[Sugar-devel] Suggestions for GSoC 2019

Rahul Bothra rrbothra at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 11:47:04 EST 2019


On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 7:44 PM Amaan Iqbal <amaaniqbal2786 at gmail.com>
> I see we only have 6 projects so far in our Ideas list in comparison to
> which were selected in GSoC last year. Being a successful Open Source
> organization, I sincerely hope we have the potential of having many more
> projects in GSoC this year(most probably 15+ if we can come up with
> such promising ideas).

We had 12 projects last year, out of which 1 was failed officially. Many
projects failed to deliver what was expected out of them, including my own.
Some projects did not involve improving our tools, Sugar Desktop,
MusicBlocks or Sugarizer, and did add any value to the organisation.
This was primarily because we had more projects than we could handle,
and that some projects were not effectively groomed and mentored.

I don't know what a "successful Open Source organisation" means. But I
don't think we should release more ideas than we can mentor. Having less
projects does not imply our failure in any sense, lack of existing
might indicate that.

> Here I would suggest an idea for the renovation of our Website, blog
<http://planet.sugarlabs.org/>, and
> creation of a customized/integration of existing CMS to our website from
> where admins can create articles directly.

FWIW, our current website was also implemented as a GSoC Project. I
don't think it will improve our tools, or if it will actually be completed.
examples show that development of such tools (Sugar Social, ASLO v3)
never got into deployment at the end.

Even if we add a project for improving the website, 2 years down the line
we might again face a similar email pointing out the drawbacks of the new
model and another revamping of the website.

Although I would be happy to see contributions made to improve the
website, I am not in favor of adding this as a GSoC Project.
FYI, there are plans of A/B testing of the website, though I don't know the
current status.

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