[other] Finding an open soruce project

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello, I'm looking for an open source application to contribute to. I'm sure this has been asked before. I've found the project ThinkUp: http://www.thinkupapp.com/ There are 800+ people on the mailing list. Is this a suitable project for a beginner? Is mailing list size a good indicator of project support and/or complexity? Should I look for a smaller project? Any suggestions of good blog posts on how to get started with open source? I am very new to open source development; I have a lot to learn: so much that I don't know how to express my questions correctly (please excuse my ignora (Hardware)