I didn't mean to leave you hanging (I've been really backlogged atm). That aside...I am *thrilled* that you've expressed interest in the gitlab adoption/migration project. With the success of github in mind as a model, I see tremendous potential for the impact this can have on the Fedora community and every community that extends from it. The transparency and insight that gitlab offers into the source code (just as github does) cannot be underestimated. It makes open source...eye opening.

I recognize there are some big hurdles in this project, and there's no question it will be a touch challenge. But there are two guiding lights here:

- There are other groups that need this packaging problem solved (e.g., mod_passanger), so you are not alone (the open source openshift stack needs this as well, and badly, so the ball will be rolling well before the summer begins)
- This will be one of the most visible outcomes, if successful, across all of GSoC. People will come out of the hedges to support it, everything in my gut leads me to believe that.

I don't want be overly optimistic, but hopefully that expresses some of the reasoning that compelled me to propose the project.

As I mentioned in the other thread, I'll be around, but not likely a mentor. Anyone else here would be a better fit, plus I'm already over-committed to projects atm. However, what I can do is assist where I can to get in touch with people that are interested in assisting with the project, will become part of the long-term support team or can solve issues beyond your control. Even the gitlab team has expressed interest in doing whatever they can to support the adoption, so you won't be alone.

Ask questions, be bold, acknowledge the challenges and don't be afraid to share your own vision for the project. I'll finish with advice my my grandfather told me many times, "where there's a will, there's a way".



On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 17:42, Stas Sușcov <> wrote:
I'm not sure I'm allowed to write to this list for GSoC questions,
but it looks like most of the people interested in this application can be found only here, so I took a chance.

I'm a student from Romania, looking to hack some Ruby code during this summer
and I found Fedora as one of the not so many organizations offering this opportunity.

I read the whole thread, and I found suggestions and conditions you need from a student, pleasant for myself.

I know Ruby (among other programming languages) and I know sysadmining.
Previously I had 2 successful GSoC editions with WordPress Foundation,
and my first year project latest commit dates March 14th, this year.

The only problem I can for-see, is that I had and still maintain deep involvement in Ubuntu community (I'm the infrastructure admin for ubuntu-ro).
I don't know if this is an issue or not, but I really hope this wont affect in any way our relationship (here in Romania, we do Barcamps every year with fedora-ro, with beer, hiking and lots of pics, thx to @nicubunu ). :)

If all this stuff sounds interesting, I would be happy to present a draft on how we could solve FedoraHosted transition to Gitlab, and ensure its well maintained from now on.

Lately I started to hang on #fedora-summer-coding|#jbosstesting@freenode, but I'm not sure whom I should query.
I can't see Dan either online.

I also have a Github account:
and a resume:

Thanks in advance for reading this, and I'm looking forward for your reply.

P.S.: I will also be ok if you would like to find a fedora guy for this project, if so, just let me know, I won't mind. Seriously!
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