From time to time, Google's Open Source Team sponsors student travel to conferences. Dongmei Liu and Zhou Zhouyi, two of our Google Summer of Code&trade Graduates, recently attended AsiaBSDCon 2008 and were kind enough to send us this report:
Google recently invited us to join the fun at AsiaBSDCon 2008. We met many famous developers from the FreeBSD community and had a great experience talking with other developers in person. We also got to meet cool people from Google and now have a deeper understanding of Google's business culture.
As a Summer of Coder the strongest feeling you have is that things are open. You can say what you want and you can work on whatever is interesting to you. The program gives you chances to improve yourself and exercise your skills. This feeling continued throughout Summer of Code and carried over to the conference.
While attending AsiaBSDCon, we felt very honored to be members of the Open Source community. Everyone attending had high enthusiasm, which spread to both of us. We felt our insights into software development were widely broadened by the conversations we had. We got a chance to attend the FreeBSD Developer's Summit, where everyone brainstormed new ideas. We also attended NetBSD's discussions and found out about the many interesting things developed based on NetBSD. We also met some guys who were really interested in Summer of Code projects, and we hope to be in contact in the future to collaborate.
Thanks to Google for giving us this opportunity.
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Ed. Note: Post updated to correct link error.