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openSUSE participates in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a program for students across the world to hack on interesting projects and get paid for their work, while being mentored by experienced members of the community they are working in.

Current Status We have been accepted for GSOC; the submission period is over, 16 students have been enrolled and have now started to work towards their end goals. However, if you like to be mentored into openSUSE, that is still possible! Please ask coordinators Vincent Untz and Pavol Rusnak if they can arrange mentorship outside the GSOC program!

Are you a student? See information for students below.

Do you want to mentor a student? Start by reading the Summer of Code Mentoring HOWTO. Then add your ideas and your name to the ideas list.


The openSUSE projects has a small team of people organizing the Google Summer of Code event.

A few others are also involved, including Jos Poortvliet, Andreas Jaeger and Manu Gupta

How to get in touch

Subscribe and mail to the openSUSE Project mailing list. If direct access to the list fails, please subscribe using this link. Make sure you introduce yourself, give some short bio, what you want to work on and why you think you're the right guy. This is also part of the official application but allows you to get in touch with the community easier. You can also join the discussion on the #opensuse-project IRC channel on Freenode.

Important dates

See the GSOC FAQ timeline. In short:

  • March 11 is the deadline for openSUSE to submit our application and ideas to Google
  • April 8th is the student application deadline
  • April 22nd is the date when all students must be coupled with a mentor and a week later, Google will announce the accepted proposals.
  • May 23 is when the coding starts
  • July 15th is the mid term evaluation date
  • August 22 is pencils down. The final evaluation will start now!
  • August 29 is when the final results are announced
  • October 22-23 is the Mentor Summit at Google where the organizations who participated can meet and share ideas on how to improve for next year!

Information for students

The Google Summer of Code is a program for students in most countries. You will participate by writing code for a Free Software project. Students who finish their work satisfactorily will ge!t a stipend of 5000 US Dollars.

Why participate?

Find a bit information on GSOC, Free Software and openSUSE here

Join the fun

note that for 2011 we're past the submission date and the accepted proposals have been announced & work is started!

Do this if you want to participate:

  1. Start by reading the Google Summer of Code FAQ and this tutorial.
  2. See which of the Ideas you find interesting or come up with your own idea.
  3. Get in contact with the community
  4. Submit your proposal on the Google Summer of Code website


Do not make your proposal too complicated! You can find an example here]. And read this nice blog about writing a proposal!

We would however love it if your proposal contained the following:

  • Background (Please provide information on the project and also include the openFate request link if possible.)
  • Use Cases (Please provide an example use case scenario)
  • Benefits (Who will benefit from this project & why/how)
  • Caveats (Please list and caveats you feel applicable)
  • Technical Details (Please fill out all the technical aspects of the project, try and be as clear and detailed as possible.)
  • Why Me (Please explain why you feel you are a suitable candidate to complete this project.)
  • Contact Information (IRC nick, e-mail, IM)

Basically, let us know why you are the perfect person to implement the project you picked :)

Organization Application

See the application form page.


Find the list of ideas (and mentors) on the GSOC_2011_Ideas page.

Despite the end of the submission period, many of these mentors would still be more than happy to help you out and mentor you! Feel free to contact them.