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General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2012 at Debian. The Google Summer of Code is a program where Google pays students stipends to work over the summer on free software projects such as Debian. Each student works with one or more mentors from the community to complete a software project. The Google Summer of Code has started again this year. If we are selected as a mentoring organisation, 2012 will be the seventh participation of Debian in the program and we want to again improve on our participation to make the experience even more exciting and fulfilling this year for the students, the mentors and the whole Debian community.

You can find information about the previous years on SummerOfCode2006, SummerOfCode2007, SummerOfCode2008, SummerOfCode2009, SummerOfCode2010 and SummerOfCode2011.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of projects is available at: Projects.

I want to participate as student

You have until April 6: 19:00 UTC to contact us and to apply on the Google Summer of Code application. But do not wait until last minute! The sooner you contact the mentor of the project you are interested in, the better.

Familiarize yourself with the communication tools of Debian:

Join the communication channels of the teams or persons involved with the subject you would like to work on and discuss it. Don't be afraid to suggest seemingly crazy or vague ideas, we'll help you and give you suggestions. If you're lost (or even not!), drop in the communication channels of the Summer of Code team mentioned below. Remember that early preparation is a guarantee that your proposal will be better!

There is some interesting introductory documentation on this wiki about what Debian is and what Debian is for a developer. A lot of information about being a Summer of Code student can be found on the Advice for students page.

When applying, please use the Application Template and add your application to the Student Application page.

I want to mentor a project in Debian

Call for mentors and projects:

Come see us on IRC or on the mailing-list mentioned below. To register in the web application, you need to go to Debian's GSoC2012 project page and register yourself as a mentor (old registrations from the last years have not been moved to the new page).

A lot of information can be found on the Advice for mentors page. A practical mentoring guide can be found here.


We use the following mailing list: All students and mentoros are welcome to subscribe.

We're also on IRC: #debian-soc in the OFTC network ( Just drop in and ask your questions.


Please add yourself to the relevant tables, preserving alphabetical order of the last names. To get a 'linkid', register on the GSoC web application.


Ana Guerrero

Gergely Nagy

Sukhbir Singh


Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

February 4:

Program announced. Life is good.

February 27: 19:00 UTC

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.

March 9: 23:00 UTC

Mentoring organization application deadline.

March 12-15:

Google program administrators review organization applications.

March 16: 19:00 UTC

List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2012 site.

March 17-25:

Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.

March 26: 19:00 UTC

Student application period opens.

April 6: 19:00 UTC

Student application deadline.

Interim Period:

Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

April 20:

All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor - 07:00 UTC. Student ranking/scoring deadline. Please do not add private comments with a nonzero score or mark students as ineligible (unless doing so as part of resolving duplicate accepted students) after this deadline - 17:00 UTC. IRC meeting to resolve any outstanding duplicate accepted students - 19:00 UTC #gsoc

April 23: 19:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2012 site.

Community Bonding Period:

Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects.

May 21:

Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects; Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.

Interim Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

July 9: 19:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

July 13: 19:00 UTC

Mid-term evaluations deadline; Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.

Interim Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

August 13:

Suggested 'pencils down' date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.

August 20: 19:00 UTC

Firm 'pencils down' date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

August 24: 19:00 UTC

Final evaluation deadline. Google begins issuing student and mentoring organization payments provided forms and evaluations are on file.

August 27:

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2012 announced

August 31:

Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google

October 20 - 21:

Mentor Summit at Google: Representatives from each successfully participating organization are invited to Google to greet, collaborate and code. Our mission for the weekend: make the program even better, have fun and make new friends.

The full timeline is available here.



Organize the promotion of the Google Summer of Code 2012 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2012 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.