Summer of Code: Meet up with Leslie Hawthorn Community Manager of Google

Google LogoThe strength of an Open Source FOSS project comes from its community. Google has realized that and supports the community with its Summer of Code programme. I had the chance to meet up at an earlybird breakfast in Brussels with Leslie Hawthorn and some folks from Google like Peter Anvin to discuss some ideas of how we can work together to support the Asian FOSS community. Leslie Hawthorn is the program manager for Google’s Open Source Team and responsible for the Summer of Code project of Google.

I am happy that Google likes our ideas about bringing the international FOSS community closer together. The LXDE team is engaging in bringing the global FOSS community together by supporting the community with tools in their language, organizing meetings of contributors and educating folks about open source and free software. Recently some core members including Andrew Lee and me also joined the organization team of the OpenTechSummit series and we have much more in mind.

With me at the meeting I had also invited my friend Felix Fietkau aka nbd, the number one OpenWRT developer and member of the Freifunk community. The OpenWRT guys are currently working on making LXDE run with their speedy distribution. It is fascinating to see what will come out of it.

Google Summer of Code - LXDETalking about the GSoC: Leslie told me that Google is very positive of our upcoming application for the Summer of Code 2009. We will suggest some ideas for students who are interested to participate in our wiki soon. As this is a wiki, you are of course invited to post your 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. (

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


* FOSDEM 2009 LXDE Talk:

* Chaos Communication Congress 2009, LXDE Page: