Open Source World: An Odyssey of discovery

Have you ever found yourself facing a wall of hesitation because you don’t know how to effectively start your intended blog post? Do you find yourself staring at the computer screen for several hours mainly because you are clueless on how to connect all your ideas into a cohesive start?

Well, I do feel the same, so, I thought why not begin with this 😛

Let me introduce myself first. I am Rashika Kheria, a CS Undergraduate student. Umm, a better introduction would be Rashika Kheria, OPW Intern working on Linux Kernel. Doesn’t it sound great? 😀 Now, you must be wondering that how all of a sudden, I became an OPW intern, well, the credit goes to GNOME‘s OPW program, the supportive and the helpful Linux community and a little bit to me ( 😛 ).

I was always intrigued to work and contribute to FOSS projects, but I never got an opportunity to actually dive into it (courtesy: my laziness) and FINALLY, I got to hear about the OPW December-March program, so I thought,”let’s give it a whirl”. I surfed the web and tried to find everything about it. I went through all the participating organizations, the projects offered by them and finally decided to work for the Linux community.

When I started with the application period on October 1st, I had no idea about what I was going to do. But eventually, to my surprise, it turned out to be very enjoyable, interesting, addictive and full of learning experience. My routine became wake up, change the driver’s code, submit patches, get the reviews, modify the patches and sleep (The worst I can tell is that I started dreaming about patches 😛 ). I did not realize when the application period got over and I started waiting for the results.

The results were coming on November 25, 12:30 a.m. (Technically, November 26 in India). I was trying to avoid thinking about it to lessen my anxiety. But my attempt finally failed at 8:00 p.m. and I stopped studying for my University exam (scheduled on November 27 😛 ). I started refreshing the page on which the result was going to be announced from 12:15 a.m. and as soon as it came out, I shouted with glee, “Yes!! My name is there. I am selected as an OPW intern”. This feeling was so awesome 😀 . This was followed by a series of mails instructing the selected interns about what to do next. And this attempt of writing a blog post is one of those 😛

Right now, I am excited to work on my project “Tree-wide warning fixes and static analysis enhancements” and officially start with my internship. I will keep you all updated about the exciting new things that I am going to learn in this Odyssey 🙂



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