Hello everyone! My name is Hrishikesh Barman, and I am a third-year
computer science undergraduate student. Growing up, I had an inclination
towards computer networks, and in my first year at college I got started
with programming properly. Eventually, I got introduced to free software,
and it always gave me immense pleasure to be a small part of a bigger
project by contributing to it. I realized that tech is made for the
people (the society) and not the other way around, and users should have
I came to know about the FSF through a documentary about Aaron Swartz. I
greatly appreciated the FSF's ideas and was intrigued to be a part of it, so
when I got the mail that I've been selected as a fall tech intern it was
truly a great moment for me. The interview process was very smooth and
friendly. I am being mentored by Ian, Andrew, and Ruben from the tech team. I
am really psyched about the campaigns and the tech things happening at
As a remote tech intern, I will be researching monitoring systems,
alerting systems, and LibreJS. The main way of communication with the
team so far is through IRC and emails. In my first week of the
internship, and as an initial task, I was asked to write this blog post
and start learning related technologies so as to draft my work plan.
The monitoring and alerting system project is about making fewer alerts
for issues that aren't important, and more alerts for issues that are
more important. The FSF runs over 100 virtual machines and a dozen
servers. It will be very interesting and informative to learn about the
current setup of Nagios and Munin at the FSF, and explore
Prometheus. This will enable the tech team to have better insights into
the software they run and the hardware it runs on.
I did was to make my personal blog LibreJS compatible. I am looking for
issues that I can work on.
I am still learning how the FSF uses Nagios, but so far it is going
well. The best part about interning at the FSF in my opinion is that it
helps both ways, I learn and improve my skills and at the same time help
the FSF achieve its goals. I'm looking forward to an amazing time and
Interested in interning for the Free Software Foundation? The application period for spring 2019 internships is open until December 23, 2018 -- see details here.