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Re: GSoC

From: ng0
Subject: Re: GSoC
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:33:56 +0000

On second thoughts I think it's okay to have all of this in
public, there are no stupid questions.

On Mon, 05 Feb 2018, address@hidden (Ludovic Courtès) wrote:
> Heya,
> address@hidden skribis:
>> Sorry for the offlist message, but I thought since you list
>> yourself as possible mentor for the item I'd ask.
> What?  I didn’t add myself there I think, we should find out where that
> comes from.  :-)

So.. who added Ludovic to the RISC-V item? And if not Ludovic,
who'd be a good mentor for this item (and has time to spend on
it)? Manolis has worked on porting to a different kernel, Efraim
has worked on porting to another architecture.

>> With regards to RISC-V porting: a question I don't dare asking in
>> public because it's answer could be too obvious: is the porting
>> possible without owning any real RISC-V hardware?
> I know very little about RISC-V, but I suppose QEMU could help (and most
> of the porting work is about getting cross-compilation right.)
>> I think at this point I know enough in Guix to port it to another
>> architecture and would apply for this when the GSoC student
>> applications are open, depending on your reply.
> Cool.  I think you’re welcome to discuss publicly the details and, as a
> last resort, privately with the person who submitted this idea (I don’t
> remember who that was, but we could ask on the list.)
> Cheers,
> Ludo’.

So, ahead of time, I'm interested in porting Guix to
RISC-V. Looking at the timeline on the Google GSoC website it
falls into my next semester where I can't tell you right how many
hours I have available.
Students applications period starts in March, so that gives me
enough time to look into how porting without owning the hardware
works, refreshing my memory on it (recently I've read about slow
but native compiling of ARM on qemu).
As Ludovic wrote, and by my understanding of porting, it will
mostly cover bootstrap + ideally having a compiled (better:
functional) Guix on RISC-V?
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