This is relatively old news, but it’s interesting morning reading: the developers of BZFlag, one of the longest-running open source game projects, published an article detailing their experiences as one of the only game projects to have ever participated in Google’s Summer of Code:
Since 2005, Google has run an open source software development program specifically for students called the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Under this program, Google funds students to write code for open source projects during the northern hemisphere’s summer timeframe. The student efforts are focused on projects that they themselves propose to projects such as BZFlag, sometimes catering to ideas that the project suggests or ideas entirely of the student’s own conception. Student proposals are then reviewed, evaluated, and ranked by the project.
BZFlag first participated during GSoC’s third year in 2007. A detailed after-the-fact discussion and analysis of BZFlag’s first-year participation is included in the article “Postmortem” Perspectives of a First-year Participant in the 2007 Google Summer of Code for BZFlag
The post-mortem discusses managing open source game development and lessons learned from the experience; their wiki also mentions they plan on participating in the 2008 GSoC, which is officially underway. Thanks to Plouj for the heads up.