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Re: RISC-V port for GSoC?

From: ng0
Subject: Re: RISC-V port for GSoC?
Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:34:42 +0000

On Thu, 08 Feb 2018, Ricardo Wurmus <address@hidden> wrote:
> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:
>> To give some context, the issue is about the RISC-V port item at
>> <>.
>> I’m happy to help with Guix porting insight, but apart from that I’m not
>> the most qualified person and I’d rather have someone else mentor it, if
>> someone were to take this project.  Any takers?
>> Actually I’m unsure how good of a project it is for GSoC.  GSoC is about
>> development, but this one is not so much development, as Ricardo wrote
>> in the context of Outreachy.
> It’s difficult to mentor a project like that; a consequence is that it
> doesn’t really fit into the framework of GSoC, where mentors need to
> have some way of deciding if the student is still on track (and fail the
> student if necessary).
> For a project that is “follow the instructions” in the best case and
> “wait for upstream to fix it” in the worst case, I really don’t feel
> comfortable having this as a GSoC project.  Problems encountered in the
> porting effort are unforeseeable and could be outside the student’s
> means to work around them — what do we do then?  Fail the student?  Pass
> them by default?  It doesn’t really make sense to me to have a project
> that has big unknowns as dependencies.
> My opinion is to remove it from the list of GSoC ideas.

Okay, sounds more than reasonable. I also vote for removal.

So we have 4 people agreeing on removal.. let's take it down then.

>> (RISC-V porting in itself does sound useful to me, just somewhat
>> unsuitable for GSoC.)
> Same here.
> --
> Ricardo
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Thanks for all your replies, Ludovic, Ricardo and Gàbor.
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