Originally Published: Tuesday, 4 April 2000 Author: Justin Bajko
Published to: featured_articles/Featured Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Why You Should Volunteer At Linux.com

There are very many different reasons that a person would want to volunteer their time at Linux.com. For each person, that reason is different. In this article, I will discuss some of the reasons I think that people should want to volunteer some time with us.

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There are very many different reasons that a person would want to volunteer their time at Linux.com. For every person, that reason is different. In this article, I will discuss some of the reasons I think that people should want to volunteer some time with us.

If you've ever been to the Linux.com volunteer page, you'll notice that we provide a shell account and an @linux.com e-mail alias to all our staff members. Many people think this is the only reason that they should even consider spending time volunteering with us and contributing to our site. The rewards and benefits of volunteering at Linux.com run much deeper than a shell account.

One reason that someone might want to volunteer with us is for the learning value of the entire experience. I've learned more in my time volunteering at Linux.com than I ever did while playing around with Linux and talking on IRC with others from the Linux community. Any time I have a question, one of my fellow Linux.com staff members will always provide me with an answer without thinking twice. Had I never begun volunteering at Linux.com, I think it would have taken me another year just to be to the point of knowledge about Linux that I am at right now.

Another reason that you might want to volunteer with us is for the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in the Linux community. Our Senior Site Manager, Trae McCombs, is also the founder of the source for X Window System themes on the Internet, Themes.org. Our Editor-in-Chief, Jeff Alami, has had his writings used in classes at Harvard Law School. Other members of our staff are some of the most knowledgeable and friendly people within the Linux community today. The Linux.com staff is truly a great bunch of people, and I'm honored to say I work amongst them.

There is also one of the most obvious reasons for working here at Linux.com, which is also my own reason. That is the feeling that you should give back to the operating system that you use and enjoy. What better way to thank all those programmers and corporations behind Linux now than to help promote its interests yourself. By volunteering at Linux.com, you can help bring the Linux community together, and by bringing the community together, you can help Linux grow as an operating system.

One last reason for volunteering your time here at Linux.com is simply because you want to. You've seen the operating system, like using it, and you think it deserves better recognition that it gets. Most people that use Linux can't seem to understand why it is still the "underdog" of computer operating systems. We can erase this mindset if enough people get together and start contributing to the Linux community, whether it be by volunteering at Linux.com, helping with the Linux kernel development, or any other way you think you can help. Linux is a community project, and any help that a member of the community can give, no matter how small, will do it a world of good in the long run.

I hope that this article has explained some of the possible reasons for volunteering here at Linux.com or helping Linux grow in any way possible you can think of. If you have any questions about volunteering here at Linux.com, please don't hesitate to e-mail me at cryst@linux.com.

Justin Bajko, Linux.com Human Resources Manager





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