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    Re: How Can the Average User Help Debian? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, January 11 @ 16:13:06 GMT

    And if you cant write code or send in bug reports, then the absolutly best thing you can do is send in MONEY. Yes. MONEY. Even if no one is being paid to develop DEBIAN, MONEY WOULD HELP TREMOUNDOUSLY. I am not joking.

    Its the best thank you in the world!

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    Re: How Can the Average User Help Debian? (Score: 1)
    by DanielS on Saturday, January 12 @ 14:32:16 GMT
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    File COHERENT bug reports, too! Often I get bug reports which are completely useless, yet people seem to think this is normal.

    I mean, would you rock up to a mechanic, and think you were doing OK if your conversation went like this:

    “Hi, my car’s broken?”

    “What happens?”

    “I dunno, it’s just broken.”

    “So, does it not start, does it explode, … ?”

    “You tell me! You’re the bloody mechanic!”

    Yet, somehow people think this is perfectly normal to do this with maintainers, even though a) they’re not paying us and b) they don’t provide us with their PCs to diagnose the fault, like people give mechanics their cars.

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    Re: How Can the Average User Help Debian? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, January 13 @ 18:21:44 GMT

    I have to agree with the comment on filing bug reports.

    Although I am a software engineer, with 23 years programming experience, I have chosen not to become a Debian Developer. This isn’t due to the due-process involved in becoming a DD but because I feel I can help in other ways.

    I am, perhaps, fortunate (or cursed) in that I am drawn to bugs in software like flies to bad meat. For this reason, I choose to assist Debian by using software, identifying bugs, and providing, what I hope are, good quality bug reports.

    Those Debian Developers I have thus far sent bug reports to have been grateful to receive them and often compliment me on the detailled content.

    I would recommend that anyone who wishes to assist the Debian Project should consider starting their support in this manner. It introduces you to the Debian Developers in a positive way and gives you a foresight on what you can expect to receive as a package maintainer or DD.


    Neil Darlow M.Sc.

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