GSOC Guide students

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Upcomming importants dates for students,

March 16: List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2012 site.

March 17-25: Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.
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Status of the GSoC 2012, now!
The Fedora Project has submitted their application to GSoC admins. Whether the Fedora is in the program or not will be announced on 16th March. Fedora participated GSoC in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Contents

Learn about the program

Find a project

Start communicating

  • Begin communicating with the community. Other members of the community can help you refine your idea, and you may meet potential mentors. You should contact sub-projects within the community that can provide mentors for your project idea, and you should join,

Set up an account

If you do not already have an account in the Fedora Account System, create one.

  1. On the project wiki https://fedoraproject.org/wiki, create a user page in the format of User:Yourusername. Do this by opening a new web browser tab and typing in the address https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Yourusername, replacing Yourusername with your actual Fedora account System username.

Create your single application page

  1. The contents of this page are transcluded in to your proposal, which is a wiki tag to pull (include) the contents of one page in to another page.
  2. Right click on this page name and choose to open in a new tab: Summer Coding 2012 student application - Example Student.
  3. Open a new tab and type in the address https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Summer_Coding_2012_student_application_-_Your_Name Replace Your_Name with your actual, real name, using an underscore '_' for the space. This is going to be your application page.
  4. Go to the first tab with the Example Student content and click on the edit link. When you have the page source, highlight and copy all of it.
  5. Go to the second tab with the Your Name title, and click the create tab on the top of the page. When you have the edit window open, paste in all of the content from the Example Student tab.
  6. Edit the content, using the included comments to guide you. Be sure to include the category tag at the bottom of the page:
  7. [[Category:Summer Coding 2010 student applications]]
  8. When saving the page check the Watch this page box, or click on the watch tab when the page is published.

Draft your proposal

  1. Right click on this page name and choose to open in a new tab: GSOC_2012/Student_Application_Template.
  2. Open a new tab and put in the address https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/GSOC_2012/Student_Application Replace Name_of_proposal with a proposal short name, using an underscore '_' for the space. Try for no more than seven words for the short name, if possible. This is going to be your proposal page.
  3. Go to the first tab with the proposal application and click on the edit link. When you have the page source, highlight and copy all of it.
  4. Go to the second tab with the Name_of_proposal title, and click the create tab on the top of the page. When you have the edit window open, paste in all of the content from the proposal application tab.
  5. In the source for the new wiki page, note the transclusion, which is a page name surrounded by curly braces:
  6. {{:Summer Coding 2010 student application - Example Student}}
  7. Replace the Example Student with Your Name from your application page name. Don't worry about the spaces, MediaWiki automatically includes the underscore when it makes the link.
  8. Fill out the rest of the proposal page content with information from your proposal.
  9. Be sure your page includes the category tag at the bottom of the page:
  10. [[Category:Summer Coding 2010 proposals]]
  11. When saving the page check the Watch this page box, or click on the watch tab when the page is published.
  12. Look at the saved page and make sure your application page information is transcluded properly. If you have any problems with making these pages work, use IRC to get help. Visit the page Communication for Summer Coding 2010 for more information.

Keep communicating

  1. We cannot overstress the importance of communication. Keep talking, and listening, to the discussion group, to the sub-projects relevant to your proposal and to potential mentors. Be patient, as mentors and other contributors are often very busy people.