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Oct 8th - Etherpad FAD at Olin College! (Outside Boston, MA)



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Oct 8th starting 5pm - Oct 9th
We're holding a Hackathon / Fedora Activity Day at Olin College in Needham, MA!

Etherpad is open source software for teams to type together on the same document. 
Join a team of students, alumni, and Fedora Linux hackers as we improve Etherpad for ourselves and the world!

Cut to the chase: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Etherpad_FAD


== What is EtherPad? ==
Etherpad is pretty much the pinnacle of online, collaborative text editing. If you're not familiar with EtherPad, take a look at this video.


== Backstory ==
EtherPad was acquired by Google in 2008 and the code was open-sourced (yay!). Buuut the EtherPad code-base isn't exactly in a packageable state, as demonstrated by SDZ, here. (SDZ is an Olin student!)


Thus we plan to:
* Repackage EtherPad in a consistent, portable way, more best-practice form
* Create compliant, Fedora packages for EtherPad
* Setup EtherPad instance on Fedora Infrastructure (infrastructure managers, sorry, quietly stop choking and shoot me an email so I can explain Fud + EtherPad = awesome and discuss how to go about that)
* Teach non-Propeller-heads about OSS development and the technologies used


== When? ==
** Friday, October 8th - Saturday, October 9th **

(and maybe early Sunday if we get some of the no-sleep crowd).
Dinner on Friday. Dinner and lunch Saturday.

Can attend in person? Remotely join us! See the wiki.


== Us ? ==
Andy, Sebastian and I are Olin College students and long-time linux users, and total EtherPad fanboy. We would love to give back to all three of these communities and help people get involved in open source software.



Finally, there is generally just a lot of cool technical stuff inside EtherPad? Server-side-JS? Scala? Comet? Collaborative diffing? Web-service architecture? Your totally welcome to come and geek out on these topics, and maybe learn a thing or two about how EtherPad works.


Check us out on the wiki and twitter:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Etherpad_FAD
http://twitter.com/olinetherpadfad


Cheers,
Colin, Sebastian, Andy

P.S. You've probably never heard of Olin College, but you should
totally look at the crazy higher-ed experiment we're running:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olin_college
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