On Tuesday at XDC2011 Chicago I hosted a question and answer
panel about contributing to X.Org, Mesa, and the Linux kernel. Much of
the information presented, however, is relevant to any open-source /
free software project. The panel participants were largely graphics
driver developers that started off contributing to open-source when at
university and some of them have since moved on to working for major
Linux companies, i.e. Intel and Red Hat. The talk was very interesting
and Chicago computer science students were free to ask questions of them.