What is KolibriOS?
KolibriOS is a tiny yet incredibly powerful and fast operating system. This power requires only a few megabyte disk space and 8MB of RAM to run. Kolibri features a rich set of applications that include word processor, image viewer, graphical editor, web browser and well over 30 exciting games. Full FAT12/16/32 support is implemented, as well as read-only support for NTFS, ISO9660 and Ext2/3/4. Drivers are written for popular sound, network and graphics cards.
Have you ever dreamed of a system that boots in less than 10 seconds from power-on to working GUI, on $100 PC? Applications that start instantly, immediately after clicking an icon, without annoying hourglass pointers? This speed is achieved since the core parts of KolibriOS (kernel and drivers) are written entirely in FASM assembly language! Try our system and compare it with such heavyweights as Windows and Linux.
KolibriOS has forked off from MenuetOS in 2004, and is being developed independently since then. All our code is open-source and free, with the majority of the code released under GPLv2 license. Your feedback is very much appreciated, and your help is even more welcome.
What is "Summer of Code"?
The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual program, first held from May to August 2005, in which Google awards stipends (of 5,000 USD, as of 2013) to hundreds of students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer. The program is open to students aged 18 or over from most of the world. [Google employees, interns, contractors, or family members thereof; or residents and/or nationals of Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma), with whom Google is prohibited by U.S. law from engaging in commerce, are ineligible to participate.]
Each year, a few hundred Open-Source organizations (417 orgs in 2013) apply for participation in Google Summer of Code program. After the applications review, Google selects around 40% of the organizations (177 orgs in 2013) to take part in that year program. Each approved organization then "hires" a few students to write code for them during that summer. The "hiring process" is done by the organizations, but the stipends are paid by Google. Same as with organizations applications, only a limited number of students from those that apply, are "hired" (in 2012, the "hire" rate was around 28%, with 1212 students selected from 4258 students that applied).
More information about this year Google Summer of Code program is available on their website: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2013
Why do we need your money?
Together with 416 other orgs, we have applied for participation in Google Summer of Code 2013, but unfortunately, we weren't selected. Here is the link to our ideas page:
Not been accepted by Google doesn't mean that our application was bad. On the contrary, Google told us in their feedback session that they liked our application and our ideas page. Just they cannot accept everyone since their budget is limited, and sometimes they have to take tough decisions, like cutting us out, for example.
So we thought to ourselves, why can't we run our own "Summer of Code" program this year? We have the ideas page ready, and we've got the mentors who agreed to volunteer their time to supervise the accepted students. The only problem with this is, since we weren't accepted by Google, they won't pay stipends to the students we "hire".
Here is where you can help us - raise the money needed to "hire" at least one student. Please pledge if you like open-source projects and what we are trying to do here. But we don't only want your money - we want you, the community, to help us decide which project(s) will get done as part of our "Summer of Code", and which student(s) will get in.
Risks and challenges
KolibriOS is a project with 10-year history. Contributors have joined and left, like with any hobby and volunteering project, but the project development has never stopped. People who themselves are willing to help others and have required knowledge to do so, were selected as Mentors. We have discussed "Google Summer of Code 2013" application with all active members of the KolibriOS Project Team, and selected only those 4 (four) people who have both the knowledge, the dedication, and the time to help their students during the entire summer. Each one of them was assigned to mentor projects in his area of specialization only.
Unexpected things can always happen. We cannot guarantee that the project will be completed in time and as promised, because, well, that's how life works. What we do guarantee though, is that, unlike many other projects on Kickstarter which successfully raised their funding, we will always be in touch with you, the backers, and keep you informed of our progress and decisions, and even obstacles and delays, if we encounter them. We promise to post weekly project updates till the project is successfully completed, and answer all your comments and private messages within 48 hours from receiving them. Moreover, as stated in "Why do we need your money?" section, backers in certain pledge levels will be part of the team that makes all decisions, and will get equal voting rights with other team members.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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