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Summer of Code Org Application Deadline Approaches 39

Posted by Zonk
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chrisd writes "Just wanted to drop a line reminding open source projects that they only have until March 12th (Pacific time) to apply for Google's Summer of Code. We are accepting more organizations this year than last because we want to add a couple hundred more students to the program. If you are part of a great project or know someone who is, we'd love to see an application. Please note that this is for organizations and not for prospective students, that's not for a few more weeks (see the program timeline)!"
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Summer of Code Org Application Deadline Approaches

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  • by CRCulver (715279) <crculver@christopherculver.com> on Monday March 10, 2008 @05:28PM (#22708306) Homepage
    For me it's always inexplicable that Google is held up as an company sympathetic to Free Software when their own products, such as Google Earth, remain closed. Still, we should be grateful that they do something useful for the community every summer by sponsoring projects where people can actually see and adapt the code produced.
    • by yurivr (1252248)
      Perhaps it is because it is not the right time to open source their core products. You can commend them on at least being cross-platform, which is a damned good start. When products such as google earth start facing more competition then FOSS may be in the books.
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      This is a recruitment/marketing tool. We have nothing to be grateful for.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by yurivr (1252248)
        There is no shortage of people rushing to work for google. Regardless, is it not clear that people who could care less about google will benefit from the source code this generates? You will find alot of this code implemented one way or the other in modern *NIX distributions. A smart, "everybody that's not a bastard wins" move.
      • by bigsmoke (701591) <bigsmoke@gmail.com> on Monday March 10, 2008 @06:34PM (#22709172) Homepage Journal

        Why? Are you not supposed to be grateful for anything that anyone does (partly) in their own interest?

        Anyway, just wanted an opportunity to say that, as a frequent user of free software, I myself am very grateful for these annual contributions to the open source community.

    • by cheater512 (783349) <nick@nickstallman.net> on Monday March 10, 2008 @05:56PM (#22708706) Homepage
      You need to check out http://code.google.com/more/ [google.com] some time.

      They open source a *massive* quantity of their code and APIs.
    • by moosesocks (264553) on Monday March 10, 2008 @06:04PM (#22708818) Homepage
      I imagine that Google Earth, for instance, has all sorts of licensing issues attached to it, given that Google doesn't own much of the imagery being used.

      They're no saints, but they seem to put forth a good effort, which is a heck of a lot more than you can say about most corporations.
      • There are indeed all kinds of license issues attached with the mapping. The underlying mapping data isn't owned by Google, they license it from its respective owners. I think that NAVTEQ is their biggest supplier of street level data, DigitalGlobe supplies most of their satellite imagery, and DeCarta supplies the platform that puts the data in a "geo-spacial database" and supports the queries for things like reverse geo-code (put in a street address and get a location on a map). I assume there are others
    • Google Earth? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by sentientbrendan (316150) on Monday March 10, 2008 @07:01PM (#22709508)
      So, you're complaining that a software company that gives away it's software and services for free, doesn't also give away it's code for free? Remind me to never give you a Christmas present.

      Do you know what the phrase "undeserved sense of entitlement" means?
  • I've been seeing lots of stuff about this SoC... is this intended for students who already know how to program? I'm not a programming student, and I really don't know too much - is this program something I would want to look into?
    • It is for students that know how to program well, and from looking at some of the projects from past years a lot of them are pretty good at getting things done. I admire their ability to step into a new project like that and make real non-trivial contributions in a relatively short amount of time.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Enleth (947766)
      IF you can't code, you'd better not take up the coding tasks - but there are tasks that require other skills, too. Of particular use is documentation writing, something that OSS programmers often dismiss as unimportant and boring or just because they don't have the "feel" for writing decent manuals. If you can express complicated ideas in a simple way, explain them clearly and make sense out of contorted processes in general, try your skills in this area, it certainly will help some user as much as a new fe
      • by X0563511 (793323)
        I can program, I'm just not experienced or trained. It's exciting and not boring - it's challanging - but it's not like "oh golly gee! I get to program today! Wee!" That leads me to think that programming is not going to be something I'll be good at primarily. Writing documentation though... that might be something I can do!

        Have to look into that... thanks.
        • by 68kmac (471061)

          Writing documentation though... that might be something I can do!

          Unfortunately, that's not something that's covered by the Summer of Code (documentation does not count as code), as much as many open source projects would welcome that.

          Try finding an open source project you care about and help them with their documentation. I'm sure they'd be grateful.

  • We could call it "Code of Summer" - perhaps to see which open source project made the most progress over the summer with their SoC help?
  • by goombah99 (560566) on Monday March 10, 2008 @05:50PM (#22708612)
    Open source voting (see for example Open voting consortium) could use some devoted polishing and completion. Given the design principles are well worked out so that show stopping pitfalls will be avoided, it's due for some proper craftsmanship.

    A person working on this could have worldwide lasting impact.

    another project might be a YAML C++ library and the equivalent of XSLT for YAML.

  • by microbee (682094) on Monday March 10, 2008 @06:02PM (#22708804)
    So we had an early heads-up [slashdot.org] one month ago, and then an announcement [slashdot.org] less than 2 weeks ago.

    What's next? Do we need a cron job to submit the same Google news every other week now? Or can we get SOME valuable news here?

    • Do we need a cron job to submit the same Google news every other week now?

      "cron" job? I thought it was a "ZONK" job?

      Wait, let me google ZONK......trying GNU ZONK ....hmmmmm....Holy Shit! It's..he's...she's a person?!?

    • by Enleth (947766) <enleth@enleth.com> on Monday March 10, 2008 @06:54PM (#22709438) Homepage
      I don't know where did this notion of /. front page space being a scarce resource come from, but I really don't think that NOT submitting some stories will cause a spontaneous apperarance of "valuable" (however you define that in the scope of your own interests) news in the submission system. Or will it?

      Submit something yourself, maybe?
      • by microbee (682094)
        I submitted my fair share of news, and got my fair share of rejections too.

        Yes, I do think the front page is a scarce resource. The more crap is put there, the less valuable news is there. And just to clarify, it's the editor's fault other than the submitters.

        I thought it was obvious, no?

  • ... but I thought this site was for discussing
    news, not reminding us of things.



    Oh, wait, it's a story about Google. My bad.
    Let's rehash this again. All hail Google!

  • by sentientbrendan (316150) on Monday March 10, 2008 @07:08PM (#22709598)
    is that the students go away after the code is submitted, when a large software project really needs someone who understands the code to stick around and maintain it.

    I've seen a lot of summer of code projects that look really cool, but then you never see the feature ending up in the final product.

    I think the summer of code thing is a good idea in that it gets students involved in the open source community, but I hope that the projects spend some time thinking about who will maintain the code after the kid is back in school, and I suspect that doesn't happen.
    • by 68kmac (471061)

      Well, one of the questions on the signup form is

      What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

      So Google does encourage the organisations to think about that problem in advance, too.

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