Google Summer of Code 2013
Every year Google funds a project called Google Summer of Code . Google works with different open source projects, and actually pays students to hack on open source projects during their summer break. If a student is interested in participating in Google Summer of Code (GSoC), they must write a proposal for a project that they want to work on for a specific open source project, and submit it. These proposals are evaluated by the open source project and Google. If approved, the student can work on their project, but must work with a mentor in the open source project.
FreeBSD has participated in GSoC for many years.
A few months ago, Neeraj Rawat, who is a computer science student at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IITD) sent me an e-mail and asked if I could mentor him on a FUSE file system project for FreeBSD. I have never done this before, so agreed. I am very interested in bringing new blood into the FreeBSD project. I am interested in learning what the pain points are for new developers to start with FreeBSD, so as a project, we in FreeBSD can improve things. Pedro Giffuni has also agreed to mentor this project. Pedro has a lot of experience with FreeBSD file systems and FUSE.
GSoC has a published schedule for when the GSoC work must start, and when it must end. Neeraj has submitted his proposal, and we will learn if it is accepted by the end of May 2013. Hopefully the proposal will be accepted, and we can do some interesting things over the summer with FUSE and FreeBSD!