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Debian Project participates in Google's Summer of Code

The Debian Project                                http://www.debian.org/
Debian participates in Google's Summer of Code          press@debian.org
April 25th, 2007                http://www.debian.org/News/2007/20070425

Debian Project participates in Google's Summer of Code

The Debian project is proud that it has been accepted by Google as a
mentor organisation for this year's Summer of Code program, with nine
tasks in total.  Google will fund the students mentioned below to work
full time on these tasks during their summer vacation, from May 28th
to August 20th. They will be guided and evaluated during this time by
active Debian developers.

The main focus of all the student tasks is to create or improve
utilities that assist developers working on Debian packages and the
Debian release.  Several tasks cover communication between software
authors, users and Debian developers.  A number of tasks target
quality assurance and improved testing, while others will result in
new tools that help maintain Debian systems.

In particular the following tasks and students have been accepted:

  Jeroen van Wolffelaar will implement Mole, an infrastructure for
  managing information.  This will help make Debian's vast supply of
  data easier accessible to developers and users.  Included are
  package history and release statistics.

  Ian Haken will write tools to use QEMU, a virtual machine emulator,
  to test upgrades from one Debian release to the next without having
  to re-install a real machine.  This will help automatically track
  down possible bugs in upgrade cycles.

  Ana Beatriz Guerrero López will improve piuparts, a tool that helps
  testing and improving the quality of package installation, upgrade
  and removal scripts.

  Gustavo Rezende Montesino will work on a bug triage and forward tool
  that will help developers deal more effectively with tracking bugs
  and interacting with bug reporters and upstream bug tracking

  Cameron Dale will expand a BitTorrent application to work
  effectively with large, constantly updating collections of files
  such as the Debian archive, and create a backend or proxy to the
  Debian package distribution tool APT to access it.

  Pavel Vinogradov will develop a status monitoring system for
  security management of clusters of Debian systems.  It is based on
  the OVAL language, which provides a uniform mechanism to report on
  and control security centrally.

  Margarita Manterola Rivero will work on a web-based user interface
  to the Debian bug tracking system which will make it easier for
  users to report, check and manipulate bugs.

  Martín Hernán Ferrari will implement a modular CD and DVD image
  testing tool that will allow automated testing of Debian CD and DVD
  images as they are produced.

  Chris Lamb will implement a graphical user interface for building
  live Debian systems.  This will make it much easier to generate
  Debian systems that boot and work directly from a CD/DVD.

Debian's tasks are listed in the Debian Wiki at


The Summer of Code is documented on Google's website at


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