PORTLAND. Google’s Summer of Code (SoC) has been around since 2005 as a way to get students involved in open source. But according to Google program Manager Leslie Hawthorne the Google system used for managing the projects within the SoC hasn’t been all that great. So Google is developing a new collaboration platform called Melange (based on the concept of Melange / spice from Frank Herbert’s Dune novels). Google Open Source Program Manager Chris DiBona was creditted by Hawthorne for coming up with the name.
“We need to make a system that is
useful as a method of interaction,” Hawthorne told the OSCON crowd. ” DiBona came up with the name. It’s Melange as in the spice of creation.”