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openSUSE Mentors Blog about Google Summer of Code Experience

November 22nd, 2016 by

Mentors for this year’s Google Summer of Code blog about their experience being a mentor, the Mentor Summit at Google and the collaborative effort start an openSUSE mentoring page, 101.opensuse.org. View the blow here or read it below.

It is getting colder in Germany, so it’s a time to recap Google Summer of Code 2016. This year we had six great students and in August Google announced that all of our students successfully finished their projects. What great news!

All good things come to an end

This year was especially exciting as we did not make it into GSoC in 2015 and therefore all of our mentors and students worked particularly hard to prepare and realize this year’s edition.

Hernán Schmidt, a first time GSoC mentor, told us about “the great experience to guide a young developer and see him grow”. His student, Rishabh Saxena, who worked on the Open Source Event Manager (OSEM) writes in his final blog article that he learned test driven development and web security. He is now even participating in this year’s Mozilla Winter of Security!

Ana Maria Martinez Gomez, who also worked on OSEM, reports about the great experience of working in an Open Source community and attending the openSUSE Conference in Nuremberg.


First coding week with openSUSE, Google Summer of Code

May 30th, 2016 by

Embedded below is the blog of Google Summer of Code student Martin Garcia Monterde. Martin detailed his first week coding with openSUSE and the Google Summer of Code.

openSUSE to Mentor Six Google Summer of Code Students

April 25th, 2016 by

Google made an announcement April 22 that 1,206 students were selected for the Google Summer of Code and six of those students will be mentored through the openSUSE Project, which is one of 178 mentoring organizations in this year’s GSoC.

The six university students will spend their summer break writing code and learning about open source developments through six projects with the openSUSE Project while earning money through Google’s international program.

“I believe that one of the most important tasks for a Free Software hacker is to bring new people with new perspectives, backgrounds and fresh ideas into the community,” said Hendrik Vogelsang, who is one of the mentors for the openSUSE Project. “GSoC provides the perfect opportunity for a project like openSUSE to build new relationships with students from all over the world.”

Those new relationships and fresh ideas will develop within six projects for openSUSE, which are titled Alternatives YaST Module, Enhancing visitor experience of OSEM, Implementing Ticket payment feature for OSEM, Improve One-Click Installer, Improve the UI of Portus and Port Jangouts from AngularJS 1.4.

Students wrote more than 20 project proposals to participate with openSUSE as a mentoring organization. A list of available project that were available to students can be viewed at 101.opensuse.org.

The next phase of GSoC will be the Community Bonding phase and the students will begin working on the projects May 23. The students will have a mid-term evaluation between June 20 – 27 and will submit their code for evaluation between August 15 -23.

Google Summer of Code is open to post-secondary students, age 18 and older in most countries.

openSUSE becomes mentoring organization

March 1st, 2016 by

Screenshot from 2016-03-01 11-51-38Google announced yesterday (Leap Day) that the openSUSE Project has been accepted as a mentoring organization for this year’s Google Summer of Code.

University students can spend their summer break writing code and learning about open source development with openSUSE while earning money through Google’s 12-year old, annual international program.

“Mentoring is a big part of the openSUSE culture,” said Richard Brown, the chairman of the openSUSE Board. “To be selected as a mentoring organization for this year’s Google Summer of Code is an immense honor. The value GSoC brings is immeasurable because it does more than just support students learning and contributing to open source; it teaches them to build interpersonal skills while doing something technically challenging and gives them an opportunity to use their theoretical knowledge from university studies to solve real-world problems.” (more…)

openSUSE expands outreach for Google Summer of Code

January 14th, 2016 by

The community of openSUSE is expanding its outreach efforts to get more involvement from students and mentors to participate in the Google Summer of Code.

Members of the community have been working with University of Applied Science in Nuremberg to encourage interest Free Open Source Software, openSUSE and GSoC.

To do this, members of openSUSE created http://opensuse.github.io/mentoring/, which is a mentor/mentee page to provide information about topics potential GSoC selectees could participate in with the openSUSE project.

“We had plenty of good conversations with students,” said Christian Bruckmayer, who set up an information booth along with Hernan Schmidt and Nadja Greiner at the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg – Georg Simon Ohm on Jan. 13 to discuss with students the importance of open source and GSoC. (more…)

openSUSE seeks ideas for Google Summer of Code

December 2nd, 2015 by

google summer of codeIn recent years, many open source people have gravitated away from Google, but while Google’s history may have some shady areas that conflict with open source ideals and philosophy, not all parts of the abc.xyz conglomerate are bad.

It’s open source projects prove it has a genuine interest in contributing to and emboldening open source.

The most encouraging of its projects that embolden open source is its Google Summer of Code.

GSoC 2014 had the highest amount of open source organizations selected with 190. A concerning statistic that stands out in last year’s GSoC is that it accepted the fewest amount of open source projects since 2007. Let us hope a lowering trend like this does not continue and that it is not from the lack of open source projects submitting fewer GSoC applications.

Why? Because the world needs mentors and open source needs more code.


Hour of Code reinforces need for project mentors

December 8th, 2014 by

Administrators, mentors needed for Google Summer of Code

In the words of will.i.am, “great coders are today’s rock stars,” but unfortunately there are not enough of these rock stars in the world to fulfill the demand.

Since this week is the Hour of Code, it’s a good time emphasize the need for the Open Source Software community to participate in outreach programs.

Besides doing what you can to participate in this weeks Hour of Code, its important to point out the need to have administrators and mentors from openSUSE’s community for the annual Google Summer of Code.

Google Summer of Code, which openSUSE has participatied in for several years, offers post-secondary student developers a stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Students are matched with a mentoring organization like openSUSE and given projects to work on over a three-month period. Last year there were 1,300 students with 190 mentoring organizations that took part in the program. Administrators get the process started and mentors help future developers understand real-world software development scenarios.

Administrators start the GSOC process and submit proposals for the mentoring organization by filling out some forms. Administrators submit the application to Google between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20. Project ideas are discussed with potential mentoring organization and mentors are paired with students in the spring.

To participate in this project, visit our GSOC portal or learn more at GSOC.

Learn more about the Hour of Code campaign.

Gopesh talks about his GSoC Experience as an openSUSE student

September 9th, 2014 by

GSoC:My journey with openSUSE begins

Hello everyone, I am Gopesh Tulsyan from India.I got involved with openSUSE community during GSoC to add features to OSEM(Open Source Event Manager Application).I am currently studying  Information Technology in National Institute of Technology, Durgapur ,India.

During GSoC I added two big features to OSEM, one is the Event Splash Page for Visitors and the other is Email Notifications.This was my first time with open-source project and it was really great.I learnt a lot while fixing bugs and adding new features.Previously, I had already worked with Ruby on Rails application by freelancing for some projects, but this time I learnt the coding standards for a fully-fledged software in use.


Thank you mentors for an amazing GSoC!!!

September 4th, 2014 by

Another Google Summer of Code has come to an end. This year has been particularly satisfying as we achieved 100% success. All of our students passed their final evaluation and a lot of code has been pushed upstream. Though the students deserve a big round of applause, special credit has to be given to the amazing mentors, who took out time from their busy schedules to guide the students and ensure that they work towards completing their projects.

So, openSUSE (and its sister organizations – ownCloud, Zorp, MATE) thank all the mentors who strive day in and day out to ensure that our projects are a success and we get amazing new contributors.

Without you, it was not possible

Photo by Japanexperterna (CC BY-SA)

Following is a list of the mentors who helped to move this GSoC sailing smoothly :

  • Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg)
  • Henne Vogelsang (hennevogel)
  • Jim Fehlig (jfehlig)
  • Cornelius Schumacher (cornelius)
  • James Mason (bear245)
  • Ancor Gonzalez Sosa (ancorgs)
  • Ismail Donmez (ismail)
  • Peter Czanik (czanik)
  • George Ehrke (georgehrke)
  • Artem Chernikov ( kalabiyau)
  • Morris Jobke (kabum)
  • Dominik Bamberger (bamboo)
  • Michal Hrusecky (miska)
  • Alberto Planas (aplanas)
  • Arvin Schnell (arvin)
  • Balint Kovacs (blint)
  • Stephen Kulow (coolo)
  • Szilárd Pfeiffer (coroner)
  • Thomas Müller (deepdiver)
  • Greg Freemyer (gregfreemyer)
  • Jan-Christoph Borchardt (jancborchardt)
  • Joseph Reidinger (jreidinger)
  • Matt Barringer (mbarringer)
  • Shawn W Dunn (sfaulken)
  • Marcus Schäfer (shaefi)
  • Stefano Karaptesas(sfaulken)
  • Alessandro Cosentino (cosenal)

Things I learnt with the Zorp and openSUSE Team

September 1st, 2014 by

Greetings everyone, this is Peter from Hungary. In the last few months I have spent a lot of time and effort to give something to the open source community in the framework of GSoC. The aim of my project was to implement a Load Balancer as a Service (LBaaS) Zorp (http://www.balabit.com/network-security/zorp) driver for OpenStack (http://www.openstack.org/) in openSUSE environment.