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16 November 2014

10 years of GSoC and VideoLAN

A few weeks ago, the 10 years Google Summer of Code Reunion was held in San Jose. To celebrate for the 10 seasons of GSoC, this event replaced the usual Google Summer of Code summit.

I thought it would be a good occasion to share what we've achieved around VideoLAN and VLC during those summer of code programs.

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11 May 2011

State of VideoLAN

It's been a long time

It's been a long time since the last time I wrote something long enough around here.
But the cool thing is that it is due to being working quite a lot on VLC and different projects...

So, how well is VideoLAN? How well is VLC?

In this post, I will come back on a few points that happened in our last year.

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27 November 2008

Evaluation of Google Summer of Code 2008 for VideoLAN

This is a post to summarize and evaluate the work that we did this year, compared to last year too.

This was our second year of the Google Summer of Code project.

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8 April 2008

Reflexions about the first part of this SoC

Maybe no one cares, but still here are some random thoughts about what happened so far for us. I write them now, because I might forget those when all will be over.


This is the second year for VideoLAN as a mentoring organisation for the GSoC.

In our first year we didn't outperform for many reasons (see here for details

VideoLAN is not a very stuctured organisation.


But this year, we received 85 candidacies (+8 ineligible) against something between 40 and 50 last year... (I fear that I don't have the exact number ;-) )

I know the GSoC is getting bigger every year, but still this is a big increase for us. Moreover, some of the students did some really good patches (one almost solved the main subject of one of our idea ) and the application level is better...

Why ?

So I don't really know exactly why, but here are a few guesses:

  • Last year, GSoC was a bit of a surprise for us. This year, we know way better what we can expect from students/mentors.
  • Last year, VideoLAN was mentoring only for VLC media player, this year, we have VLC media player and x264 (we have roughly 70/15 applications for VLC/x264)
  • Ideas were done mostly the same way, but we put more of them on our wiki this year. Ideas are more sized for a summer (see first reason)
  • We added ideas cross projects (x264-VLC, VLC-other codecs libraries, VLC-FreePV)
  • We added qualification tasks (VLC: compile VLC, provide a patch on the trunk, x264: more complex qualification tasks). This highered the quality.
  • We have tried to work with other projects (some FFmpeg mentors can read our applications (and vice-versa), we accepted FFmpeg and x264 qualification tasks as an "ok" for us, ...)
  • We announced everything earlier and were more organised between mentors (ml, IRC, meetings...)
  • We have a former student who is a mentor now.
  • I have more time than last year during that phase... :D Must be because the sun is better in California than in France...

Many ideas were recommendations that came from the Mentor Summit, so I must say that this summit did help us a *LOT*.

Hope this can help some people...

17 March 2008

Google Summer of Code: VideoLAN


Hello to everyone,

I am glad to announce you that VideoLAN is a mentoring organisation for Google Summer of code 2008.

Students, ideas

If you are an interested student, please check the ideas for VLC and x264 on our wiki.

Original ideas are more than welcome.


Please check the SoC timeline.


Unfortunately, we have to unforce a few rules to avoid failures and not-serious enough students: Rules.

Those rules are flexible, especially for x264.

Contact Us

If you are interested in anything around SoC, please contact xtophe (vlc), Dark_Shikari (x264) and me (vlc and other weird requests)

Everything is quite flexible, but I would like to focus on quality more than quantity.

May the code be with you.

8 November 2007

Google Summer of Code: Mentor Summit [fr]

Bon, j'ai pas mal posté sur le Summer of Code en anglais, voilà un petit résumé pour les gens intéressés, mais qui sont allergiques à la langue de Shakespeare.

Google Inc. (GOOG) organise, depuis l'année 2006, un événement durant l'été, le Google Summer of Code, pendant lequel Google paye des étudiants à travers le monde pour travailler sur des projets Open Source. Le but de cet événement est double: améliorer la qualité globale des logiciels Open Source que Google utilise régulièrement et recruter des éléments de qualité.

Google ouvre son programme aux organisations Open Source qui le souhaitent, en sélectionne une centaine et les dote d'un nombre de projets possible, en fonction de l'intérêt du projet, de la taille de la communauté, et du nombre d'étudiants intéressés. Cette année, 130 projets étaient représentés, avec plus de 900 étudiants et plus de 500 mentors.

Le taux de succès de travaux d'étudiants s'est élevé à près de 80% et à produit plusieurs millions de lignes de codes.

Dans les projets sélectionnés cette année, beaucoup sont d'origine européenne, et la France était très bien représentée.

Cependant, la partie la plus intéressante de cet événement consiste en la rencontre entre les administrateurs et mentors des diverses organisations. En effet, à la fin de l'été, le 6 octobre, environs 150 mentors et administrateurs parmi les meilleures organisations ont été invités au siège social de Google, à Mountain View, en Californie, afin de discuter de l'avenir de l'événement pour l'améliorer, mais aussi, de travailler à la coopération entre les projets Open Source, dans une rencontre de type non-conférence.

La communauté française était bien représentée, notamment à travers les projets FreeNet, FFmpeg, VideoLAN, Sip-communicator, mais aussi des membres de KDE, GNOME ou Eclipse. Votre serviteur était présent, lui aussi.

Des conseils pour l'organisation du Summer of Code 2008 ont été échangés, et l'événement sera reconduit, et sera de taille plus importante. En outre, il a été suggéré d'allonger la rencontre entre les organisations, puisque les échanges, les partenariats et les projets annexes et communs ont fleuris en marge de cette rencontre. En effet, malgré des manifestations comme OSCon, le FOSDEM ou LinuxTag, une telle concentration de personnes des projets Open Source reste exceptionnelle, et le style de la rencontre est propice à ce genre d’échanges.

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