Google is now hosting the Google Summer of Code for the 5th year running, and FreeBSD has been selected again as eligible for the mentoring organisation.

If you or any other student is interested in contributing to the development of FreeBSD and get paid for doing so, have a look at the FreeBSD Summer of Code 2009 page. You can find here general information, info on past projects, sample project ideas, guidelines etc etc.

Key dates to note:


  • March 23 – Student application period opens
  • April 3 – Student application deadline.
  • April 15 – The End of applications
  • April 20 – ccepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2009 site
  • May 23 – Project officially began
  • July 6 – Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations
  • July 13 – Mid-term evaluations deadline
  • August 10 – Suggested ‘pencils down’ date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.
  • August 17 – Firm ‘pencils down’ date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google
  • August 24 – final assessment deadline
  • August 25 – Final results of GSoC 2009 announced
  • September 3 – Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google