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After a successful participation in the Google Summer of Code event, openSUSE plans to participate in the Google Code-In 2012 event. Google Code-In is a program aimed at pre university students between the age of 13 and 17. openSUSE as a project views it as a great opportunity to introduce new and interested students to open source projects and in particular openSUSE, the community and the project.

  • Our Objectives
    • Introduce pre university students to open source (communities and projects).
    • To provide small and varied tasks that can be fun, challenging, and educational in a welcoming environment for students.
  • What are the teams tasks?
    • The tasks are divided into 5 categories as directed by Google, these are:
  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality.
  5. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction


The openSUSE project has a small team of people organizing our participation to Google Code-In:

We are going to divide the tasks into the categories provided by Google. Each task will have at least one mentor. Students can simply contact the project mailing list or the mentors in the respective category or the task of interest. Students can either ask for more information related to a particular task or claim a task.


Subscribe and mail to the openSUSE Project mailing list. If direct access to the list fails, please subscribe to the mailing list. Make sure you introduce yourself, give some short bio, what you want to work on or basically what do you like to do. This allows you to get in touch with the community easier.


The complete rules are found on the Rules Page. The following is the excerpt of the "Eligibility" section of the rules.

The Contest is open to individual students who are at least thirteen (13) years of age and no older than seventeen (17) years of age on November 26, 2012 who are currently enrolled in a pre-university, high school or secondary school program, and who have agreed to these Contest Rules (“Participants”). You must demonstrate the consent of a parent or legal guardian as well as written proof of age and proof of enrollment in a pre-university, high school or secondary school program in order to be eligible to participate in the contest. The Contest is not open to persons who are (1) residents of US embargoed countries (Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Sudan, or Syria), (2) ordinarily resident in such countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions. The Contest is also not open to residents of Brazil, Italy, Quebec, and Saudi Arabia. Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders (or immediate families thereof) of (1) Google or its affiliates, (2) participating Open Source Organizations or its affiliates, or (3) the Melange team administering the software for the Contest, are ineligible to participate in the Contest. “Immediate family” means parents, children, siblings, spouse or individual living in the same household. You must have access to the Internet and either have or sign up for a Google Account in order to enter. Make sure you read everything carefully From

Tasks and Claiming Them

a. Select a Task: In order to submit an Entry to the Contest, Participants must visit the Main Contest Web page at Each of the relevant Open Source Organizations will add to a list of Tasks on the “List all tasks” page for Participants to attempt to complete. Each Task will identify the problem, explain some general background information, set the time limit for the Task, the degree of difficulty of the task, and define the requirements that an Entry for that Task must meet in order to be designated as a Completed Entry. Each task is assigned a degree of difficulty by the organization posting the task. Tasks deemed “easy” are worth 1 point, tasks deemed “medium” are worth 2 points, and tasks deemed “hard” are worth 4 points.

b. Claim a Task: You claim a Task by selecting “Request to claim the task” from the drop down menu on that Task. You cannot claim a Task that another Participant has claimed UNLESS that Task has been reopened as explained in subsection (d) below. Participants may claim only one Task at a time.

c. Submitting an Entry: Once you finish a Task you have claimed, you submit an Entry by uploading your original work product as an attachment and/or link to the Task. You may then, if you choose, select another Task to work on, claim it in the fashion set forth in subsection (b) above, and submit your Entry to that Task in the manner set forth in this subsection. Entrants will be required to submit varying information, depending on the task. Entrants should review the specific instructions provided for the task to determine what to submit.

d. Reopening a Task: Each Task has a time limit associated with it that is set forth in the Task description. The time period begins to run from when you claim the Task. If you claim a Task but do not submit an Entry for that Task within the allotted time period, you will receive a reminder via email. From the time the reminder is sent, you will have twenty-four (24) hours to either post an Entry or inform the Open Source Organization through a comment to the Task that you will not be posting an Entry. If you fail to post an entry during the 24 hour extension period, the Open Source Organization will reopen the Task for other Participants, any of whom may claim the Task according to the procedure set forth in subsection (b).

e. Language: All Entries must be in English unless otherwise specified in the Task description. Entries in any other language will not be considered unless otherwise specified. Entries that are lewd, obscene, pornographic, racist, sexist, or otherwise inappropriate to the Contest will be disqualified at Google’s sole discretion. From

A tentative list of tasks can be found at openSUSE:GCI tasks

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