i think that is very valid and practical solution and a very obvious observation that most of choose to overlook, students here in india dont contribute because they know so little about linux, i am talking about the general mass, and they are sckeptical about it, first we need to increase the familiarty with the system only that will lead to an increase in contributions from the students, i can also approach my HoD with a request for Hands on sessions on development in linux and the ease of use of it, that will be a good place to start, coupled with the Mentoring program it may increase contributions to the community

2008/6/18 BiGYaN <bigyan.techie@gmail.com>:
As a student what can we do in this regard? ... Most students of my Univ, (University of Calcutta) are not interested in Linux, because of unfamiliarity with the system. Most of them do all their project work in Visual Studio, as that is really easy.

What can we do about that? ... any suggestions?

I personally feel that educating the students through conferences and meetings can be a good start. We can even approach the HoD with requests for hands-on sessions, where development in Fedora will be taught.

What do u say guys?

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On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 2:21 PM, "Sankarshan (সঙ্কর্ষণ)" <foss.mailinglists@gmail.com> wrote:
susmit shannigrahi wrote:

Generally the final/pre-final year engineering students need to do
some project work on a topic.
What I personally saw that they desperately search for one.

we can make a lot of  new contributors if we provide them with a
project to work, some guidence
and may be a certificate at the end. (As they say, target this segment :))

Quite by chance this was the same topic that I broached to Spot yesterday afternoon. And it turns out that a good place to push these potential contributors would be towards doing "Fedora QE" starting up with learning how to triage, process and work the bug queue and additionally coming up with Test Cases.


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