[lsb-discuss] Google Summer of Code 2009: The Application for the Linux Foundation as Mentoring Organization

Robert Schweikert rschweikert at novell.com
Mon Mar 9 15:38:05 PDT 2009


I think this looks good.

Till Kamppeter wrote:
> Hi,
> please see below the answers to Google's questions for the application 
> of the Linux Foundation as a mentoring organization in the Google Summer 
> of Code 2009. I have filled in the answers to best of my knowledge and 
> based on what we have filled in in last year's application.
> I ask you all to review the application and to give your suggestions how 
> to improve it.
> Deadline for submitting the application is
>     Friday, March 13, 2009, 12 noon PDT / 19:00 UTC
> Please give your suggestions well before so that I can apply them. Thank 
> you very much in advance.
> We will also talk on the OpenPrinting telecon about this application and 
> for that also non-OpenPrinting people are invited.
> The call starts in one hour:
>    - Monday 9 March 2009, Evening
>        - US
>          4pm in San Francisco - US PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
>          5pm in Colorado - US MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)
>          6pm in Chicago - US CDT (Central Daylight Time)
>          7pm in New York - US EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
>      - Tuesday 10 March 2009, Morning
>        - Europe
>          12am in Berlin - CET (Central European Time)
>        - Japan
>          8am in Tokyo - JST (Japan Standard Time)
>      * Phone Number (InstantConference.com)
>        International: +1-218-936-7999
>        Access Code:   491659#
> Do not hesitate to make your suggestions by e-mail if you cannot call in.
>     Till
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Google Summer of Code™ Organization Application
>   Link ID:
>    linux_foundation
>   Group Name:
>    The Linux Foundation
>   Home Page URL:
>    http://www.linux-foundation.org/
>   Public Email:
>    gsoc2009 at linux-foundation.org (Mailing list where mentors should
>    subscribe, posting without subscription allowed, has to be set up).
>   Description:
>    The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to
>    fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007 as a merger of the
>    former Free Standards Group (FSG) and the former Open Source
>    Developer Lab (OSDL), the LF sponsors the work of Linux creator
>    Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source
>    companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation
>    promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified
>    resources and services needed for open source to successfully
>    compete with closed platforms.  More:
>    https://www.linux-foundation.org/en/About
>    All software produced by us is free software published under
>    OSI-approved licenses. See project ideas page for the license used
>    by the each project.
>   Why is your group applying to participate? 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 the work in all our workgroups, as printing,
>    kernel, driver backports, LSB, ..., 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.
>   What is the main public mailing list for your group?
>    See the mailing lists of the workgroups on the project ideas page
>    LSB: lsb-discuss Mailing List,
>    http://lists.linux-foundation.org/mailman/listinfo/lsb-discuss;
>    OpenPrinting: printing-architecture Mailing List,
>    http://lists.linux-foundation.org/mailman/listinfo/printing-architecture;
>    Kernel: http://kernelnewbies.org/MailingList;
>    Driver Backport: Lf_driver_backport Mailing List,
>    http://lists.linux-foundation.org/mailman/listinfo/Lf_driver_backport
>   Where is the main IRC channel for your group?
>    See the available IRC channels of the workgroups on the project ideas 
> page
>    LSB: irc://irc.linux-foundation.org/#lsb;
>    Kernel: http://kernelnewbies.org/IRC;
>    OpenPrinting: irc://irc.linux-foundation.org/#openprinting;
>   What criteria do you use to select the members of your group? Please
>   be as specific as possible.
>    We selected the principal editors/developers of the Linux Foundation
>    working groups or free software project where the proposed student
>    projects are part of. Very important is also that the mentors are
>    coding on things similar to what the student is supposed to do and
>    that they are not only designers or managers.
>   Has your group participated previously? If so, please summarize your
>   involvement and any past successes and failures.
>    Yes, we participated in 2008, as a mentoring organization, and we
>    were very successful. Our 8 slots were occupied by 5 students for
>    the OpenPrinting workgroup and 3 for the kernel. 7 of the 8 students
>    actually started their work and finished successfully. The Google
>    Summer of Code especially helped us to for the Common Printing
>    Dialog and also to get Ubuntu Intrepid as the first distribution
>    with a PDF-based printing workflow out of the door.
>   If your group has not previously participated, have you applied in
>   the past? If so, for what sort of participation?
>    We participated already.
>   What license does your organization use?
>    GPL. (Mention rest in org application, according to Leslie)
>    All the work produced by the Linux Foundation is free software
>    according to the OSI definitions, but there is no requirement for a
>    specific license. The licenses are selected depending on what is
>    most suitable for each individual project.
>      * LSB: mostly GPL, some tools Artistic
>      * PAPI: CDDL
>      * JTAPI: MIT
>      * CUPS filters: GPL
>      * Foomatic (including web software): GPL
>      * Kernel: GPL
>   URL for your ideas page
>    https://www.linux-foundation.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2009
>   What is the application template you would like contributors to your
>   organization to use.
>    TBD
>   What is your plan for dealing with disappearing contributors (students)?
>    If possible (early enough) we would like to replace the disappearing
>    student by another one. Otherwise, we will transition their
>    work-in-progress to a caretaker (i.e., the appropriate mentor).
>   What is your plan for dealing with disappearing memebers (mentors, 
> admins)?
>    We will transition their mentor role to another active member of the
>    appropriate Linux Foundation working group.
>   What steps will you take to encourage contributors 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.
>   What will you do to ensure that your contributors 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.
>   Please select your backup group administrator.
>    TBD
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Robert Schweikert                           MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU
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