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FAQ entry about mentoring organisation application:

The questions below need to be filled out:

  1. Describe your organization.
    • Ubuntu it is an open source operating system, in development by professionals from Canonical and many volunteers from around the world (...)
  2. Why is your organization applying to participate in Google Summer of Code 2012? What do you hope to gain by participating?
    • Ubuntu is powered by its volunteers. Through Google Summer of Code, we hope to get more people interested in contributing to Ubuntu to help grow our developer base. We would like to improve portions of Ubuntu which would otherwise be underdeveloped, and provide a learning experience for students about the realities of open source software development.
  3. Did your organization participate in past Google Summer of Codes? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.
    • Ubuntu participated in GSoC in 2010, 2007, 2006. Most recently in 2010, Urban Skudnik contributed a number of features and user-interface improvements to Deja-Dup (a backup tool) as part of his GSoC project. Dylan McCall (another 2010 student) contributed to Harvest, a tool to identify low-hanging fruit in the Ubuntu system, and has continued his work after GSoC. MichaƂ Karnicki's work on an Android app in 2010 resulted in an app being made available on the Android Market.

  4. If your organization has not previously participated in Google Summer of Code, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?
    • Not applicable
  5. What Open Source Initiative approved license(s) does your project use?
    • Variable, generally GPL-compatible but anything satisfying the Debian Free Software Guidelines is considered acceptable.
  6. What is the URL for your Ideas page?
  7. What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
  8. What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
    • freenode #ubuntu-devel
  9. Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.
    • Name, e-mail, self-presentation (not more than 300 words)
  10. Who will be your backup organization administrator?
    • Benjamin Kerensa
  11. What criteria did you use to select your mentors for this year's program? Please be as specific as possible.
    • For mentors, we looked for individuals with a long history of involvement in the project. Selection criteria include those who have sponsored other developers' work in the past, and knowledge of community development processes.
  12. What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
    • We will try once weekly for the duration of the summer period to contact the student.
  13. What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
    • If a student reports a mentor as unresponsive, we will ask the Ubuntu community to select someone to take the mentor's role. This request will occur via a mailing list posting, and potentially reaching out directly to potential replacements via email or IRC.
  14. What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?
    • All students receive a short guide with introduction to open source development and will be encouraged to stay active in projects, in which they participated during program. We hope, that many of them will continue working within our community. We will encourage all students to be active on Internet Relay Chat, and they may be presented the opportunity to join us at the fall Ubuntu Development Summit.
  15. Are you a new organization who has a Googler or other organization to vouch for you? If so, please list their name(s) here.
    • Not applicable.
  16. Are you an established or larger organization who would like to vouch for a new organization applying this year? If so, please list their name(s) here.
    • Not applicable.

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