GSoC Student Requirements

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To be able to track student progress during the Summer of Code, we propose that students follow these principles. These are just some broad guidelines - details can always be discussed with your mentor.

Progress Report

We expect a weekly progress report. This will help you as much as it will help us, since just sitting down once in a while and thinking about what you did so far and what you plan to do next will help you get a better idea of the progress of your project.

Your progress report should roughly cover:

  • What did you achieve over the last week?
  • What did not work out as expected and why?
  • What are your plans for the coming week?
  • Where do you think you may be facing a problem or require more time?

Whether you send this progress report to your mentors only or publish it somewhere (e.g. on a blog or on the geeklog-devel mailing list) is up to you.

We would, however, allow the community to get an idea about the progress of your project once in a while, so we would like to ask you to prepare a summary at around the time of the mid-term evaluation and again at the end of the project. We would like to post that summary in the "Summer of Code" topic on


The Coding Period starts on May 21. From that point on, we would like to see regular commits and a push to your GSoC repository (which will be provided for you) at least once per week.

Integration Period

The last two weeks of the Coding Period (i.e. the second & third week in August) should be reserved for integration and test. At this point, your project should be mostly complete and you should spend some time syncing with the latest changes in Geeklog's core code, so that your project can make it into the main repository soon thereafter.

Geeklog has a bi-annual release cycle, with major releases in April and November. We would very much like to see the results of your project make it into the November release. Just think of all the people who will soon use your code :)

Talk to us

Please remember: When you run into a problem (be it with the project or something personal) - tell us about it. We're here to help you finish your project. But to be able to help you, we need to know that there is a problem first ...