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[Fwd: Re: contribution]

From: William Montreal
Subject: [Fwd: Re: contribution]
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2007 12:52:01 -0400

I forgot to CC this list when sending a direct reply to Thomas, here it
is :

--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: contribution Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 16:07:12 -0400
On Sun, 2007-30-09 at 21:25 +0200, Thomas Schwinge wrote:
> Hello William!
> Thanks for your interest in the GNU Hurd project!
> If you are striving to contribute to the effort, please spend some time
> thinking about the following items:

Hi Thomas !

Thank you for taking the time to answer my introductary questions.  I
will revert your first two questions as the second answer some of the

>   * How is your expertise about system and kernel programming?
>     Sadly we don't have the ressources to teach you from ground-up.  We
>     will -- of course! -- answer to specific questions, but on
>     substantial parts of your project you'll have to work on your own.
>     (Unless there is someone who already works in the same area, of
>     course.)

I never worked with kernels, I see all over GNU/Linux communities
solutions that require recompiling them and I have no clues to what
they're talking about so for I seek other ones.

>   * What areas are you interested in contributing to?
>     Think a moment about this list: porting / extending existing software
>     to run on Hurd systems; work on existing or write new Hurd servers or
>     libraries; work on the standard C library; make Hurd stuff usuable
>     from other programming languages than C; work on the current Mach
>     micro kernel; do research and development of a next-generation micro
>     kernel; help with development of new Hurd libraries and servers on
>     top of that.  Those projects are all within the ``Hurd'' topic, but
>     are vastly different projects.

Well there's two things that interested me when I read your question.  I
have a keen interest for Java but although I'd prefer using it, I can
work with C if it means I'll do something that helps more my skills.
For the second part, I'm looking for something that will work my
analysis skills as I have some programming experience and for me working
for free should give me opportunities that I might not have in a
commercial setting.  R&D seem to be fit for a senior or intermediate
programmer ...  Porting seem to be pure programming ...  work on the
current Mach micro kernel seem interesting but feel free to make other
suggestions which would helps my skills.

>     micro kernel

>   * Have you previously been working on Free Software projects?
>     Are you used to the working-style Free Software projects bring with
>     them?

That was probably answered in the last question reading " for me working
for free should give me opportunities that I might not have in a
commercial setting".  I haven't so I'm not used to it.

> > I hope there's a guide of the
> > tools, methods and librairies to use in my participation and if not, I'd
> > like to have a few pointers.
> He provide a number of pointer about stuff to read on the project's web
> pages, see <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/docs.html>.  Also, there's a
> wiki at <http://www.bddebian.com/~wiki/>.
> <http://www.bddebian.com/~wiki/hurd/contributing/> may be worth looking
> at.

Thank you for the links.

Thanks for helping me Thomas !

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