The Google Summer of Code™ 2011 is on! We are proud to be a Mentoring Organization! Thanks to the participation of various individuals in the community, particularly our Google Summer of Code admin Matthew S. Madia and those who volunteered to become mentors. This is the fifth year in a row, that Haiku has been honored by Google by being selected as a one of the 175 mentoring organizations (out of 417 organizations that applied). Here is the complete list of accepted organizations, chosen by Google to take part in this great program.
Why does Haiku want to participate?
The Google Summer of Code is a wonderful opportunity for the Haiku Project. It exposes Haiku to many potential youthful and energetic minds that are interested in developing Open Source Software. Even more exciting, it provides a unique opportunity of generating income for the Project while growing a handful of carefully selected students into knowledgeable and potential long-term contributors. As an open source project that develops an operating system, our pool of active committers is relatively small and being able to embrace new contributors is literally a wonderful thing.
As a mentoring organization, we balance selecting impressive students (who display promise of becoming regular contributors) and useful projects (which can be mentored and are appropriate for Haiku).
We strive to nurture our students into talented and motivated open-source developers. This includes being able to communicate effectively on public mailing lists, provide relevant information in bug reports and perhaps most importantly, knowing when to ask for help. Those skills empower them with the confidence and ability to continue making valued contributions to Haiku (or any open source project for that matter).
Current status of the program
The Haiku developers have come up with a list of ideas for students to choose from or to base their proposals on. The candidate students need to start discussing application ideas with Haiku as soon as possible. The application period for students is March 28 to April 8. All student proposals will be matched with a mentor by April 22, and the final list of accepted students and their projects will be announced on April 25 (12 noon US PDT).
- Timeline of Google Summer of Code 2011
- Significant Dates (all times are 19:00 UTC):
March 18, List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2011 site. March 28, Student application period opens April 8, Student application deadline April 25, Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2011 site. May 23, Students begin coding for their GSoC projects June 13, Quarter-term report (Haiku specific milestone) July 11, Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations. July 15, Mid-term evaluations deadline August 1, Three-quarter-term report (Haiku specific milestone) August 8, Suggested 'pencils down' date August 22, Firm 'pencils down' date. Mentors and students can begin submitting final evaluations. August 26, Final evaluation deadline August 29, Final results of GSoC 2011 announced August 30, Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google
Who are the Haiku mentors?
Haiku utilizes a mentor pool, as a compliment to the assigned mentor (and co-mentor) for each student, The mentor pool allows additional people to provide support throughout the Google Summer of Code program. Students who utilize the mentor pool avoid bottlenecks that can happen, when responsibility would otherwise depend on a single person inside a volunteer driven project. This also helps to strenghten the students' ability and comfort with discussions on an open mailing list, which is essential in many remote software development models. Here is a complete list of all Haiku mentors for Google Summer of Code 2011:
- Bruno Albuquerque
- Stephan Aßmus
- Adrien Destugues
- Jérôme Duval
- Axel Dörfler
- Alex von Gluck
- René Gollent
- Ryan C. Gordon (from SDL)
- Fredrik Holmqvist
- Phillippe Houdoin
- Ryan Leavengood
- Michael Lotz
- Scott McCreary
- Niels Reedijk
- François Revol
- Oliver Ruiz Dorantes
- Philippe Saint-Pierre
- Oliver Tappe
- Ingo Weinhold
- Alex Wilson
- Clemens Zeidler
- Siarzhuk Zharski
How you can help Haiku in Google Summer of Code
Even as a non-mentor, you can help by providing assistance to the students on the mailing list and on the Haiku IRC channel. Making the students feel comfortable with the community is important, as it can help them do a better job at reaching their Google Summer of Code goals, and could also be the key to students staying with the project even after their Google Summer of Code assignment is over.