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Highlights From the 2009 Google Summer of Code

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the they-skipped-the-lowlights dept.

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mask.of.sanity writes "Over a 1000 students were accepted into the fifth year of the program from 70 countries and will work on about 150 open source projects with mentor organisations. The program, created in 2005, has exposed some 2500 students to "real-world" software development and opened employment opportunities within mentor organisations and in fields relevant to their academic study. The United States scored the lion's share with 212 accepted students; 101 from India; 55 from Germany; 44 from Canada, 43 from Brazil. The Dominican Republic, Iceland, Luxembourg and Nigeria were new entrants to the program each with a single accepted student. Check out the slideshow summary of some project highlights, with hyperlinks back the detailed project pages."

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Joomla? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27659971)

Oh man.. no projects to make Joomla more secure and less bloaty? oh well

The enhanced User Auth will be good however

Re:Joomla? (1)

noundi (1044080) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660317)

I'm missing OpenMoko. [slashdot.org]

Re:Joomla? (0, Flamebait)

cibyr (898667) | more than 4 years ago | (#27667407)

Come on, openMoko sucks pretty hard and no SoC project is going to fix that. And if it somehow did stop sucking it would then be a competitor to Android - so why would Google fund it?

they didnt acepted me (3, Funny)

hviniciusg (1481907) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660057)

I dont know why they didnt liked my confiker worm :(

Re:they didnt acepted me (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660113)

I dont know why they didnt liked my confiker worm :(

Hah! I knew you would show yourself one day! Now to cash in on that $250,000 prize...

Re:they didnt acepted me (1)

hviniciusg (1481907) | more than 5 years ago | (#27674701)

Hah! Catch me if you can

liqbase was accepted! (5, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660059)

I am so pleased that I have an extra pair of hands over the summer.

my liqbase project was one proposal out of 10 selected for the maemo.org community.
we are building applications for the nokia internet tablet device.

obviously I should show off what I'm building ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMXp0Dg_UaY [youtube.com]

Offtopic question (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660181)

Is there a good place to look at Nokia's plans for the platform (new hardware, etc.)?

http://maemo.org/news/ [maemo.org] isn't it (to rule out the very obvious), and I haven't found anything else in a fair amount of looking around.

Re:Offtopic question (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 5 years ago | (#27673549)

the closest to what you are asking is documented here:
http://wiki.maemo.org/Task:Maemo_roadmap/Fremantle [maemo.org]

however we have not yet seen a physical device

Re:Offtopic question (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#27678191)

Thanks for the reply. Hopefully smart phones and media players don't completely push small computers out of the handheld market (they all sort of blend together, but the phones tend to come with a network and the media players tend to be less open).

Nigeria? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660085)

Expect new generation of 419 scams coming this fall.

Nothing from Vatican? (1)

Krupuk (978265) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660249)

Go, Luxembourg, go!

I got accepted! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660389)

I was accepted to work on a Windows package manager called WinLibre for GSoC 2009. I can't wait! You can read about it here: http://www.excid3.com/2009/04/20/accepted-into-google-summer-of-code-2009/ [excid3.com]

Will be "mentoring" two participants. (4, Informative)

Hero Zzyzzx (525153) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660415)

A few basic definitions to make this post clearer:
participant: student accepted into the program
sponsoring organization: pretty obvious one, the organization sponsoring the participants
mentor: the person from the sponsoring organization delegated to manage GSoC participants

I'm pretty psyched. I've got two students to mentor on two different projects - I think it's going to be a great summer.

GSoC is a brilliant program on google's part - they are transparent about their aims: to get the "sponsors" to evaluate the participants so google can think about hiring them.

Google avoids headhunter fees, gets an in-depth real-world evaluation with a significant codebase to review and open-source projects get quality work.

Google may still pwn my datas, but hey: this is clearly not evil.

Re:Will be "mentoring" two participants. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660561)

mentor: the person from the sponsoring organization that will be rewriting or discarding most of the code produced by the GSoC participants.

As a two time mentor, I think that definition is a little more accurate.

Re:Will be "mentoring" two participants. (1)

Hero Zzyzzx (525153) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660691)

Ouch. Hopefully our results are a bit more positive.

Re:Will be "mentoring" two participants. (3, Interesting)

stsp (979375) | more than 4 years ago | (#27668477)

I'd take that comment with a grain of salt.
I will be mentoring a student, too.
And yes, I expect to be bouncing patches back to students (we have two), and suggest improvements, and maybe even provide a code example here and there to help them. It's part of the learning process they will go through. Just like any contributor.
But coding is only one side of open source development. There are many more. Another goal is to try to integrate the student with the project, and let it be a fun and rewarding experience. If students stay with the project even after the summer of code is over, you've done the best possible job as a mentor. That is the hard part. It's much harder than getting the code right.

Re:Will be "mentoring" two participants. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27661499)

If you aren't helping the participant in producing quality work to actually be accepted, then you probably should find someone else to mentor for your organization since you are doing a pretty horrible job.

Re:Will be "mentoring" two participants. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27684679)

well clearly you were two-timing the poor kids...

(It's a joke... laugh!)

Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (5, Funny)

klubar (591384) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660419)

According to the article: "Eight Australians and five Kiwis have made the cut for the 2009 Google Summer of Code, announced today."

Should Aussies and Kiwis be eligible for "summer of code"? It seems to me that they should only be able to enter the "winter of code" contest if it takes place during June through August.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (3, Funny)

D Ninja (825055) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661559)

Should Aussies and Kiwis be eligible for "summer of code"?

Psh. I'm still trying to figure out how a fruit knows how to code in the first place.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27663729)

A kiwi is a bird.

The fruit you're thinking of Kiwifruit. Either that or you're calling the bird (or New Zealanders) gay. I'm not sure which.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27698737)

... and actually they were originally Chinese Gooseberries ... The Kiwi bit was basically just
marketing.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27665133)

I'm still trying to figure out how a fruit knows how to code in the first place

Not only can these southern fruits code, the animals ('roos especially) also kick ass.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (4, Insightful)

Nitage (1010087) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661921)

It's not an entirely spurious (oir 'funny' if you're modding) comment - Australian and Kiwi schools typically have their longest vacation in their summer, not ours.

Re:Aussies, Kiwis enter Google Summer of Code? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27663223)

We in Australia have been asking for Southern Summer of Code since it first started.

Google hasn't come through yet, and tells us to do it in Winter instead... so we play when we can.

If I Could Onlye Tur Inot a LEPRIKIONE! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660477)

You are GAY

How wonderful would it be... (2, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660491)

Soon. It will come. I can almost see it.

"Highlights from the NAN Microsoft summer ~#33-
ccc00003322"

And a large BSOD.

Thanks Google (4, Insightful)

morrison (40043) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660589)

Major kudos to Google for continuing to run the Summer of Code despite the hard economic times where most of silicon valley is cutting way back. Those 1000 students and 150+ open source communities represent more than a 5 million dollar investment this summer, which is not petty cash or an insignificant investment for *any* organization. The raw horsepower of the program itself (roughly and easily) represents more than 400 years of development "staff-years" going into open source software just over this summer with much more coming from those that stay involved with the open source communities and continue to contribute. Very cool.

It's a great symbiotic relationship. Google gets major attention, which is of course very important to their business model. The open source orgs get passionate and motivated developers, many that stay long after GSoC. The students get the experience of a lifetime, an introduction into a life-long relationship with open source and their ability to directly make a difference.

Re:Thanks Google (3, Informative)

Burkin (1534829) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661111)

epresent more than a 5 million dollar investment this summer, which is not petty cash or an insignificant investment for *any* organization.

It is a petty amount when your total cash on hand is 17 billion dollars.

Re:Thanks Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27671729)

$250 per employee is not insignificant. How much did you or your employer donate to open source projects last year?

Re:Thanks Google (2, Interesting)

wisty (1335733) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661331)

5 million is not really a huge investement for really big organizations. That's a pool of 1000 potential new hires. Consider what it would cost to get recruit 1000 new graduates, and have them working for 3 months while you find out whether they are any good. Consider what it would cost to supervise them, if it wasn't for the mentor organizations.

What's the headhunter fee for a good engineer?

This is a smart move by Google.

Re:Thanks Google (3, Informative)

GrAfFiT (802657) | more than 4 years ago | (#27663403)

I have to disagree on that one. The Google Summer of Code is basically run by 5 people from the Open Source Programs Office. There's no one from HR involved.

Google has absolutely no control over who gets selected. The orgs alone choose their students. The only feedback that Google gets from the Summer of Code projects are two routinely hurriedly written reports from the orgs at mid-term and end of project.

Finally, of those that successfully complete the Summer of Code, less than 1% end up as Google interns and even less as full-time engineers.

Re:Thanks Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27663947)

>Finally, of those that successfully complete the Summer of Code, less than 1% end up as Google interns and even less as full-time engineers.

Pretty sure this is the point.

Re:Thanks Google (1)

cjHopman (810457) | more than 5 years ago | (#27671231)

True.
Also IBM does a similar thing with ACM-ICPC world finals. They have probably dished out $1,000,000 for us here in Stockholm. And that is for a field of 300 potential hires.
I am one of the lucky few who will have benefited from both these companies programs.

[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons... (5, Informative)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660611)

That's right, all this for 14 giant-size icons on 14 pages of ads and other garbage to read the 14 sentences of text that contain all the important info.

Or I could paste them here.

  • Linux Foundation: The architecture of the OpenPrinting web-service will be overhauled to alleviate resource consumption, OpenJDK will become LSB compliant, and setting-up an access point will become easier in Linux under some of the 11 projects [appspot.com] run for the Linux Foundation.
  • Mozilla Project: The Mozilla Project has 10 initiatives [appspot.com] for the program this year, including automated duplicate detection for Bugzilla; integration of pre-existing, third-party extensibility into Ubiquity; and improvements to the Register Allocator of Trace Monkey.
  • OpenSUSE: Nine projects [appspot.com] will be sponsored by OpenSUSE including porting from openSUSE to ARM; an implementation of the YaST education module; synchronisation with mobile devices; and porting openSUSE to MIPS.
  • Drupal: Drupal will receive a peer review platform for its forum, and API integration for Google Analytics under 18 sponsored projects [appspot.com] for the Summer of Code this year. Others include: completion of version control integration and deployment to Drupal.org; a usability testing suite; and plans to 'make Drupal smart'.
  • KDE: KDE will sponsor 38 projects [appspot.com] including: improving search and virtual folders in KDE4; plasma media center components; a crossplatform authentication and authorisation framework; weather support and enhanced plugin features for Marble; and finishing the Amorok playlist with multilevel playlist sorting.
  • Debian: Integration with the Amazon EC2 cloud service; automatic debug package creation and handling; and rewriting the Debian autobuilding infrastructure are all part of Debian's 11 projects [appspot.com] accepted in this year's Google Summer of Code.
  • Apache Software Foundation: The Apache Software Foundation will sponsor 38 projects [appspot.com] including: adaptive query targeting in distributed database environment; a Java debugger command line tool; Web-based management console for ServiceMix; a new user interface for the Apache Qpid JMX management console; and empowering Google Android applications to easily consume business services.
  • GIMP: An advanced GUI for brush dynamics and an improved nonlinear resampler with built-in antialiasing are some of the 6 projects [appspot.com] sponsored by the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Other initiatives include a "fast adaptive resampler tailored for transformations which mostly downsample", and some improvements to the foreground selection tool.
  • GIT: GIT will get 2 projects [appspot.com] this year, which will add caching support to git-daemon, and an interactive graph GUI.
  • GNOME: The GNU Object Model Environment (GNOME) will sponsor 25 projects [appspot.com] that will make conduits work as a daemon; integrate bugzilla into pulse; add support for Nautilus to Google docs; allow GNOME-Sudoku to be played with IM contacts; and improving the DVB experience with GNOME DVB daemon.
  • Joomla!: Eighteen projects [appspot.com] are being sponsored by Joomla! in the program this year. Error handling will be improved; a common gateway will be added for Joomla to allow Elgg and Wordpress to connect; some enhanced frontend editing will be conducted and work will be done on native Joomla multisite support.
  • Python: Some of the 30 projects [appspot.com] on the cards for Python include analysis of code coverage and improvements to the core Python3k testing framework; a new keyring library; support for server-side history and roster versioning in Gajim; better C++ support for Cython; and maintenance for IDLE and Tkinter.
  • PHP: There are seven PHP projects [appspot.com] in the Google Summer of Code this year, such as improvements to run-tests.php, Bug tracker and phD; and decision and path coverage to Xdebug code coverage instrumentation.
  • Ruby on Rails: Ruby on Rails will sponsor four projects [appspot.com] including: ActiveModel;Dtrace plus graphs for Rack; extend Rails generators to provide a solid interface for ORM, Javascript and tests agnosticism; and integrate Active Relation.

Why is this a useful paradigm these days? How many of these stupid slideshows have I clicked on, just to read something that could have been contained on a single non-scrolling web page?

Re:[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660709)

Using slideshows you get more pageviews and more opportunities to show ads.

Re:[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons (2, Insightful)

chainz (1342259) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661565)

It's more than that, it's also because of SEO & PageRank. The more links you have, to and from other relevant pages, the better.

Glad to See GIMP is Participating (2, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#27660751)

But rather than coders focusing on a "fast adaptive resampler tailored for transformations which mostly downsample," they'd have been better served by a "Summer of Marketing" and maybe some kid could come up with a better name than "GIMP" or a logo better than that stupid weasel, or whatever the hell it is.

Re:Glad to See GIMP is Participating (3, Informative)

jcupitt65 (68879) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661225)

I don't know why you picked that one out. It will add a feature that visibly improves the quality of all image shrinks, past what Photoshop can do out of the box. It's a really useful, basic improvement.

Read about it here if you're curious:

http://wiki.gimp.org/gimp/SummerOfCode2009ideas#head-ee0a4959625baa7bff3da72ec494b0f5f10859dd [gimp.org]

Re:Glad to See GIMP is Participating (3, Insightful)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662053)

interesting idea, not everyone's a coder after all.

Perhaps an Autumn of Documentation, followed by a Winter of Marketing, and a Spring of Sales.

Think how much goodness could be spread by some of the above!

Re:Glad to See GIMP is Participating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27662935)

interesting idea, not everyone's a coder after all.

Perhaps an Autumn of Documentation, followed by a Winter of Marketing, and a Spring of Sales.

Think how much goodness could be spread by some of the above!

+1.

Number of open source libraries I've used in coding: 6.

Number of said libraries whose documentation I've liked: 0.

Re:Glad to See GIMP is Participating (1)

erikdalen (99500) | more than 5 years ago | (#27672291)

However, only programming projects are allowed in Google Summer of Code. Marketing would of course be nice, but it won't be sponsored by Google.

Re:[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27660835)

Why is this a useful paradigm these days? How many of these stupid slideshows have I clicked on, just to read something that could have been contained on a single non-scrolling web page?

Page hits + ads = money.

Re:[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons (4, Insightful)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662635)

Why is this a useful paradigm these days? How many of these stupid slideshows have I clicked on, just to read something that could have been contained on a single non-scrolling web page?

It isn't. Web 2.0 is shit. Seriously. For every cool app (e.g. Google Streetview) or cool mashup there are tens of thousands of arduous, information obfuscating, time wasting and soul destroying websites that do nothing other than get in the way of what you're trying to do (e.g. book airline tickets) or trying to discover, while spamming you with useless graphics, animations, advertising, and generally teaching your eye to ignore almost everything displayed in your browser...and then hiding the bit of info you're looking for in the area of the screen your eye has trained itself to skip over because of so many ads previously.

Someone needs to develop a browser (or proxy) that downloads a web 2.0 site, disassembles the logic, deconstructs the page, and reconstructs it as a simple HTML page (with forms if necessary) so those of us not interested in spending our hours wading through visual SPAM can get something useful done before the sun expands into a red giant and envelops the Earth.

Mobile (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 5 years ago | (#27686385)

The increasing importance of mobile computing where small screen size and less powerful hardware are important factors might result in more websites offering a true simplistic and lower res/bloat alternative. It needs to be automatically detected and redirected though to be really useful. One can hope anyway, because there really are just way too many "supersized" 5,000 calorie a serving websites out there and it gets worse daily. As it is now you have to load the bloated page first just to start to hunt for the "print" option. I would also think that those interested in "accessibility" might have a hand in encouraging these websites to have a simpler offering that is easier to use for text based browsers and so on.

As to that deconstructing and reconstructing idea, opera mobile does something like that, but I've never used it so can't comment on how well it works.

Re:[PASTE] / The stupidity of a slideshow w/ icons (2, Informative)

rilian4 (591569) | more than 4 years ago | (#27663061)

I know nmap has some projects in GSoC as well but I didn't see them listed in the slideshow. Any others that didn't make the show?

automated duplicate detection ?!?!? (2, Funny)

RobBebop (947356) | more than 4 years ago | (#27666727)

The Mozilla organization is going to sponsor a program to automatically identify dupes? Don't they realize what this could mean for the future of the entire internet AS WE KNOW IT? Think of the disaster it would cause... not being able to re-read the same flamewars over-and-over again.

Overview for BRL-CAD (2, Informative)

morrison (40043) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661197)

Thought I'd share a basic summary of our student's projects for this year that are working on BRL-CAD. We accepted five students.

  • One student is working on a new GUI. Make BRL-CAD's graphical interface suck less and be more awesome. This is a major project that will take a long time, but GSoC has been helping us get there in a big way.
  • Another is implementing support for new primitives, sweeps and solids of revolution, complete with ray-tracing support. That modeling flexibility greatly increases the complexity of shapes that can be easily represented and more efficiently modeled.
  • Yet another is working on constraints and parametric equation support. This will let modelers define objects that can more easily be articulated while still "keeping everything together". Model an object so that it's always be tangent to a surface, for example.
  • One fairly advanced project involves performing constructive solid geometry (CSG) operations on boundary representation objects. With this implemented, BRL-CAD can get away from it's present wireframe display and support interactive OpenGL shaded geometry.
  • The last student will be working on setting up a fantastic resource for the open source community, an on-line website dedicated to free (as in beer and freedom) "open source" solid geometry models. Unlike many of the existing "free" sites, this repository will specifically focus on relatively unrestricted reuse ala OSI / FSF criteria and will use BRL-CAD tools on the back-end to provide automatic file format conversions, renderings, and more.

GSoC really has shown to be a fantastic opportunity for both open source communities and students, getting smart motivated passionate people working together on improving open source software and growing those communities. The program has an impressive ability to motivate and organize open source groups, helping them "get their act together" in many respects. While it's highly competitive with many organizations and students that will get left out, it's no more so than most graduate programs. There are similar short-term rewards and even greater long-term potential. To top it off, even if you don't "get in", you can still contribute! Some of our best new developers were students that were rejected in a previous year but then became involved and were better prepared next year.

Re:Overview for BRL-CAD (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 4 years ago | (#27667697)

  • Yet another is working on constraints and parametric equation support. This will let modelers define objects that can more easily be articulated while still "keeping everything together". Model an object so that it's always be tangent to a surface, for example.

Yay! Constraint-based modeling is just about the best thing ever. I just wish there was a good line-based (and/or 2D) program that did it...

Re:Overview for BRL-CAD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27668275)

constraint-based modeling is the future indeed :)

let's see what 500 hours of coding can bring about.

- madant (student doing the aforesaid project @ brl-cad)

mo3 up (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27661483)

our cause. Gay

Wow, HYPERlinks! (1)

PhilHibbs (4537) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661485)

Don't we just call them "links" nowadays?

Re:Wow, HYPERlinks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27661659)

Not in the super information highway, son

yuo Fail It... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27661609)

volatile 3orld of It's best to try

BSD no where to be found? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27661747)

Were the BSDs not involved in GSoC this year? If not, disappointing, especially given they borrowed a portion of Google's campus for meetBSD.

Re:BSD no where to be found? (3, Informative)

Burkin (1534829) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661925)

Were the BSDs not involved in GSoC this year?

Did you even look at the list?
DragonflyBSD: http://socghop.appspot.com/org/home/google/gsoc2009/dragonflybsd/ [appspot.com]
FreeBSD: http://socghop.appspot.com/org/home/google/gsoc2009/freebsd/ [appspot.com]
NetBSD: http://socghop.appspot.com/org/home/google/gsoc2009/netbsd/ [appspot.com]

Re:BSD no where to be found? (1)

MonkeyOnATypewriter (1361269) | more than 4 years ago | (#27664833)

404 Not Found

So yes, the *BSD are nowhere to be found...

Nigeria?!? (0, Troll)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#27661977)

Any guesses as to what the Nigerian student will be working on?

Re:Nigeria?!? (1, Troll)

Burkin (1534829) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662029)

Before he can write any code he needs you to send him a money advance so he can get his computer and coding books out of holding.

math fail? (1)

adavies42 (746183) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662101)

too lazy to rtfa, but the numbers in the summary add up to 459, not "over a [sic] 1000"

Re:math fail? (1)

Burkin (1534829) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662131)

too lazy to rtfa, but the numbers in the summary add up to 459, not "over a [sic] 1000"

Probably because the numbers in the article weren't an exhaustive list of all participants.

RTEMS GSoC Projects (1)

joelsherrill (132624) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662729)

This is the second year for RTEMS (http://www.rtems.org) to participate. RTEMS is a real-time operating system for embedded systems. This year we have some very exciting and achievable projects.
  • RunTime Tracing - Complete being able to selectively trace the execution flow on an embedded target, get the data off target and analyze it.
  • MMU Support in RTEMS - RTEMS has a single process, multi-threaded POSIX run-time model. This project will leverage MMU capabilities to add error detection and reporting to RTEMS.
  • Coverage Analysis - We want to ensure that every assembly language instruction is tested. This project will focus on moving our coverage percentage up and getting results on multiple architectures.
  • RTEMS BSP, Automatic Testing Framework and Nano-X For Skyeye PXA255 And EP9312 Targets - Support more thoroughly the FOSS simulator Skyeye (http://www.skyeye.org) and enable us to use it more for automated testing.
  • Dynamic Object File Loading - Allow systems developers to dynamically load portions of their application.
  • TinyRTEMS (AVR Port) - Complete the RTEMS port to the Atmel AVR and work to reduce footprint to make this an attractive option for AVR users.
  • Nano-X/MicroWindows for RTEMS - Multiple users have used FOSS embedded GUI systems on RTEMS but they are not in the mainstream source base. This project addresses that. This student is not a Google SoC student but funded as an RTEMS SoC student.

We are thrilled to be part of this program and will be working with our students to ensure that the code produced is of high quality and merged. Google and the very small number of people there who make this possible really deserve a thank you. This was also the first year for Melange as the project web system and that team of three worked their fingers to the bone. Thanks.

today's interesting but useless metric: (4, Interesting)

buddyglass (925859) | more than 4 years ago | (#27662803)

Google SoC Projects per Capita:

United States: 0.69 ppm
India: 0.09 ppm
Germany: 0.67 ppm
Canada: 1.31 ppm
Brazil: 0.22 ppm

PPM = projects per million. Figure the U.S. benefits from Google being a U.S. company, and by the fact that English is the native language. Canada would also benefit in that respect. But if that's the case then where's the U.K.? Germany suffers from not having English as the native language, but then again, open source in general is probably more popular in Europe than in the U.S.

Re:today's interesting but useless metric: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27664947)

If you want to look at it as some sort of international competition with losers and winners: Given that these are open-source projects -- the results of which anyone can use -- the numbers are also internship-summers-lost-to-the-benefit-of-foreigners-per-million, with Canada and the U.S. as the biggest losers. :)

Re:today's interesting but useless metric: (1)

buddyglass (925859) | more than 5 years ago | (#27669591)

I didn't say it was a contest, I was just curious as to why the U.K. and Canada don't have similar ppm numbers considering they both have the same native language, are both first-world countries, and neither is the location of Google's corporate headquarters. What are they putting in the water in Canada?

Re:today's interesting but useless metric: (2, Interesting)

orudge (458780) | more than 4 years ago | (#27665747)

In 2008, the UK had the 10th highest [blogspot.com] number of applicants (and accepted students). There was a spreadsheet posted a few weeks ago with details of which countries and even which universities had students accepted over the past few years of GSoC, but alas I can't find it right now.

Prince of Nigeria (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27664433)

Oh! The Price of Nigeria finally got into Summer of Codes! I knew the 1000$ entrance fee I gave him wouldn't go to waste.

Google Censorship (1)

cabbarosman (1295060) | more than 4 years ago | (#27665919)

Google seems to be openly blocking anyone from Iran accessing the GSOC sites for some time

2 years ago:
http://jadi.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2007/5/1/2917242.html [civiblog.org]

Today:
http://i41.tinypic.com/20gy3j4.jpg [tinypic.com]

Re:Google Censorship (1)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 5 years ago | (#27671987)

From last year's TOS [google.com] : Organizations based in Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma), and other persons and entities restricted by U.S. export controls and sanctions programs are not eligible to participate.

You can't really blame a company based in the US for following US laws. Sure, blocking people from the whole site is pretty ham-fisted, but a US company does *not* want to have even the appearance of getting on the wrong side of these laws. If you want to change things, get a job at the UN and take it up with the respective governments.

GSoC may make the world a (slightly) better place, but it will not bring about world peace and unencumbered trade.

Disclaimer: The above opinions are completely my own, and have nothing to do with any past, present, or future employer, nor with my country of citizenship or residence.

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