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On Monday 22 August 2005 00:15, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
> >Since we have time constraints ourselves, we understand potential
> >recruits may only have a few hours during one day of the week to
> >do Gentoo development, and that is Ok. However, if you don't
> >think you will be able to dedicate at least an hour or two a
> >week on average, I am not sure it would be profitable to invest
> >time and efforts in the mentoring process.
> I probably spend at least that much time *testing* open source software
> a week. Let's say half of Saturday for a start. But I test a variety of
> stuff, not just science packages. How big of a leap is it from being a
> hard-core beta tester like myself to actually maintaining a package?
As Olivier said at least a few hours a week to dedicate to Gentoo would be
enough, and it sounds as if you already do that. I myself do work in the
scientific herd (mentored by Olivier) which was the herd I originally joined
with, the AMD64 porting team, the KDE herd and the net-proxy herd. These are
just the packages I tend to use a lot, or the areas I work in. Some I just
maintain because I am a nice guy and find it interesting using new
The leap isn't too great from building betas, being involved upstream and
keeping up with releases/bug hunting to becoming a developer. You need a good
background in bash scripting, ebuild writing and the tools used to author
ebuilds. You also need to prove a certain level of knowledge before you
become a full developer - please take a look at
http://dev.gentoo.org/~plasmaroo/devmanual/ for further details :)
I remember reading some of your bugs, and working through some R stuff with
you previously. You don't have to limit yourself to just scientific
applications if you become a developer.
One thing I hope to improve is communication with users and potential
developers for the scientific herd. It would be nice to see a little more
activity on the mailing lists and IRC! Freenode, #gentoo-science - there
aren't many of us on there but we do idle on that channel amongst others.
Hope that answers a few of your questions - and if I got anything wrong I am
sure some of the other developers will correct me ;)
Gentoo Linux Developer
Scientific Applications | AMD64 | KDE | net-proxy