no worries! Life happens, mistakes were made and lessons learned on
both sides. David and me where somewhat absent due to our workload, so
we didn't check in with you as often as we should have. Ultimately the
goal of GSoC is to help students such as yourself become members of the
open source community. Your work in the first months and good standing with
the community certainly helped making the decision easier for us, and
we look forward to working with you in the flashrom community in the future.
If it helps I can install znc (the IRC bouncer I am using myself) on a
host and create an account for you but it's somewhat different from
Kind regards/Mit freundlichen Grüßen, Stefan Tauner
The GSoC results are out and my mentors have let me pass. I sincerely
thank my mentors, Stefan and David, for giving me the opportunity to
work with flashrom and giving me the benefit of doubt in the final
In the final 2-3 weeks my communication towards my mentors had fallen.
I had been suffering from Typhoid which adversely affected my work,
but I had failed to communicate this to my mentor. I had decided then
that I could manage to work without letting my illness affect me. In
part it was over-estimation of my well being and in part it was the
shame of not having worked sufficiently that prevented me from
communicating. While I am thankfully fully recovered by now, I accept
that it was a grave mistake on my part and I take responsibility for
I hold immense respect for Stefan and David not only as my mentors but
as very nice individuals, and having disappointed them is an utter
failure for me. I have promised earlier, and I would like to
re-iterate that I am committed to contributing to flashrom. I
understand that no matter what I write or promise any further, I
cannot regain that trust of my mentors, and of the community, unless I
start delivering on those. On this I will finally say that flashrom is
an endeavour I will continue to pursue, that I shall communicate
better and that I shall regularly work on patches.
David, I have received emails for your feedback on GitHub. Thanks for
sending them in and I'll soon begin incorporating those as well. In
the spirit of full disclosure, I will also add that since I was
afflicted with the illness I have also missed several of my classes
and labs in college. I have been trying to clear the backlog and
midterm college exams are staring at me at a week's distance. I have
allocated time for flashrom, but it may fluctuate. I shall be able to
devote a bigger chunk of my time and be more consistent in a week or
For the past few days I have been facing difficulty in connecting to
IRC via IRCCloud, which offers persistent connections. So, if there
were any messages directed to me, I apologize for having missed them.
Once again I'd like to thank my mentors and the community. I have been
able to flourish professionally and more importantly to me, I have
built friendships (which I will work hard to renew and regain). It is
difficult for me to express in words my gratitude and experience.
Thanks for your time.