What free software projects will be sponsored by Google this summer?

What free software projects will be sponsored by Google this summer?

Last night Google started publishing the list of mentoring organizations that are going to participate in the Summer of Code 2013 program. There's a fair share of content production tools again. What are the opportunities for students exactly?

Inkscape has a more or less same list of project ideas, but here's a clue. Even with threaded SVG filters rendering there's a place for further performance improvements, and the way Inkscape deals with text certainly needs more work. Also, a new idea this year is color management support in Cairo — the topic we extensively discussed half a year ago. Richard Hughes (GNOME Color Manager, colord) agreed to co-mentor it.

GIMP's team suggests focusing on porting more plug-ins to GEGL, the new editor's image processing engine, to get GIMP 2.10 released as soon as possible. Other ideas include OpenEXR support and improved support for Adobe Photoshop files. Historically, however, developers gravitate towards students who come up with cool ideas of their own.

Krita's participation is officially handled by the KDE organization, and the wiki lists some ideas from the previous year that focus on making the application a great tool for VFX and animation. Well, who would expect the team dropping that after the recent visit to Double Negative studio in London?

Blender has a huge list of potential ideas (they also typically get a lot of slots). It's quite a relief to see video sequencer grabbing attention again, since it's one of the most neglected parts of Blender.

As usual, both GNOME works as umbrella organization and formally handles work on 3rd party projects that are close enough. Apart from porting color management in GNOME to Wayland (initial work already done by Richard Hughes) there are ideas like integrating 3rd party RAW processing software with Shotwell, and proxy editing in PiTiVi via GStreamer Editing Services (more PiTiVi ideas available).

The only large digital photography project this year is digiKam, with suggested ideas like tags manager, HDR composer, video metadata support improvements etc.

Two most relevant project ideas for LibreOffice are Macromedia FreeHand filter and improvements in the WMF/EMF/EMF+ importer. Sadly, OpenType support isn't mentioned, although you can suggest that should you decide to work on this feature.

For MuseScore it's their first GSoC, and they already have a student willing to work on Jianpu notation support. Other project ideas include cloud storage of resources and configuration, and a Native Client (NaCl) port of libmscore.

Finally, if you are into DJing, Mixxx has a wide range of project ideas, from plug'n'play MIDI Mode and community MIDI mappings to library GUI Layout Redesign and support for streaming services such as Soundcloud.

With all that in mind it's worth mentioning that teams typically encourage potential students to come up with ideas of their own.

Project submissions period starts on April 22 and closes on May 3. If you are eligible for participation, you have over 3 weeks to contact a mentoring organization, propose a project, familiarize yourself with the code, and flesh out the schedule.

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  1. I didn’t know that Google give money to free software. Do you know how they think they will earn money with that ? (sorry for my english i’m french, I hope you will understand).

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 12 April 2013 at 9:48 pm

    If you read a little beyond the title of the news, you’ll find out :)

  3. Google has been really working hard on free and open source projects. Thanks to Google for investing in these free softwares.

  4. As of the video, as long as I can see there are no codecs/video encoding software on the list (no GStreamer, no VLC, ...). What happened?

  5. I like this post, ya! Google has been really working hard on free projects but i didn’t know that Google give money to free software.

  6. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs that I see these days don’t really provide anything that interesting. But I’m definitely interested in this one more than any other blog. Just thought to share my views on this to let you know how useful these articles are. Thanks.

  7. I’ve been using Blender for some time and some of the ideas on their list are really useful. If they could implement those regardless of student proposals that would be great.

  8. Google’s products are a delight. I am eagerly waiting for this announcement to come up. Please update whenever this news comes out.

  9. Well, I don’t think Google is giving nothing for nothing. If they do support these developments is always thinking of improving their own technology. But it is very well they do support new entrepreneurs. Hopefully some of them, or rather their companies, will be acquired by Google in the future, and will make them rich. So it works, right?

  10. thats good news…. google should do this FREE giveaway more & more… becoz only Google we can trust the most

  11. ell, I don’t think Google is giving nothing for nothing. If they do support these developments is always thinking of improving their own technology. But it is very well they do support new entrepreneurs. Hopefully some of them, or rather their compani

  12. Thanks for providing such a great article, it was excellent and very informative.
    as a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed.
    thank you :)

  13. i love your poste great

  14. Nice article, along with the competition, google will be more and more open as its own strategy.

  15. I am surprised how such innovative company, focuses piece o money in digital imaging tech like tags, metadata improvement… It is not fundamental and money could be invested for img processing and formatting instead.

  16. Thank you for sharing such great information with us. I really appreciate everything that you’ve done here and am glad to know this

  17. It’s amazing to me the amount of people that trash Google as some big scary corporation but ignore stuff like this. The amount of innovative, software development companies that Google actively sponsors and supports is truly mind blowing. Is there another top-tier tech company that’s doing what they’re doing. The answer is absolutely not.

  18. Doubt that Google will give a great deal away unless they are going to make publicity or money -

  19. thanks for this article but i think google sponsor a lot of software for example google buy 14 new project idea every year

  20. well written article good news related to offers of softwares.

  21. People can knock Google all they want, but you have to give them credit for sponsoring something like this (wasn’t even aware of that), and providing the list of mentors as they did.

    BTW - The link to the mentoring organization list is broken.

  22. Wonder if this is something that Google will also be doing this year?

  23. Nice post. Google should get much more credit for what they are doing, They changed the world, surely for the better.

  24. I think Microsoft’s sponsorships are better as there is much better of change of doing something great and getting benefited out of it. Two of my friends got a great career after MS sponsorships.

  25. I am desperately waiting for new launch of GIMP 2.10 version. I hope it is really helpful for software technology and corporate world. Great sharing of knowledge at this time.

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  27. It’s really Good news thanks for sharing nice information….

  28. Really Nice Post Thanks for sharing..

  29. For me personally GIMP is the best image editing software, so it’s cool to see that on Google’s list for last summer. I’ve never been very good at photo editing software, even Paint drives me nuts but that is extremely user friendly. Wonder what will happen this year.

  30. Wow !!!!

    really GIMP is the best image editing software. It was so cool, amaziong….

  31. nice post . thanks for sharing this, hopefully google will bring more free software for us

  32. any updates for the same ?

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  34. I didn’t know that Google give money to free software.It will be great if…
    Google should get much more credit for what they are doing.I love Google.

  35. For me personally GIMP is the best image editing software, so it’s cool to see that on Google’s list for last summer. I’ve never been very good at photo editing software, even Paint drives me nuts but that is extremely user friendly. Wonder what will happen this year.

  36. Thanks for sharing, Nice blog because it is very informative.

  37. @Van Shelving

    I use to like GIMP, but I think one of the best image editing software are IPiccy.com and PicMonkey.com ... these are awesome for imaging editing.

  38. Thank you for sharing such great information with us

  39. I’d love to see Google fund some sort of video editing software. I think that they could quite possibly revolutionize that industry. Would it be possible to update this list (2015)?

  40. Thank you for another fantastic read!

  41. Thanks for this information…
    Is there a free list for 2016? Will Google support projects from all countries? It would be great to get some more detail about this somehow.

  42. Sounds Really Cool, But i cant understand, where is list of free Software Project.

  43. Great. Google is really amazing.

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  45. Thank you. If this is true, it is too great. I will follow your blog, I hope to have more information from you.

  46. I’ve never been very good at photo editing software, But really GIMP is the best image editing software, It was so cool, amazing….I love Google and thanks for sharing such information.

  47. I also use GIMP a lot, it’s the best open source image editing tool out there. I have a small blog about designer dog collars and I use it to edit and crop all the images on my site. I use blogger, but unfortunately still not as good as other blog platforms. Is anyone using Ghost for blogging? I heard it’s pretty good.

  48. i have not used this kind of photo editing software, but realy this is amazing tool.thanks for sharing this now many software developers get benefited by this.

  49. I’ve never been very good at photo editing software, But really GIMP is the best image editing software, It was so cool, increadible.I love Google and thanks for sharing such information.

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