[mythtv] Summer of Code 2007

Stuart Morgan stuart at tase.co.uk
Mon Feb 19 20:38:21 UTC 2007

On Monday 19 February 2007 17:52:41 Jochen Kühner wrote:
> As I see today, 2007 there is also a summer of code.
> Maybe there be once more some Myth Projects....

At this moment I would say it's unlikely.

> And maybe someone can tell what has happened to the old projects, wich
> ones are completed, wich ones will make there way into svn....

IIRC none of them were entirely completed. Bits of the code may eventually 
make it into SVN but even that becomes unlikely unless someone is prepared to 
take the time to keep the branches in sync with head as well as finish them.

As you might have guessed by now, SoC was just short of a disaster. Most of 
the students didn't even make it to the halfway point. The time it took away 
from developers as 'mentors' probably meant that less work was done on mythtv 
during that period.

Remember that the 10 students that were selected were hand picked from over 
100 applicants. On that basis, the quality of applicants wasn't high* and the 
experience doesn't really suggest that SoC 2007 is worth participating in. 
From what I've heard, dealing with Google's SoC staff wasn't always as easy 
as it should have been for the Mentors.

* Not suggesting that their abilities were worse than any mythtv contributor 
but some of them lacked the discipline to work 9am-5pm outside an office 
environment. Remember that they were paid for their time and received special 
help/attention from mythtv devs, so the expectations were accordingly higher.
Stuart Morgan

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