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Welcome to our 2010 Debian Google Summer of Code students!

Hello everyone!

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to our selected students for the
2010 Debian Google Summer of Code.

They should pop up on Debian Planet soon and you’re welcome to come
talk to them on #debian-soc on irc.debian.org

== Aptitude Qt ==
by Piotr Galiszewski, mentored by Sune Vuorela

Qt GUI for aptitude. Currently, KDE users need to use Aptitude via the
console interface, or install the newly developed GTK frontend, which
does not fit well into KDE desktop. Making Qt frontend to Aptitude
would solve this problem and bring an advanced and fully
Debian-compliant graphical package manager to KDE.

== Content-aware Config Files Upgrading ==
by Krzysztof Tyszecki, mentored by Dominique Dumont

When a package deliver configuration files, the problem of merging
user data with new configuration instructions will arise during
package upgrades on users systems. Sometimes merging can be done with
3 way merge, but this process does not insure that the resulting file
is correct or even legal. This project intends to create standards,
tools an heuristics to make the scary config file conflict resolution
debconf prompt a thing of the past.

== Debbugs Bug Reporting and Manipulation API ==
by David Wendt Jr., mentored by Bastian Venthur

Currently debbugs supports a SOAP interface for querying Debian’s Bug
Tracking System. Unfortunately this operation is read-only. This
project would create an API for debbugs which supports sending and
manipulating bug reports, without having to resort to email. This
project does not intend to replace email as mean to manipulate the BTS
but rather to enhance the BTS to allow other means of bug creation and

== Debian High Performance Computing on Clouds ==
by Dominique Belhachemi, mentored by Steffen Moeller

The project paves a way to combine the demands in high performance
computing with the dynamics of compute clouds with Debian. Combining
the Eucalyptus cloud computing infrastructure with the TORQUE resource
manager and preparing the components for dynamically added and removed
instances provides the user with a attractive high performance
computing environment. Such a system allows users to share resources
with large compute centers with minimal changes in their workflow and

== Debian-Installer on Neo FreeRunner and Handheld Devices ==
by Thibaut Girka, mentored by Gaudenz Steinlin

This project aims to improve the installation experience of Debian on
handheld devices by replacing ad-hoc install scripts by a full-blown
and adapted Debian-Installer. The Neo FreeRunner is used as it is the
most convenient and open device from a development standpoint, but
other devices will also be explored.

== Hurd port and de-Linux-ization of Debian-Installer ==
by Jérémie Koenig, mentored by Samuel Thibault

The primary means of distributing the Hurd is through Debian GNU/Hurd.
However, the installation CDs presently use an ancient, non-native
installer. The goal of this project is to port the missing parts of
Debian-Installer to Hurd. To achieve this, all problematic
Linux-specific code in Debian-Installer will be replaced by less or
non-kernel dependent code, paving the way for better support of other
non-Linux ports of Debian.

== Multi-Arch support in APT ==
by David Kalnischkies, mentored by Michael Vogt

Hardware like 64bit processors are perfectly able to execute 32bit
opcode but until now this potentiality is disregard as the
infrastructure tools like dpkg and APT are not able to install and/or
solve dependencies across multiple architectures. The project
therefore focuses on enabling APT to work out good solutions in a
MultiArch aware environments without the need of hacky and partly
working biarch packages currently in use.

== Package Repository Analysis and Migration Automation ==
by Ricardo O’Donell, mentored by Neil Williams

Emdebian uses a filter to select packages from the main Debian
repositories that are considered useful to embedded devices, excluding
the majority of packages. The results of processing the filter are
automated but maintaining the filter list is manual. This project
seeks to automate certain elements of the filtering process to cope
with specific conditions. This project will also generalize to more
elaborate and intelligent algorithms to improve the transitions of the
main Debian archives.

== Smart Upload Server for FTP Master ==
by Petr Jasek, mentored by Joerg Jaspert

Making packages upload smarter, more interactive and painless for
uploaders by switching from anonymous FTP and Cron jobs to a robust
protocol and modern package checking and processing daemon. This
daemon would test early and report early, saving developers time.

More details coming soon on <http://wiki.debian.org/gsoc>

Congratulations everyone and have a fruitful summer!


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