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Re: One on One with a Mentor, please (fwd)

On Sun, Aug 16, 1998 at 08:05:49AM +0930, Dean Rushing wrote:

> On Sun, 16 Aug 1998, Martin Schulze wrote:
> > Rasta wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >  I would like to speak to a mentor about becoming a developer. I have read
> > > the Debian Social Contract, developers-reference and packaging.
> > > 
> > > I just want to be sure I can become confident and capable and understand
> > > the full scope of this undertaking. I don't want to let anyone down,
> > > including myself.
> > 
> > It'll be easer to come up with detailed questions.
> > 
> > What are you going to do anyway?
> >  
> Well I want to give something back for the great learning experience I've
> had.
> I just had a breakin, so I'm not quite as happy as I should be, sorry.
> Well, I was hoping that I could adopt a package,, I'm now trying to find
> the source for phosphorous,, it is a memory sharing system that
> compliments PVM (parrallel virtual machine) I'm going to string together
> people's discarded machines.

oooh cool :) ive been wanting to string some macvhines together myself
(If I can only convince my girlfriend to let me...as it is she has this
strange fear that our apartment that we move into soon will be
"decoreated with computers" dunno why she thinks that :) )

> I know a small bit about C coding,, I'm pretty good with hardware now,
> I've built machines, repaired them, and my last build from scratch was a
> dual pentium system..
> With this type of background, should I do ok at adopting a simple
> package,, or go nuts on something like phosphorous? 

That depends on how complex phosphoruos is...
Since you havn't even seen the phosporous source yet...I would
recommend looking at the wnpp and finding what packages you can
adopt...have a look at the source and find one..then adopt it.

Start with something simple to leanr packaging...the system for packaging
is (IMHO) very easy to use but can take a bit to learn the little bits

While doing this get  the phospherous source...play with it and see if you
think you can handle it...then do it
anounce your intent and get to work

> I am not allowed to work in Australia for another 18 months, so I have
> some time,

always helps to have free time :)
> This breakin does bug me though.. 
> I've just got done upgrading to 2.0 about 2 weeks ago. I had Apache from
> bo get hacked, so I upgraded,, and read a bunch on security, but ???

If you are worried...do you subscribe to BUGTRAQ?
it is a great mailing list...lots of security info and not too high volume
(certainly less volume most of the time than debian-user)

I would suggest looking into it ...however I don't seem to remember how to 
subscribe or unsubscribe...

check www.netspace.org  they have info on how to subscribe

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