Wanting to Contribute to The Fedora Project (Packaging Team), Have Some Questions

Hello folks,

I’m looking into contributing to Fedora. It’s something that I want to dedicate time, and hard work into and due to a crappy illness I have a lot of time to do so. I’m particularity interested in creating and maintaining packages for the Packaging team. I want to learn the ins and outs of this, where could I do so? Also what are some of your recommendations/advice for this path? Thanks a lot and have a great day. :slight_smile:

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Hi @thomasbyerly253! Welcome to the community!

So, you’ll already know that packaging is basically taking software from upstream and building/integrating it with the rest of the fedora package set to make it easily available to users. Some tools are trivial to package, others are harder, so the time one needs to put in mainly depends on the software that you are maintaining.

Now, packaging something up is only the first bit. The more important bit is maintaining what you’ve packaged—keeping it up to date, fixing bugs, speaking to upstream to make improvements.

We just published a blog post about this today. Maybe worth a look

https://neurofedora.github.io/2019/06/06/keeping-software-in-neurofedora-up-to-date.html

As with all things to do with contribution, I’d say “Just jump in!”. That’s the only way to get started with it, and to learn what you need to know.

Do you have any specific questions we can answer?

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Nope, that’s it for now. I’m gonna go ahead and read up on all of this stuff. The Fedora community over on Reddit provided quite a bit of information as well. If I have issues I’ll go ahead and ask for help. That’s something that I’ve really appreciated is the fact that the Fedora community is kind and always willing to help. Thanks FranciscoD, it means a lot! Have a great day! :slightly_smiling_face:

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Awesome! Please find us on any channels and someone or the other will be there to help :clap:

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