[coreboot] Summer project

Martijn Bastiaan martijn.bastiaan at gmail.com
Sun Apr 14 22:23:54 CEST 2013

Hi Coreboot developers,

For a while now, I've been interested in the development of Coreboot.
I really like the idea of an open-source firmware, which could
possibly replace all the current propriertary ones. At the same time
I'm looking for a project I can make a (ever so small) contribution
to. I hope to do that this summer vacation, in order to expand my
current skillset.

That last sentence implies why I'm writing to this mailing list
instead of starting right away: I feel like I (currently) lack the
necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution, or to understand
the codebase at all. I would however like to make an effort to change
that situation, but I don't know where to start. Let me start by
introducting myself so you can decide whether I'm even remotely suited

I'm currently attending the University of Twente[1]. I'm in my second
year, and I hope to gain my bachelor's degree in computer science
there in the not too distant future. At the same time I collaborate
with Dr. Wouter van Atteveldt (boss, collegue, friend) and VU
University Amsterdam to create AmCAT[2], a toolkit for document
analysis. AmCAT allowed me to develop my Python skills to a point
where I can call myself experienced. I have no significant experience
writing in C, apart from the operating systems course[3] I took and
passed last term. (Speaking of which: that's the course which
motivated me to write to you.)

I would love to hear your advice on the matter. What literature do you
recommend? Or would I be better suited for another project maybe?

Kind regards,
Martijn Bastiaan

[1] http://www.utwente.nl/en/
[2] https://code.google.com/p/amcat/
[3] http://wwwhome.ewi.utwente.nl/~pieter/OS/

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