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Re: Google Summer of Code 2008

On 28/02/08 at 10:54 +0100, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> BTW, it might be relevant to check GSOC's FAQ to see what it is about.
> ,----
> | Google Summer of Code has several goals:
> |
> | * Get more open source code created and released for the benefit of
> |   all;
> | * Inspire young developers to begin participating in open source
> |   development;
> | * Help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and
> |   committers;
> | * Provide students in Computer Science and related fields the
> |   opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during
> |   the summer (think "flip bits, not burgers");
> | * Give students more exposure to real-world software development
> |   scenarios (e.g., distributed development, software licensing
> |   questions, mailing-list etiquette).
> `----
> Source: http://code.google.com/soc/2008/faqs.html#0.1_goals
> Please note that it's not only about “bringing fresh blood to free
> software”.

Points 2,3 and 5 can be summarized as "goal of GSOC is get fresh blood".
Only point 1 is about "goal of GSOC is to get code written".
This is too ambiguous to conclude anything from it.

> > > Now. How come it wouldn't be possible to apply for a GSOC slot,
> > > lowering the involvement in one (or more) of the above-mentioned
> > > areas, and concentrating on a specific project?
> >
> > Past years show that this is very hard to do,
> Pointers? Ahah, no, you already said you haven't got any.

It would be a good idea to ask jvm, ana, marga, tincho and lamby about
their opinion on that topic.

> > but of course it's possible. But that also means that we are
> > shooting ourselves in the foot: we are asking someone to lower his
> > involvement in some areas of Debian, where we might be depending on
> > him. Many Debian teams might not be able to afford to lose an active
> > contributor during the summer (just before the lenny release!) so he
> > can work on his GSOC project.
> Huh? You know about libre arbitre, right? If people apply to GSOC,
> their choice. I really don't know why you would forbid them to apply.
> So that they keep doing the dirty job before a release?

Gah, you discovered my evil plans :-)
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