Re: Bug Resilience Program of German Sovereign Tech Fund

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On Thu, Jun 6, 2024, at 10:37 AM, Dan Kegel wrote:
> That's a really good idea.  Automake and Autotools in general underpin
> a fair amount of key open source software, but is taken for granted.
> Ideas for making the case for funding: identify...
> - how many commonly used Debian/Ubuntu/Alpine packages and/or GitHub
> projects rely on automake/Autotools
> - markers of risk (e.g. very out of date or buggy embedded Autotools files)
> - problems this has caused in the past
> - related government standards for software quality
> All of that might help make the case.

On the autoconf side of the fence, I do not have spare cycles to write a
proposal all by myself, but I would be interested in working with one or
more other people to write such a proposal, and in doing some of the
work.  In particular, I already have a mental list of things that
*ought* to be done in the near future for autoconf but I do not have the
capacity to do by myself on a volunteer basis.

I'm adding Sumana Harihareswara to the cc: list; she helped me secure the
funding for the release of autoconf 2.70 and might be interested in working
on this pitch as well.


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