The Sandbox is a Subversion repository for Commons committers to function as an open workspace for sharing and collaboration. The Sandbox serves as a staging ground for project which are destined for what is known as the Commons Proper.
Google Summer of CodeTM is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. The Apache Software Foundation participates in the program every year.
See the Google Summer of Code space in Commons Sandbox for details.
A Sandbox component is considered active if there is a definite plan for promotion to the Commons Proper and there is an active group of existing committers working on a component.
A Commons Sandbox component is considered dormant if there is little recent development activity and no individual or group of individual commiters has emerged to champion its ultimate promotion to Commons Proper. See the Commons dormant components webpage for a list of Commons components currently considered dormant.
A Commons Sandbox component is considered inactive if there is no active development for a sustained period of time.