The Summer of Code 2012 is on!

We are happy to announce that the Scribus Team has been accepted into the illustrious Google Summer of Code program once again. It’s an honor to be a part of the premier Open Source hackathon that has many talented students from around the World work on the Open Source software, get noticed, improve their skills, contribute code, become a part of the community, and get paid by Google for doing it. We’re also hoping that someone might want to stick around and become a part of the team.

Right now we have three mentors. We’re always looking for more mentors and backup mentors. If you ever hacked on Scribus code please go ahead and apply at the GSoC 2012 site.

 

Student application period will open up on March 26th. Prospective students should already be working through the requirement list and getting acquainted with the development team and the Scribus Community.

Godspeed and have tons of fun. The Summer of Code is awaiting.

See the Scribus Times and Gazette article for more details.

It was a beautiful beginning of Summer. The Google Summer of Code was on and it was glorious and fun, or at least everyone expected it to be after our previous two years in the program went so well. There was no reason to worry. We had all our ducks lined up in a row – four slots assigned by Google to our team, all our infrastructure set up just right, and friendly and competent mentors paired up with promising and enthusiastic students who were going to work on great projects. However, “The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew.”

On the bright side, Thach Tran has completed his project successfully, which put Scribus’s PDF export once more ahead of most closed-source DTP programs. I would like to thank him for sticking around, working through the harder parts of the project, and persevering to the end! His mentor Pierre Marchand commended Thach on doing a great job of keeping his branch in sync with the trunk. He also kept lines of communication open and made frequent appearances in our IRC channel. All of this made Pierre’s job easier as the new project code could be compiled at virtually any time and any problems could be communicated quickly. So, congratulations Thach Tran.

Having said that, the rest of our GSoC 2009 student team has not fared very well. The second student did make an effort to move his project forward. Unfortunately, it seems that the project was outside of the scope of his skills at the time, so we had to fail him at mid-term evaluation time. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors. This is possibly the most frustrating part of the GSOC 2009 experience for us as it shows that our process of vetting potential student coders was not robust enough. If we get to do this again in the future I believe that we won’t accept any students who have not produced any patches to the Scribus codebase. There is always a churn of low-hanging fruit in the code as new features introduce easy-to-fix bugs and our fantastic user community constantly comes up with feature requests and bug reports. So, it wouldn’t be a problem for a competent student to produce a patch or two. I think it would save us a tremendous amount of time and effort and reduce Google’s overhead. Even if we only get one candidate with patches I’d rather relinquish the remaining slots to other organizations than risk accepting people who just won’t be able to make it even with hand holding by mentors.

The remaining two students bailed out before getting anything done at all. I suppose there could’ve been some objective reasons for their early departure, but they have not come up with any, so my conclusion is that they simply wasted our time. Unfortunately, they made it ever so difficult for other people with similar backgrounds to ever get enough credibility for acceptance into the program. Later on, one of the students made an appearance and promised to finish the project outside of GSoC. We’ll see if that promise turns into something tangible.

The story wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the Google folks. As before, they ran a fantastic program and provided all the help and resources to the GSoC organizations needed for success. I cannot thank Leslie Hawthorn, Ellen Ko, Cat Allman and the rest of the Google SOC crew enough for giving so much of their life to this program. Thank you guys!!! I’d also like to mention one of Melange gurus Pawel Solyga who was very prompt in responding to a bug report. All in all, the world is a better place thanks to the Google Open Source team.

Cheers,

Alex

Scribus Team GSoC 2009 Administrator

Greetings,
The wonderful folks at Google Open Source Programs Office have finalised the accepted student proposals for this year’s GSoC program. Scribus team is happy to announce that we have four accepted proposals this year and would like to congratulate Vipin Vichattu Johney, Thach Tran, Meetanshu Gupta, and Dhanashree Nellayi Prasad on the acceptance into the GSoC program under the guidance of our wonderful mentors Jean Ghali, Pierre Marchand, Petr Vanek, and Andreas Vox.

Our students will be working on improving Search and Replace functionality, Better Masterpages, Improving PDF Export, and Implementing XPS support. We’d like to thank all our student applicants for this year. We know that you worked very hard on your applications and showed your determination by communicating with mentors throughout the application process. We’re very happy and proud to that you chose to apply to GSoC through the Scribus Team. Good luck and do have fun coding for Scribus this Summer!

We also have a tentative offer from a third party to fund our fifth ranked student. More information will be coming in few weeks, but for now it appears that all of our ranked students will be funded, so nobody goes home empty-handed.

Regards,

Alex for Scribus Team GSoC 2009 Admins and Mentors

Greetings everyone. We have been accepted into the marvelous Google Summer of Code 2009 program again. Let’s celebrate for a moment while thinking of how to make the most of the next four months starting with the student selection and proceeding through the community bonding time on to the actual projects through their successful completion. Scribus Team needs your help to make this a successful Summer of Code. Please spread the word, so qualified and interested students could find us and get connected with the community – meaning you – and with the ideas they could work on. Our wiki is open and our hearts are full of joy. This is going to be fun, people!

Alex, your friendly Scribus Team GSoC 2009 Admin

It’s that time of the year. The wonderful folks at Google Summer of Code program has posted the 2009 timeline, which means that it’s time for us get ready to apply for participation in this coolest of all open source summer activities that we know and love. The Scribus Team has done well in its first two years of GSoC goodness. Let’s try to be a part of the future once again. We already started a fearsome ideas page in our wiki. Our best efforts must be put into the attempt to secure a GSoC 2009 place among other OSS projects. So, let’s get started and godspead to all! I wish everyone a fun and fulfilling Scribus oriented Free Software summer.

The Official Scribus Manual for Scribus 1.3 series pre-order site opened today. The deal is as good as it can be – 10% discount if you pay immediately by Google Checkout and the worldwide delivery is free. See http://flesbooks.com/ for more information and to pre-order your own copy of the 438-page manual that covers every cool feature Scribus 1.3.3.x has to offer. Book’s estimated release date is December 19th, 2008.

In the words of immortal John Lennon  “I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, better. A little better all the time”. We have had another good Summer of Code. I am happy because of the wonderful people I get to hang around. Our mentors this year were very good; our students were enthusiastic and diligent; Google was generous; and the weather was fantastic despite the alleged global warming. All three of our students were from Germany this year – don’t ask me why it happened, but I have virtually no complaints. In one case personal life interfered, so not 100% of the goals were reached, but that’s hardly a problem as the person is continuing to contribute to Scribus. So, we now have a picture browser, a uniconverter plugin, and the last but definitely not least and being my favorite project – a new Python scripter engine. Since we are getting closer to the 1.3.5 release and are more keen on stabilizing the code then on bringing in more features, our users will not see the added functionality immediately, but it’s there and is working in experimental builds. So, congratulations to all those involved – our hard-working students Henning, Hermann, and Markus, our wonderful mentors Jean, Cedric, and Peter and Google GSoC people Leslie, Chris, Kat, and Ellen who really made this project happen.

Alex.

Scribus Team’s GSoC 2008 administrator

Well folks the game is on. It is with great pleasure that I announce that we have been accepted into the wonderful Google Summer of Code program for the
second time. My thanks go to all the people from the team and the larger Scribus Community who were involved in preparation of our application and especially
to those who volunteered to be Mentors and Backup Admins. Their names are already immortalized in the wiki team application page history and on our
application page if you’d like to know our heroes.

CALL TO ACTION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS:

We are listing some of ours and accepting your ideas for GSoC projects in our
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GsoC_2008_Ideas wiki. Contact me or other
people on Scribus GSoC 2008 Team to get your wiki login and create a proposed
project page in our wiki starting with the
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GsoC_2008_Scribus_Team_Application#10._Does_your_organization_have_an_application_template_you_would_like_to_see_students_use.3F_If_so.2C_please_provide_it_now.
template we provide. Create your proposal/info page as a child of
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GSoC_2008_Student_Proposals. An example
student information and proposal page is provided at
http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php?title=GsoC_2008_Example_proposal.

Closest timeline milestones for students:
* You should get involved in preparing your application, appearing in #scribus
and on the mailing list, talking to us, discussing your ideas and the proposed
project with us and interested members of the Scribus community as soon as
possible. I mean it. Don’t wait for the last day or there just won’t be enough
time for us to get to know you and to consider your proposal. We want to
help you have a fun and profitable summer, so don’t be shy with us.
* Student application period opens on March 24th at ~12 noon PDT/19:00 UTC.
* You and our GSoC team must be on the same page in relation to your project
proposal between now and the March 31st Student application deadline at 5:00
PM PDT/00:00 UTC April 1, 2008, but the closer you get to the deadline the
more difficult it will be, so don’t wait too long.

Happy Google Summer to all involved!

Oleksandr (Alex.) Moskalenko
Scribus Team’s GSoC 2008 administrator

This is that time of year again. The wonderful folks at Google have announced (http://code.google.com/soc/2008/) that they were running their Summer of Code program again. We at the Scribus Team are quite excited about it in part as one of the two newest additions to our group Hermann Kraus has made his way in through the excellent work he did for us during GSoC 2007 and in part because we had such a great time of it last year. This is a terrific program that brings innumerable benefits to the Open Source ecosystem. We are hoping to be a part of this process this year as well, so we are working on our application and are soliciting ideas for potential GSoC 2008 Scribus Team projects from the larger Scribus Community in our wiki at http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/GsoC_2008_Ideas. Let the summer of fun and learning begin!

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