lessons learned from hackfests

Riccardo Magliocchetti riccardo.magliocchetti at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 07:35:40 PDT 2015

Il 25/10/2015 13:34, Olivier Hallot ha scritto:
> Hi
> Em 25/10/2015 08:50, Riccardo Magliocchetti escreveu:
>> Hello,
>> during the next libreitalia conference we are going to host a 4 hours
>> development session. The plan is to help more people getting started
>> hacking on libo.
>> Given such a short time frame how is this time better spent from your
>> own experience? What do you think is more important to tackle? helping
>> people getting setting up their machines, explaining libo tools /
>> development, going straight to easy hacks or something else?
>> thanks in advance
> Our experience in Brazil told us that there is a lot of time spent in
> the first pull, dependecies download & setup and make (with make fetch).
> With 4 hours and several people doing the same thing will likely clogg
> the network and waste time.
> You can possibly download the source tarball to spare time in a pen
> drive (just do a pull to update), but the other dependencies will be
> affected by each ones computer. The first "make all" will also take a
> lot of time.

We ask to git clone and do apt-get build-dep libreoffice as documented in the 
tdf wiki beforehand. The suggestion of the pen with a compressed git archive is 
a good one.

> Ideally people should come with a sucessfull first compilation: then the
> fun begins. To do that, a preparation beforehand with the attendees is
> necessary.

I'd like to consider this first gathering the preparation event to a proper hackfest

> Whish you all a fun hacking anyway.


Riccardo Magliocchetti


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