Fall of Code?

Actually, Fall, Winter and Spring of code. Sun just announced the Solaris 10 Univesity Challenge Content. That’s right, it’s a challenge and a contest and with three times the staying power of single season of code. Apparently in a modern day treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Google ceded the rest of the year to Sun. Perhaps this was the real beef of the recent Sun/Google agreement.

This is actually pretty cool: be a college student, do something cool on OpenSolaris, take a shot at winning the grand prize of $5k and a sweet box (I imagine there might be prizes for other interesting entries). There are some ideas projects on the contest/challenge/seasonal coding page ranging from good (MythTV), to mundane (support for inkjet printers from Epson), to confusing (internet gaming — I thought online gamling was its own reward), to inane (“A joystick driver – for gaming”, oh for gaming? I’ve been using it for system administration). Here’s my list off the top of my head — if you want more ideas, feel free to drop me a line.

Work on an existing open source project

Write something new (using cools stuff in Solaris)

That’s what I’d do, but if you have a better idea, go do that instead.

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Posted on October 19, 2005 at 4:15 pm by ahl · Permalink
In: OpenSolaris

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  1. Written by Anonymous
    on October 20, 2005 at 7:16 pm

    What ever happened with the Solaris Challenge? http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/dp/?anchor=solaris_challenge_competiton_update

    The link to the competition is dead, and the last I heard mention of it, the winners “are currently being contacted.” http://forum.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=22659&messageID=72479

  2. Written by Adam Leventhal
    on October 22, 2005 at 8:17 am

    Good question — I’ll investigate.

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