Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2007 15:21 UTC, submitted by brewin
Google Google has chosen the mentoring organizations that will be participating in Google Summer of Code 2007. Most of the usual suspects made the list, as well as a few newcomers, including Haiku. Google is now accepting student applications.
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I hope Haiku
by ronaldst on Thu 15th Mar 2007 16:06 UTC
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gets something good out of this.

Too bad I don't see eComStation nor anything OS/2 related. ;)

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RE: I hope Haiku
by fretinator on Thu 15th Mar 2007 18:30 UTC in reply to "I hope Haiku"
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Here's your invitation:

The summer is here
Googled for "Am I to Be"
Yes, Haiku for me!

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Wonder how long...
by Harald on Thu 15th Mar 2007 17:21 UTC
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Seems to me that with recent legal troubles on the horizon, it won't be long before they launch The Google Summer of Litigation for law students.

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by pandronic on Thu 15th Mar 2007 17:43 UTC
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Too bad that ReactOS is no longer among the projects.

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RE: ReactOS?
by fretinator on Thu 15th Mar 2007 21:20 UTC in reply to "ReactOS?"
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Their one goal - get a separate OS News topic category - had already been accomplished.

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RE: ReactOS?
by fretinator on Fri 16th Mar 2007 15:10 UTC in reply to "ReactOS?"
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Concerning my above post about ReactOS getting their own category - MAN, people sure are grumpy. I was just kidding. I love ReactOS, and believe they would actually be an excellent project for the summer of code. Go ReactOS!!

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Freebsd, here we go again!
by nullpt on Thu 15th Mar 2007 17:56 UTC
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FreeBSD is present, as always. Most of the past students who worked with freebsd under SoC are still writting and working on the project.

Several important pieces of software were created by the persons (mentors and students) who worked under SoC.

More info:

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RE: Freebsd, here we go again!
by jackson on Thu 15th Mar 2007 21:19 UTC in reply to "Freebsd, here we go again!"
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Yes, it's cool to see FreeBSD in there again. One of the recent FreeBSD Summer of Code projects was csup, a C rewrite of cvsup, which has turned out to be a nice improvement. Another one was porting Xen.

Great stuff. This Summer of Code project is a very cool thing.

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by maxauthority on Thu 15th Mar 2007 18:16 UTC
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It's nice that Vim is finally participating. I hope that many students wants to help there, as Bram's limited time cannot fix all bugs/wishes which are floating around for months/years.

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A rather loud "WOOOT!"
by El-Al on Thu 15th Mar 2007 22:12 UTC
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...for the Haiku team.

from me.

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v Yay! Corporate exploitation!
by tomcat on Fri 16th Mar 2007 01:55 UTC
RE: Yay! Corporate exploitation!
by GMFlash on Fri 16th Mar 2007 04:01 UTC in reply to "Yay! Corporate exploitation!"
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Let's slave for the search behemoth for free!

Each student gets $4500. Last time I checked that wasn't considered "free". Read up before making assumptions.

Edited 2007-03-16 04:02

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Each student gets $4500. Last time I checked that wasn't considered "free". Read up before making assumptions.


Moreover, only a small portion of the projects is mentored by Google itself, most projects are for the benefit of independent free/open source projects.

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RE[2]: Yay! Corporate exploitation!
by tomcat on Fri 16th Mar 2007 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Yay! Corporate exploitation!"
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Alright, let's say "almost free". ;-)

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The entire premise of your argument is flawed. This is not Google asking people to slave away on THEIR code, this is Google paying people to help projects that would otherwise be volunteer-based development anyway.

This can help Google, the students in question, and the OSS projects in several ways that benefits all, and nobody loses. It can even benefit entirely unrelated corporations...

1. Google can make use of the technologies built by the OSS projects.

2. Google may offer jobs to those students whose work and skills stand out during this process.

3. The students' skills are brought to the attention of the OSS projects, Google, and possibly other organizations looking to hire.

4. The students make some extra money on something that they may have volunteered their free time for anyway.

5. OSS projects get some paid-for resources and publicity.

Etc. etc.

I don't understand how this can viewed upon as "Corporate exploitation". But your viewpoint almost reminds me of Penn & Teller's statement about prostitution: "Why is it illegal to sell something that is otherwise perfectly legal to give away?" In this case, the students participating might have already been working on these OSS projects during their spare time, and now they might even get paid for it.

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Seriously your talking absolute rubbish. I mean how is sponsoring people to work on one of my favourite operating systems Haiku corporate exploitation?

Now about "almost free" the code is under GPL, there are no conditions. Sorry, I'm really think you have no basis for your argument.

Yes, google probably run loads of open source software internally, but improving open source software benefits everyone. It's not like there paying Corel to develop Corel Draw 14 or something.

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RE: Yay! Corporate exploitation!
by mikesum32 on Fri 16th Mar 2007 04:30 UTC in reply to "Yay! Corporate exploitation!"
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AFAIK the student and the mentor work out what to work on. They aren't the puppet of Google.

If google loses or settles the billion dollar lawsuit, goodbye Summer of Code,fancy dining, and private tranport.

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by postmodern on Fri 16th Mar 2007 06:21 UTC
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To all those who remark that it's nice to see certain projects participating or that other projects should join SoC, I ask why should software development happen in such a monolithic and hierarchical form? Obviously the students get some cash out of it, but still why must development be organized in this specific way? Where are the other SoC's?

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RE: question
by Haicube on Fri 16th Mar 2007 06:28 UTC in reply to "question"
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What do you mean? Anyone getting SoC money is hardly in a position to wine. Google is doing charity/good will work, and if it doesn't fit your ideals so then don't bother. If you wanna give away 4500$ you're allowed to put up whatever guidelines you wish to. Now it's google, so let them do it the way they wanna do it.

As long as this brings usable code I'm all for it, be it FreeBSD, Haiku or whatever

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RE: question
by A.H. on Fri 16th Mar 2007 16:14 UTC in reply to "question"
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"Where are the other SoC's?"

Yeah, where are the "Microsoft Summer of Code" and "SCO Summer of Code"?

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good winter of code
by JrezIN on Fri 16th Mar 2007 16:48 UTC
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Good winter of code for everyone else in the south hemisphere!

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