Waldemar Kornewald wrote:
First of all: you don't have to write a "brilliant piece of code". That's nonsense and I think it was meant as a joke. :)
Ok. I was not intending to inflame anyone by copying that phrase from someone else, and apologies if you felt I was berating the project.
All you need to do is send us a few patches.
The time I was referring to was early 2003, when I was unemployed after having just completed my university studies, and looking for full time work.
However, I did not know then (and still don't) how to produce a patch file that others can apply, (and usually struggled to manually apply other peoples patches), due to lack of access to any document anywhere that clearly explained how to produce a patch (I had not been taught it at university).
Back then, I also was unclear on how to know what aspects of work needed to be done/ could be done/ were already being done by others.
The main other thing which I struggled to understand when I was trying to study the source code was exactly where to "find" particular elements of the system, i.e. it would be helpful if there was a document somewhere which clearly explained the purpose of each directory in the source hierarchy, i.e. pointers on where to go to look for particular things, and a brief statement of how the compiling gathers this all together. Maybe such a guiding document now does exist, but back then (2003) it did not.
I also found it took 6 hours to compile the code, under BeOS, on my machine, and at the time it was only the text-based floppy-disk booting thing. Obviously, things are much further advanced now, and I am grateful that there are also now downloadable compiled versions that I can simply copy onto a partition and boot those.
As I said, in my first posting a few days ago, I have mainly been observing since then, and for some unknown reason happened to look at the mailing list messages last Friday. For the next few weeks at least, I will probably also disappear from posting here, since I am quite busy at my place of employment. But after that, depending on my workload, I may see if I can spend some time on weekends contributing in some way.