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1 February 2010 Hearbeat 3.0.2 released see the Release Notes

18 January 2009 Pacemaker 1.0.7 released see the Release Notes

16 November 2009 LINBIT new Heartbeat Steward see the Announcement

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2022-05-27 17:51:03

HOWTO Contribute to Heartbeat

Heartbeat is free software. It's both free as in liberty (libre) and free as in "free beer" (gratis).

And it's a community development, with lots and lots of opportunties to contribute to the project - more than anyone knows.

If you appreciate Heartbeat, then contributing back to the project is one of the best ways to show that appreciation.

You can contribute to heartbeat - and the community will be poorer for it if you don't.

Here are a few more common ways to contribute to the project:

  • Spread the Word - tell others about Heartbeat

    • Write up a few paragraphs about how you use Heartbeat and add to the SuccessStories page

    • Give a talk at your LUG or other local user group - and put your talk on the Talks page

    • Give a talk at a conference on Heartbeat - and put your talk on the Talks page

    • Write an article for a magazine or online e-zine about Heartbeat

    • Add articles you saw or wrote that to the PressRoom

    • Sell it to your customers
    • Sell Support for it.

    • Become our project PublicityCzar - and make heartbeat more visible. Help us grow our customers and contributors.

  • Provide feedback

    • provide input on features for the FeatureWishList

    • write good bug reports for Bugzilla

    • suggest missing documentation
  • Help other users

    • ask questions on the mailing lists
    • answer questions on the mailing lists
    • answer questions on the IRC channel
  • Translations

  • Update the web site - bring light out of darkness, and organization out of chaos

    • Procedure for updating the web site.

    • Fix what needs fixing - little or big
      • Find things that are R1 only (start with the page) and mark them as R1 only, and vice versa.

      • etc.
    • Add to the FAQ

    • Merge the two FAQs.
    • Add to the HowToContribute page (this page!)

    • Help organize the reference documentation
    • Review, add to, and correct the reference documentation
    • Help with the Education project - Making Heartbeat the best documented OSS project

      • Help create modules for the Education project

      • Add to the list of things you think people should know how to do
      • Suggest an rational order for learning these things
      • Translate the Education modules to other languages

      • Help us create certification tests for the various levels in the Education project

    • Update and improve the PHP scripts that manage this web site (become our webmaster/mistress)
    • Update and improve the CSS for the web site
  • Test!!

    • Compile the Hg tip nightly on your favorite platform and run BasicSanityCheck on it

    • Help us run CTS as we get close to release times

    • Test portions you have hardware to test with (e.g., STONITH modules).

  • Port heartbeat to other platforms

  • Write code

    • provide code patches and ContactUs, e.g. on the development mailing list

    • fix Bugzillas
    • pick things from the FeatureWishList and implement them

    • learn a subsystem - CCM, Stonithd, etc., ask questions, and post improvements to the -dev list.
  • Support the developers

    • Buy products and services from companies who contribute to heartbeat:
      • IBM, Novell,, etc.