[lsb-discuss] Google Summer of Code 2008 -- Finalization of the application of the Linux Foundation

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Tue Mar 11 01:27:27 PDT 2008

Thank you for your suggestions of answers for the application form. I 
will wait a little bit to get some comments, and independent whether I 
get comments and/or further improvements I will submit the application 
(with all improvements up to then) today in the (European) afternoon.


Jeff Licquia wrote:
> I'm not entirely sure if these changes constitute improvement or not. 
> Feel free to run them by some people, and not use whatever parts are 
> weak (or even none of it).
> Till Kamppeter wrote:
>> 4. Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What 
>> do you hope to gain by participating?
> Our goals are twofold: to meet specific technical goals, and to gain new 
> members of our community (and the open-source community, by extension).
> For both printing and kernel work, having a specific goal and a mentor 
> are important in penetrating areas which can be more complex than some 
> other projects.  And none of the projects in question are "filler"; each 
> will provide a very specific, in-demand benefit.
>> 3. What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with 
>> your project's community before, during and after the program?
> Each of the projects has methods for community interaction, whether 
> through conference calls, IRC, or face-to-face meetings.  To the extent 
> possible, we intend to give our students time to report on their 
> project, both in the progress they make and in the things they learn. 
> Invitations to these events will be given at the earliest opportunity.
> Some of the projects may take more time than just the summer, or may 
> involve integration work after the project is complete.  Even if the 
> project is done, we will work to keep the student involved in the 
> integration process.  And we hope to suggest other ways the student can 
> participate that mesh well with their strengths once this project is done.
>> 4. What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with 
>> the project after GSoC concludes?
> We will gauge each student's progress, and suggest other projects they 
> may wish to work on after their summer project is done.
> Integration with the main upstream projects will likely be an important 
> part of the task.  Our students will be encouraged to take part in that 
> process, and not just "throw the patch over the wall".
> Occasionally, other internships and even contracting jobs can come up. 
> In these cases, previous participants in GSoC who have continued to 
> participate in their respective projects may find themselves with job 
> opportunities, either within a Linux Foundation workgroup or in the 
> general community.

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