The Apache Software Foundation

Meritocracy in Action.

In this section we hope to help you take your first steps as an open source developer in one of our many Apache project communities. As an all-volunteer run organization, Apache and the many Apache projects rely on people like you stepping up to help out.

First Contributions

The more you give the more you get out.

It's natural to assume that, as a newcomer, you have little to offer the ASF. However, you will be surprised at how much you can help, even now.

Since we aim to be a place for newcomers to learn about the ASF as a whole and you are (probably) a newcomer any feedback you can give or unanswered questions you can ask us here will help us improve what we offer to those who come afterwards. Our etiquette tips can help you write emails that will get some answers.

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