Outreachy/2016

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ABOUT

Fedora is participating in the Outreachy round running from December 6 to March 6, and with the application deadline on October 17.

Outreachy is an internship program for people from group underrepresented in free and open source software, including women internationally and underrepresented people of color in the U.S. Our goal is to increase participation in Fedora. Please see the main page with program details for the general information, such as timeline, background information, eligibility, requirements, and the application form.

Schedule

  • October 17: - application deadline
  • November 8: - selection decisions are made
  • December 6 - March 6: - internships

FOR PARTICIPANTS

About Fedora

Fedora is a Linux-based free software operating system. You can use Fedora in addition to, or instead of, other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows™ or Mac OS X™. The Fedora operating system is completely free of cost for you to enjoy and share.

The Fedora Project is the name of a worldwide community of people who love, use, and build free software. We want to lead in the creation and spread of free code and content by working together as a community. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, the world's most trusted provider of open source technology. Red Hat invests in Fedora to encourage collaboration and incubate innovative new free software technologies.

We believe in the value of free software, and fight to protect and promote solutions anyone can use and redistribute. Not only is the Fedora operating system made from free software, but we use free software exclusively to provide it to you. The website you are reading this on right now, in fact, is made from free software and serves millions of people every month.

We also believe in the power of collaboration. Our contributors work with free software project teams around the world we call "upstream." They create much of the software found in Fedora. We collaborate closely with them so everyone can benefit from our work, and get access to improvements as soon as possible. By working in the same direction as these project teams, we can ensure that free software works better together, and provides the best experience for users. We also can include improvements quickly, which helps not only users, but the upstream as well.

Contact Information

If you have Fedora-specific questions at any point during the application process, you are welcome to email them to outreachy@lists.fedoraproject.org or ask them on the #fedora-outreachy IRC channel on irc.freenode.org . It's easy to connect to IRC, and you can learn all about the use of IRC in Fedora and the different applications you can use to connect. The information about project-specific IRC channels and mentors' IRC nicks and e-mails is available in the list of Fedora projects and mentors below.

Choose a Project

Take a look at the list of various Fedora projects and the mentors listed for them below.

You will need to decide which project or projects you are most interested in working on and make the required small contribution to it with the help of a mentor. The following things can help you with your decision:

  • Read the project's wiki page on the Fedora wiki or on its Fedora Hosted project page.
  • Lurk on the project's IRC channel
  • Especially if you are applying for a software development internship, build the code for the project and run it to check out its latest capabilities (the wiki usually has the instructions for doing this, but don't hesitate twice to ask the project's mentor or people on IRC for help if you encounter any problems)
  • Look at the open bugs for the project in Bugzilla under the 'Fedora' product.
  • Look at the recent changes in the project's Git repository
  • Read the recent discussion on the project's mailing list.
  • Read the blogs of the project's mentor and other project contributors (you can learn who they are when looking at the Git repository). Many Fedora project contributor blogs are aggregated at Planet Fedora.
  • Introduce yourself to the project's mentor and discuss what your tasks during the internship program would be

Feel free to let us know if you would like to work on a project that is not listed on the projects page and we will try to find a possible mentor for that project.

MENTORS AND PROJECTS

Here is a list of some nice folks in Fedora who can help you make your first contribution as part of the Outreachy.

Once you decide what project you are interested in contributing to and explore the information available on that project's wiki:

  • You can introduce yourself to the project's mentor and ask them any questions you have about contributing to the project.
  • The mentor can help you identify an easy task to take on, introduce you to how work gets done in the project (for example, for design projects, they will introduce you to Inkscape), or guide you with development tasks such as building the project's code, identify an easy bug to start with, and help you with your patch for that bug.
  • The mentor can guide you through your subsequent contributions and point to the resources for solving particular issues.

If you are interested in finding a mentor for a project not listed here, you can look at the project's commit log to see who are its most frequent contributors and try to find them on IRC. You can also ask on the #fedora-outreachy IRC channel.

Communicating via IRC

You can find the information about communication about the projects below and on the project pages they have listed there:

  • The link next to the project name is the name of the project's IRC channel on irc.freenode.org.
  • The string next to each mentor's name in parentheses (like this) is their IRC nick.

You can learn more about the use of IRC for Fedora development and how to install an IRC client here on Fedora's IRC HowTo page. You can find out other contact information and more about each mentor on their individual pages.

Typically, there are other people on the project's IRC channel who can help you, too. Please ask your questions in the channel, and please don't ask your questions in private message unless it's really necessary for privacy reasons. You can address the mentor directly in the channel by using their nick in your question. E.g. if the mentor's IRC nick is kelly, you can say "kelly: hi! I just built project-foo and looking for a bug to fix - I found bug 123 and bug 321 in the project's bugzilla that both look like something I can try to work on, but I wanted to see if you have any recommendation, since you are listed as a mentor for the project"

Mentors, please read the information for mentors before adding yourself and your project to this page.

Project List

Project IRC Channel Web Page Mentor(s) Notes
Fedora Hubs UX (applications closed) #fedora-hubs (freenode) https://pagure.io/fedora-hubs Máirín Duffy This internship will focus on the design of regional hubs in the Fedora Hubs project. (For a background on Fedora Hubs, check out this blog post.) This will involve contextual inquiry of various regional groups across the Fedora project, sketching and mocking up both regional hubs within the interface as well as widgets for those hubs, specing out the designs and working with developers to have them implemented. (We are no longer accepting applications for this position.)
Cockpit UX: Firewall #cockpit (freenode) http://cockpit-project.org/ Dominik Perpeet Cockpit is an interactive server admin interface that helps work with storage, SELinux, networking, containers and lots of other things. It is a flagship feature of Fedora Server edition (although it's available for other distros as well). One important part it doesn't cover: Firewalls! This internship will focus on the design of what such an interface for firewall management should look like. This will involve developing user stories for firewall management (different people interact with firewalls for various reasons), creating mockups for how an interface would look and feel, as well as specing out the designs and working with developers to have them implemented. This is an iterative process, an example of which is the SELinux Troubleshooting module of Cockpit: https://github.com/cockpit-project/cockpit/wiki/Feature:-SELinux-Troubleshooting.
Cockpit Dev: System journal #cockpit (freenode) http://cockpit-project.org/ Dominik Perpeet Cockpit is an interactive server admin interface that helps work with storage, SELinux, networking, containers and lots of other things. It is a flagship feature of Fedora Server edition (although it's available for other distros as well). One essential part of Cockpit is long due for an overhaul: the system journal (logs). Since its inception, Cockpit has steadily refined its UX patterns. The current journal code works with jquery and is, frankly, a bit fiddly. Convenient features like filtering the view don't exist (or are very limited). A new look has been designed (https://trello.com/c/if88ORZv/73-new-journal-look) and the task scoped. For a rewrite in React we have standard components (e.g. for list views) that can be used, others may need to be imported or created. This internship will focus on the development aspect of implementing the new journal look and adapting its integration tests in close cooperation with our designer and the other developers.

FOR MENTORS

Please read the information for mentors and add your project and yourself as a mentor to the list of mentors for various Fedora projects in the table above.

Please e-mail outreachy@lists.fedoraproject.org if you have any questions about participating in the program as a mentor and to ask to be added to that mailing lists, which are private to the program's coordinators and mentors. Laura Abbott and Máirín Duffy are the co-coordinators for the program in Fedora in this round.

FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES

Please see the information for organizations and companies on the main Outreachy page. We would love to have more organizations join the program and more companies sponsor internships with open source projects and other related organizations.

As a company, you are welcome to specify the project you would like to sponsor and have your employee be a mentor for the project. We will take care of finding the best applicant!

Please feel free to contact Karen Sandler and Marina Zhurakhinskaya with any questions.

DISCLAIMER

This program and all offers related to it are void where prohibited or restricted by law or where operation of the program would violate any law or right. All participants in the program must agree to the terms and conditions of the program which will be provided to the selected applicants.