I'm a new GNOME contributor. The reason? I always felt I wasn't in the same level of the awsome developers working on GNOME stack.
Then, I saw GNOME Calendar. It was perfect, beautiful, amazing. But it was unmaintained. "Oh, what a bad news! Let me try to fix that, I mean, it's just too awsome to be dead", I thought. The next day, I pushed my first GitHub repository, recorded a screencast and published a big design review.
Two months later, I was sending patches to Bugzilla. Luckly enought, +Erick Perez Castellanos
is a gifted maintainer, and introduced me to the real GNOME community, taught me many things and was very patient. I'll gladly pay him a beer whenever I have the chance.
After that, you all know. A Google Summer of Code started, GNOME To Do appeared, GUADEC 2015 and stuff. And you guys know what's the best part? I feel at home now. I was warmly welcomed by the community, I feel that my work is not in vain and that we're doing something great.
I'm in love with GNOME. For the 18 years gone, and for the next 18 years!#HappyBirthdayGnome #IAMGNOME #GNOME2015