them better.