GSOC 2012/Student Application amitksaha/OnDemandBuildService
On-Demand Fedora Build Service
- Name: Amit Saha
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blog URL: http://echorand.me/category/fedora/
- 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
- Packager (Review awaited)
Past involvement with other Open Source projects:
Did you participate with the past GSoC programs, if so which years, which organizations?
Why should we choose you over the other applicants?
There are a 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 - Shell scripting, Python scrpting and working with the Fedora tools such as Koji, Pungi, Lorax, etc.
- Documentation is important. My articles have appered in Linux Journal, Linux For You, Linux Gazette and elsewhere. So, I actually like documentation.
This page shall describe the proposed project.
Overview and The Need
On-Demand build service seeks to build Fedora LiveCDs and installation CDs for developers, testers and Fedora consumers.
During the testing of Fedora releases, test images are often useful as smoke tests before full TC/RC composes, as baselines for specific test days or for automated installation testing in AutoQA. The idea is to make an on-demand Web-based build service which users/developers can use to make custom Fedora based distributions.
The service would be capable of building and hosting images (boot iso, installation DVDs and live images) made up of builds from stable repositories in addition to side repos containing specific builds from both updates-testing and koji builds that have yet to be pushed to any repos. The service will also also have a RESTful API which will make it accessible from command-line clients as well.
Any relevant experience you have
As the creator and maintainer of the Fedora Scientific Spin, I am well aware of the LiveCD creation tool chain. I am also knowledgeable about creating local repositories (side repositories) and pulling in packages from there into the installer/Live CD. I am currently exploring building installers.