Archive for October, 2012

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2012

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Marina, Daniel, Muslim and I represented GNOME at the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit.
As a nice coincidence, my colleagues Sumana and Rob also went their representing the Wikimedia Foundation.

After attending a session about project management I realized that there might be further interest to discuss bug management / issue tracking so I set up a session for Sunday that about 15 people attended in order to discuss problems and practices. For those with an account, the log is available.
I also attended sessions on Continuous Integration, Community Metrics and other topics.

Big thanks to Google for sponsoring and arranging a welcoming conference with a wide range and variety of topics.

GNOME: Do you want to participate in Google Code-In?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Google Code-In 2011

While I organized and ran Google Code-In for GNOME for the last years (a contest for 13-17 year old students) I won’t have enough spare time this year. So the question is if GNOME wants to take part in it (mentors, anyone?), and if somebody volunteers to organize it. The deadline for applying to take part is November 5th (in two weeks).
Organizing means: Setting up our wikipage (last year’s version, see the ChangeLog how to start), doing the paperwork (registration, documented on our wiki), nagging developers and community members to become mentors and provide tasks, and while the contest is running making sure that mentors respond quickly.

So if you feel like getting fresh young people into GNOME and open source: Be bold!
I will of course be around for questions and to support you, and help out.

Free knowledge: Here we go.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Wikimedia Foundation Logo

I am very happy to announce that from next week on I am going to help Wikimedia Foundation (the organization behind Wikipedia and further projects) tame their bug tracker and manage everything and anything related to issue reports and feature requests.
This job is called a “bug wrangler” (also known as “bugmaster“).

I already had the pleasure to attend the Wikimedia Hackathon earlier this year to get to know the awesome community of this large and important project better and to discuss some patterns, problems and plans. To be continued…