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Please answer following questions.

Why do you want to work with the Fedora Project?

Because I like the idea of working with the open source community. Built by everyone for everyone. I also feel that I could develop my skills as a computer engineer while helping the Fedora distribution move forward.

Do you have any past involvement with the Fedora project or with any another open source project as a contributor (if possible please add some references as well)?

Just started getting involved packaging for the JBoss project for Fedora. The process always seemed a bit daunting but I am hoping to get introduced to the culture and the community. In doing so I would increase my own knowledge while putting it to use for the Fedora community. I have started to get involved with the JBoss packaging effort and my most recent package was jboss-web.

Did you participate with the past GSoC programs, if so which years, which organizations?


Will you continue contributing/ supporting the Fedora project after the GSoC 2012 program, if yes, which team(s)/area(s), you are interested with?

Yes, packaging for the near future. As I finish up my degree work, I will be adding skills to allow me to further help the project in other areas. Hopefully next semester I will be taking an operating systems course geared towards operating system development and a course on embedded development.

Why should we choose you over the other applicants?

Motivated, self-starter, with an insatiable desire to learn, help, and please others.

Proposal Description

  • Please describe your proposal in detail. Include:

An overview of your proposal

  • To package the Gradle build system for Fedora so that Hibernate and other like projects can be built on Fedora and be included with JBoss.
  • To package and include everything to produce a JBossAS7 full-profile Fedora spin release.

The need you believe it fulfills

  • Packaging the Gradle build system would allow packagers to build packages for Fedora that were written with gradle scripts.
  • Gradle is important if the goal is to have a full-profile installation of JBossAS7.
  • Provide a full-profile JBossAS7 Fedora spin to provide Java Enterprise developers an option of a compact distribution with all or most of their application needs met.

Any relevant experience you have

  • Junior in the Computer Engineering program at University of Maryland Baltimore County. I have experience in developing, compiling, and submitting projects on a Linux distribution. I know C, C++, Python, Java, ant, cvs, and bash and I have used Fedora for years. Have packaged and submitted a few packages towards the JBoss project.

How do you intend to implement your proposal

  • Investigate and research the different methods and possibilities to create the Gradle package so that it can properly install and work correctly.
  • Possibly collaborate with Gil Cattaneo who has worked towards packaging Gradle for the Mageia distribution and recently for the Fedora Project.
  • Once Gradle is correctly packaged, start including tools like Hibernate for the Fedora JBoss spin.
  • Make sure everything follows the requirements for creating the Fedora JBoss spin.
  • Create the full-profile Fedora JBoss spin.

Final deliverable of the proposal at the end of the period

  • The Gradle build system packaged and working on Fedora.
  • Complete packaging the sources that use Gradle build system and packages that are needed to provide a full-profile installation of JBossAS7.
  • Create a JBoss Fedora spin that will include everything a Java Enterprise developer would need to; build, test, and deploy their applications.

A rough timeline for your progress

  • Present-Start of GSOC
    • Do some research on Gradle and Maven build systems and also on creating spins. Make a list of packages that use gradle that would nice to have on the JBoss spin. Keep up contact with mentors. Keep contributing to the JBoss project.
  • Weeks 1-6
    • Start gathering the dependencies required for building Gradle.
    • Build Gradle and its dependencies.
    • Do the same for Hibernate, Shrinkwrap, Arquillian, etc.
  • Midterm Evaluation
    • Submit work to date: Gradle, Hibernate, Shrinkwap, Arquillian, etc.
  • Weeks 7-12
    • Gather all of the packages to create the Fedora JBoss spin.
    • Write the scripts and kickstart files needed.
    • Test and remove bugs from the spin.
  • Final Evaluation
    • Submit a complete and tested full-profile JBoss Development Spin.

Any other details you feel we should consider

  • I have a lot of time to spend over the summer on this project.

Have you communicated with a potential mentor? If so, who?

  • Yes, Marek Goldmann.