Google Summer of Code 2008 – Accepting student applications!

Google is now accepting student applications!

If you’re a university student and want to contribute to GNOME during GSoC, have a look at our GSoC wiki page, check our list of project ideas, read our wiki page with information for students, and follow the guide for student applicants!

You probably want to contribute to GNOME.
It’s so cool to be part of GNOME!
Our community will rock your world!
Join us!

GNOME @ Google Summer of Code 2008

As you probably know, Google is organizing one more edition of their Summer of Code (GSoC) program.

GNOME has participated in all GSoC editions as a mentoring organization with some nice results in terms of contributions and new contributors. So, we want to participate this year too!

Our first organization kickoff meeting will happen on March 6 at 18h UTC in the #soc-admin channel ( We’re looking for volunteers to help us to organize GNOME’s participation in GSoC 2008. So, if you want to help in any way, join us!

GNOME + Summer of Code + Thanks

Google Summer of Code 2007 is officially over. I think it’s a good moment to give a summary of the participation of GNOME in SoC this year.

  • A pool of SoC project ideas was brainstormed and triaged in l.g.o. The triaging and prioritization of the pool improved a lot the quality of the information we provided to the interested students.
  • We received 174 proposals. Lots of duplicates but quite many good quality proposals.
  • 29 proposals were accepted. Of those, 2 were dropped in the middle-term evaluation. The final evaluation hasn’t been done yet but I’m quite confident that almost all projects have succeeded in different ways and levels. Some projecs were about development of new applications and others about new features on existing software modules. Some projects results will be available very soon in GNOME 2.20!
  • The students were requested to send weekly progress reports to gnome-soc-list. If you want to check how the projects evolved, have a look at the mailing list archives.
  • Some of the SoC students had their blog feeds added to Planet GNOME. Their blog posts had a special SoC mark.
  • Around 14 SoC students attended GUADEC this year.

My big and special thanks go to…

  • the GNOME SoC admins (Vincent, Behdad and Christian) who contributed as much as they could to make SoC happen in GNOME.
  • the project mentors who did an excelent and important job on helping the students to achieve their goals and to get involved with the GNOME community.
  • the SoC students who gave important contributions to GNOME in terms of code, time and passion. I really hope to have all of them as active GNOME contributors from now on.
  • the Google SoC organizers who made all this possible.

Being a SoC admin this year was a very nice experience for me. So, thanks to everyone involved! Let’s make GNOME SoC rock even more in 2008! Woohoo!

GNOME @ Summer of Code 2007 – Update

It’s been a while since the Summer of Code 2007 started. So, it’s a
good time to give you a quick update about what’s been happening.

We received 174 applications this year – just a little bit less than
last year (181). The overall quality of the applications is good.
Therefore, we expect to have some really nice projects in 2007. :-)

As decided in the first GNOME SoC organization meeting, the final
list of chosen applications will be decided by a selection committee
composed by ~10 well-known GNOME community members. The selection
committee members were either invited by the SoC admins or explicitly
volunteered to be part of the committee.

The SoC selection committee is composed by:

  • Christian Kellner
  • Murray Cumming
  • Christian Schaller
  • Paolo Borelli
  • Raphaël Slinckx
  • Bryan Clark
  • Lucas Rocha
  • Federico Quintero
  • Shaun McCance
  • Behdad Esfahbod
  • Thomas Wood
  • Ryan Lortie
  • Vincent Untz

It’s good to remark that the participation of the community (with
ranking and valuable comments) has been helping us a lot. Thank you!

We are giving our best in the selection process and we expect to be
giving the results in the next couple days.

Google Summer of Code 2007

GNOME is participating in Summer of Code 2007. If you are a student and you want to apply, you can submit your project before March 24th. You can find some ideas for projects on our wiki.

If you want to help us on getting more student projects to GNOME, print the poster in your language and post it at universities of your city. Don’t forget to notify in the university advertisement page to avoid duplicate effort.

Maintainers, there’s still time to add some ideas to the game. Just add it to the “New/not-prioritized” section (see the instructions in the page). I’ve seen some nice potential SoC projects on your plans for 2.20. :-)

Big thanks to Máirín for the beautiful banner and poster!

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