Will Google's Summer of Code result in (even) better Adium?

I really like Google's Summer of Code, but wish that some of the projects would have been a bit more creative in their chosen projects for incoming developers.

Google just announced its mentoring organizations for its 2008 Summer of Code. I was really happy to see that the open-source Mac instant messaging client, Adium, was selected as one of the mentoring organizations.

Looking at the list of ideas Adium has for its incoming student developers, however, I'm a little bummed by the lack of ambition. Or, rather, creativity.

On tap? Adding the ability to remote control a Mac through Adium (similar to Apple's iChat) and video conferencing support (similar to Apple's iChat), plus improving group chat capabilities. These are nice to haves, but they're simply replications of proprietary products. The reason I use Adium instead of iChat is for all the other things that Adium does better than iChat (customizability being the top reason).

Yes, I know that Summer of Code projects are for relatively newbie developers with only a summer to work. Even so, I would have preferred to see Adium looking for ways to embed IM into email and/or browsers, perhaps letting me simultaneously watch a YouTube video with a friend while chatting about it, etc. Fun things that correspond to the way I use IM.

Anyway, I guess I shouldn't complain. I'm just glad so many great projects are getting assistance, like Audacity and the Internet Archive. I just wish that Handbrake would have submitted something....

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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