Re: Debian and the Google Summer of Code 2007
On Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 08:20:19AM +0200, Adrian von Bidder wrote:
>On Monday 16 April 2007 02.46:36 Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> First draft - comments/changes please...
>I'm assuming that the target group is not DDs...
>> Debian will again be taking part in Google's Summer of Code
>> program. 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.
>The main focus of all the student projects is to improve the tools needed to
>work on Debian packages and on the Debian release. Some of the projects
>focus on the communication between the software authors, who often are not
>part of the Debian project, the users of the software, and the Debian
>developers who package the software for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
>The other projects are improvements to the tools used to create Debian
>packages and the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.
Yup, sounds cool. Maybe
s'/create Debian packages/create and test Debian packages/'
>This first part could generally be a bit more verbose, because the very
>technical description of the project themselves will not say much to
>anybody not quite involved with Debian. I also fear that many people will
>stop when the descriptions of the actual projects start: it gets really
>technical there (== boring for many people.)
Oh, possibly. That's one reason why I've not gone into great detail on
each project, just trying to give a vert short summary of each.
>> 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
>Perhaps examples on the kind of data? OTOH it will become even more
>technical that way. I don't know what a preson who does not know Debian
>quite deeply will make of this.
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
users, such as package history and release statistics.
>> 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.
>Replace with "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 an actual computer. 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
>Again, for anybody not deeply involved with Debian, it could just as well
>read "on some other Debian-specific tool." Replace the second half with ",
>a tool that helps testing and improving the quality of package
>installation, upgrade and removal scripts."
>> 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.
>These are much better. You'll need some knowledge of how software is
>developed etc. but not so much Debian specific stuff.
>> 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
>I understand the "lintian-like" is part of the project title, but how about
>leaving off the quotes and just drop the lintian reference?
Martin Hernan Ferrari will be working on a modular 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 produced.
Yup, sounds fine.
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. email@example.com
Who needs computer imagery when you've got Brian Blessed?