[cgl_discussion] hello..

Mika Kukkonen mika at osdl.org
Tue Jun 10 14:06:18 PDT 2003

On Tue, 2003-06-10 at 13:35, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Jun 2003 11:46:19 -0700 "Dhirendra Pal Singh" <dp at garudanetworks.com> wrote:
> | Can anyone guide me how and where can I pick up and take active part in
> | CGL..???
> That's a fair question, but it really depends on your background
> and experience, both with communications (h/w and s/w) and with Linux.

Well, as it stands now CGL-WG has two, quite distinct parts: the people
who work in Specs-sg making the specifications and then people who work
on PoC (= Proof-of-Concept) subgroup that tries to cover some of the
gaps between our specs and the reality.

To participate in specs part, you need to sign the CGL Participant
Agreement (http://www.osdl.org/pdf/cgl_twg_agreement.pdf; see also
the Q&A: http://www.osdl.org/projects/cgl/cgl_part_agree_qa.html)
and then sign up for the specs mailing list etc. We are now doing
finishing touches on v2.0, and will probably kick-off v2.1 in our
next face-to-face in Ottawa OLS end of July.

For PoC we do have some projects led by the people involved in CGL
(more about those later), and then of course there are lot of projects
that are not directly involved with us but still work on features we
want to see. Like Randy said, picking the one really depends your own
skills and interests. We do have a partial list of the projects
available from our web site:
This should be updated by our PoC subgroup Any Day Now ...

> Follow cgl_discussion mailing list.
> If there are projects in the CGL Requirements specs where you feel
> that you can contribute without a steep learning curve, get involved
> with one or more of them.

Well, the one big problem with many projects is that there does happen
to be quite steep learning curve, and also getting communications with
the development groups sometimes might be little ... "challenging".

So I have this idea I am going to call "tutoring", which might be considered
to be one way to solve the problems of facing a person to get involved with
working in Open Source. I am myself working on a project called TIPC, which
is basically a cluster communications implementation. 

So for this "tutoring" I am more than willing to get people involved in my
project and I will give them guidance, advice etc. so that they can get a
taste what does it mean to work on Open Source project, and maybe later on 
move to some other project which they feel is more closer to their interest

Really the key point of this idea is to give people new to the workings of
Open Source a "safe sandbox" to get to know the "other kids on the block",
instead of just pointing them to the LKML etc. where people (because they
are so busy) are probably not so hospitable to a newcomer.

I do not know, this is just the idea I got few moments ago, but I am certainly
willing to try it, if somebody is interested. Let me know, if that is you.


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