[fedora-india] National Institute of Technology workshop report
debarshi.ray at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 14:07:02 UTC 2009
> | The main aim was to select and give training only to those people who
> | have some sort of experience with programming and good aptitude.
> What you need to test is "attitude".
... which is hard to convey to the teachers making the selection.
> You were probably just lucky.
Yes, very much.
> I would like to emphasize that this may or may not be the case in
> every Institute. In future, please let the sessions be open to all,
> and let the students, whoever is interested, join the lab, mailing
> list, IRC discussions.
This is where things get tricky. Of course we were circumspect and
conservative given the fact that this was a almost a revolutionary
thing that was being tried out at NIT Hamirpur. We did not want to
bite more than what we could chew, and we hardly knew what the
appetite was. :-)
On a slightly serious note, we were more eager to address the issue of
freshly graduated computer science engineers being little more than
advanced users. The idea of allowing the Electronics & Communication
students was merely to make it slightly more inclusive.
> Nothing can/should prevent anyone from contributing or working with
In the official documents, we had replaced all the trademarks and
proper nouns with generic computer science terms to minimise any
political obstructions. Since it becomes a bit difficult to say
"students from any department can contribute to the development of a
world-class operating system and its applications" without revealing
our free software 'conspiracy' we chose to downplay this aspect.
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