(initially proposed during the intro call for members)
Me and Kailash were having a discussion on the Telegram group about Bell Labs, and this sparked a question in my head, “Do we have something like Bell Labs but for FOSS in India?”
This is where the idea of FOSS Labs came into existence - like-minded people tinkering and experimenting with ideas and bringing them to life.
I propose FOSS United could start a new initiative called FOSS Labs. FOSS Labs is a dedicated place for people to tinker and work upon those ideas.
The idea is to promote communities who work on niche fields - systems programming, functional programming, scientific computing, etc. These communities are under-represented in India, and I believe FOSS United could be a great platform for them to collaborate with like-minded people.
Since getting more people involved into FOSS (outreach) is the first step of FOSS United’s goals, setting up a great environment for contributing to projects would be a nice next step.
This is basically Open Source. How is it different?
It’s easy for beginners to get puzzled while finding a project to contribute, and it’s hard for project maintainers to get more people involved with the project. FOSS Labs could help in reducing this gap. FOSS United has a large pool of talented individuals who want to contribute, and a lot of people who actively maintain projects and are looking for contributors.
How does it work?
I have two plans:
- Interested project maintainers can choose to “donate” their project to FOSS Labs. FOSS Labs will host a set of projects (projects donated by maintainers, or projects built at FOSS Labs). This allows contributors to find a project to get involved with, and allows maintainers to build a great community!
- FOSS Labs could set up a repository for finding projects - something like goodfirstissue.dev. There isn’t a similar website/collection for Indian FOSS projects, we could be the first! And, other websites require you to have at least 5/10 contributors on board, for getting the project posted. (we could control spam by manually reviewing each submission?)
The main focus is to help under-represented developer communities (Haskell, Clojure, systems programming, etc.) to get more people contribute to their projects, and also help new contributors find a good project to get involved with!
This also brings a set of more diverse people to FOSS United, and maybe, we could have some interesting talks for IndiaFOSS 3.0?
this is a draft, please feel free to suggest something!