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GSoC: student application period over, what's next?

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: GSoC: student application period over, what's next?
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2011 22:49:05 +0200
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I just pushed an update to
<http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/community/gsoc.html>; the interesting
bits are replicated in the following.  GSoC applicants, please pay
attention to this.  :-)

| This year's *student application period* is over.  Thanks for sending
| in your applications!  We're now reviewing and discussing these, so
| please pay attention to any questions posted on your proposal's page.
| The Google site's notification system should be sending out emails,
| too.
| As we only have finite resources (meaning that we won't be able to
| accept all GNU Hurd applications even if we wanted to), we will
| eventually need to make a choice about whom to select.  For this, it is
| a very good idea to be in contact with us, be it by answering the
| evaluators' questions on your proposal's page, or by talking to us on
| the mailing lists,
| <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/mailing_lists.html>, or on IRC,
| <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/irc.html>.  At this time, it is
| important for us to get a good impression about the seriousness you're
| showing with your application.
| It is a good idea to get familiar with the GNU Hurd, by reading some of
| our documentation,
| <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/documentation.html>, and by using a
| GNU/Hurd system.  It is also a good idea to send in some basic patches
| (this has already been mentioned in our student_application_form,
| or discuss with us the principal steps you're planning on doing in your
| intended work area.  Of course, we don't expect you to already start
| working seriously on your project, but any input you're giving us will
| make it easier for us to justify selectiong your specific proposal.  At
| this time, it is not quantity that matters, and it also is not *the
| perfect patch* we're waiting for, but it is rather that we see how
| you're generally able to work with the code.
| If you have any questions, don't be shy: please ask!  Nobody expects
| you to know everything.  Even for the long-term Hurd contributors it is
| common to openly post messages to bug-hurd,
| <http://www.gnu.org/software/hurd/mailing_lists/bug-hurd.html>, saying:
| *Hey, I don't know how to do `X', can someone please help me?*  And, as
| we're not working next to each other in a conventional office or
| university setup, we'll need to establish and get used to different
| communication channels.
| Timeline, <http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/events/google/gsoc2011>.
| As boring as it is, but the next step is waiting: we will have to wait
| for Google to announce the number of slots that the whole GNU project
| gets, and we'll be discussing with our GNU peers about how to split
| these up among all the GNU subprojects.


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