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RE: [wp-hackers] Google Summer of Code

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  • Subject: RE: [wp-hackers] Google Summer of Code
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 02:23:18 +0100
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___/ On Sat 15 Apr 2006 03:50:21 BST, [ Brian Layman ] wrote : \___

From GAIM's page:
Gaim is proud to participate in the Google Summer of Code. This summer
Google is putting up $1 million dollars for students to work on free
software projects under the mentorship of experienced free software
developers. The Gaim developers are glad to volunteer to mentor some
students and introduce them to the world of open-source development.

Students may apply for the program at Google's webpage by selecting
"Gaim" as their sponsor. Google and Gaim will then work together to
select from the candidates. The chosen candidates will then work closely
with Gaim developers to complete their project. Upon completion, the
student will receive $4500 AND a tee-shirt!

Pretty sweet.  There are certainly worse ways to spend your summer

IIRC, Google hired GAIM's lead developer a couple of months back. This happened very much near the time when Google Talk had gone public. One wonders how Blogspot, Blogger, and Google's most recent page construction service (overwhelmed by demand at launchtime) serve them. While they already commit changes to FOSS projects like Apache, any similar contributions to wp.org would help wp.com, which probably goes head-to-head with Blogger and Blogspot. This leads to collision of interests, which could not be raised in last year's Summer of Code discussion in wp-hackers.

Just a thought...


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