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The Summer of Code

In 2005, Google sponsored the first annual Summer of Code event. This event pairs collegiate students with mentors from open source projects. The mentor helps the student complete an open source project over the course of the summer, giving the student an opportunity to experience open source development and the community that surrounds it first-hand. This valuable experience introduces new contributors to open source, results in new and innovative projects, and rewards participants with a little cash for their effort.

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The summer of code 2008 ideas page is now open for ideas to give students. The new top-level page SummerCoding covers all related activities


Official Resources

Student and Project Requirements

Students who wish to work with the Fedora Project for the Summer of Code event must meet the eligibility requirements as set by Google and covered in the program's official FAQ .

Projects developed with the Fedora Project must also be covered by an adequate Free and Open Source license. These are outlined by the OSI and FSF . The Fedora Project prefers the GPL for software, but other licenses are also acceptable. Separate documentation should be placed under the OPL v1.0 without options to be adopted by Fedora Documentation, but can otherwise be placed under any free license, including the GNU FDL.

Projects must also not be in violation of any law of the United States or of the state of North Carolina. Software that may infringe upon copyrights or patents is not eligible. Projects that require or link to non-Free software will also not be considered.

While not explicitly required for participation, students are encouraged to register in the Fedora Account System and to complete the Contributor License Agreement (CLA). With a completed CLA, students can request privileges to edit this wiki and can gain access to other Fedora resources.

We strongly encourage students to get involved with the Fedora Community. Throughout the duration of the program, students can access Fedora developers and users through mailing lists and IRC to get help and feedback that their mentor cannot provide. The Fedora Community is full of talented and friendly individuals that will be happy to help a student. ["Communicate"]

Project Ideas

The FedoraBounties page contains projects that the Fedora community would like to see completed, but which have not yet been undertaken. These will generally be the best candidates for Summer of Code projects with the Fedora Project. Each of the Fedora sub-projects will have needs of its own, so communicating with other Fedora Project contributors will likely reveal more great ideas. The Fedora Mentors project, a permanent mentoring initiative of the Fedora Project, may also be able to help students get started.

Volunteering as a Mentor

Any Fedora contributor with a solid track record within the project is welcome to help mentor a student. Serving as a mentor is easy, and you won't be left standing alone. If you're interested, contact PatrickBarnes.

Related Pages

  • FedoraBounties - Projects that the Fedora Project would like to see completed that have not yet been undertaken
  • Join - Starting point for new contributors to the Fedora Project
  • ["Mentors"] - The permanent Fedora Mentors program always provides mentors for all new contributors
  • Summer of Code Posters - Fedora posters for the Summer of Code

References

Mailing list thread: "Google's Summer of Code 2007"

Mailing list thread: "Google's Summer of Code 2006"

Mailing list thread: "Fedora Bounties (seeking ideas)"

Past Events

The Fedora Project has proudly participated in past Summer of Code events. These projects have introduced valuable contributors and projects to the Fedora Project.