Google aims to inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development and to help open source projects identify and bring in new developers.
"I am very pleased that Google has chosen to provide us with 10 slots in the Summer of Code programme," said Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier, community manager at openSuse.
"It is a great programme that allows community projects to develop new features or applications and, more important, to provide a way for new contributors to learn how to work with open source projects.
"We not only get valuable code, but we are able to work closely with the next generation of contributors."
Brockmeier claimed that interest was high as the openSuse project received more than 50 applications for its 10 allocated slots, and is confident that the students will be valuable contributors in the long run.
Google Summer of Code has funded more than 1,500 students and 2,000 mentors from 90 countries over the past three years. This year the project is funding 1,125 students with 175 open source projects.
The projects funded by Google are as follows:
- LTSP GUI Management for openSuse by Jan Weber (mentored by Jigish Gohil)
- Interactive Crash Analysis by Nikolay Derkach (mentored by Jan Blunck)
- Face-Based Authentication by Rohan Anil (mentored by Alex Lau Chun Yin)
- Grub4ext4: Enable ext4 File System as Boot Partition by PengTao (mentored by Coly Li)
- New Approach for RPM Packages Creation by Andrei Oprisan (mentored by Stanislav Brabec)
- Libzypp Download Failover by Gerard Farràs i Ballabriga (mentored by Peter Poeml)
- Gnome Build Service Client for openSuse by Mario Ðanic (mentored by Rodrigo Moya)
- Integration of OpenID Consumer to Build Service by Hameedullah Khan (mentored by Cornelius Schumacher)
- Migration Assistant Reloaded by Peter Libic (mentored by Pavol Rusnak)
- Build Service-Eclipse Integration by Long Hong (mentored by Michal Marek)