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  • Q: I'd like to participate. How do I begin?

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      First! Download the SVN-TRUNK version of the code here (http://www.asterisk.org/developers/get-source) and use that as your base. There are several versions of Asterisk (http://www.asterisk.org/asterisk-versions) that are actively maintained, but SVN-TRUNK is the best place to start if you're looking to help.
      Then, write your bugfix patch, documentation, or feature. Next, sign up on the bugtracker (http://issues.asterisk.org) - this is required! You'll need to electronically sign/agree to the code submission agreement before your patch will be included.
      Open a new issue on your patch, including the code in "diff -u" format.
      So if it's a radically new feature that touches a lot of different things in other files, you'll probably want to discuss it on "asterisk-dev" which is the mailing list found here: http://lists.digium.com/ but if it's fairly stand-alone, it may just be accepted as-is.
      Some new features are often not included in the main distribution, but are in the add-ons category - there are so many niche features that often the risk of including subtle bugs does not compensate for the additional usefulness, though we still want to include the code.
      Documentation is really desired! If you want to write docs, or improve the clarity of the existing docs, this would be great.

         — John Todd (jtodd) · 8 years ago
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        Talk about diverse kinds of contributions. Include URLs if relevant (we'll automatically linkify them).

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        Here's how to download and patch our codes…

        Read about our death-defying mailing list and momentous IRC channel at http://lobstermag.net.

  • Q: Other than writing code, how can I contribute?

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      We have a big need for people to test patches or new features. This can be trivial or (more likely) is more complex, requiring some understanding of how call flows work, and often how SIP works. Many of the new features in Mantis languish because nobody other than the original developer tests them, which means they're often stuck in limbo forever, which is too bad. Our "long tail" suffers because of this lack of testers - give us a hand, and learn something while you're at it!

         — John Todd (jtodd) · 8 years ago
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        Discuss documentation, testing, webmastering, and/or publicity.

        Include URLs if relevant (we'll automatically linkify them).

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        We need people to download version 0.4.5 and make sure the frobulator still frobulates correctly.

  • Q: What's a good bug for a newcomer to tackle?

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        Many projects have good small tasks that can teach newcomers how the project works. Now's your chance to share one of them!

        Include URLs if relevant (we'll automatically linkify them).

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        Someone could improve the photo upload dialog box so that it lets you resize the photo before sending it to the web.

  • Q: What is a bug or issue with asterisk that you've been putting off, neglecting, or just plain avoiding?

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        I don't know how to get started with internationalizing my app.

        Bug 392 about printing was filed five years ago, and I don't even know if printing still works.

        I want help from a C coder writing a Maildir patch for Alpine.

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        If this issue was formally filed on the web, be sure to include the URL.

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About asterisk


The Open Source Telecommunications Toolkit. Make a PBX, a call center, a telemarketer torturer, a voice synthesis platform, a personal communications routing engine. Speaks more than a half dozen protocols: phones, video phones, chat clients, and more. Scriptable and extensible. World's largest OSS telephony/communications platform.

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The code is mostly written in C.

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