An anonymous reader writes:
This October will see the fifth annual Hacktoberfest, “a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio.” Basically you sign up any time in October, then submit five quality pull requests to public GitHub repositories to win a t-shirt and stickers. (Issues and commits don’t count, only pull requests created after October 1st — but pull requests will still count even if they’re not accepted or merged, “unless they are spam, irrelevant, or tagged as invalid.”) “No contribution is too small — bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.” Here’s Microsoft’s own announcement about the event from their Open Source blog:
We’re excited to announce that we’re participating in this year’s Hacktoberfest! An annual celebration of all things open source, Hacktoberfest launched as a partnership between DigitalOcean and GitHub in 2014 and rallies a global community of contributors, with last year’s event drawing more than 30K participants and nearly 240K pull requests. This October, we’ll recognize anyone who submits a pull request to one of our open source projects with a special limited-edition T-shirt (more details below)… Our projects span nearly all areas of computing, from developer tools and frameworks like .NET Core, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, Visual Studio Code, and Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin to Kubernetes tooling like Draft and the Service Fabric container orchestrator. Any contributions are welcome, so explore our GitHub repos, find something that interests you, and submit your first (or 100th) pull request. Microsoft’s t-shirt design includes a cameo appearance by…. Clippy, Microsoft’s widely beloved default assistant for Office 2000/XP/2003.

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