GSoC Mid terms over, openSUSE Asia Summit to come soon..

Google Summer of Code 2014 reached its mid term last week and I am proud to announce that all of the students from openSUSE have successfully passed their mid term evaluations :)

In other news, the openSUSE Project will be holding its first openSUSE Summit in mid-october. It is an exciting news, and anyone who is willing to contribute can do so.

On a personal front, the last 2 weeks have been very laid back and I need to improve on my management skills, lets see.

PS : Writing regular blog posts, is leading me to a place where I dont know what else can I share, maybe a few ideas can help.

GSoC and the past fortnight

Its been almost a fortnight I guess without a blog post, so continuing with the series, I have a couple of updates.

From tomorrow, Google Summer of Code Student Evaluations will start tomorrow on wards, so all the best to all the students who have worked hard over the summer and helped open source organizations grow. An extra applause for the mentors who have really worked hard over the summers and have contributed their personal time to get these students involved. Specifically, from an openSUSE point of view, I hope everyone passes these evaluations.

Apart from these things, I have also hit a couple of realizations over the past fortnight,

  • I have gone worse in programming, something that I intend to improve upon in the next six months
  • I waste a lot of time, I really need to optimize time so that I can work much more efficiently.

And then as news, humblefool one of India’s top programmers died of a car crash. There is an excellent eulogy written by Animesh on quora, I urge you to read it and take inspiration from it.



SaX3 Localized

Recently, Saurabh Sood suggested me to blog more often, and this an attempt yet again to write more often. Off course, what I may write may or may not be appealing to others, but then its my area :)

Anyway, the past few weeks, I have written a bit of code, a bit actually means a teeny weeny bit, but hey, the good news is SaX3 is completely localized / internationalized now and this will be shown in the next openSUSE release.

Offcourse, if you are a translator, you can help me out by translating the files at and by sending an email with translated files, I will include it in the upcoming repos, I will also try to get it to the openSUSE translation repository, so that lives become easier for all of us.

Other than that, we have a new contributor at openSUSE and who is already writing great articles for the news team, thanks a lot Nenad :)
There are plenty of things down the line and I hope I will update the same in the coming weeks,  till then cya people..

openSUSE welcomes its Google Summer of Code Students

openSUSE welcomes Google Summer of Code 2014 participants. Thanks to Google, openSUSE has an excellent number of slots and an equally excellent number of mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014. Throughuout the summer, students participanting in this program will code for openSUSE and its sister organizations ownCloud, MATE and Zorp and help them move forward. The best part of GSoC is that most of the code written by students will go upstream and will benefit openSUSE in general also. Along with this, we have an equally good range of projects that will improve
the existing openSUSE architecture.

The list of successful students are :

1. Travel Support Program application –     Karthik Senthil
2. Playlist Functionality for ownCloud Music App –    Volkan
3. ownCloud Calendar Application in angularJS –    Raghu Nayyar
4. openSUSE GSOC ideas: Cool live flash –    Zsolt Peter Basak
5. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Refactor user management model -  Stella Rouzi
6. Open Source Event Manager (OSEM): Implemention Organizer Dashboard –    cbruckmayer
7. MATE: Port from deprecated GStreamer 0.10 –    Michal Ratajsky
8. Integrate Snapper Snapshot browsing into openSUSE Desktop tools -  Oguz Kayral
9. Implement an application-level LBaaS driver for Zorp –    Péter Vörös
10. Extend Git-Review to support BitBucket –    xystushi
11. Event Splash page for Visitors In Open Source Event Manager Application. –    Gopesh Tulsyan
12. ePub support in Atril (MATE) –    Avishkar gupta
13. Add Snapshot management API to libvirt Xenlight driver –    David Kiarie
14. Improving the functionality of the extensions system in Caja  – Alexandervdm

In the following weeks I will talk a lot more about these projects and get to know these students well.

Lets brew some code now.

Opa Greeko Style!!!!

What can I say more, The Greeks sure now how to make an event more enjoyable. This conference was definitely something I was not expecting, apart from high technical standards of the conference and also the excellent Geeky People, who knew I guess anything and everything from the world to the parties that the Greeks hosted and the way they managed to skew the timeline to add a bit of surprise to whatever we do plus the sleepless nights and the amazing Greek house along with a random encounter with a bunch of hippies, this trip was nothing but a NIRVANA trip

Thanks a lot again guys for putting the hard work and rounding up an excellent conference.



GSoC Meetup : Jamia Millia Islamia Faculty of Engineering

It all began abruptly, when Akif Khan ( a prospective student ) asked me to discuss my GSoC experiences at his college. The idea instigated quickly instigated me as I longed to visit a College Campus and meet real open source people after a long time, so I agreed without giving a second thought, we decided that we will meet up on Saturday at Faculty of Eng, Jamia Millia Islamia.

I reached Jamia Millia at time and was pleased to find an enthusiastic culture of open source led by the students over there. Lots of students from other colleges were a part of the meetup too. A few things that I noted my experience there are as follows :

  1. Students were enthusiastic and really wanted to contribute to open source. Since most of them were fresh(wo)men, they were enthusiastic about the GSoC experience and how it could help them.
  2. Discussion how to select a project, write a proposal and how to communicate with the organizations was taken up.

One of the most enthusiastic things that I heard was “I really want to do it, despite of getting through GSoC” which is pretty much any open source organization wants. Hopefully, we have more students who think like this and even more who turn their thoughts into action. Overall, it was an excellent talk with a bunch of enthusiastic people :).

There were a lot of interesting questions asked, one of them being was “How do I start contributing to it?” . Recently, I had one of the more interesting reads on quora which gives a answer to the question in a very succint way.

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