[ros-dev] Google Summer of Code
aleksey at reactos.org
Sat Mar 21 20:19:12 CET 2009
I'd like to let you know our application has not been accepted into
Google Summer of Code, for the third time in a row. I attached an
(autogenerated) reply, which encourages us to reapply for future
instances of the program. I would not find a better way to express
sarcasm than asking us to reapply in future.
Amongst accepted organizations there are:
WinLibre - a distribution of opensource software for Windows platform.
Battle for Wesnoth - a free turn based strategy game.
Umit - a frontend for a network scanner (one of their GSoC ideas is
to create a "Umit Assistant" which would look like a Clippit - the
animated assistant that features Microsoft Office).
TurboGears - a web framework written in Python.
Thousand Parsec - a bunch of games based on a common framework for
building turn based space empire building games.
Systers: Woman in computing - a community of women in computing. For
some strange reason the founding person is "Robin".
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence - non-profit org
founded to develop safe artificial intelligence software and to raise
awareness of dangers of AI technologies.
I just stated a few examples. I highly value those projects, however
I just can't understand that yet another framework in python, or a
game engine for a turnbased strategies, or a collection of FOSS
software for Windows with a package manager (which we already have,
and which could have been improved), or an institution which believes
that AI takes over the world and tries to stop that are way more
important than supporting an organization whose product would be of
use for millions of people, and would create a real alternative
operating system compatible with the vast majority of existing
software and hardware.
Our friendly OS project Haiku gets accepted every year, so being an
OS is not a problem.
Wine is certainly accepted every year from the beginning, and this
year is not an exception. So it's definately not a problem of "legal
fear" of Microsoft.
What is the problem then? I leave it to you to decide what's the
problem. However, as for me, I see Google Summer of Code is nothing
close to supporting free software world, but rather an expensive way
I want to hope I am wrong.
With the best regards,
ReactOS Foundation President.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <socghop.noreply at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:48 AM
Subject: Thank you for your application
To: xxx at reactos.org
Hi Aleksey Bragin,
Thank you for submitting "ReactOS" organization application to Google
Summer of Code 2009. Unfortunately, we were unable to accept your
organization's application at this time. We received many more
applications for the program than we are able to accommodate, and we
would encourage you to reapply for future instances of the program.
Google Open Source Programs
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