Name: Chris Merlo
Position: Professor, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Technology, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
IRC: server: freenode.net nick: cmerlo channels: foss2serve
HFOSS Projects: None
HFOSS-Related Courses: None
Other Organizations: None
Guided Tour Responses
Contributions: I'm not sure that our students, on the whole, could fill any of these roles. Occasionally, a student here or there would be a good candidate for Content Writer, or People Person, or Translator, and in later classes, hopefully some Developers, but not in CS 1.
Tracker: The general process of submitting a bug is to find the repo and hit the "big green button". There are defects, tasks, and enhancements.
Repository: The last commit was 2018-12-31 by quozl, in Docs.
Release cycle: The roadmap is updated at the beginning of each release cycle, and should include when the next freeze point and release will be as well as other information.
Community: The categories of people are very similar, but includes some specialized tasks too, such as GIS specialists.
Tracker: The tracker is organized differently, by project, but contains largely the same information. Major ticket categories appear to be the same, but are then filterable by "component".
Repository: Last commit 2019-01-04 by nursix, to DRKCM, whatever that is
Release cycle: Either something is misconfigured, or they're really seven years behind schedule, with no dates set for any milestones past the current one.
Evaluation of OpenMRS
|Evaluation Factor|| Level
|Language||2||I've been teaching Java for a long time|
|Level of Activity||1||Far more activity in Q2 and Q4 than the rest of the year|
|Number of Contributors||2||314 is a lot of contributors|
|Product Size||?||I have no idea how to use megabytes of code as a rubric|
|Issue Tracker||2||1,310 open issues; 13,561 closed issues. The 5th issue was created 2018-01-02. It seems that issues are being actively addressed.|
|New Contributor||2||Clear links for how to download and install, the wiki, forum, webpage|
|Community Norms||1||Maybe because I'm new at finding this stuff, but I had to make another cup of coffee before I found the code of conduct.|
|User Base||2||Everything is clearly laid out.|
Intro to Copyright and Licensing
OpenMRS: Mozilla 2.0
Fineract: Apache 2.0
Regulately: No license
I would be more comfortable contributing to something with a stated license, and Mozilla and Apache are both widely-known good FOSS licenses.
A note about B4: A better link for the first article is https://smartbear.com/blog/test-and-monitor/14-ways-to-contribute-to-open-source-without-being/
I don't really know yet what sort of activities to gear a CS 1 student into, but I'm guessing that something like looking for issues that have been open for a long time, to see if they can be closed, is something they could do. After a quick search, I haven't found anything tailored specifically toward freshmen or community college students.