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Re: Debian and the Google Summer of Code 2007 - revised

On Thursday 19 April 2007 14.58:10 Steve McIntyre wrote:
[ mostly just accepting my improvements, '??' in two places ]

Where you had '??': yes and yes.

Yes, I think I like it much better that way.  Obviously I'm a Debian 
insider, too, and can only assume what an outsider would and wouldn't 
understand ... :-)  And I'm no press guy, this is all IMHO.

So it now reads:

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.

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 and test 
Debian packages and the Debian GNU/Linux distribution.

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 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, 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.

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.

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

-- vbi

Powerpoint: das Viagra für Manager.
        -- Detlef Borchert, NZZ, 22.7.2005

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