Annotation of wikisrc/projects/code-in.mdwn, revision 1.17

1.1       asau        1: # Google Code-In (GCI) project ideas
                      2: 
                      3: <http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2010-11/index.html>
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1.14      plunky      5: Google ran a similar event a couple of years ago, see <http://code.google.com/opensource/ghop/2007-8/> for details and perhaps snitch some ideas from there?
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1.1       asau        7: ## Goals as stated by Google
                      8: 1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
                      9: 1. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
                     10: 1. Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
                     11: 1. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
                     12: 1. Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
                     13: 1. Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
                     14: 1. Translation: Tasks related to localization
                     15: 1. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
                     16: 
                     17: ## Proposed areas
                     18: ### Desktop project (QA, UI, Doc)
                     19: 
                     20: Try out various desktop scenarios: KDE, GNOME, XFCE.
1.2       asau       21: 
1.1       asau       22: Install software, configure, document, tune.
1.2       asau       23: 
1.1       asau       24: Make it good-looking, I mean _really_ good-looking.
1.2       asau       25: 
1.1       asau       26: Describe problems you meet, sort them out (file problem reports as necessary).
                     27: 
                     28: ### Document time and calendar formats and functions and their relations (Doc, QA)
                     29: 
                     30: We have "time_t", "struct timespec", "struct timeval", "struct tm", and so on.
1.5       asau       31: 
1.1       asau       32: Document all of them as time(5) so that one could have overview of those.
                     33: 
1.5       asau       34: We have time zone sensitive and time zone independent representations too,
                     35: figuring out conversions between local time and UTC from manual pages is hard.
                     36: This is to be addressed too.
                     37: 
1.1       asau       38: This requires some programming skills, some knowledge of C in particular.
                     39: 
                     40: ### Embedded project (Doc, Research)
                     41: 
                     42: Describe and document some embedded usage,
                     43: e.g. making NetBSD run on machine without:
1.2       asau       44: 
1.1       asau       45: * keyboard and video ports
                     46: * above and serial port
                     47: 
1.4       asau       48: #### Possible embedded usage
1.1       asau       49: 
1.4       asau       50: * Thin client: rdesktop or vnc to hardcoded server
                     51: * Home or SOHO router (wireless access point)
                     52: * Home or SOHO file storage
                     53: * Home or SOHO print server
                     54: 
                     55: It is preferred if NetBSD installation uses the least possible resources.
                     56: (E.g. try making it boot over network, or consider that it is to be made so in future.)
                     57: 
1.6       asau       58: #### More notes on embedded systems
1.17    ! asau       59: 
        !            60: ##### Router
        !            61: 
        !            62: Take any SOHO router as example.
        !            63: 
        !            64: Adapt pfSense? Similar software?
        !            65: 
        !            66: ### File server
1.16      asau       67: Build personal file server.
1.6       asau       68: 
1.16      asau       69: Ideally, it should present HTTP(S), FTP(S), and SMB access to data.
                     70: Consider other access methods (SFTP, NFS, AFS/CODA, AppleTalk).
                     71: 
                     72: Ideally, it should implement web interface.
1.6       asau       73: 
                     74: Bonus points if you make it work like Apple Time Capsule (already running NetBSD) or better,
                     75: e.g. implement periodic file system snapshots, 
                     76: 
1.16      asau       77: Separate tasks:
                     78: 
                     79: * provide access to your files via HTTP
                     80: * provide access to your files via FTP
                     81: * provide access to your files via SMB
                     82: * provide access to your files via NFS
                     83: * provide access to your files via SFTP
                     84: * create periodic file system snapshots on your NetBSD
                     85: * learn how to perform automatic periodic tasks
                     86: * make your NetBSD perform periodic file system snapshots
1.17    ! asau       87: * try doing anything/everything above on headless system
        !            88: * try automatising anything/everything above
1.6       asau       89: 
1.15      asau       90: ### Backup and Recovery (Research, Doc, QA, Code)
                     91: 
                     92: #### Incremental backup scenario
                     93: 
                     94: Document it. Try different plans.
                     95: 
                     96: #### Recovery from bare iron (QA, Doc, Code)
1.4       asau       97: 
                     98: Consider installation recovery scenario from bare system to configured server.
1.1       asau       99: 
1.15      asau      100: Try automatizing it.
                    101: 
                    102: #### Unattended installation (Research, Code)
                    103: 
                    104: Like above only using installation tools.
                    105: 
                    106: 
1.1       asau      107: ### Live USB Flash image (Doc, Outreach, Code)
                    108: 
                    109: Perform and document how one does it.
                    110: 
                    111: Script it if possible.
                    112: 
                    113: Script cross-buildin if possible.
                    114: 
1.7       asau      115: Consider thin client.
                    116: 
1.11      asau      117: ### Installation tools (QA, Research, Doc, Code)
1.1       asau      118: 
1.11      asau      119: Try creating bootable media using fdisk, disklabel, installboot.
                    120: Decribe experience, propose improvements, implement them.
1.7       asau      121: 
1.11      asau      122: Build NetBSD on any other OS at your choice: FreeBSD, Linux, NT, or OSX.
1.12      asau      123: 
1.11      asau      124: Try creating bootable media using tools built on another OS.
                    125: Decribe experience, propose improvements, implement them.
                    126: 
                    127: Tools affected
                    128:  
                    129: * fdisk
                    130: * disklabel
                    131: * installboot
                    132: * perhaps others
                    133: 
                    134: For hardcore hackers (those wishing to learn how the stuff works).
1.8       plunky    135: 
                    136: ### System Library project (Code, Doc, QA, Research)
                    137: 
                    138: Add a function call to a system library.
                    139: The function call does not need to be immediately useful (ideally we should provide several
                    140: suggestions) and in fact should not be very complex as the project contains the following
                    141: tasks with varying skills
                    142: 
                    143: * produce C code of function
                    144: * bump library minor version
                    145: * write nroff manpage
                    146: * handle Makefile changes
                    147: * handle set list changes
                    148: * write ATF testcase
1.9       plunky    149: 
                    150: ### Tests projects (Code, QA)
                    151: 
                    152: Create ATF tests for a section of library routines, such as (please add.. )
                    153: 
                    154: * string(3)
                    155: * bluetooth(3)
                    156: * sdp_data(3)
1.10      plunky    157: 
                    158: ### PR projects (Code, Research)
                    159: 
                    160: Create a fix for PR#...
                    161: 
                    162: (please list any PRs that you think are easily fixable but just require a bit
                    163: of time that you don't have)
                    164: 

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