Hi all, since we reached the start of the application submission period, I thought I'd share some specifics about the PackageInfo WebApp project. It has been pointed out to me (thanks, Alkis!) that maybe the goal of the project has not been made clear, so let me try to provide some more info: The main goal of the project is to develop a read-only web interface to a database of information about Linux distribution packages. A collateral goal is to develop the software and process to create and update this database. Given the size of GSoC, I believe that one student should be able to complete both these goals. Let me repeat and be absolutely clear: the goal of the project is to create the *software* -- that anyone could use and run. It is *not* to create or set up a specific instance providing this as a service. Running the software to collect the data will obviously occur (in order to test it, for example), but the collection of all data is not a priority. As a general rule, this should be considered an easy project and should be treated as one. Any unwarranted complexity will be a disadvantage in a proposal. To give an extreme example: it is much, much better to propose a single Python file handling an SQLite database than to propose a system based on Kubernetes, docker images, and a large number of components that are not essential. Remember: simple software, easily usable (and deployable) by anyone is what we're looking for. Finally, a word about the student applications: feel free to include any information that you find relevant and improves your chances. During the next two weeks, before the final version of the application is submitted, you may ask the mentors to review a draft application. Please be advised that, due to work load (we expect a large number of applications) this might take a while -- be patient. As much as we'd like to provide a review for all the students who request it, we may not be able to do so. Do *not* miss the deadline to submit a final application if you have not heard back! Hope this helps, -- zvr -
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