During the afternoon workshop, I led several small groups in contributing to their first open source software projects. In my case, we helped out with FreeDOS, a project I started in 1994 to create a free version of DOS. During the afternoon, we contributed in two major ways:
With help from Emily, Josh, and Alek, we migrated old web pages into the FreeDOS Wiki. The overall project to convert old content will take weeks or months, and this workshop provided a great kick-off for our documentation clean-up efforts.Other groups provided improvements to a free Senet board game and to a drone control system.
Daniel refactored the web code for the FreeDOS News page, which also feeds the news items on the FreeDOS website. Daniel made an immediate and lasting improvement to the FreeDOS website. Behind the scenes, the news code needed to be cleaned up. Daniel's fixes also allow visitors to link directly to a news item, necessary for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
I am proud to have been a mentor for this event. What a great way to help students and to serve the campus! I look forward to next year's event!
Special thanks to Elena Machkasova and others in the Computer Science Club who planned this wonderful event.
Photo: Asheesh Laroia, last year's event at Morris