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GSoC 2008 - Welcome, students! Michael Schumacher 22 Apr 20:47
GSoC 2008 - Welcome, students! Sven Neumann 23 Apr 08:52
Michael Schumacher
2008-04-22 20:47:49 UTC (about 14 years ago)

GSoC 2008 - Welcome, students!

Dear students,

welcome to the GIMP and GEGL part of Google Summer of Code 2008!

We are very happy and excited about your projects, so let's make sure that you do know all that's needed for making them successful.

The two most important steps are related to the source code:

Getting the most up-to-date source code ---------------------------------------

GIMP and GEGL source code is managed in a Subversion (SVN) repository provided by the GNOME project. You can access it with a web browser at and use the viewcv feature to have a look, but in order to get whole modules you will need to use the Subversion client svn.

Getting the GIMP and GEGL trunk source code via anonymous SVN access is then as easy as

svn co gimp


svn co gegl

You should make sure that you can build GIMP and GEGL from this source code - it requires a few more tools than building from a release package.

Getting write access to the repository --------------------------------------

When you are working on your project, you will have to be able to commit your code to the Subversion repository from time to time (do not worry about breaking anything, you will be able to work on your own branch of the source code).

You will need an account for the GNOME repository, though.

The procedure to get an account is outlined here:

and it links to the request form at

Full name and permanent email are obvious. The username has to be connected to your real name in some way, e.g. like mine:

schumaml SCHUMAcher MichaeL

For the SSH key, follow the procedure described in

Mention that you are a Summer of Code student working on a GIMP or GEGL project in the comment field, and choose the 'Access to Subversion' option from the Abilities. The GNOME project that can vouch for you is GIMP or GEGL, select it from the drop-down box near the bottom of the form.

Once you got write access, the URLs for the source code access change. For example, you'll get GIMP with

svn co svn+ssh://[login@] gimp

With a real login name, this would be

svn co svn+ssh:// gimp

Getting help in case of problems --------------------------------

All of you have already been on our IRC channels, #gimp and #gegl on So I won't have to tell you that this is the fastest way to get help if you're stuck.

You won't have to wait for your mentor to appear there, almost everyone should be able to help you with general questions. Only if you need to get into details of your project, then your mentor might be the only one who can help.

For topics which do require longer texts (e.g. containing code), the developer mailing lists are better suited.

Stay in contact with your mentor --------------------------------

Make sure that your mentor does know what you're doing on the project. Tell him about the planned steps and agree on how to proceed with the project.

Next Summer of Code steps -------------------------

We're currently in the Community Bonding Period, which runs until May 26.

Nothing prevents you from starting to code early, but maybe you want to take some more time to get familiar with all of the "how to create a patch, how to add some code, how do I not break anything else... :)"

Regards, Michael

Sven Neumann
2008-04-23 08:52:44 UTC (about 14 years ago)

GSoC 2008 - Welcome, students!


thanks to Michael for giving a warm welcome to the students. I think he already mentioned pretty much everything. One detail that wasn't mentioned is that GIMP development is currently closing in for the GIMP 2.6 release. We will make detailed plans for this at the Libre Graphics Meeting. For the GSoC students this means that SVN trunk is not open for any experiments. You should do your work on a branch that is created for your particular project. The mentors will assist you with this.

With some luck, GIMP 2.6 should be released around GSoC mid-term evaluation. At that point we can then check which projects are already in a state that can be merged into the main tree. We would really like to get all the features you are working on into GIMP 2.8 so that our users can benefit from your work as soon as possible.