I’ve always enjoyed working on Open Source projects in my free time. I found it appealing to give the community something back when I used the tools they work on in their very own free time and I like the idea to come in contact with many bright folks 🙂
Nowadays as a family father of two, time is short, but contributing to Open Source projects still is kind of a daily driver, be it through bug reports or needed upstream patches. You can see my GitHub profile for my most recent activity in this area.
In the past these have been the projects I was most actively contributing to:
- monotone – one of the first distributed version control systems. I was the release manager for a couple of years here, and was doing project management and a lot of coding. I stepped back from the responsibilities a little and commit more time to the other projects nowadays.
- guitone – a Qt-based GUI for the above mentioned version control system. I started this project a couple of years ago; the work on this goes slowly, but steadily.
- indefero – an Open Source Google Code clone. I am contributing to this project since mid-2010 and have stepped up as the release manager of the 1.1 series in the meantime. I implemented the monotone backend for indefero and do project management, bug fixing and new feature implementations for it nowadays.
- MacPorts – I have maintained a couple of software ports here, mainly monotone-related, but also some tools I missed badly before on Mac OS X.
- openSUSE – One of my favourite desktop operating systems is openSUSE, so it was only natural that I started maintaining a couple of monotone-related rpms for this distro as well.