Onboarding Students

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This page is a draft only
It is still under construction and content may change. Do not rely on the information on this page.

This page is for documenting the process of Onboarding Students who have coursework that involves Fedora. While students are not a separate class of contributors their coursework often demands accelerating the process considerably.


Administrivia

There are administrative things that simply must be done before the real work begins. This should be taken care of at the earliest so as not to create constraints later.

  • Get a Fedora Account
    • Submit GPG key (generate if necessary)
    • Submit SSH key (generate if necessary)
  • Sign CLA
  • Sign up for project-specific mailing lists
  • Send introduction email
  • Find/Join the IRC channel where project contributors hang out
  • Introduce yourself on the project channel - find out who to ask for help.
  • Apply for appropriate groups within FAS
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Success in an open source project vitally depends on communication and collaboration. To maximize your success you should plan on spending time in IRC and reading email lists. This may mean letting your IRC client sit idle while you are busy and catching up on the days logs at some point.

Tools and Environment

You may already be familiar with the tools that you will be using, but it's likely that there is at least some new tool that you will have to learn.

  • Find out what tools you will be using
    • Languages
    • Editors/IDEs
    • Source Control
  • Find out the locations of the material you will be working with
    • Wiki
    • CVS
    • git
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Make sure that everything works for you up front. Make sure you have access to all of the necessary repositories and know how to use the tools.