George Prowse schrieb:
> Thomas Sachau wrote:
>> For those, who can work with IRC and are interested in working with
>> ebuilds, there is already an option:
>> Join #gentoo-dev-help or even better #gentoo-sunrise and read the
>> documentation from the topic. The
>> Sunrise Overlay (with the #gentoo-sunrise IRC channel) is open for
>> everyone willing to learn and
>> contribute to it. Even normal users can get access, learn how to
>> create ebuilds, how to improve them
>> and how to maintain them.
>> As a starting point, this is a central overlay, where ebuilds are
>> maintained, that dont get a
>> developer as maintainer because of missing manpower. Additionally, all
>> contributors learn the ebuild
>> development work themselves.
>> And if you are willing to learn and do continuously good work, there
>> is a good chance that you may
>> level up to a developer yourself someday. You want an example? This
>> was my way to become a full
>> Gentoo developer. ;-)
>> So at least for ebuild maintainence, there are good starting points
>> (probably other projects also
>> have training grounds like the java or kde herds), the bigger problem
>> may be the communication
>> between potential new developers and the current developer base and
>> our options to become a new
>> developer.
> 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 difference!
> 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.

Such a campaign would need quite some time and i dont have this free time. So 
if anyone is willing
to do the needed work, i can try to help a bit, but cannot take the work and 
time myself.

The only thing i can do and currently do whenever possible is pointing people 
to the sunrise project
and helping them there. And thats what i did with my mail.

Thomas Sachau

Gentoo Linux Developer

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