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RE: Working with Debian



Hello Wei Gao,

Debian is not a for-profit company, but a loose ocoperation of a few hundred
people working together. Most of this work is (unpaid) volunteer work. 

The usual way (before applying on the website) is to find a field that
interests you and that you are good at. If you are good at coding you take,
e.g. a piece of software (we call them 'packages') and adapt that to go with
debian, and to fit in with the distributuion. of course there are also other
tasks, like improving documentation, or fixing bugs in existing packages, or
even helping to coordinate this loose cooperation.

I therefore invite you to look at the debian homepage, and ot familiarise
yourself with the ideas that stand behind debian, ideas like Freedom, and
Community rather than Closedness and Commercialisation.

http://www.debian.org/devel gives you an overview of development, of what is
being done and where you can help.

Once you found your place in there, and know what you want to do, and
perhaps even have a package that you maintain, you can then apply on the
website, and put your email address to join the debian team, if you are
still interested.

Hope this helps

Robert (yes, I done it, i am a maintainer in application)

-----Original Message-----
From: li qun
To: debian-project@lists.debian.org
Sent: 6/11/02 8:16 PM
Subject: Unidentified subject!

Dear sir:
   My name is Wei Gao, I am an international student
at an American University. I took a course on Network
TCP/IP this spring, and I used the linux for the first
time in my life. I really liked it, it's very robust,
and efficient. I was just wondering if you can let me
become an volunteer for the debian project and work on
some projects. I am totally free this summer and I
know how to program in C,C++, java, and I am also an
computer science major. My main problem like other
inernational students is I don't have much working
experience. Therefore, if you have to let me show you
an resume, I can't show it because I don't working
experience. But if you can give me an chance to prove
myself. I guarantee you that I can do a good job.
Please consider me for an voluteer. 
                         Best wish to you!
                         Wei Gao
                         06/11/2002

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