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Re: Hurd's participation in GSoC under the Microkernel devroom umbrella

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: Hurd's participation in GSoC under the Microkernel devroom umbrella
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 14:36:57 +0100
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On Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:24:34 +0100, Jakub Jermář <jakub@jermar.eu> wrote:
> Dear Hurd developers!

Thanks for contacting us -- and sorry for the late reply...

> Some of the microkernel projects are applying to this year's Google
> Summer of Code together under the umbrella of a common mentoring
> organization. [1]

... which has been successful as I've just noticed:
<https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/6250556180922368/> --
congratulations!  :-)

> I am well aware of the fact that your project has traditionally
> participated in GSoC under the GNU umbrella. I don't expect this to
> change, but would like you to also consider taking part in our common
> microkernel organization. Students should be thus able to discover Hurd
> either via GNU or via the microkernel umbrella organization.

That's certainly a very good idea, and if you don't mind a latecomer,
please add a link to the Hurd project ideas; similar to
<https://www.gnu.org/software/soc-projects/ideas-2017.html#hurd>.  (I can
also supply a patch/pull request, if that's helpful.)  I'll also set up a
cross-link to your page, later.

> As some of you have pointed out on IRC, disputes over the assignment of
> available slots to hopeful student proposal may arise. While it is
> generally impossible to please everybody, I am confident that such
> disputes can be resolved in a civilized, fair and just manner - should
> they occur in the first place.


> Have I mentioned that Hurd has nothing to lose thanks to this dual
> participation? The worst case is that this cooperation will not bring
> you anything, the best case is that it will bring you something you
> wouldn't have otherwise got.

Indeed!  :-)

> What I need you collectively to do now is to reach an agreement on
> whether to do this or not. But note that time is running up. The
> deadline for organization applications is on Feb 9, 16:00 UTC [2].
> If the decision is in favor of this, we will need your ideas page and
> the approximate number of mentors you can supply. We will also invite
> one Hurd developer to become an org co-admin.

Justus offered to be a mentor this year (if not otherwise, you may know
him from his presentation in the FOSDEM Microkernel devroom -- I know you
couldn't attend yourself this year, unfortunately).

Myself, I'm also willing to help review proposals, or try to help with
any admin tasks (but likely again won't be able to commit to being a
full-time mentor).

> In the meantime, we are going ahead with the application.

> [1]
> https://lists.fosdem.org/pipermail/microkernel-devroom/2017-January/000129.html
> [2] https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline


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