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Subject: Re: GSoC projects: Relocatable plugins or buflib in core

Re: GSoC projects: Relocatable plugins or buflib in core

From: Jonathan Gordon <>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:58:21 +1100

On 29 March 2011 19:13, Thomas Martitz
<> wrote:
> I'm interested in one of the two (with a slight preference for relocatable
> plugins).
> I would like to find out which one to apply for, so I want to ask a few
> questions:
> - Does the project have a preference, is one more important?
> - Is one of them not enough for GSoC (JdGordon said he thinks reloctable
> plugins is too small)
> -- if one is too small, can it be made bigger with some extra work?
> - Does one not work without the other?

My opinion is that relocatable plugins is completely pointless without
buflib/some other mem management system. (also that relocatable
plugins isnt nearly big enough for GSoC)

> But I'm also wondering if I should even apply for Rockbox as I can imagine
> new students are preferred. I already had a project for Rockbox last year
> and I'm involved for a longer time already.
> But I'd really be happy to work on Rockbox again, as I really enjoyed it
> last year. It was great fun for me, and rather successful.
> Best regards.

My feeling is that new blood is always preferable than paying current
devs. If money is the only reason to not code something then I'm not
sure thats something we would want in the community anyway. Sure
most(?) GSoC students havnt stayed in the project after finishing but
some have. And I really cant see you leaving if you didnt get the
spot. Also think of it like this, if you think you'll have time to
acts as student why not act as a mentor? You get the tshirt *and* help
out the new blood.

I'm not specifically picking on you here, I think anyone we'd consider
as a core dev should be on the mentor side and not the student side
(and if it comes to a choice between a new student and mediocre
project or a currrent dev + great project I'll be voting the new

Received on 2011-03-29

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