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Developer wishing to jump in the Debian train


I'm a programmer with at least abdicate understanding of C++ and a long
time Debian user. At the moment I have a lot of free time and I wish to
spent this productively by aiding Debian in development.

I fear however that I only developed software on my own which makes me a
little social crippled in the sense of programming. I really do not have
a clue where to start. I thought of taking over a near dead package that
was up for adoption. But I really don't have a clue what my jobs as a
maintainer are (And I'm a little ashamed of that) Does it mean I have to
remove bugs and improve the package and coordinate others to do the

Maybe if I don't even know what a maintainer is, it is not the time of
becoming one. Another thing (I think) is to help with the bugs and
todo's of packages, but this seems to me like a fast moving train, which
is fine by me, but I have no idea how to jump in and join the ride.

So my question is, does anybody have any tips on how to “jump in the
train” like a sad before, I'm a good programmer but constantly when I
wish to join Debian I'm a bit confused or maybe overwhelmed.

Thank you!

(If my English is crappy I'm sorry for it)

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