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Subject: Re: Some random gsoc2008 thoughts

Re: Some random gsoc2008 thoughts

From: Dominik Riebeling <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 18:58:15 +0100

On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 7:10 AM, Simon M. <> wrote:
> I have the feeling that a forum section might be a little bit too public

I disagree. While the forums might not be the best place in terms of
organization (progress reports could easily get mixed with responses
from users etc.) all progress should be made public.

> - the students write their own blog, where they post short summaries
> once in a while (maybe twice a week).

I think a blog would be a good way too. But it should still offer the
possibility to add comments so people can give feedback (which makes
it somewhat similar to a forum).

> - the students keep their source in a git repository. This doesn't
> mean that they have to make every change to the code public, Git can
> be used with private branches that the student can push to a public
> repo in regular (or irregular) intervals.

why git? While git has its strong parts I don't think we should try to
get the students use git. Some people feel quite uncomfortable with
the way git works. As long as the repository is public and the
software is OSS I really don't see a reason why we should limit the
student. IMO it would even be acceptable if the student doesn't use a
public repository but publishes code regularly (like twice a week). Of
course a public SCM would be way better and we should strongly advise
them to do so.

 - Dominik
Received on 2008-03-20

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