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From Zhijie Shen <>
Subject Re: low gsoc popularity this year?
Date Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:32:57 GMT
I'm a student that will apply GSoC'11 with Apache. From the perspective of a
student, I think one reason is that the idea list of Apache projects is
released a bit late. In fact, a number of other organizations released the
idea list long time before the organization application deadline. Hence some
of students who are not patient enough tend to apply with these early
organizations. Just my personal feeling :-)

On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM, Andrus Adamchik <>wrote:

> On Apr 6, 2011, at 6:13 PM, Sean Owen wrote:
> > Is anyone else's historical success rate low or is it just me?
> My experience with GSoC included successes, failures, and outcomes
> somewhere in the middle (e.g. a project was delivered, but we never
> integrated it in the codebase, and it was left to rot in the repo). Our
> conclusion was that the type of task you post for your students to do plays
> a very important role in this (the last discussion on that is here:
> ). Most of the applying
> students are not already active hackers on a project, so giving them tasks
> requiring massive changes to the sensitive areas of the code is one recipe
> for disaster, and there are more...
> Andrus

Zhijie Shen
School of Computing
National University of Singapore

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