“ In open source, we feel strongly that to really do something well, you have to get a lot of people involved. — Linus Torvalds ”
I have always loved the idea of Open Source and have been fortunate enough to be participating in one of the world’s best platform for a student to develop, grow, and learn. Google Summer of Code 2016 have gone past it’s mid-term evaluation, and so have I. The last couple of weeks have been in a slow pace compared to the weeks in June.
This is simply because, I was ahead of my schedule while in the Mid-term evaluation period , also I didn’t want to rush things up and screw it up. But, I thought this is the right time to mention the contributions that have been taking place towards this Open Source Project.
Gathering recordings or speech data for training would mean that a lot of people have to individually record their part, and then send it to me. Now this might seem simple enough to some of you out there, but believe me, recording 250 lines or sentences in Malayalam with all its care is not going to be that interesting.
Nonetheless, pull requests have been piling up on my Repository since the early days of the project. The contribution has been really awesome.
What more can you ask for when your little brother who have absolutely no idea about what the heck am doing, but decides to record 250 sentences in his voice so that I could be successful in completing the project! (** aww… you little prankster… **)
And he did all this without making much of a mistake or even complaining about the steps I instructed him to follow. He was so careful that he decided to save after I confirm each and every sentence as he records them. (** giggles **). For those who are interested in knowing what he contributed, take a look at this commit and this. Oh and by the way, he is just 11 years old :) .
To not mention other friends along with this, would be unfair.
So here is a big shout out to all 18 other guys and gals without whom this would not have reached this far.
I know this blog post was not much about the project when looking in one aspect but, when you look it in another point of view, this is one of the most important part of my GSoC work.
With the final evaluation, coming up in 4.5 weeks or so, it is time to start wrapping up my work and put up a final submission in a manner that someone with same enthusiasm or even better can take up this and continue to work on it to better it.
I guess that’s it for this week’s update. More to follow as I near the completion of this awesome experience.
puts "until then ciao!"