You might know that Mighty Google spends millions each year sponsoring IT
students to work 3 months full time on cool Free Software projects? You should
try and get some of that $$ to be poured into a project you love!
If you'd like an IT student to work on something for 12 weeks, add the project
and be sure to add your name as potential mentor.
GSOC myths and reality check:
*MYTH*: The students don't work very hard
*REALITY*: You have every right to expect them to put in effort: it is a FULL-
TIME gig, 3 months, quite well paid. So if THEY don't put in work, neither
should you - and let them fail. But most students are quite eager and work
*MYTH*: The students know nothing
*REALITY*: While some students are real beginners, decent student selection
should prevent this. You have a say in this - and you'll have plenty of
interactions with potential students before they are chosen as they have to
work with you on a good proposal.
*MYTH*: The students do it just for the monies
*REALITY*: Not more or less than you work for yours. GSOC is meant to replace
a summer job, so yes, the students get paid. That also means they have to work
for it - 40 hours a week is expected at least. And I'd expect more even...
*MYTH*: Mentoring is so much work, it is easier to do the stuff yourself
*REALITY*: The students get selected on the quality of the proposals they
wrote together with the mentors and are expected to work 40 hours a week.
You're expected to mentor: check up at least once a week (make them write a
weekly blog about their progress! You're the boss, remember) and answer some
questions. Not do their work for them. The oS GSOC team will help you in case
you get in trouble - but really, if the student does less work than you put
in, he either took on something insanely complicated (bad selection!) or
you're being far too nice. It will take some hours, but most of that is easy -
a quick IRC chat, pointing to some documentation, reading a weekly report,
reviewing a merge request (but that's something you'd do anyway, right?).
Read more in the news article:
And our wiki: http://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:GSOC_2012
Our GSOC star team this year consists of:
Vincent "vuntz" Untz
Pavol "prusnak" Rusnak
Manu "manugupt1" Gupta*
Please ask them questions, even if you don't have any. They love attention ;-)
Have a lot of fun,
*In hugging and kicking capacity, he might be a student and you can't be both
organizer and student. But he knows everything so you can ask him what you
want to know and he'll tell you :D