At Novell we've been planning a special internal event that will run this week, from June 25th to 29th. We're calling it Hack Week.
During Hack Week, our entire Linux engineering team -- hundreds of people -- will be working on whatever Linux or open source projects interest them. Everyone will work alone or in teams, on existing open source projects or new ideas of their own. No one will tell them what or what not to do -- it's a free week for free hacking, driven by individual passion.
To make it easier for our hackers to find and publicize their projects, we've created an Idea Pool web site where we've all spent the last couple of weeks sharing ideas and finding collaborators. This web site is open to the public here:
Although this is a Novell event, we're running it with full transparency. You'll be able to follow our progress and projects on the Idea Pool web site, either with the blog on the front page where we'll post videos from our seven main engineering sites, or by watching individual project pages.
We invite you to participate where you can. If you'd like to help with a project, feel free to add a comment to the discussion section of the page and volunteer your support.
We hope that you'll at least enjoy watching Hack Week progress. If it is successful, we hope to run it again sometime soon, with even more participation from the community.
If you're interested in following along, you might check the following sites first:
- Hack Week Overview: http://idea.opensuse.org/content/hackweek - Tags: http://idea.opensuse.org/content/blog/welcome-to-the-idea-pool - Idea Pool code of conduct: http://idea.opensuse.org/content/etiquette - Flickr pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/hackweek/pool/
During the week, we'll use the channel #opensuse-hackweek on irc.freenode.net for general discussion (project-specific discussion will find its own venue). Hope to see you there!
Happy hacking, Nat
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