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Google Summer of Code is underway

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As of May 1, Google is now accepting applications from students. You've only got until May 8th to get them in, so you'd better get on it.

Drupal and Gentoo have joined the list of over 100 mentors in Google's 2006 Summer of Code.

Google's Summer of Code 2006 Site.

Google Code Home.


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