Contributing to GNOME

Hello friends,

I'm Fabio Gomes from Brazil (FB on IRC) . I am a long-time GNOME fulltime user and lover (since those 0.9x days).
As a software developer, I would like to start hacking on Nautilus. Now I have some spare time (some hours daily and full Sundays) and I want to contribute to GNOME, and Nautilus is my project of choice because I know it needs some work and I've heard somewhere (on IRC, maybe) that Nautilus has currently only two or three maintainers.

I have some C and GTK experience, wrote some GNOME programs, including a panel applet (quicklaunch) and a quite decent IRC client with TCL scripting support which I didn't publish.

Besides writing code, my best general skills are on troubleshooting, hunting and fixing bugs. I understanding sources from other people easily.

However, my knowledge is a bit outdated. My latest programming experience with GNOME and GTK was in 1.4 days. Also, I have little or no experience with collaborative programming through patches and CVS in free software. I don't know, for example, how do I generate and send patches. Which version should I send patches for? Who/where should I send patches to?

I want to do it, I (think I) know how to do it, but I don't know where do I start. Please help me.

I am currently using GNOME 2.4 built from tarballs using CVSGnome. The sources of each package are untouched in my hard disk. Should I start working on these?

Currently I have a bugzilla account (fabiofb) and have already posted some bugs here and there. I am also subscriber of nautilus-list, gnome-list and gnome-devel-list. I'm on all the time with the nick 'FB' on #nautilus, #gnome, #gimp #gnome-devel. I want to get closer to the community. Any more suggestions?

Right now, I'm downloading lots of documentation/reference and looking at nautilus source.

	Nice to meet you all.

	And thanks in advance,

Fabio Gomes de Souza <fabio gs2 com br> (+55 81 9127-0597)

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