LXDE has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2010. We are looking forward to a great summer with more people joining development. Please propose ideas for the program on our idea page. Students wishing to apply, please check out the Student Check List in the wiki and join us on irc.oftc.net #lxde to discuss your ideas. A channel for discussion in Chinese on irc.oftc.net #lxde-zh. A German channel is available at #lxde-de.
Our mailing list is here: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list
Every application is welcome. We are not only looking for experienced students, but for anyone wishing to contribute to LXDE also after the summer.
The application period starts on March 29, 2010. Please use the time to discuss your ideas beforehand already.
* LXDE Idea Page: http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Google_Summer_of_Code_2010
* GSoC program: http://socghop.appspot.com/
* Accepted Organization: http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2010
* Mailing List: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/lxde-list
I just found this factoid on Ohloh and I am amazed to read this:
LXDE: Very large, active development team
Over the past twelve months, 26 developers contributed new code to LXDE. This is one of the largest open-source teams in the world, and is in the top 2% of all project teams on Ohloh. For this measurement, Ohloh considered only recent changes to the code. Over the entire history of the project, 46 developers have contributed. (http://www.ohloh.net/p/lxde/factoids/)
I believe everyone in the LXDE team still considers the project as a rather small project with a small team. There have been many changes and advances, but I would have never guessed that LXDE is one of the big projects. If we see it in regards to Gnome and KDE, the relations become different though. Gnome has 432 developers according to Ohloh and KDE even 482 code contributors. XFCE shows up with 12 coders during the last twelve months.
I wonder how many people actually work in different desktop projects at the same time. We have friendly relationships with many contributors working on different projects already. Chris Wickert for example is a core member of LXDE and at the same time taking care of XFCE packages in Fedora. In the end we all share the same ideas and goals about free and open source and we actually share a lot of the code with many projects, especially with our friends from XFCE.
Everyone, keep up the good work! I hope to see more exchange and friendships among our projects. We welcome everyone to work and cooperate with us even if we have some different views sometimes on specific questions. In the end it is cooperation what makes us – as a software project and a community – advance faster and become better.
I was honered to be a guest at the founding meeting of the Freedesktop Group Bejing (which is part of the College Open Source Society) last Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Tsinghua University and to introduce LXDE to some of the brightest IT students from universities in Beijing.
Since my arrival in Beijing I am supported a lot by the folks from the Beijing Linux User Group who put me in touch with many people interested in a faster and more energy efficient computer desktop – the goal of the LXDE project. Thanks especially to Pockey Lam for all the support and good advice!