The 18th of March has been quite a great day for the ReactOS project. Indeed, on that day, Google released the list of the accepted mentoring organisation for the Summer of Code. And for 2011, ReactOS is in. Last time the ReactOS project was accepted was in 2006. So, this has been something quite magic for the project.
But, you may wonder: what are Google Summer of Code? The idea is simple. Each year, Google will select organisations (ie, Free Open Source Software projects) based on applications they send. Then, those organisations, called mentoring applications, will be able to ask “slots”. Those slots are students that the organisation will mentor on a project, an idea. The important part is that, to ensure students will come (and organisations will apply), Google is offering $5500 per completely finished mission ($5000 go to the student, and $500 to the organisation). That way, students who don’t have any internship can earn money during the summer, and FOSS organisations can earn money as well.
This year, the ReactOS will host 5 slots. Which means that we will welcome 5 five students. You can find some ideas of projects to work on here. But students are free to purpose another subject when sending an application. Students can’t apply yet and have to wait until the 28th of March (before, they have to learn a bit about the projects).
Mentors you may except to have on ReactOS aren’t known yet. But, you’re likely to find Aleksey Bragin in the list (it would be weird if he wasn’t in!). Actually, list will be known once students and projects will have been chosen. This is done that way to ensure that mentors will match at best subjects (and prevent any issue with the mentor). Anyway, several ReactOS developers already applied to be mentor. So no shortage of mentors in sight!
Another topic regarding ReactOS: I’ve been presenting ReactOS at the ISIMA on the 17th of February. Part of the presentation has been shot and you can find the uploaded video here. I may do another ReactOS presentation in France this year, but nothing has been confirmed yet. So, follow the ReactOS news for the moment!
I hope you’ll enjoy the video and the information given in. If you want to get the PDF used for the ReactOS presentation, you can find them here.
That’s all for the moment (nothing related to development yet). More will follow (about dev & GSoC). And don’t hesitate to join the ReactOS project. GSoC are a great opportunity!