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7 open source projects to cut your teeth on

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The reasons for contributing to open source projects are as diverse as the projects themselves: To garner new skills, add experience, network with peers, or just for fun. Choosing a project that best suits your needs, and one that is friendly to newcomers, however, can be a daunting task. We polled well-known open source contributors for their recommendations, and the best way to start. They also offer advice on which projects to avoid. Here's what they said:

These 7 projects welcome, and encourage new contributors:

Drupal: The Drupal open source content management platform offers a vast, international community with a reputation for being friendly and inviting to new contributors. Although I don't contribute to the project, I know a lot of people who do, and I attended (and reported on) DrupalCon 2012 in Denver, Colorado. You don't have to be a seasoned developer to feel comfortable on the Drupal project.

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