If you’re a contributor to an Apache project, it means that you can commit directly to the project’s repository. For instance, with Apache CloudStack (incubating) contributors are allowed to directly push commits into the git repository.
Non-committers, however, have to submit patches for review. Don’t worry, it’s not an onerous process at all. The first time you submit a patch, it will take a minute or two to create an account on Review Board, but it’s a piece of cake from start to finish.
For the purpose of this post, we’ll assume that you already have a system with Git and have found a bug to fix or have a feature that you’d like to submit, and you’re willing to contribute that code or documentation under the Apache License 2.0.
Further, if you’re fixing a bug we’ll assume that you’ve either filed a bug report or are submitting a fix for a known bug. If you find a bug and would like to fix it, that’s awesome! Please be sure to file the bug too, though.
If you want to add a feature, you should bring it up for discussion on the cloudstack-dev mailing list before implementing it. This ensures that it meshes with the plans that other contributors have for Apache CloudStack, and that you’re not doing redundant work. Other developers may also have ideas for the feature or suggestions that will help you land the feature without having to re-do the work....