I know that the folks at Ruby Central (David Black, Chad F., Rich
Kilmer, et al) had a big impact on Ruby being added to Google’s
‘Summer of Code’. They tried last year, but they made it happen this
Based on that, I’ve made a donation to Ruby Central  to support the
work that they do (as I did last year). I’d love to see my (almost a)
tradition spread. Do it, don’t do it. Announce that you did, or
didn’t do it, or keep it to yourself. Either way, at least think
about making a donation to support Ruby Central.
It seems to be win/win. You support Ruby Central, they get Google to
support ruby coders with a couple grand (and Ruby Central gets $500
per project, so your seed money can grow). The Ruby community gains
new tools, and Ruby coders get paid to make them.
If we ‘start a movement’ (ie: Alice’s Restaurant), well, maybe we can
even revive the ‘Codefest Grants’ .
It’s tough to just pass on a deal like that (do I offer the free
coffee mug now, or do I wait until our guest star appears?) Operators
are standing by, so click that link now (I blame PBS)…
Bill G. (aka aGorilla)
The best answer to most questions is “it depends”.