Anyone can help if they have the time. There is no requirements to know programming languages or install special software. If you are running KDE, you can help. It will be more helpful if you can run the latest KDE versions. This is often in distribution's "unstable" or "bleeding-edge" repositories. Also, installing KDE with debugging symbols will help with crashes, although your system will be much slower.
For some of the categories below, you don't need the KDE source installed on your system.
Check out the general KDE contribute page.
- KDE versions: It would be best to have KDE 4.6.x installed. You can use KDE 4.5.4; however, KDE 4.4.x is too old and has too many bugs that have been fixed.
- Git: In Feb, 2011, konsole now has its own repository. It is now much easier to download and look at the code.
To keep up with bug reports and general info join the Konsole mailing list. You can reach me at kurt dot hindenburg at gmail.com, as well as on IRC #kde-devel as khindenburg.
- Confirm bug reports - search for unconfirmed bugs and test them on your system. If you can duplicate the bug, mark it as 'New' and/or leave a comment with your findings.
- Find duplicate reports - search all of Konsole's bugs and wishlist reports for duplicates. If you find a possible duplicate, leave a comment on the bug such as "possible duplicate of bug #####'.
- Narrow down the steps required to display a bug or crash - Often times, the bug reporter may not fully explain or understand how they got the bug or crash. It is extremely helpful when tracking down issues if there is a step by step process that triggers the issue everytime. If you can reproduce the issue repeatedly, comment on the bug report the exact steps required to trigger it.
- Verify the menus and their shortcuts are valid.
- Verify all the other information is valid.
- Read through it for areas that need clarified or expanded on.
- Verify the Konsole site has the correct info.
- Expanding the site with more tips and documentation.