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Re: google summer of code

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: google summer of code
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:00:50 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 01:43:06PM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
> Graham Percival <address@hidden> writes:
> > Time+effort required to write a proposal.
> I would expect the "student" to do most of that.

I believe that one of the major things that GSoC looks are is "how
good is the list of tasks suggested by that project".

Remember, GSoC isn't just free money to anybody who wants it.  The
project -- lilypond -- needs to apply to GSoC in a week or two,
then google people look at all their applications (probably over
3000 different projects) and select a few (500?).

> It would be rather pointless to recruit people not already
> familiar with LilyPond development.

But that's the whole point of GSoC.

> They would not get enough achieved in the required time
> frame to make this not frustrating for all involved parties.

If that's true, then we don't match the GSoC specifications and
thus would not be accepted.

I disagree, BTW.  Things like improving the build process *can* be
done by a student in X months of full-time work.

> > The mentor is expected to spend some amount of time with the
> > student.  Maybe it's one hour per week; maybe it's an hour each
> > working day.  I'm not certain -- check their FAQ.
> Many of the developers here _are_ spending some amount of time with
> people learning the ropes already.  Seems mostly like business as usual
> would be required.

Except that the mentor needs to (IIRC) sign an agreement
specifying that they *will* continue to do that.  And it needs to
be a single mentor.

It's sounding as though lilypond is a bad fit for GSoC, so perhaps
we should just drop it.

- Graham

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