The NetBSD Foundation Press Release: Announcing NetBSD and the Google "Summer of Code" Projects 2008
April 21, 2008 For the fourth consecutive year, the NetBSD Project is proud to participate in Google's “Summer of Code” program as a mentoring organization and is pleased to announce the list of projects that have been accepted for this summer. As in previous years, the task of selecting a limited number of projects from over 50 student applications wasn't easy. With almost as many mentors signed up as student applications, ranking was done based on a number of criteria such as a students knowledge, interest and enthusiasm, the scope and detail of the proposal, the likeliness of the project succeeding etc.
In the end, the following projects were selected, listed in alphabetical order by the student's last name:
Project: Implement Ext3 file system support
Student: Rus-Rebreanu Alin-Florin
Mentor: Alistair Crooks
Project: Create an in-kernel API for "packet classes"
Mentor: Herb Peyerl
Project: File system access utilities
Student: Ysmal Arnaud
Mentor: Antti Kantee
Project: wscons: Expansion for wstablet in NetBSD
Student: Jason W. Beaudoin
Mentor: Petra Zeidler
Project: Subfile Support for NetBSD
Student: Adam Burkepile
Mentor: Philip Nelson
Project: Hurd translators
Student: Marek Dopiera
Mentor: Aymeric Vincent
Project: Write and improve NetBSD LVM driver
Student: Adam Hamšik
Mentor: Brett Lymn
Project: Implementation of RFC4380 (Teredo) in NetBSD
Student: Arnaud Lacombe
Mentor: David Young
Project: Add support for UVC devices (USB web-cams)
Student: Patrick Mahoney
Mentor: Jared D. McNeill
Project: DVB drivers and kernel framework
Student: Jeremy Morse
Mentor: Jared D. McNeill
Project: pkgsrc: rewrite wrapper framework in C
Student: Amitai Schlair
Mentor: Johnny Lam
Project: Improve syslogd
Student: Martin Schütte
Mentor: Christos Zoulas
Project: Converting remaining regression tests to the Automatic Testing Framework
Student: Lukasz Strzygowski
Mentor: Julio Manuel Merino Vidal
Project: Updated, customizable install tool for NetBSD
Student: Zachary Wegner
Mentor: Tim Rightnour
The NetBSD Project is proud and thankful to be awarded a significantly increased number of slots by Google in this year's Summer of Code compared to the previous years and all mentors will be working hard to ensure the success of their projects. The distribution of projects may provide our users with some interesting insights into the long-lasting benefits of the Summer of Code program:
Two of the primary mentors in this year's Summer of Code were successful students themselves in previous years, passing the torch and allowing new students to benefit from the project in the same way they did
Only three of the accepted students already are NetBSD developers, increasing the number of new potential developers (ie “new blood”) introduced into the NetBSD community by 11.
Eight of the primary mentors in this year's Summer of Code have not mentored any projects in previous years, showing an increased interest in the developer pool to participate and guide students, to help shape new developers
In the next couple of days, the students will prepare their project webpages, blogs and other outlets of information, introduce themselves and their project to the NetBSD community during the community bonding period before they start their exciting new work.
As in previous years, a number of very promising applications did not make the cut, and the NetBSD Project would be very happy to accept donations to make it possible to fund some of these projects outside the Google Summer of Code program. Likewise, students are of course encouraged to join the NetBSD community and work with us regardless of immediate monetary benefits.
The NetBSD Foundation
NetBSD, a free, secure, and highly portable descendant of the BSD UNIX family, is one of the oldest open source operating systems. It is available for many platforms, from 64-bit Opteron machines and desktop systems to handheld and embedded devices. Its clean design and advanced features make it excellent in both production and research environments; its source is freely available under an unencumbering business-friendly open source license. More information is available at http://www.NetBSD.org/.
About Google's “Summer of Code”:
To learn more about Google, the ``Summer of Code'' and other Open Source projects within Google, visit http://www.google.com, http://code.google.com/soc/ and http://code.google.com.
The NetBSD Foundations ``Summer of Code'' project page is available at http://NetBSD-SoC.sourceforge.net/.
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