15 computer science collegians looking for a project

Eben Eliason eben.eliason at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 14:56:31 EDT 2008

I could very well be way off target with this suggestion, but an
implementation of Groups (background reading, though not quite up to
date: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Human_Interface_Guidelines/The_Laptop_Experience/Zoom_Metaphor#Groups)
seems like a perfect place for some additional help.  It's a feature
that's very much wanted, as far as I can tell, and its very closely
tied to the network space which you hope to focus on.  It's also a
space which has a number of plateaus, I think, which can be reached
stage by stage depending on time, or in smaller groups as you have so
many people to work on it.

This is something that would have to go hand in hand with all of the
collaboration work that Collabora has been doing.  I know it's been in
the back of their minds for some time.  I'm not sure if it would be
feasible to work on Groups separately from their efforts or not, but
it would be worth asking.  If it's indeed possible, they might be
grateful to have help working on some of these items, since they
certainly have a list of bugs that take priority over this feature in
the short term.

I've CC'd Daf, of Colllabora, to see if he has any insight into the
feasibility of such an endeavor.

- Eben

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Patrick Jahenr
<patrick.jahner at stud.fh-swf.de> wrote:
> Hi there,
>  We are a group of 15 collegians, studying 'Applied Computer Science'
>  at the University of Applied Sciences in Iserlohn (Germany) and we
>  are looking for a project for the OLPC within the scope of our subject
>  "Computer-Networks". Our professor (Prof. Martin Hühne) let us choose
>  our own topic, leading us directly to our first problem: What can
>  we do?
>  We have to find a project fitting to this demand. We read the wiki
>  and realised, that most of our ideas we thought we could implement
>  are either finished software projects or simply not good enough to
>  keep on thinking about them, because they do not fit to the OLPC-
>  ideas. The wiki pages for Project ideas are nice, but you do not
>  know exactly whether there is already someone working on one of the
>  projects, or not. The Pages for Current Projects are quite nice too,
>  but there you do not know if the people working on it actually do
>  need help.
>  That is why we post this little request to the readers of this mailing
>  list.
>  We are looking for either a project we can take part on, or a not-
>  yet-implemented idea. It should not bee too big for us in order to
>  be finished within time; it should not be too small to have something
>  to do for 15 students. (Anyway, don't forget we need to sleep)
>  It would be nice, but not all necessary if the project could involve
>  some of the networking technologies of the XO, I mean, the subject
>  is "Computer-Networks"
>  Furthermore, there is a time limit: We will have to end the project
>  until end of June, whereas there will be the same subject for another
>  group of students after our free period, which will have the same,
>  or a similar task. Probably, they will go on, on our project, if
>  its not finished.
>  Our Knowledge Base:
>  We have good basic knowledge in C/C++, Java, some basic knowledge
>  in scripting languages (Perl, PHP and bash) and some of us have good
>  knowledge of Linux. A further subject called "Software-Engineering"
>  came along with us for one and a half year.
>  We started reading and working in Python and GTK, and saw, we can
>  cope that.
>  We are open for all your suggestions, you can email me directly if
>  you have a project we can take part on, but you could also just answer
>  here, if you have a good idea which of the project ideas we could
>  implement.
>  Thank you in advance,
>  Patrick
>  P.S. Please forgive me my English skills
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