Working directly for DFBSD

Kedar Soparkar kedarsoparkar at
Fri Apr 29 23:47:25 PDT 2011

Hi Justin,

On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 5:39 AM, Justin Sherrill
<justin at> wrote:
> I'll point out that the primary reason we didn't have more projects is
> because we just didn't get enough slots from Google for them all.  I
> would have liked to see your project, but it, and other good ideas,
> just didn't make the cut.
> We have twice as many slots as we had last year, which is nice, but we
> had an even greater increase in interesting projects.
> In any case, I'd like to see you work.  I wouldn't be a good mentor
> for this, unfortunately.  If nobody is able to step forward, I'd still
> like to see you work on it.  This is a two-edged sword - you don't
> have any deadlines or external pressures on your work.  On the other
> hand, you aren't guaranteed attention from the other people involved,
> depending on what they are doing.   Plus, no deadlines.  (Though I bet
> if you did complete this on the Google timeline, we could get a shirt
> out of it.)
> The resources you can get, either way:
> - EFNet #dragonfly IRC usually has people available.  It seems to be
> busiest around 1200-1500UTC, I think.

I am assuming you mean #dragonflybsd. Thanks for the timing update.

> - This mailing list.
> - A leaf account.  Send your public key to Matt with the username you
> want, and he can create an account on  The
> machine is pretty beefy, and you can even use vkernels to test out
> ideas.

I've already got a leaf account.

> I can't guarantee you'll always get answers from people in the project
> by email or IRC; nobody else has that guarantee either.  Don't let it
> slow you.

I suppose this was always going to be one of the perils of working
directly. I'll put in my best though.


> On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 1:24 PM, Kedar Soparkar <kedarsoparkar at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> You may remember me as one of the students who applied for the i386
>> ABI Implementation project under GSOC.
>> Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons (some of which have already
>> been pointed out), I could not get selected.
>> Some of the major points:
>> 1. I did not interact significantly on the mailing list (besides
>> cheekily asking for comments on my proposal).
>> 2. I had not contributed in any way to DFBSD prior to the proposal stage.
>> (Feel free to add more in succession)
>> Irrespective of the results, I still intend to continue with the
>> project. My primary motivation for taking it up was to contribute to
>> something practical & real-life, as opposed to just working on
>> assignments in college courses (although, I must admit that the moolah
>> & the t-shirt were also enticing :) ) As I can still gain a summer's
>> worth of experience & hopefully come out with a working solution for
>> DFBSD, it looks like a win-win situation, for both, the DragonFly
>> community & me.
>> Since I'm no longer bound by the GSOC timeline, I will simply offset
>> the work to begin on 15th of June, after dealing with my GRE exam.
>> Everything else regarding the schedule shall remain unchanged.
>> Now to matters of more import:
>> I know that the DragonFly community is stretched as it is due to GSOC
>> work, so I wanted to ask whether I can request for a mentor of sorts
>> during this period. Although I am sure I can count on the IRC & the
>> mailing list for answers, it would be reassuring to know that someone
>> is equally interested in getting this project done, besides me.
>> This would also be the ideal time to let me know if someone has
>> already started work on this idea, or for whatever reason, doesn't
>> want me to work on this idea.
>> Regards,
>> Kedar.

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