Ok, for the record, here's what I'm submitting to GSoC 2008...
I hope it's alright!
* What is your Organization's Name?
* What is your Organization's Homepage?
* Describe your organization.
A group of volunteers that develop and maintain multi-platform open
source educational software for children: the award-winning,
multi-lingual Tux Paint drawing program; the Tux Typing typing tutor
game; and Tux, of Math Command, an arcade-style math skill tester.
* Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What
do you hope to gain by participating?
The various Tux4Kids projects are mature, well-known (at least in
the K-12 education community) projects. However, they are far from
completely finished. Tux Paint needs improved OS integration,
select/cut/paste tools, etc. TuxMath would benefit greatly from a
centralized configuration and student progress reporting tool.
TuxType needs proper localization, which also opens up issues of
non-US keyboard support.
* Did your organization participate in previous GSoC years? If so,
please summarize your involvement and the successes and failures of
your student projects. (optional)
* If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have
you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)? (optional)
* What license does your project use?
GNU GPL for code. Some media is under various non-restrictive
Creative Commons licenses or the Public Domain.
* URL for your ideas page
* What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
Tux Paint: tuxpaint.org/lists;
* Where is the main IRC channel for your organization?
#tux4kids on irc.freenode.net
* Does your organization have an application template you would like
to see students use? If so, please provide it now. (optional)
* Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please enter
their Google Account address. We will email them to confirm, your
organization will not become active until they respond. (optional)
* What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors?
Please be as specific as possible.
The mentors are major contributors (in some cases, core developers)
in the various Tux4Kids projects. And, honestly, after suggesting that
Tux4Kids should apply to participate in GSoC 2008, they were the
people who spoke up.
* Who will your mentors be? Please enter their Google Account address
separated by commas. If your organization is accepted we will email
each mentor to invite them to take part. (optional)
* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
Many of the ideas listed for the projects are major improvements
that the various projects have been thinking about prior to GSoC 2008,
so "we'll live." If possible, we'll try to incorporate as much of the
student's/students' work as possible, to make it easier for others to
pick up where they take off. We'll make sure that the core developers
understand what the student(s) plans were, so that the code won't go
* What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
Each project is mature, so it should be possible to find a
replacement member among, the people involved, to act as a mentor.
* What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your
project's community before, during and after the program?
We will invite them to try the software, look at the source, and sign up for
and participate in the project mailing lists.
* What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with
the project after GSoC concludes?
We will do what we always do -- make the project welcoming and fun,
with lots of ideas for improving it that they can work on.
DRAT! I did not have "@gmail.com" addresses for Davis Bruce,
Caroline Ford (I guess "@googlemail.com" isn't sufficient?)
or Holger Levsen.
Hopefully, I can just add you (and any others?) as Mentors later. SIGH.