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Google Summer of Code Expands 116

bakotaco wrote with news from the Summer of Code site: "We're Expanding the Summer of Code... After spot reviewing the applications we've received for the Summer of Code, we were struck with their high quality. As a result, we were able to increase the funds available to support 400 students, double our original number of 200. While this doesn't allow us to take all applicants, we thought that this would be a terrific thing to do for the mentoring organizations, the students, open source software and computer science."
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Google Summer of Code Expands

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  • by deutschemonte ( 764566 ) <lane.montgomery@nOspaM.gmail.com> on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:15PM (#12847131) Homepage
    The Dow do-no-evil index closed higher today on an announcment from Google...
  • Code/Love (Score:4, Funny)

    by winkydink ( 650484 ) * <sv.dude@gmail.com> on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:17PM (#12847146) Homepage Journal
    I'd rather have The Summer of Love. :)
    • by spellraiser ( 764337 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:35PM (#12847278) Journal
      Hey - this is slashdot, man. It's Summer of Code, ok? Take it or leave it. Besides, you're about 38 years too late anyway.

      Sheez, the summer sure makes some people strange in the head.

      Now excuse me while I go and compile my newly optimized subroutine. Man, that subroutine really pushes my buttons, you know what I mean?

    • Having the money from a decent programming job will help you pay for dates. All you have to do is remember to ask out every girl you find interesting. You can't get a 'yes' to a question never asked.

      The 'no's are just a filtering heuristic.

      • I too am too young for the SoL.... but I have friends who Were There.

        Cheap relatively safe recreational drug that makes chicks horny as hell, plenty of other drugs, birth control pills that were fairly available, the common STDs were mostly curable with a course of antibiotics or similar, and a general loving, free giving attitude combined with a "revolt against The Man" attitude. Now throw in the sense of impending doom for young men who would certainly be headed off to 'Nam.

        *Everyone* got laid, even th
      • All you have to do is remember to ask out every girl you find interesting. You can't get a 'yes' to a question never asked.

        Funny... I get a yes to that question rather often without ever asking the question. For some odd reason, I get chased. Go figure *shrugs*
    • Re:Code/Love (Score:1, Interesting)

      What? you don't love code?
    • God I wish I was alive in the 60's. Not having experienced LSD due to the dismal quality today (plus the law doesn't help), what I would give to live in a world with legal quad-filtered acid...
  • by Evets ( 629327 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:18PM (#12847150) Homepage Journal
    Google has been the darling of the tech world for who knows how long because sometimes they just do the right thing. Of course there's something in it for them, there always is, but for a publicly held company to continue the high reputation it held as a private company is admirable. Yes there have been changes there and no not everybody is happy, but the leaders of the company are still good leaders. That's a rarity these days.
    • Leadership (Score:5, Interesting)

      by mfh ( 56 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:24PM (#12847199) Homepage Journal
      "Google has been the darling of the tech world for who knows how long because sometimes they just do the right thing."

      Of all the things Google does right, this is one of them. They take the best and brightest -- and the get to know them well. So this year they are getting the value from 400 people working on cool Open Source projects that will benefit the whole world. Google gets props and free advertising for doing this, which is likely quite an endeavor. 400 computers networked... think of the Quake tournies!

      Out of this piece of philanthropy (it really is philanthropy when you are paying programmers these days -- we need as much support as we can get!) -- Google will find at least TEN projects they can buy outright WITH the developer who they have ALREADY PAID $4500 to, making the deal SOFTER, turning $4500 into an investment perhaps saving them millions.

      In my opinion, Google has really built the first known MONEY FARM known to man. All they have to do is water it and it will grow. Next summer, expect 800 people or more.

      I'm doing an Open Source blogging/small business web services system called PHk (soon to be at phk.ca). The company I'm working for is paying me salary just to work on my own system -- because they want to be able to use it when it's done. And that's another success story with Open Source when your vocation is your vacation...

      Anyone here working at Google this summer?
      • Re:Leadership (Score:3, Insightful)

        "Out of this piece of philanthropy (it really is philanthropy when you are paying programmers these days -- we need as much support as we can get!)"

        Welcome to the new Open Source world folks. Software development used to be a lucrative rewarding profession (both intellectually and monetarily). Now its just a field of people climbing over themselves in order to write code for mega-corporations for free.
        • Re:Leadership (Score:2, Insightful)

          by chromatic ( 9471 )

          Mega-corporations including the Apache Software Foundation, the Perl Foundation, the Python Foundation, Gaim, Samba, FreeBSD, NetBSD....

          • Re:Leadership (Score:2, Insightful)

            Actually I was thinking about mega-corporations such as Redhat (which had the CEO who made over $250 million in compensation before he quit) and Google (their newly minted billionaires and many multi-millionaires thank you), Linksys, etc.

            What a great idea! The execs finally figured out how to get the people to work for them for free! No wonder they make tens of millions of dollars per year.
        • Now its just a field of people climbing over themselves in order to write code for mega-corporations for free.

          Nope. I and millions of others will also get to befenit from the code for free. The difference is, the mega-corporations are now paying for it instead of having it done for free which accelerates the development process.

          Google is doing this because they cannot compete with Microsoft as long as Microsoft controls the software.

    • the leaders of the company are still good leaders

      I hear Carly Fiorina is in the market for a new job.
      Maybe she can set Google back on the ``right track.''
    • Yes there have been changes there and no not everybody is happy, but the leaders of the company are still good leaders. That's a rarity these days.

      No it isn't. However that perception is there because you generally only hear about when a company does something shitty. If it bleeds, it leads.
  • They're... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by neurokaotix ( 892464 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:18PM (#12847153)
    ...building their personal army of Google programmers. It's an excellent way to get the developer community on your side. I am anxious to see what type of innovations will come from all this.
  • ... those selected will only earn $2250 over the summer. But remember, having Google on your resume looks better than McDonalds! Have a nice day!

    - sm
  • by writermike ( 57327 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:22PM (#12847183)
    George: Yeah! Look at me! I was free and clear! I was living the dream! I was stripped to the waist, eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery!

    Jerry: Before we go any further, I'd just like to point out how disturbing it is that you equate eating a block of cheese with some sort of bachelor paradise.
  • Wow (Score:3, Interesting)

    by EmperorKagato ( 689705 ) * <sakamura@gmail.com> on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:23PM (#12847191) Homepage Journal
    Could Google be the next Bell Labs? Next thing you know that will hatch from google would be the cure for AIDS.
  • The student thing (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Psionicist ( 561330 )

    Who is eligible? Students. Since the point of the program is to create new developers, we're looking to find developers around the world who have considered creating free and open source software but who have not yet taken the plunge. We felt that concentrating on the student population was a good place to focus these efforts.

    How do you define a student? Someone currently enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including but not necessarily limited to colleges, universities, mast

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Perhaps more mentoring organizations will get a look in now? I know Ruby Central [rubycentral.org] was turned down previouly by Google for alledgedly missing the application date.
  • latest breakdown (Score:5, Informative)

    by molnarcs ( 675885 ) <csabamolnar@gmai l . c om> on Friday June 17, 2005 @06:54PM (#12847385) Homepage Journal
    Here. [google.com]. Top ten projects:
    Well... we're over 5300 proposals now from about 4000 applicants. Here
    are the current numbers:

    696 google
    486 asf
    466 gaim
    309 gnome
    289 other
    245 mono
    214 psf
    211 kde
    207 freebsd
    170 ubuntu
    Rember, this is on 13 June.
  • Could it be that Google needs more submissions because they suspect that their initial batch of projects is not as good as they hoped for?
  • Do *you* know where your IP is going?

    Or how your being made jobless first is now perhaps being used (in shades of hip and coolness of course, see also "street teams" for the music cartel, the military recruitment, ...)
    to put young folks into the geeks' version of an idol's competion where of course everyone loses even the winners., except... the organizers.

    Perhaps I'm just too cynical, and no one wants to hear it anyway (which is a good indication that I might be on to something), but the whole google, gm
    • Even with the increase, the Google unemployment rate hovers at 87.75% or so.
    • "Or how your being made jobless first is now perhaps being used [...] to put young folks into the geeks' version of an idol's competion where of course everyone loses even the winners., except... the organizers"

      What? Why is this modded interesting? That sentence doesn't even make sense!

      • It does, it just came out a little mangled.

        You've heard of American Idol?

        He's suggesting that all the coders are being laid off, while in the meantime, Google is setting up competitions where the unemployed can compete for scraps. These scraps don't amount to gainful employment for the laborers, but Google profits by way of good press and cheap, completed code.

        I'm not entirely sure that I agree with this speculation (at least not to this degree) but its an idea. It could just be a cool idea that benefi
    • I'm not at all sure where you were going with that post as it makes absolutely zero sense. However...
      Do *you* know where your IP is going?
      Participants keep the copyright to their code. (Unless the mentoring organization wants it. Google does not.)
    • by swiftstream ( 782211 ) on Saturday June 18, 2005 @05:08AM (#12850010)
      Your IP will be licensed under a license chosen by the open source project you will be working on. E.g., if you work on a GPL project, your code would be under the GPL.

      Next piece of FUD, please?
  • "Because of the volume of applications that we must process we cannot send a personal rejection letter for every application."

    Wow, thanks Google.
    • by Surt ( 22457 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @07:34PM (#12847693) Homepage Journal
      Think of the time involved. Taking ~6000 applications and writing a 10 minute rejection: 60,000 person-minutes. That's 1,000 person hours, or half of a work year for some guy just to type up personal apologies. Who in their right mind _wants_ companies to pay people to do such things, that's like demanding that people have sucky jobs!
      • That would imply that the app evaluation took at most LESS than 10 minutes! Who knows...
        • Well, I was actually counting out the app evaluation, because they have no choice about that: if they don't evaluate the apps, they are left with random choice. App evaluation is necessary to the functioning of the company, so they pretty much have no choice but to pay someone to do that. All I was questioning really was the need to pay someone to write a personalized letter to the people who didn't get in.
    • If you don't get accepted into the program your aplication probably sucked and/or nobody in the mentoring organizations found it interesting. The competition is great and they cannot chose all of us. This is what they would tell you in a rejection letter, whether it is "personal" or not. Anyway, this is no reason to feel discuraged, I have information that they will accept all Slashdotters who submited applications ;)
  • by tehgimp ( 885736 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @08:16PM (#12847953) Homepage
    that's quite a bit of money they're giving away...
  • Ideas for applicants (Score:4, Informative)

    by Ingolfke ( 515826 ) on Friday June 17, 2005 @09:39PM (#12848535) Journal
    The Gallery project [menalto.com] has a list of ideas [menalto.com] for Google Summer of Code coders. This is a very nice, mature, PHP application used for managing pictures online.

    Another great project that would be interesting to work with is Jinzora [jinzora.org]. Jinzora is a web-based music streaming/archiving application. It may be one of the best around.

    Both applications are GPLed, fairly mature, actively developed and used, and are just plain useful tools to use.
    • You do realize the application deadline was the 14th, right?
  • This, it seems, is an example of the next stage in the development of open-source in general. Companies who aren't looking for any service in particular, offering incentives for programmers to finish a pet project and make it useful and - here's the important part - usable.

    Open-source apps will be written without much incentive. Making them meaningful to users rather than developers is more difficult, and Google appears to be implementing a tested method for making it happen.
  • I love how the company that refuses to give internal tech numbers.. (to confuse their competitors) are the ones in the highlight of promoting open source projects does google still give numbers that are 1/10th or less of their obvious processing power? the only truths come from ex-employees
  • <p>Pity it's 18 year-olds and over though (although I guess it's do with contract law).</p>

    <p>I would have gone in for it, and there was plenty of projects there I would have like to have done. But then I would be 'stealing' someone else's project that they will get paid for I suppose.</p>
  • Hmmm...

    Summer of Choad Spreads?

    Google Spreads the Choad?

    More Choad from Google?

    Google: Now with 100% more Choad?

    Google's Hot Weather Choad Eruption?

    Choad Coverage Up?

    Summer of Choad Bubbling Up?

    Google Frothing With Choad?

    Google Unleashes Another Load Of Choad?

    Can anyone help me out here?

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