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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.

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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.

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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.
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GSoC: What I have learned

August 14th, 2014 by

In the past 4 months during this years Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for open source software projects, Christian Bruckmayer collaborated with other students and mentors to code a dashboard for the Open Source Event Manager (OSEM). In this series of posts Christian will tell you about his project and what he has learned from this experience.

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Christian BruckmayerHey there, Christian here again. This is my last post in a series about my GSoC project. I have already explained the two big features I have implemented: The dashboard and Conference Goals & Campaigns. I hope you enjoyed those articles, if you haven’t read them I recommend you head over and do so. Today I would like to tell you about the most important part of GSoC for me personally: What I have learned during this summer!

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GSoC: Open Source Event Manager Goals & Campaigns

August 6th, 2014 by

In the past 4 months during this years Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for open source software projects, Christian Bruckmayer collaborated with other students and mentors to code a dashboard for the Open Source Event Manager (OSEM). In this series of posts Christian will tell you about his project and what he has learned from this experience.

Google Summer of Code 2014 Logo

Christian BruckmayerHey there, Christian here again. This is my second post in a three post series about my GSoC project, last week I explained the dashboard in my post OSEM: Conference Dashboard. You should go and read that if you haven’t already! This week I would like to tell you about another feature that I have implemented during this summer: Conference Goals & Campaigns.

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GSoC: Open Source Event Manager Organizer Dashboard

July 30th, 2014 by

In the past 4 months during this years Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for open source software projects, Christian Bruckmayer collaborated with other students and mentors to code a dashboard for the Open Source Event Manager  (OSEM). In this series of three posts Christian will tell you about his project and what he has learned from this experience.

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Christian BruckmayerHey my name is Christian and I’m a student currently in the third year of the Bachelor of Science course with information systems and management major in Nuremberg, Germany. During my time at university I already was interested in developing web applications and gained first experience. Google Summer of Code at openSUSE was a great opportunity for me to improve my knowledge and work together with other excellent developers. There are only two weeks left which makes now the perfect time to summarize what I have achieved and learned so far.

 

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