LUX Project

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Students in the LUX Program will complete a major project across a total of six courses over two semesters.

Courses Involved

In Semester 1, the LUX project will span the SYA710, NAD710, and SPR720 courses.

Working Within the Fedora Project

LUX projects will take place within the Fedora community. That means that we'll be working on real issues alongside other contributors in a thriving Open Source project. The project ideas come from the community, and the result of your work will directly impact the 2+ million users of Fedora.

Success in an Open Source project is achieved in part by working in the open, where other people can see and get involved with what you're doing. You will need input from the community, because the Fedora project is too large for one person to completely master: it involves 6000+ packages, hundreds of millions of lines of source code, and thousands of developers from around the globe. You'll need to use various open source communication tools to effectively work with this community.

In particular, you will need to continuously communicate the status of your work, primarily though blogging. It's a good idea to post a short blog entry -- even a few lines -- each time you work on your project, and at least a couple of times a week.

Completion Goal

During the first semester, you'll take your project to a "0.3" completion status. This means that it must provide some reasonable, stable level of functionality, but it does not need to be complete or fully polished. In the second semester, you'll take the same project to a "1.0" completion status: complete, tested, documented, and appropriately packaged.


Project Review

The starting-point is selecting a project from the Potential Projects list. Most of the descriptions on that list are very short, and it may take some investigation and discussion to really understand the scope of each proposal. Use the contact information and resources listed for each project to narrow down your search to 2-4 projects by Week 2 (note: 2-4 projects, not 1, not 6!).

Student name Projects under consideration Notes
Mohak Vyas Create an MDRK spin NM Web Authentication has been claimed by an OSD/DPS student --Chris Tyler 02:45, 17 September 2008 (UTC)
Milton Paiva Func modules: user, group, cron setup, httpd, and sendmail and Free-open font packaging
Paul DiRezze Condor/Nightlife imake->GNU make transition
Varinder Singh Fedora Network Unified Controller(Func), Network Automation, Create a MDRK Spin
Katherine Masseau Jack Driver for Audacity, Write Func Modules, Extend Try Servers to test Thunderbird patches.
Stephen Carter Port apport from Ubuntu to Fedora
Patricia Constantino Corresponding Source Web App
Nestor Chan Windows Data Migration

Kezhong Liang Add IPv6 Support to Condor and .... !

This table is for preliminary selection only. Please put your final project selection on the Project List -- see instructions below.

Project Selection

Once you have decided on a project, remove the project description from the Potential Projects list and place it on the Project List. Create a link from the project description to a project page (use the Sample Project page as a template). Select your project by the end of Week 3 - September 19.

0.1 Release (Proof of Concept)

One of the Open Source principles is "Release Early, Release Often". Your first "0.1" release is due October 17 and will serve as an initial proof-of-concept. This release must include "code", but the definition of "code" will vary considerably depending on the project (the "code" may be test cases, for example, if that's the focus of the project).

Release your code via the project page on the Wiki, and make an announcement of the release on the planet.

0.2 Release (Basic Functionality)

By November 14, your project should have basic functionality, and be released as version "0.2".

Project Presentations

Project presentations will take place November 25. This will be an opportunity to show off the work that you've done and to have a Q&A session.

0.3 Release (Stable, Usable)

The 0.3 Release must take place by December 5. This release does not need to be fully polished or feature-complete, but it should have enough functionality to be useful for real work.


Please blog frequently about your project progress. In addition to general progress reports, please blog on these specific topics:

Week Date Topic Description
4 Sep 22-28 Community Discuss your project via e-mail, IRC, or Fedora Talk with one or more key people in the community working on the areas which your project will touch, and blog about this discussion.
5 Sep 29-Oct 5 Plans - 0.1 State your plans for your 0.1 release. What will it include? How will you get there? What do you need to set to accomplish your goal? What do you need to learn?
7 Oct 20-26 0.1 Release Blog about your 0.1 release. Give a pointer to your project web page and tell people what you're releasing.
9 Oct 27-Nov 2 Plans - 0.2 State your plans for your 0.2 release.

Contributions to Other Projects

As part of your LUX project, you are expected to contribute to other Open Source projects and to create opportunities for others to contribute to your project; this includes both other Seneca students and other members of the Fedora community. You should tell other people about contribution opportunites through your blog on the planet, and you can also put them on the Contrib Opportunities page.