I've been notified that Debian has been accepted again as one of the mentoring organisations for this year's Google Summer of Code. According to the timeline for this year's programme, we have a few days to get set up and ready. Student applications will be accepted between the 24th and 31st of March, but we're already being contacted by students interested in working with us. That means that if you want to get involved as a mentor or a student, you don't have very long. We're also still actively looking for more project ideas - what would you like somebody to work on? If you'd like to mentor, you will need to register as such and fill in your profile, checking the Debian box in the list of orgs. Once you've done that, the admins (me, Neil, Erich and Rudy) will be able to approve you so you can be added into the official Debian mentors list. Also please add yourself to the Debian wiki page. Please add any specific ideas that you may have, or if you have nothing specific then list the areas where you think you could mentor a student. Existing Debian developers are preferred as mentors, as that will make things easier on some fronts (e.g. sponsored package uploads, data setup on Debian-hosted machines). But that's not a hard and fast rule. If you're a student hoping to work on Debian this summer in SoC, please get in contact with us, either on the debian-soc mailing list or on IRC (irc.debian.org, #debian-soc) to talk about project ideas, either what we already have listed or your own. It's in everybody's interests to work on applications as much as possible before the deadline closes to improve their chances of acceptance. Ideally we want to encourage new blood to join in and contribute, but we'll be happy to accept high quality applications from anybody that meets Google's eligibility requirements. Good luck to all involved; I hope to hear from some of you soon!  http://code.google.com/soc/2008/  http://code.google.com/opensource/gsoc/2008/faqs.html#0.1_timeline  http://code.google.com/soc/mentor_step1.html  http://code.google.com/soc/2008/debian/mentors.html  http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2008  http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/soc-coordination  http://code.google.com/opensource/gsoc/2008/faqs.html#0.1_eligibility -- Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org Google-bait: http://www.debian.org/CD/free-linux-cd Debian does NOT ship free CDs. Please do NOT contact the mailing lists asking us to send them to you.
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