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Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Code 72

mask.of.sanity writes "Over a 1000 students were accepted into the fifth year of the program from 70 countries and will work on about 150 open source projects with mentor organisations. The program, created in 2005, has exposed some 2500 students to "real-world" software development and opened employment opportunities within mentor organisations and in fields relevant to their academic study. The United States scored the lion's share with 212 accepted students; 101 from India; 55 from Germany; 44 from Canada, 43 from Brazil. The Dominican Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg and Nigeria were new entrants to the program each with a single accepted student. Check out the slideshow summary of some project highlights, with hyperlinks back the detailed project pages."
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Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Code

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  • by hviniciusg ( 1481907 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:22AM (#27660057)
    I dont know why they didnt liked my confiker worm :(
  • by LiquidCoooled ( 634315 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:22AM (#27660059) Homepage Journal

    I am so pleased that I have an extra pair of hands over the summer.

    my liqbase project was one proposal out of 10 selected for the community.
    we are building applications for the nokia internet tablet device.

    obviously I should show off what I'm building ;) []

  • Go, Luxembourg, go!
  • I got accepted! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:46AM (#27660389)
    I was accepted to work on a Windows package manager called WinLibre for GSoC 2009. I can't wait! You can read about it here: []
  • by Hero Zzyzzx ( 525153 ) <dan&geekuprising,com> on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:48AM (#27660415) Homepage

    A few basic definitions to make this post clearer:
    participant: student accepted into the program
    sponsoring organization: pretty obvious one, the organization sponsoring the participants
    mentor: the person from the sponsoring organization delegated to manage GSoC participants

    I'm pretty psyched. I've got two students to mentor on two different projects - I think it's going to be a great summer.

    GSoC is a brilliant program on google's part - they are transparent about their aims: to get the "sponsors" to evaluate the participants so google can think about hiring them.

    Google avoids headhunter fees, gets an in-depth real-world evaluation with a significant codebase to review and open-source projects get quality work.

    Google may still pwn my datas, but hey: this is clearly not evil.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:57AM (#27660561)
      mentor: the person from the sponsoring organization that will be rewriting or discarding most of the code produced by the GSoC participants.

      As a two time mentor, I think that definition is a little more accurate.
      • Ouch. Hopefully our results are a bit more positive.
        • by stsp ( 979375 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @06:57PM (#27668477) Homepage
          I'd take that comment with a grain of salt.
          I will be mentoring a student, too.
          And yes, I expect to be bouncing patches back to students (we have two), and suggest improvements, and maybe even provide a code example here and there to help them. It's part of the learning process they will go through. Just like any contributor.
          But coding is only one side of open source development. There are many more. Another goal is to try to integrate the student with the project, and let it be a fun and rewarding experience. If students stay with the project even after the summer of code is over, you've done the best possible job as a mentor. That is the hard part. It's much harder than getting the code right.
  • by klubar ( 591384 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:48AM (#27660419) Homepage

    According to the article: "Eight Australians and five Kiwis have made the cut for the 2009 Google Summer of Code, announced today."

    Should Aussies and Kiwis be eligible for "summer of code"? It seems to me that they should only be able to enter the "winter of code" contest if it takes place during June through August.

  • by Thanshin ( 1188877 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:52AM (#27660491)

    Soon. It will come. I can almost see it.

    "Highlights from the NAN Microsoft summer ~#33-

    And a large BSOD.

  • Thanks Google (Score:5, Insightful)

    by morrison ( 40043 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:59AM (#27660589) Homepage

    Major kudos to Google for continuing to run the Summer of Code despite the hard economic times where most of silicon valley is cutting way back. Those 1000 students and 150+ open source communities represent more than a 5 million dollar investment this summer, which is not petty cash or an insignificant investment for *any* organization. The raw horsepower of the program itself (roughly and easily) represents more than 400 years of development "staff-years" going into open source software just over this summer with much more coming from those that stay involved with the open source communities and continue to contribute. Very cool.

    It's a great symbiotic relationship. Google gets major attention, which is of course very important to their business model. The open source orgs get passionate and motivated developers, many that stay long after GSoC. The students get the experience of a lifetime, an introduction into a life-long relationship with open source and their ability to directly make a difference.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Burkin ( 1534829 )

      epresent more than a 5 million dollar investment this summer, which is not petty cash or an insignificant investment for *any* organization.

      It is a petty amount when your total cash on hand is 17 billion dollars.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by wisty ( 1335733 )

      5 million is not really a huge investement for really big organizations. That's a pool of 1000 potential new hires. Consider what it would cost to get recruit 1000 new graduates, and have them working for 3 months while you find out whether they are any good. Consider what it would cost to supervise them, if it wasn't for the mentor organizations.

      What's the headhunter fee for a good engineer?

      This is a smart move by Google.

      • Re:Thanks Google (Score:4, Informative)

        by GrAfFiT ( 802657 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @01:35PM (#27663403) Homepage

        I have to disagree on that one. The Google Summer of Code is basically run by 5 people from the Open Source Programs Office. There's no one from HR involved.

        Google has absolutely no control over who gets selected. The orgs alone choose their students. The only feedback that Google gets from the Summer of Code projects are two routinely hurriedly written reports from the orgs at mid-term and end of project.

        Finally, of those that successfully complete the Summer of Code, less than 1% end up as Google interns and even less as full-time engineers.

      • True.
        Also IBM does a similar thing with ACM-ICPC world finals. They have probably dished out $1,000,000 for us here in Stockholm. And that is for a field of 300 potential hires.
        I am one of the lucky few who will have benefited from both these companies programs.
  • by Khopesh ( 112447 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @10:59AM (#27660611) Homepage Journal

    That's right, all this for 14 giant-size icons on 14 pages of ads and other garbage to read the 14 sentences of text that contain all the important info.

    Or I could paste them here.

    • Linux Foundation: The architecture of the OpenPrinting web-service will be overhauled to alleviate resource consumption, OpenJDK will become LSB compliant, and setting-up an access point will become easier in Linux under some of the 11 projects [] run for the Linux Foundation.
    • Mozilla Project: The Mozilla Project has 10 initiatives [] for the program this year, including automated duplicate detection for Bugzilla; integration of pre-existing, third-party extensibility into Ubiquity; and improvements to the Register Allocator of Trace Monkey.
    • OpenSUSE: Nine projects [] will be sponsored by OpenSUSE including porting from openSUSE to ARM; an implementation of the YaST education module; synchronisation with mobile devices; and porting openSUSE to MIPS.
    • Drupal: Drupal will receive a peer review platform for its forum, and API integration for Google Analytics under 18 sponsored projects [] for the Summer of Code this year. Others include: completion of version control integration and deployment to; a usability testing suite; and plans to 'make Drupal smart'.
    • KDE: KDE will sponsor 38 projects [] including: improving search and virtual folders in KDE4; plasma media center components; a crossplatform authentication and authorisation framework; weather support and enhanced plugin features for Marble; and finishing the Amorok playlist with multilevel playlist sorting.
    • Debian: Integration with the Amazon EC2 cloud service; automatic debug package creation and handling; and rewriting the Debian autobuilding infrastructure are all part of Debian's 11 projects [] accepted in this year's Google Summer of Code.
    • Apache Software Foundation: The Apache Software Foundation will sponsor 38 projects [] including: adaptive query targeting in distributed database environment; a Java debugger command line tool; Web-based management console for ServiceMix; a new user interface for the Apache Qpid JMX management console; and empowering Google Android applications to easily consume business services.
    • GIMP: An advanced GUI for brush dynamics and an improved nonlinear resampler with built-in antialiasing are some of the 6 projects [] sponsored by the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Other initiatives include a "fast adaptive resampler tailored for transformations which mostly downsample", and some improvements to the foreground selection tool.
    • GIT: GIT will get 2 projects [] this year, which will add caching support to git-daemon, and an interactive graph GUI.
    • GNOME: The GNU Object Model Environment (GNOME) will sponsor 25 projects [] that will make conduits work as a daemon; integrate bugzilla into pulse; add support for Nautilus to Google docs; allow GNOME-Sudoku to be played with IM contacts; and improving the DVB experience with GNOME DVB daemon.
    • Joomla!: Eighteen projects [] are being sponsored by Joomla! in the program this year. Error handling will be improved; a common gateway will be added f
    • But rather than coders focusing on a "fast adaptive resampler tailored for transformations which mostly downsample," they'd have been better served by a "Summer of Marketing" and maybe some kid could come up with a better name than "GIMP" or a logo better than that stupid weasel, or whatever the hell it is.

    • by FreeUser ( 11483 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @12:50PM (#27662635)

      Why is this a useful paradigm these days? How many of these stupid slideshows have I clicked on, just to read something that could have been contained on a single non-scrolling web page?

      It isn't. Web 2.0 is shit. Seriously. For every cool app (e.g. Google Streetview) or cool mashup there are tens of thousands of arduous, information obfuscating, time wasting and soul destroying websites that do nothing other than get in the way of what you're trying to do (e.g. book airline tickets) or trying to discover, while spamming you with useless graphics, animations, advertising, and generally teaching your eye to ignore almost everything displayed in your browser...and then hiding the bit of info you're looking for in the area of the screen your eye has trained itself to skip over because of so many ads previously.

      Someone needs to develop a browser (or proxy) that downloads a web 2.0 site, disassembles the logic, deconstructs the page, and reconstructs it as a simple HTML page (with forms if necessary) so those of us not interested in spending our hours wading through visual SPAM can get something useful done before the sun expands into a red giant and envelops the Earth.

      • The increasing importance of mobile computing where small screen size and less powerful hardware are important factors might result in more websites offering a true simplistic and lower res/bloat alternative. It needs to be automatically detected and redirected though to be really useful. One can hope anyway, because there really are just way too many "supersized" 5,000 calorie a serving websites out there and it gets worse daily. As it is now you have to load the bloated page first just to start to hunt fo

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by rilian4 ( 591569 )

      I know nmap has some projects in GSoC as well but I didn't see them listed in the slideshow. Any others that didn't make the show?

    • The Mozilla organization is going to sponsor a program to automatically identify dupes? Don't they realize what this could mean for the future of the entire internet AS WE KNOW IT? Think of the disaster it would cause... not being able to re-read the same flamewars over-and-over again.

  • Overview for BRL-CAD (Score:3, Informative)

    by morrison ( 40043 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @11:31AM (#27661197) Homepage

    Thought I'd share a basic summary of our student's projects for this year that are working on BRL-CAD. We accepted five students.

    • One student is working on a new GUI. Make BRL-CAD's graphical interface suck less and be more awesome. This is a major project that will take a long time, but GSoC has been helping us get there in a big way.
    • Another is implementing support for new primitives, sweeps and solids of revolution, complete with ray-tracing support. That modeling flexibility greatly increases the complexity of shapes that can be easily represented and more efficiently modeled.
    • Yet another is working on constraints and parametric equation support. This will let modelers define objects that can more easily be articulated while still "keeping everything together". Model an object so that it's always be tangent to a surface, for example.
    • One fairly advanced project involves performing constructive solid geometry (CSG) operations on boundary representation objects. With this implemented, BRL-CAD can get away from it's present wireframe display and support interactive OpenGL shaded geometry.
    • The last student will be working on setting up a fantastic resource for the open source community, an on-line website dedicated to free (as in beer and freedom) "open source" solid geometry models. Unlike many of the existing "free" sites, this repository will specifically focus on relatively unrestricted reuse ala OSI / FSF criteria and will use BRL-CAD tools on the back-end to provide automatic file format conversions, renderings, and more.

    GSoC really has shown to be a fantastic opportunity for both open source communities and students, getting smart motivated passionate people working together on improving open source software and growing those communities. The program has an impressive ability to motivate and organize open source groups, helping them "get their act together" in many respects. While it's highly competitive with many organizations and students that will get left out, it's no more so than most graduate programs. There are similar short-term rewards and even greater long-term potential. To top it off, even if you don't "get in", you can still contribute! Some of our best new developers were students that were rejected in a previous year but then became involved and were better prepared next year.

      • Yet another is working on constraints and parametric equation support. This will let modelers define objects that can more easily be articulated while still "keeping everything together". Model an object so that it's always be tangent to a surface, for example.

      Yay! Constraint-based modeling is just about the best thing ever. I just wish there was a good line-based (and/or 2D) program that did it...

  • Don't we just call them "links" nowadays?

  • Nigeria?!? (Score:1, Troll)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 )
    Any guesses as to what the Nigerian student will be working on?
    • Re: (Score:1, Troll)

      by Burkin ( 1534829 )
      Before he can write any code he needs you to send him a money advance so he can get his computer and coding books out of holding.
  • too lazy to rtfa, but the numbers in the summary add up to 459, not "over a [sic] 1000"
    • by Burkin ( 1534829 )

      too lazy to rtfa, but the numbers in the summary add up to 459, not "over a [sic] 1000"

      Probably because the numbers in the article weren't an exhaustive list of all participants.

  • This is the second year for RTEMS ( to participate. RTEMS is a real-time operating system for embedded systems. This year we have some very exciting and achievable projects.
    • RunTime Tracing - Complete being able to selectively trace the execution flow on an embedded target, get the data off target and analyze it.
    • MMU Support in RTEMS - RTEMS has a single process, multi-threaded POSIX run-time model. This project will leverage MMU capabilities to add error detection and reporting to R
  • by buddyglass ( 925859 ) on Tuesday April 21, 2009 @01:03PM (#27662803)

    Google SoC Projects per Capita:

    United States: 0.69 ppm
    India: 0.09 ppm
    Germany: 0.67 ppm
    Canada: 1.31 ppm
    Brazil: 0.22 ppm

    PPM = projects per million. Figure the U.S. benefits from Google being a U.S. company, and by the fact that English is the native language. Canada would also benefit in that respect. But if that's the case then where's the U.K.? Germany suffers from not having English as the native language, but then again, open source in general is probably more popular in Europe than in the U.S.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by orudge ( 458780 )

      In 2008, the UK had the 10th highest [] number of applicants (and accepted students). There was a spreadsheet posted a few weeks ago with details of which countries and even which universities had students accepted over the past few years of GSoC, but alas I can't find it right now.

  • Google seems to be openly blocking anyone from Iran accessing the GSOC sites for some time

    2 years ago: []

    Today: []

    • by SnowZero ( 92219 )

      From last year's TOS []: Organizations based in Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma), and other persons and entities restricted by U.S. export controls and sanctions programs are not eligible to participate.

      You can't really blame a company based in the US for following US laws. Sure, blocking people from the whole site is pretty ham-fisted, but a US company does *not* want to have even the appearance of getting on the wrong side of these laws. If you want to change things, get a job at t

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