UDS-R: Let's talk about GSoC

Benjamin Kerensa bkerensa at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 03:00:30 UTC 2012

On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 1:29 PM, Dylan McCall <dylanmccall at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ubuntu participated in Google Summer of Code two years ago, with some
> excellent results, but we have not participated since then. Let's talk
> about GSoC and think about laying the foundations for a really rocking
> application in 2013.
> I will be participating remotely at UDS-R (from a particularly troublesome
> time zone), so I won't be able to run a session - but I would definitely
> like to help with one. So, this is my attempt to gauge interest and to find
> a hero who can lead us to victory!
> Last year, it looked like Ubuntu's application was kind of hurt because
> there weren't a whole lot of clear goals, and many of the suggested
> projects would be better handled at their respective upstreams. I think we
> should talk about we would like to achieve with a program like GSoC. This
> is different from something like the paper cuts initiative. Good project
> ideas tend to be significant, yet scoped well enough that someone new to
> Ubuntu development can happily complete them under a deadline.
Last year we did not apply because there were legal issues surrounding
finding someone at Canonical to grant Luke Faraone permission to act as Org
Admin and enter into a agreement ( http://j.mp/SRAhEO ) on behalf of the
Ubuntu Community. Also the issue of who would receive the money that Google
gives as a stipend to mentors was not addressed since Ubuntu is not a
organization or company and typically Open Source Projects have foundations
that handle the money for them.

We're hoping with luck that these things will be addressed in advance of
the deadlines this year if so Luke has volunteered again to take on the
role as Org Admin and I will be helping and then Daniel Holbach is going to
look into the Legal and Money issue.

> GSoC is a long way off, but UDS is a great opportunity to get it in
> peoples' heads so we can hit the ground running this time, with lots of
> potential mentors and interesting ideas. Even if GSoC doesn't happen, I
> think this discussion could lead to some useful resources for new
> developers who want to make unique contributions to Ubuntu.
True it might have been helpful to have a session but I imagine no slots
are available at this point but still yet many should see this e-mail.

> Any thoughts are appreciated :)
> Dylan
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