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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: proposed student project? desktop integration for debian
Date Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:17:13 GMT

On 09/02/2014 05:02 PM, Amali Praveena Soban Kumar wrote:
> Alexandro said,"I am not sure how hard would that be but you can
> easily setup an environment using a virtualbox with whatever os you
> need (debian, suse, fedora, or... gulp... windows) and just compile
> there."
> what I think is, creating a virtual machine with Ubuntu OS,
> downloading the source are easier tasks; but compiling is not,
> depending upon the number of issues you face with while building for
> KDE, and on the experience of the developer.I too agree with you as
> to "how hard would that be" thanks, Amali.

Just a quick note from me on this. I really don't have the hardware or
time to setup an additional VM to help with the student project.

But, thanks for the suggestion.

> On Wednesday, 3 September 2014, 1:55, Kay Schenk
> <> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 11:55 PM, Andrea Pescetti
> <> wrote:
>> On 02/09/2014 Kay Schenk wrote:
>>> Would it be beneficial to have the students work on freedesktop 
>>> integration for our debian builds? I would prepare an issue with 
>>> pertinent details as far as I am able , but would rely on some of
>>> our debian-based developers to fill in some pieces.
>> It should work the other way round: someone who does have the
>> skills to fully mentor a non-trivial project proposes it. Then
>> other community members can surely step in and help, but proposing
>> a project that relies on someone else doing (a crucial part of the)
>> work is not the optimal situation. That said, it is surely better
>> than nothing.
> Well perhaps I didn't express this well. I could surely write up the
> specs, dependencies,  for this and point the students to the specific
> code areas to make this happen. But since I am not on a debian-based
> platform, or Ubuntu as they are, I would not be able to help much
> with system specific problems.
>> You/we can also look, in the archives, at the several lists of
>> possible projects we discussed or prepared for Summer of Code or
>> similar initiatives: most of them remained vague proposals, stopped
>> before we could have someone really competent to evaluate them also
>> in terms of effort.
>> Regards, Andrea.
> I understand. This is not a vague proposal but you make good points
> in any case.


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            -- Maya Angelou

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