Re: Thumbnailing service project; opinions, suggestions?


On Mon, 2009-10-19 at 16:32 +0200, Mark wrote:
> on school i study ... 
> So this project, described in depth below...

Keep in mind that contribution to an open source project doesn't have to
be bounded by school projects or an institution's academic calendar; you
are welcome to continue participating in the evolution of GTK long into
the future; indeed, people are going to be happier to work with you if
they think that you're going to be around for a while, thereby making
their investment in helping you more likely to have a long term impact.

GTK is, of course, a very mature project (which in practise means it is
a core piece of the infrastructure of a huge number of production [in
use] systems), and it is worked on by people with a broad cross section
of interests and needs.

Which is why you've noticed considerable discussion from your original
message, and people adding other aspects to be considered, especially as
the specific thing you proposed intersects with ongoing FreeDesktop and
GNOME work. This may well take it out of the scope of something you can
do in your available school time, but that's the reality of something
that is as critical a player in the desktop as GTK. Regardless, I hope
you will choose to participate in the broader development of the

Finally, I would observe that proposing ideas is important (including
for helping find people who might mentor you), but the best way to show
the quality of your idea is to write code implementing it and then
submit a patch for consideration.


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