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Re: Hurd vs. Google Summer of Code 2010


From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: Hurd vs. Google Summer of Code 2010
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 19:44:56 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)

Hello!

On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 05:12:47AM +0100, address@hidden wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 02:43:35PM +0100, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 08:02:30AM +0100, address@hidden
> > wrote:
> > >    http://www.bddebian.com/~hurd-web/community/gsoc/
> > 
> > I did some enhancements (I hope) and pushed them.
> 
> Thanks for both the content enhancements, [...]

As Fredrik said.  ;-)


> > > Please take a look at the organisation application form,
> > > 
> > >    
> > > http://www.bddebian.com/~hurd-web/community/gsoc/organization_application/
> > 
> > I did some further changes: the guys evaluating all these many
> > organizations' applications very likely don't want to read -- inside
> > the oranization's description -- what the GPL is, for example.  Also I
> > did more tidy up, to make the text shorter, while keeping (most of)
> > the content.
> 
> Note that this text is *not* only for the sake of the Google reviewers;
> it is also the initial text to show up on the organisation page if we
> get accepted.

Aha, I didn't know that!  Nevertheless, I wouldn't see a problem -- I'd
even do it that way -- to first make the text fit for the organization
applications' reviewers (as concise as possible, for example), and then
later make it fit for the students (more detailed, for example).  That
way, both different parties can get the biggest use out of the text.

> While the Google folks hopefully know by now what free software is about
> (from our previous applications if nothing else...), this is definitely
> not true for a major portion of the students who will be reading this
> text.

True.

> Having said that, I *did* consider making it shorter -- but in the end,
> I couldn't decide which parts to strike out :-)

Yep, it's always difficult to be concise and easily readable at the same
time.


> > I pushed these changes to the flubber repository,
> > tschwinge/gsoc branch.  I plan to merge that into master in a day or two,
> > unless someone (Olaf) objects.

By now, you picked some of my other improvements (or: changes) ;-), and
dropped others; that's fine.

> As time is pressing, I guess that's fine in this case; but in general,
> "a day or two" is too short notice for me... I often don't read mails
> for several days in a row.

OK.


> > > Also, we need a backup organisation administrator. Any takers?
> > 
> > Me.  Unless someone objects, I'll add my link ID to the page.
> 
> Please do :-)

Done.  I had to do some searches to find it; it's `tschwinge' -- who
would have guessed that...


> I was somewhat unsure, as you were a bit silent over the past couple of
> days -- I thought that if you are so busy, perhaps it would be better
> for someone else to take over. But if you feel up to it, all the better
> :-)

Yes, yes, busy, busy, busy.  But there's progress: the sun tracing
controller project is mostly finished: the prototype is to be installed
next week.  After that, I'll have more time again.


Regards,
 Thomas

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