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July 02, 2007

Hackweek & Software Portal

Last week I was privileged to be invited with some other community members to join in Novell hackweek with the SUSE engineers in Nürnberg. During hackweek all the Novell engineers had an entire week to work on whatever projects they wished. You can see some of these at http://idea.opensuse.org

Some of the projects I found most interesting were:

http://idea.opensuse.org/content/ideas/yast-as-a-webservice
http://idea.opensuse.org/content/ideas/add-a-buildservice-project-that-recompiles-debian-packages
http://idea.opensuse.org/content/ideas/laptop-access-panel

I had a fantastic time during the week, meeting and discussing with many of the people who work at SUSE in Nürnberg, and some of the YaST team from Prague.

It turned out, there were so many people to speak to that I found there was surprisingly little time to actually write code. With the time I did have I worked on the software portal during the week.

For those who are unaware of this project the aim is to index the available metadata from package repositories and other sources, and to marry that trawled content with user-supplied content such as tags, screenshots, comments, improved descriptions etc.

As of the end of hackweek the following were functional to some degree:

  • Importing of application details from package repository metadata & buildservice api
  • Manual adding/editing of application details
  • Tagging
  • Rating
  • Screenshots & thumbnailing
  • Commenting

See screenshot

Special thanks to Andreas Jaeger and Ralf Flaxa for making our visit possible, and to Adrian Adrian Schröter and Martin Lasarsch and so many others for giving up their time to show us around and look after us during the week.


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