Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2007 15:28 UTC, submitted by _yc_
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku has listed the accomplishments of Haiku's Summer of Code students. "2007 Was our first year involved in the Google Summer of Code. Looking back on it, it is easy to say that it was a resounding success. We were able to handle 8 students. Work accomplished included a mostly-complete FireWire stack, major improvements in networking, and more."
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My take on the promotion "issue"...
by leavengood on Sat 22nd Sep 2007 21:39 UTC
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I am not sure what else could have been done to promote Haiku's participation in the Summer of Code. In fact to compare to your "ideal" FreeBSD, we had considerably more coverage of the GSoC. Looking at their home page I only see one mention of the GSoC, and that is the final summary you linked to.

We had plenty of students apply (meaning we did enough marketing for that purpose), we got eight high quality applications to fill our quota (that was all Google allocated us), and only one student was unable to complete his work (which he regretted very much.) Seven of the eight students wrote blog entries on our web-site during the summer (several students wrote quite a few.) The only one who didn't was Hugo Santos, but that was because he did most of his high quality work before the GSoC even officially started.

Two of the students wrote extensive "conclusion" blog posts about their experience. Then we got summaries from all the mentors and posted those in the news item linked here. Also in case you didn't notice, our style for the summary was inspired by FreeBSD, but obviously we have slightly different formatting on our site. If you can provide a better looking HTML template that fits in with the style for our site, we will gladly use it next year.

My final rebuttal to your criticism would be to say I'm not sure if the Summer of Code is that much of a promotion tool anyhow. Usually only other developers or technical people know about it, and usually those people are only interested in the projects they already know about. The only real need for "marketing" is to get students to apply, and I think we did that well. Everything else is just for updating the existing community.

With that said, I suppose it wouldn't have hurt to post a few more news items about it, like at least after the mid-term evaluation. In addition I intend to do what I can to market and promote Haiku at the GSoC Mentor Summit. Given the experience at "FalterCon", other geeks/developers tend to be interested in Haiku. Also for anyone in the Bay Area, keep your schedule open on October 7th (the day after the Mentor Summit), as we will be having a Haiku get together on that day.

-- Ryan Leavengood

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koki Member since:

...I'm not sure if the Summer of Code is that much of a promotion tool anyhow...
The only real need for "marketing" is to get students to apply...

From the point of view of gaining mind share, GSoC is a very powerful marketing tool. Not only did Haiku get eight students to write much needed code, but thanks to GSoC Haiku gained visibility to a lot of people who otherwise would have not even heard of it. That includes not just the students, but also a lot of the people in the open source scene as well as among Googlers themselves.

Being part of GSoC also gives a small project like Haiku a great boost to the image of the project and in the way it is perceived in terms of viability; a seal of approval of sorts, if you will. All in all, from a marketing point of view, GSoC may have been the best thing to happen to Haiku in 2007.

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