Mounir Lamouri wrote:
George Prowse wrote:
I think you are missing the point. If you sit and wait for them to
join you will always be understaffed.

Go on a big dev drive! Announce it all over all the Gentoo's normal
communication channels and other generic linux places! Email some
linux magazines, talk to distrowatch, message some large LUGs. Get
people talking about it. Whatever happens, dont just sit on your
hands. Tell the users that Gentoo needs them and that they can make a

If you make it a big and special occasion which is planned correctly
with a sufficient number of current developers who are willing to walk
people through how and what it means to be a Gentoo Developer then the
influx could create a new backbone of new developers who will
hopefully be here for years to come.

I agree with you. Gentoo is not doing enough publicity on needed help (I
sincerely think the related page in is out of date) and we
can read too often in recruitment pages that "user should not
ask and should wait to be asking". I'm not sure most devs are looking to
users as potential new devs. It's clearly not a good recruitment policy.
Maybe when we are full staffed but surely not when we are understaffed
like it looks like.
An active recruitment policy like a recruitment campaign should be very
positive and I would be glad to help with that.


I'm always willing to help also. I have plenty of time on my hands.

First you need a date, then you need some devs who will be at their computers then you can go ape. Message everyone under the sun that Gentoo is going on a recruitment drive on from $date and there will be lots of friendly people in $location, $location and $location to show people what is required.

Of course it would be easier if we had a list from Gentoo where help is needed most and we could broadcast for people in those areas.

We could even write a web page where people added their names and details as a kind of pre-signup to test the water and see how many people we might get. Keep the names visible because that might create extra PR.

"Gentoo is looking for linux personnel and also those familiar with the distribution itself. What is required is either linux experience or experience with Gentoo, knowlege of bash and a helpful, happy attitude..."

If it were successful then a large group of mentors would be needed.

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