[svlug] OSS Projects for Trainees

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Tue Aug 27 09:12:27 PDT 2002

begin Akbar Ahmed quotation of Tue, Aug 27, 2002 at 08:35:30AM -0700:

> --- Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> wrote:
> > What skills do they have now?
> The vast majority of them have some experience with C
> on Linux, which comes from their college exp. They
> also have strong math/science backgrounds.
> >  How long is the training period?
> approx. 9-12 months


> With that said, I was thinking about having them write
> tiny utilities that would make Linux easier for
> novices or basic training software. 

One way to do this would be to get them familiar with an
existing project, then turn them loose on a large "help
wanted" list such as: http://gnome.org/todo/index.php3  or

That way they get a little more realistic experience of the kind of
programming work they will be doing early in their careers, their
work could end up on a CD for real users by the time their training
period is over, and other members of that project will be able to
review their code (I doubt you could criticize 300 people's work)

And they start building up a personal network of contacts, which
is the most important thing a free software person can have.

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