GSOC 2012/Student Application amitksaha

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Contact Information

  • Name: Amit Saha
  • Email Address: amitksaha@fedoraproject.org
  • Blog URL: http://echorand.me
  • Freenode IRC Nick: amitksaha

Why do you want to work with the Fedora Project?

My second stint as a Fedora user started about an year back, and liked it much more than I had about 10 years ago when I first started using Linux. I was nursing the idea of a custom Linux distribution for scientific and numerical computing for quite some time. I started exploring the options of creating this spin based on Fedora, and the Fedora project's easy and transparent way to propose a custom spin attracted me. In no time I had the Scientific Spin's process rolling. The Scientific Spin was released along with Fedora 16, thanks to the welcoming and co-operative nature of the Spins SIG, release engineering and the Fedora design and websites team.

This first involvement and my growing understanding of the Fedora community makes it a first choice for me for GSoC 2012. Needless to say, my involvement won't start or cease with GSoC.


Past involvement with Fedora Project:

  • Creator and Maintainer of the Fedora Scientific Spin
  • Mailing list moderator of the SciTech SIG

Past involvement with other Open Source projects:

Did you participate with the past GSoC programs, if so which years, which organizations?

Not yet

Why should we choose you over the other applicants?

There are few things which should definitely give me a head-start over other applicants

  • My experience of creating and maintaining the Fedora Scientific Spin
  • My experience packaging for Fedora
  • Existing experience with the toolchain (creating/building Fedora live CDs, kickstart files, installers) desired for the proposed GSoC 2012 project
  • Possession of Generic toolset knowledge - community and mailing list interaction, version control system and programming knowhow