I was getting a little concerned because I hadn’t been able to contact two pretty important contributors to OGRE about the Eihort licensing, and could envisage us having to spend a fair amount of time rewriting these contributions only to hear back from them afterwards to say it would have been ok. Luckily the awesome connectivity power of the OGRE community came into it’s own once again, and even though a month and many, many email addresses later hadn’t got me in contact, two days with the help of the wider community and the issue was resolved.
The first was easy - someone knew an updated email address for one of the contributors. The second was almost a demonstration of the Six Degrees of Separation principle; we knew that the person in question had moved to work on a high-profile game for EA / Maxis (you should be able to guess which ;)), but no-one had any contact details. In the end, someone on the forum knew someone else who worked for the company, who contacted the person we were after, who got back to me that very day. Superb 😀Only a couple of small rewrites are left for Eihort now which I have no problem with.
Secondly, I got confirmation that OGRE was accepted as a mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code 2006. Basically, Google pays students to work on open-source projects over their summer holiday, and we supervise them (and get a little money into the bargain too). They ran it last year too but it was a much smaller affair, this year there are a lot more organisations involved. Google has pretty deep pockets now, and it’s great to see them doing things like this - in 2005 they laid out more than $2m on it, I’d expect this year it will be even more. They may not be quite as squeaky-clean as they used to be, with their “Don’t be evil” principle somewhat in question over behaviour in China recently, but of all the big super-rich companies out there, I know which one I like the most, and I think that goes for a lot of people.
It’s yet another time sink, but I thought about it a lot before applying and I think it’s well worth it - it’s good to promote open source development, good to promote a few add-on contributions for OGRE, good to get a little extra money into the project (the web server isn’t free), and probably a good thing to have on my CV too 😀