gora asked for some good links (on ##linux-india) to redirect newbies, enthusiastic about contributing to FOSS.
I dug up a few links from the web - some that I read, when I was starting off with using GNU/Linux and FOSS, others are newer links.
Just making a note of them here; hoping someone would find it useful.
- How to Become a Hacker - A definitive how-to on becoming a hacker. Answers all the right questions. :)
- Philosophy of the GNU Project - This is the page, where I started. Thanks to Voodoo for giving me the link to this page. I distinctly remember that day. :) I'm going to pass on this link to any newbie who comes my way, no matter how much bashing I get from other FOSS evangelists.
- 6 Easy Ways To Get Started Programming Open Source - A neat list giving steps to get started with programming for open source. I like #4. Understanding the social dynamics of the project is an important thing which is often overlooked by newbies.
- OpenHatch - A community site to help newbies get started with contributing to FOSS. A cool site. Also, here is a story about OpenHatch.
- Look at the Numbers! - an interesting paper giving quantitative data in support of using FOSS.
- Ubuntu - Code of Conduct - A nice description of general conduct expected in any of the FOSS communities, not just Ubuntu.
I'd be happy to add any other links that any of you share. Thanks!