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LXDE Google Summer of Code 2010

LXDE is applying as a project for the Google Summer of Code 2010. For students it is a good way to get deeper involved into Free and Open Source Software and LXDE specifically. During the summer students have the chance to code on LXDE and get paid by Google.

Some other projects usually also offer student slots for the LXDE community in the program. We are gathering project ideas, as a way to start for applicants here. If you are interested to join LXDE at the summer of code and would like to discuss project ideas, please join us on IRC at irc.oftc.net #lxde and on the mailing list: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

If you have already an idea about a project you would like to do, please also leave your idea here as well: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

Please also check out our students check list: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_-_Student_Check_List

Background info on Google Summer of Code

The most common question we get from students is “How do I prepare for Google Summer of Code?” The simple answer is not to wait for the program to get involved in open source. Start checking out projects now: take a look at documentation, check out their source code and idle in some IRC channels to see what interests you. The projects who have been past participants in Google Summer of Code are a great place to start; use the categorized list of mentoring organizations (e.g. projects listed by programming languages) from 2009 to help you get started.

About Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 3,400 students and more than more than 3,000 mentors & co-mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

* Frequently asked questions: http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/faqs

* LXDE Project Ideas: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010

* Student Check List: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_-_Student_Check_List

Our source code repositories has migrated to Git

We migrated the source code repositories from Subversion to Git recently. Thanks to the HOW-TO, the commit logs in Subversion are all preserved.

Why we want to migrate them to Git? The main reason is speed. LXDE is a desktop environment with fast in mind, thus we need a fast SCM which can match our motto. For more information, please read “Why Git is better than X.”

For newcomers of Git, you can also read the git documentations on its website. I believe it is not too difficult to learn how to use it.

Please use the following command to get the source code:
git clone git://lxde.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/lxde/REPO_NAME
The REPO_NAME is the repository name, which is listed here.

In addition, I made this video during the migration to Git. Enjoy!

(For those who don’t have Flash plugin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwi1ZDTAqZU)

LXDE opportunities for OLPC Afghanistan and OLPC Vietnam

Faster and easier IT tools can benefit a lot of people all over the world. A goal that LXDE shares with One Laptop per Child. To bring LXDE on the XO-laptop can help to turn the XO from a tool for children only into a device for the whole family.

OLPC Afghanistan

OLPC Afghanistan

This year in April I had the chance to go to Afghanistan again continuing the cooperation with OLPC Afghanistan. The goal – to provide a drop in replacement for the Sugar desktop and to give users the choice between different desktops.

Whereas smaller kids use the laptop with all the advantages of the educational approach of Sugar, LXDE on the XO can be used by older family members as a more traditional desktop. Providing information about the local community and including projects like a collection of a local business directory makes the deployment of laptops more useful for the whole family and supports them in making a living and improving their lives.

Mario Behling in Afghanistan setting up a Freifunk Network and LXDE computer systems

Small energy saving devices like the XO offer access to knowledge and information in Afghanistan, even more so as the Afghan project deploys Freifunk Networks as part of the project implementation. A school server with thousands of books thus can serve local communities outside schools via advanced wifi mesh networks.

OLPC Vietnam

For a second cooperation with OLPC I am looking to Vietnam, that offers “all the ingredients” for a successful deployment of IT and communication technologies. The ultimate goal of OLPC Vietnam is a large scale deployment to support and foster the change of frontal teachers centralized methods to a learner and learning focused methodology in Vietnam.

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/XO
* http://olpc.af
* http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Vietnam
* http://olpc.vn

# The OLPC Vietnam project with LXDE will be presented at the GNOME.Asia Summit in Vietnam from Nov. 20-22: http://gnome.asia

LXDE Developer Gathering in Taiwan from September 25-27, 2009

The “Software Liberty Asscocation of Taiwan” (SLAT) is featuring the LXDE community during ICOS 2009 – International Conference on Open Source in Taipei in September 2009.

Taiwan is the place of LXDE’s birth. And most of the LXDE core developers are  based in Taiwan. We are inviting LXDE developers to this event, which is co-organized by LXDE core member Andrew Lee.

PCMan: ” I think it’s a good opportunity to have a LXDE developer gathering or CodeFest.”

So, please join us in Taipei from September 25-27. Participants may get accommodation and food sonsorship. Remember to add your name to the dedicated wiki-page if you are joining us. Please also send a separate email with your information to apply for sonsorship to andrew AT linux.org.tw.

Details

  • Date: 25th-27th September 2009
  • Location: ICOS2009 Venue, No.235, Sec. 2, Fuxing S. Rd., Da-an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Transport and Weather

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Gathering/2009-09-Taipei
* Software Liberty Asscocation of Taiwan” (SLAT)
* ICOS 2009 – International Conference on Open Source

xkb: New Applet for LXPanel

PCMan has added a new branch named lxpanel-xkb in the LXDE Repository.

svn co https://lxde.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/lxde/branches/lxpanel-xkb

It’s a new applet for lxpanel which will be a keyboard layout switcher. The original one in lxpanel is broken, and will be removed. The new one will be based on libxlavier, a good library handling xkb. However, we’re from Taiwan, and we don’t know how keyboard layouts work. So help is needed. If you’re a developer living in Europe or some other places requiring switching between different keyboard layouts, please help. (PCMan)

If you are interested in the development of LXDE, please also join our developers mailing list.

Links

* http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXPanel

* https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list

LXDE Summer of Code Projects – Apply now

The Google Summer of Code is now accepting applications from students for projects. There are a number of projects, that could accept LXDE related works. If you have an idea we are open to support you and discuss it. Please join us in the LXDE channel on irc.oftc.net. I would also like to support you and endorse any applications by talking to projects directly. Just let me know, please.

Here is a list of projects related to LXDE.

For a full list look here: http://socghop.appspot.com/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2009

Did I forget any relevant project? Please leave a comment then.

As a side note, I am also the administrator of the Freifunk project in GSoC, which is an OpenWrt based firmware. Generally we are looking for any good ideas related to mesh networks. So get in touch with me if you have any ideas: Freifunk http://socghop.appspot.com/org/show/google/gsoc2009/ffopenwrt

LXDE Gathering at National University of Singapore with LinuxNUS

I had a talk and discussion with students and Open Source and Free Software supporters organized by LinuxNUS at the National University of Singapore this week. It really amazes me to see the high level of knowledge here about free and open source software and current developments and I am happy to say, that I learnt quite a bit myself from those students. Together we gained lots of ideas how we can cooperate closer in the future. I invited them to the OpenTechSummit and the LXDE Asian Summit which we are organizing as a partner from May 4-10 in Taipei and I am looking forward to get involved in more events with LinuxNUS in the future. LinuxNUS, thanks for your great work and organisation!

lxde-singapore-linuxnus

lxde-singapore-meetup-presentation

Fotos: GOH Lu Feng

Liveblogging by GOH Lu Feng: After talking about the business opportunities with LXDE, Mario is now talking about the community at LXDE. An interesting fact about LXDE Project is that the founder of the Project, alias PCMan, is actually a medical doctor! A very prominent member of the LXDE community is Klaus Knopper, also the creator of Knoppix LiveCD. In fact, the recent release of Knoppix has moved from having KDE to LXDE as the default desktop environment. One of the key messages from Mario is that an Open Source Project need both technical and non-technical members, as well as people with wide diversity in order for an Open Source Project to be successful. Mario also gave an anecdote of a student in Taiwan who actively contributed to LXDE. This student enjoyed development work and was netted an internship with the Open Source Foundry in Taiwan, due to his involvement and experience with Open Source Development. Mario also mentioned that he is able to get openSUSE to sponsor usb sticks if anyone is able to produce a light version of openSUSE with LXDE. To be updated: Details steps on how to contribute to the LXDE project and GSOC LXDE Projects. Todo: Help LXDE advertise abt GSOC to the Singapore Universities. (http://linuxnus.org/2009/03/11/live-blogging-at-lxde-talk-mar-09/)

We had dinner at Dover after the talk. The food was great and so was the company. Quite a few ideas popped out from the conversations. One suggestion from Mario was to organise some girl only events to attract girls into Open Source. This has been a successfully practiced in Taiwan. Another idea that is likely to be worked on is to organise FOSS.SG. (http://linuxnus.org/2009/03/12/lxde-talk-mar-09-aftermath/)

Summer of Code: Please submit your project ideas

Google Summer of Code

I have submitted our application for the Google Summer of Code 2009 and we are looking forward to the participation of the LXDE project. We are applying with LXDE and PCMan File Manager as dedicated software projects.

We are gathering project ideas for LXDE in the wiki.  If you are interested to join LXDE at the summer of code and would like to discuss project ideas, please also join us on IRC at irc.oftc.net #lxde.

Ideas for the PCMan File Manager project are on a seperate project page here: PCMan File Manager Ideas. The pages will be continuously updated with more information starting at the week from Monday, March 16, 2009.

Please visit our idea pages and add your project ideas. We are looking forward to your involvement and contributions!

LXDE Project Ideas: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2009

PMan File Manger Project Ideas:  http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCMan_File_Manager_Ideas

LXDE Talk at FOSDEM 2009

We had a fantastic time at FOSDEM 2009 in Brussels. After the Chaos Communication Congress a few weeks ago, we have again seen many people already using LXDE. Christoph Wickert (Fedora)  and I had a lightning talk where we gave an overview of LXDE and the expanding community in front of about 500 people. Special thanks to Tias Guns for hosting our talk.

We also met many contributors maintaining LXDE packages in Linux distributions. Even though the LXDE project is still a project of a small community, it is already one of the most international projects in the free and open source software world.

Sander Marechal from LXer writes: The most striking thing about LXDE is… the community. Where many projects lament the lack of Asian members the LXDE community is truly international. (http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/115938/)

We will continue to support the growth of the community, engage to get more resources for developers and contributors and make it easy for people to join us. Check out more infos on how to join here join.lxde.org.

Links:

* FOSDEM 2009 LXDE Talk: http://www.fosdem.org/2009/schedule/events/lxde

* Chaos Communication Congress 2009, LXDE Page: http://events.ccc.de/congress/2008/wiki/LXDE

Lubuntu? LXDE Meet up with Mark Shuttleworth in Berlin

When will you release Lubuntu? Many people ask us this question recently. Actually, we do not have a distribution named Lubuntu… yet. So time to get in touch with the Ubuntu community and Mark Shuttleworth about an official cooperation. I finally met up with Mark today for breakfast here in Berlin and talked with him about LXDE.

Mark Shuttleworth - LubuntuAs a first step Mark invited us to become a self-maintained project in the Ubuntu community. This means we will be able to manage LXDE inside Ubuntu, ultimately offering an Ubuntu derivate, ergo Lubuntu.

Congratulations to the whole LXDE team and community. I am looking forward to this milestone! Special thanks for supporting the growth of the community and being a link between Asia and Europe in the LXDE project to Arne Götje.

Links:

* http://lxde.org

* http://ubuntu.org

* http://markshuttleworth.com