Pidgin was awarded four students for this year’s Google Summer of Code. It was a difficult process to select just four students from the 34 great applications we received. These are the projects we finally chose:
- Ankit Vani will be working on GObjectification. This entails a lot of behind-the-scenes changes to the Pidgin code to use GObjects to make developer’s lives easier.
- Ashish Gupta will be working on improving file transfer between libpurple and non-libpurple IM clients. He’ll initially be focusing on the Yahoo! and XMPP protocols before moving on to a protocol-agnostic file transfer plugin.
- Bhaskar Kandiyal will be creating a website for browsing available Pidgin plugins, as well as improving Pidgin’s plugin management and installation UI.
- Phil Hannent will create Quail – a Qt GUI for libpurple.
We’re looking forward to seeing what they create! The coding period begins June 17 and ends September 23.
As always, thanks to everyone who applied. And remember, this is an open source project and you’re welcome to contribute even if you’re not participating in Summer of Code.