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Debian and the Google Summer of Code 2007

First draft - comments/changes please...

Debian will again be taking part in Google's Summer of Code
program[1]. We have been accepted as a mentor organisation, with 9
students paid by Google to work full time during the summer vacation
on a range of projects to help Debian. Several of Debian's existing
developers will be working alongside these students as mentors during
that period, providing guidance and evaluating the code produced.

Jeroen van Wolffelaar's project will be to implement "Mole, an
infrastructure for managing information". The idea is to help make
Debian's vast supply of data more accessible to the developers and

Ian Haken will be working on "Automated Upgrade Testing Using
QEMU". This will help us to automatically track down more possible
bugs in upgrade cycles.

Ana Beatriz Guerrero Lopez's plan is to work on improvements to
Piuparts, another of the Debian project's array of quality testing

Gustavo Rezende Montesino has ideas about a "Bug Triage and Forward
Tool" to help developers deal more effectively with tracing bugs and
interacting with bug reporters and upstream bug tracking systems.

A "BitTorrent Proxy for Debian Archive" is Cameron Dale's project for
the summer. He hopes to expand on the BitTorrent application to work
effectively with large, constantly updating collections of files such
as the Debian archive

Pavel Vinogradov will be developing an "OVAL agent for Debian" - a
status monitoring system for the security management of clusters of
Debian systems. This system is based on the OVAL language, which
provides a uniform mechanism to report on and control security

Margarita Manterola Rivero's project is a "Bug Submission and
Manipulation Web-based User Interface for debbugs". Debian already has
a large open bug tracking system, and this new tool should make it
easier for users to report and check on bugs in that system.

Martin Hernan Ferrari will be working on "A modular lintian-like
CD-image testing tool" to help the Debian CD team and others in their
work, allowing more automated testing of CD and DVD images as they are

Chris Lamb's work will be a "GUI frontend for live-helper for building
live Debian systems". This will make it much easier for Debian
developers and others to generate versions of Debian that boot and
work directly from a CD/DVD.

More information about these projects will be made available on the
Debian website[2] as the projects progress.

[1] http://code.google.com/soc/
[2] http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2007

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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