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Re: Debian training and code review

Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> This reminds me: it would be good to improve not just the quality of our
> packages, but our developers.

I wholeheartedly agree.

> Developing a Linux distribution involves a lot of skills, and stuff
> keeps changing all the time. It would perhaps be a good idea to have
> training sessions within Debian.

I'm not quite sure how feasible would that be, but something needs to be 
done. Plenty of "simple" and easy to fix bugs could be prevented by 
educating people [1]. Examples of those are bashisms and a wide range of 
security vulnerabilities (that don't involve logic errors.)

[1] In the best, non-degrading, sense of the phrase.

> At the moment, pretty much all training is handled by each developer
> themselves: they read documentation, or source, and experiment with
> things. They might write some blog posts, or mail a list, or something.
> This often works, but I'm sure we can do better.

It's been a few weeks since I started writing the drafts of some blog posts 
about multiple different things.

Random though: we could encourage people to write about different topics, 
post them to a wiki page (wiki.d.o/education/<topic>/<sub-topic if 
necessary>) and then post it on a blog that is syndicated by planet (a 
personal blog should be enough, a persistent copy would be at the wiki 

Raphael Geissert - Debian Developer
www.debian.org - get.debian.net

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