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Google Names Winners For Summer of Code 2011 84

akgraner writes "Google has announced the accepted projects list for its 2011 Google Summer of Code (GSOC) Program. Ryan Rix emailed the Fedora announce mailing list to let users know Fedora was one of the projects that had been selected, while Daniel Holbach informed Ubuntu users via his blog that Ubuntu had not been selected."
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Google Names Winners For Summer of Code 2011

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  • Red Hat has a lot more money no?
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      My guess would be Canonical's copyright assignment requirements for many of their projects. Copyright assignment != free software... or even open source software.

      • Re:Why not? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @10:34PM (#35582140)

        Copyright assignment != free software

        Which is why the Free Software Foundation does it?

  • There's a great variety of projects in there. Everything from serious academic theorem provers [] to even more serious things like helping people play Monkey Island []

    • Haiku [] and ReactOS [] both made it this year!

      Two of my favorite alternative OS projects... :D

    • by jd ( 1658 )

      Scientific projects:

      Excellent to see scientific stuff like OPeNDAP get in there. (The stats on Freshmeat show that it's not a particularly well-known project, but it's an important one for distributed data.) Globus (a fascinating package for developing grids) also made it. Climate Code Foundation, Genome Informatics, the Marine Biological Laboratory and CERN have also had projects accepted, boding well for a boost to seriously complex computing. Not only that, but internships on heavy-duty projects may well

  • Gnome (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @10:15PM (#35582024) Homepage

    I see Gnome got accepted. Now maybe they can finally afford to add minimize and maximize to the Gnome 3 shell.

  • I would like to see projects that would specifically improve the Android experience for users.

    As we all might now know, Android 3.0 got the not-so-appealing [] label as one OS that by interpretation, was born a bit early. Projects that could address this prematurity would be welcome for Android.

  • Ubuntu is famous for making Linux xfree86 more like windows which moved Linux progression backwards, attracted a bunch of pseudo techies, and promoted development of clicky-clicky applications. I am glad to see respectable distributions like Debian make the list. FreeBSD is also an excellent operating system.
  • Not trying to start a troll war but is there any particular reason why Ubuntu was omitted. There seems to be far too many slots open (not that it's a bad thing), why can't they have squeezed in one more?

    Daniel Holbach's blog post [] doesn't say much. To be sure, all my favorite apps (!store) are represented, including Blender, Abiword, Scribus, GnuCash, and VLC (as Videolan). Aside from Fedora, other distros represented include Debian, OpenSuSa, Gentoo, FreeBSD, and NetBSD (but not OpenBSD unless my eyes have

    • My best guess was because debian is in there, and being upstream of ubuntu maybe they figured the improvements would trickle down? (that's my *best* guess)

      • I doubt Ubuntu would be competing with Debian on the same things since Ubuntu's focus is user-friendliness with projects like the Unity desktop interface while Debian's focus is on building a stable system on more different architectures than any other free software distribution (other than NetBSD).
    • OpenBSD rarely applies to the GSoC. For it to be worthwhile, the project needs to have some existing contributors who are students. Without that, the mentor ends up spending so much time mentoring that they could have just written the code in the first place (I've mentored three GSoC students, with varying levels of success). I think Owain is the only person regular OpenBSD contributor who might meet this requirement, and he could probably get the funding under the umbrella.

  • Blender (Score:5, Informative)

    by LetterRip ( 30937 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @10:26PM (#35582102)

    If you are a talented coder who has an interested in graphics; simulation; animation; painting; video editing; digital compositing; game engines; AI; or just about anything else related to 3D animation; video editing and compositing; or games you might consider applying for Blender.

    Here is a preliminary list of ideas, we are open to suggestions (in general only half of the proposals we recieve are items on the list) especially if it is something that you worked on for a school project. []

    • by HNS-I ( 1119771 )

      I would strongly advise against it, that guy is a total ass: he smokes cigars, drinks beer and picks the pockets of other contributers. Also he's known to fork projects and start on his own, with blackjack and hookers.

    • by jd ( 1658 )

      I suggested to the Blender folks that they might want to look at elastons [], as animation is a key area for Blender but they didn't have many ideas for how to improve it. Got no response and they didn't update their page, but I still think it'd be a worthy extension that could very well be helpful in their movie series (as rigid models only go so far).

  • As an always sceptical individual, I am inclined to ask whether all past Summers of Code have been fruitful or have produced good helpful outcomes.

    To be convinced, I'd like some dude to point me to specific results that past Summers of Code have yielded...My hope is to see useful tangible results. I anxiously await. Thanks.

    • by bieber ( 998013 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @10:47PM (#35582210)
      I can't speak for other projects, but I think Rockbox (a digital audio player firmware) got some good work done last year. I built a new parser for their theme language and a graphical theme editor that's got some regular users. Another student successfully ported Rockbox to Android as an app. I'm sure other projects saw success as well.
    • by maxume ( 22995 )

      Surely some fraction of the participants have been happy with the money that they received.

    • by refactorator ( 856252 ) on Tuesday March 22, 2011 @11:38PM (#35582508)
      incredibly useful. This is hands down the most easy way for us (JavaPathfinder) to get interns funded, and students are generally very motivated. For example, from GSoC'10 we got an interactive debugger interface for the model checker ala gdb - serious stuff. The most valuable thing for us is to learn about new talent. We even hired some of them subsequently, which was much better to justify on the basis of successful GSoC projects.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      For some projects, they are very useful. For other projects, not so much. I think Google has gotten better at sussing out which ones will bear fruit, and which ones wont. As for Ubuntu, if anything upstream of Debian gets accepted, then Ubuntu benefits. Fedora primarily benefits only when RedHat puts out code, so they may need it more (but I don't know exact details, I'm not Google and I didn't decide). I'm thinking of at least one project (Blender), and the GSOC projects usually get incorporated, alth

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes it is helpful, in our case most of the code produced under the GSoC program is good and welcome, and the program does have other benefits, like the chocolate party at the mentor summit (this is the real reason we get to apply). More eyes on the source code, and in many instances mentors have donated their mentorships (500$) to their own projects, which means GSoC is another venue of income for FOSS projects. For instance, a student has contacted us after the program finished because he wants his GSoC wo

    • by MostAwesomeDude ( 980382 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @04:59AM (#35583644) Homepage

      Specifically, my student last year did some great work in the r300g Gallium driver for Mesa, and is still a developer in the project to this day. There's a single success story. I'm sure the other several thousand success stories will be along shortly.

    • Sometimes useful, sometimes not. It really depends on the student. We got a couple of regular Étoilé developers to hack on GNUstep as part of the GNU project's GSoC entry last year. One wrote a DBUS to Distributed Objects bridge, which lets us use DBUS objects as if they were local Objective-C objects (and export objects via DBUS in a couple of lines of code), the other worked on our CoreGraphics implementation. Both produced good results. On the other hand, we've had some complete failures.
    • by Xordan ( 943619 )

      The success rates vary from year to year, but last year we (Crystal Space) had 6 successful students, all of whom had their code integrated into trunk development very shortly after GSoC ended.

      I don't think you can totally judge success from how the mentoring organisation benefited however. Imo the main point of GSoC is to give students experience in working with/on open source projects. There were a few discussions on this at the GSoC mentor summit last year, I think a lot of people (not really orgs, just

    • Here's the project I worked on for GSoC 2010: []

      I haven't done a stable release yet, due to some process overhead with Apache Commons, but the project itself is pretty stable, is becoming more widely known, and I'm continuing to develop it as part of my Master thesis.

      This was a project I had thought of several years ago, and the funding from GSoC finally enabled me to properly implement it. So, I think that's a success story.

    • The modifications made to the forcedeth driver last year as part of the gpxe\etherboot GSOC significantly helped with my workload.

  • What the fuck? "To see the contents of this list you should enable Javascript." Well fuck no! I don't trust you evil Google, and so I don't enable JS for you!

    A simple table, or list, and it requires JavaScript? That's fucked up. Progressive enhancement, or graceful degradation (whichever one of these you prefer) is essential to providing an accessible, usable, and useful web. Two different design philosophies, that amount, in this case, to the same thing. If the browser is not JavaScript aware, capable, or

  • not this last Friday's news?? Is /. slipping into a time-reality offset from our own?

  • The website isn't, and it wants you to set Javascript. Is it a trap? (The worms..... the spice....)

  • maybe they can pay someone to write code so you don't need javascript to view the whole list.

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