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[20170505] Announcing NetBSD and the Google Summer of Code Projects 2017
The NetBSD Project posts that we are very happy to announce that the selection process in this year's Summer of Code with its bargaining of slots and what student gets assigned to which project is over. As a result, the following students will take on their projects:

  • Leonardo Taccari will work add multi-packages support to pkgsrc.
  • Maya Rashish will work on the LFS cleanup.
  • Utkarsh Anand will make Anita support multiple virtual machine systems and more architectures within them to improve testing coverage.
What follows now is a community bonding period until May 30th, followed by a coding period over the summer (it's Summer of Code, after all :-) until August 21st, evaluations, code submission and an announcement of the results on September 6th 2017.

Good luck to all our students and their mentors - we look forward to your work results, and welcome you to The NetBSD Project!

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[20170408] Update on NetBSD and Google's Summer of Code 2017: student application period is over, ranking is in progress
Thanks to all students who have submitted project proposals! The student application period is now over, and we will have a look at the proposed projects in detail. From that, we will make a list with our top priorities (most-wanted / most-promising first), and give that list to Google. Depending on the overall amount of all proposals to all projects, Google will then assign slots of actually sponsored projects.

The announcement of this will happen on May 4th 2017 - stay tuned!

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[20170325] NetBSD and Google's Summer of Code: Students can apply now
This year's Summer of Code has reached the phase where interested students can hand in project applications. Deadline for submissions is April 3rd 2017, so hurry up to get in line!

We have a list of project ideas available.

Please feel free to discuss project ideas beforehand on our mailing lists. When discussing project ideas, make sure you had a look at our guidelines, and answer as many questions as possible.

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[20170228] NetBSD will be in Google's Summer of Code 2017
NetBSD will be in the 2017 Google Summer of Code as one of the mentoring organizations. Right now, NetBSD projects for this summer are under discussion internally, but interested students are again welcome to start looking and participating, discussing project ideas of existing or new projects on our mailing lists, The next still on the timeline will be March 20th 2017 when students will be able to apply for projects officially. Stay tuned!

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[20160424] NetBSD and Google's Summer of Code 2016: Projects announced
This year, NetBSD is part of Google's Summer of Code again, and the students that will work on NetBSD projects and what their project proposals this year are have been announced: Have a look at the links to learn more about the students and the projects. To all the students - welcome to NetBSD! :-)

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[20150304] Google Summer of Code 2015 and NetBSD
Google's "Summer of Code" is a chance for students to get paid to work on Open Source software, with the associated Open Source projects as mentoring organization. Now, the 2015 mentoring organizations have been announced, and I am in a sad position to tell that NetBSD is not among the choosen mentoring organizations this year, again. :-(

Yet, fear not! While NetBSD itself is not in the game, there are plenty of Open Source projects that are close, in the game and that offer projects related to them and NetBSD!

Here's the start of a list:

Feel free to drop me a note if you know about more. As always, interested students are welcome to contact these projects early to get in touch and talk about their ideas.

Good luck! :)

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[20131008] Google Summer of Code 2014
Yes, 2014 - Google today announced the 10th anniversary of its Summer of Code. NetBSD participation is still being sorted out, but can be expected. See the blog post and the timeline for more information.

First and foremost, use this early news to think about possible projects, get familiar with NetBSD (which you probably are if you read this), and sort out your summer occupation 2014.

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[20130528] NetBSD's projects for Google's Summer of Code 2013 have been chosen
In this year's round of Google Summer of Code, we have again received a number of project proposals by interested students. After going into details and finding out what projects have a chance to give both the NetBSD project and the student the most benefit (besides the money), this is settled now, and I'm pleased to announce that the following students and their projects are our prospects for 2013:
  • Julian Fagir: System upgrade (system_upgrade)
  • Haomai Wang: Make NetBSD a supported guest OS under VirtualBox (Virtualbox)
  • Manuel Wiesinger: Defragmentation for FFS in NetBSD (defrag_ffs)
  • Myron Aub: Port Linux's drm/kms/gem/i915 (DRM2)
  • Przemyslaw Sierocinski: Implement file system flags to scrub data blocks before deletion (fs_scrub_flags)
Of course all other students who have submitted proposals can feel free to participate in NetBSD outside of the Summer of Code. For those participating, this is the time for the timeline.

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[20130409] NetBSD is part of Google's Summer of Code 2013
News is out that NetBSD is part of Google's Summer of Code 2013 (GSoC) again. GSoC is about students doing work for Open Source projects over the summer, and getting paid while doing so. By Google. For projects proposed by both students and the Open Source projects.

Click on the above link for more information on GSoC in general, there is also a list of proposed projects for this year in NetBSD.

Next steps are:

  • April 9 - 21: Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.
  • April 22, 19:00 UTC: Student application period opens.
  • May 3, 19:00 UTC: Student application deadline.
  • Interim Period: Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.
  • May 6: Mentoring organizations should have requested slots via their profile in Melange by this point.
  • May 8: Slot allocations published to mentoring organizations From there, students work on their projects with the help of their mentors. There's a "midterm" report due with a first part of the money paid, the rest is paid if the project is finished successfully.

    During the project, students are encouraged to publish news about their process to the world in blogs and other ways found appropriate by their mentoring organizations.

    Past NetBSD projects can be found on SourceForce.

    Interested? Act now!

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  • [20120204] Google Summer of Code 2012 will happen - first NetBSD directions
    Google announced at Fosdem that there will be Google Sommer of Code 2012, the 8th time in a row. Ot can be expected that NetBSD will strive to participate again this year, and as such, now is a good time to
    • make up your mind if you want to participate, either as student or mentor

    • hash out details of project proposals and possible implementation details, and also see how much time you can devote as possible mentor. Also, think about choosing criteria for students and how to communicate with them on a daily basis and also in cases where problems arise (reallife on either side, student going AWOL, ...)

    • go over the list of project proposals, esp. the ones with the right dimension for GSoC, and suggest changes and additions of new projects

    • make yourself familiar with NetBSD from a user/admin viewpoint and esp. from a developer point if you intend to apply as student.

      A (slightly dated?) tour through the NetBSD source tree is available for userland, libraries, and the kernel. Also of interest: a guide on NetBSD internals.

    • review our guidelines for applying for a project if you're an interested student. We get many really bad, dull and uninformed project proposals each year, and we wish more students would be as serious as YOU probably are (as you're already here :-).
    Let's look forward to NetBSD and the Goole Summer of Code 2012, and the exciting new projects to come!

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