I've never been much of a forum-goer in the past, but I've been having enough trouble with my current project that I thought it would be a good idea to consult with some veterans of the free software world. I'm currently a college sophomore, and I've been dabbling in Linux for about a year and in free software for two. I'm actually aiming at mathematics as a career, but programming and academic computer science have been an interest of mine for some time. My hope is to eventually get involved in some open source projects, and right now I'm trying to acquaint myself with the landscape.
I appreciate the efforts of the more experienced users to provide a helpful resource to those of us who are new here. Thanks in advance for any help that I receive, and I hope that I can eventually contribute to the community.