About Google Summer of Code
Google Summer of Code (commonly called as GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. GSoC works with many open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 7,500 successful student participants from 97 countries and over 7,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide to produce over 50 million lines of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
The student application period is open from March 10th 2014 until March 21st 2014.
For assistance in how to apply please read the Google Summer of Code 2014 FAQ. If you are a student who wants to contribute to MATE via the openSUSE GSoC participation you’ll what to check out the following:
- MATE Google Summer of Code 2014 Ideas
- openSUSE Google Summer of Code 2014 Ideas
- openSUSE participates in GSoC 2014
In short the MATE GSoC project ideas for 2014 are:
- ePub format support in Atril
- GStreamer-1.0 support
- Plugin system in Caja
As always, the key is to start early and to interact with mentors and the community at large. Fixing bugs, submitting pull requests and working on Proof of Concepts is a good way to get started.
The GSoC 2014 mentors for MATE are Stefano Karapetsas (
stefano-k on IRC) and
Martin Wimpress (
flexiondotorg on IRC). The best way to communicate and
interact with the MATE mentors is via:
We look forward to reviewing your applications!