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1.1       asau        1: # Google Code-In (GCI) project ideas
                      2: 
1.25    ! mbalmer     3: Please note:  In late 2010, Google ran a program somewhat similar to
        !             4: Google Summer of Code, Google Code-In, for which we applied, but were
        !             5: not selected.
        !             6: 
        !             7: We keep our proposed ideas on this page for further reference, or as a starting
        !             8: point if you want to start working on NetBSD.
        !             9: 
        !            10: 
1.1       asau       11: <http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2010-11/index.html>
                     12: 
1.14      plunky     13: 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?
                     14: 
1.1       asau       15: ## Goals as stated by Google
                     16: 1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
                     17: 1. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
                     18: 1. Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
                     19: 1. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
                     20: 1. Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
                     21: 1. Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
                     22: 1. Translation: Tasks related to localization
                     23: 1. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
                     24: 
                     25: ## Proposed areas
                     26: ### Desktop project (QA, UI, Doc)
                     27: 
1.21      asau       28: #### Generic desktop
                     29: 
1.1       asau       30: Try out various desktop scenarios: KDE, GNOME, XFCE.
1.2       asau       31: 
1.1       asau       32: Install software, configure, document, tune.
1.2       asau       33: 
1.1       asau       34: Make it good-looking, I mean _really_ good-looking.
1.2       asau       35: 
1.1       asau       36: Describe problems you meet, sort them out (file problem reports as necessary).
                     37: 
1.21      asau       38: #### Home theater (QA, Doc)
                     39: 
                     40: Try simulating music player and/or video player.
                     41: 
                     42: See also in embedded projects.
                     43: 
1.1       asau       44: ### Document time and calendar formats and functions and their relations (Doc, QA)
                     45: 
                     46: We have "time_t", "struct timespec", "struct timeval", "struct tm", and so on.
1.5       asau       47: 
1.1       asau       48: Document all of them as time(5) so that one could have overview of those.
                     49: 
1.5       asau       50: We have time zone sensitive and time zone independent representations too,
                     51: figuring out conversions between local time and UTC from manual pages is hard.
                     52: This is to be addressed too.
                     53: 
1.1       asau       54: This requires some programming skills, some knowledge of C in particular.
                     55: 
                     56: ### Embedded project (Doc, Research)
                     57: 
                     58: Describe and document some embedded usage,
                     59: e.g. making NetBSD run on machine without:
1.2       asau       60: 
1.1       asau       61: * keyboard and video ports
                     62: * above and serial port
                     63: 
1.4       asau       64: #### Possible embedded usage
1.1       asau       65: 
1.4       asau       66: * Thin client: rdesktop or vnc to hardcoded server
                     67: * Home or SOHO router (wireless access point)
                     68: * Home or SOHO file storage
                     69: * Home or SOHO print server
                     70: 
                     71: It is preferred if NetBSD installation uses the least possible resources.
                     72: (E.g. try making it boot over network, or consider that it is to be made so in future.)
                     73: 
1.6       asau       74: #### More notes on embedded systems
1.17      asau       75: 
                     76: ##### Router
                     77: 
                     78: Take any SOHO router as example.
                     79: 
                     80: Adapt pfSense? Similar software?
                     81: 
1.21      asau       82: ##### Home theater
                     83: 
                     84: Create music and/or video player. Perhaps desktop.
                     85: 
1.18      asau       86: ### Thin client / Kiosk
                     87: 
                     88: Build thin client.
                     89: 
                     90: * install and configure graphical system (X server)
                     91: * make your NetBSD autologin and launch some application (imagine a kind of kiosk or game console)
                     92: * make your NetBSD ask login in graphical mode
                     93: * make your NetBSD autologin and launch graphical application
                     94: * configure and install VNC server
                     95: * make your NetBSD connect to VNC server
                     96: * configure and install RDP server
                     97: * make your NetBSD connect to RDP server
                     98: * boot your client over network
1.19      asau       99: * make your client boot from CD or USB Flash, or CF card
1.18      asau      100: 
                    101: It is preferred if NetBSD installation uses the least possible resources.
                    102: 
1.17      asau      103: ### File server
1.16      asau      104: Build personal file server.
1.6       asau      105: 
1.16      asau      106: Ideally, it should present HTTP(S), FTP(S), and SMB access to data.
                    107: Consider other access methods (SFTP, NFS, AFS/CODA, AppleTalk).
                    108: 
                    109: Ideally, it should implement web interface.
1.6       asau      110: 
                    111: Bonus points if you make it work like Apple Time Capsule (already running NetBSD) or better,
                    112: e.g. implement periodic file system snapshots, 
                    113: 
1.16      asau      114: Separate tasks:
                    115: 
                    116: * provide access to your files via HTTP
                    117: * provide access to your files via FTP
                    118: * provide access to your files via SMB
                    119: * provide access to your files via NFS
                    120: * provide access to your files via SFTP
                    121: * create periodic file system snapshots on your NetBSD
                    122: * learn how to perform automatic periodic tasks
                    123: * make your NetBSD perform periodic file system snapshots
1.17      asau      124: * try doing anything/everything above on headless system
                    125: * try automatising anything/everything above
1.6       asau      126: 
1.23      asau      127: ### Bluetooth access point (Doc, QA, Code)
                    128: 
                    129: * connect NetBSD to your phone (dial out)
                    130: * connect your phone or other computer to NetBSD via bluetooth
                    131: * provide different services via bluetooth connection ("push", network)
                    132: 
1.15      asau      133: ### Backup and Recovery (Research, Doc, QA, Code)
                    134: 
                    135: #### Incremental backup scenario
                    136: 
                    137: Document it. Try different plans.
                    138: 
                    139: #### Recovery from bare iron (QA, Doc, Code)
1.4       asau      140: 
                    141: Consider installation recovery scenario from bare system to configured server.
1.1       asau      142: 
1.15      asau      143: Try automatizing it.
                    144: 
                    145: #### Unattended installation (Research, Code)
                    146: 
                    147: Like above only using installation tools.
                    148: 
                    149: 
1.1       asau      150: ### Live USB Flash image (Doc, Outreach, Code)
                    151: 
                    152: Perform and document how one does it.
                    153: 
                    154: Script it if possible.
                    155: 
                    156: Script cross-buildin if possible.
                    157: 
1.7       asau      158: Consider thin client.
                    159: 
1.11      asau      160: ### Installation tools (QA, Research, Doc, Code)
1.1       asau      161: 
1.11      asau      162: Try creating bootable media using fdisk, disklabel, installboot.
                    163: Decribe experience, propose improvements, implement them.
1.7       asau      164: 
1.11      asau      165: Build NetBSD on any other OS at your choice: FreeBSD, Linux, NT, or OSX.
1.12      asau      166: 
1.11      asau      167: Try creating bootable media using tools built on another OS.
                    168: Decribe experience, propose improvements, implement them.
                    169: 
                    170: Tools affected
                    171:  
                    172: * fdisk
                    173: * disklabel
                    174: * installboot
                    175: * perhaps others
                    176: 
                    177: For hardcore hackers (those wishing to learn how the stuff works).
1.8       plunky    178: 
1.21      asau      179: ### Audio/Video broadcasting (network radio/TV broadcasting)
                    180: 
                    181: Build audio and/or video broadcasting server.
                    182: 
                    183: ### Telephony
                    184: 
                    185: Become VoIP provider!
                    186: 
1.22      asau      187: ### Build system QA (QA, Code, Research)
                    188: 
                    189: Check all MK* variables, check how they affect builds,
                    190: suggest improvements or removal.
                    191: 
1.8       plunky    192: ### System Library project (Code, Doc, QA, Research)
                    193: 
                    194: Add a function call to a system library.
                    195: The function call does not need to be immediately useful (ideally we should provide several
                    196: suggestions) and in fact should not be very complex as the project contains the following
                    197: tasks with varying skills
                    198: 
                    199: * produce C code of function
                    200: * bump library minor version
                    201: * write nroff manpage
                    202: * handle Makefile changes
                    203: * handle set list changes
                    204: * write ATF testcase
1.9       plunky    205: 
                    206: ### Tests projects (Code, QA)
                    207: 
1.24      plunky    208: Create ATF tests for a section of library routines, such as:
1.9       plunky    209: 
1.24      plunky    210: * [[!template id=man name="atomic_ops" section="3"]]
                    211: * [[!template id=man name="bitstring" section="3"]]
                    212: * [[!template id=man name="bluetooth" section="3"]]
                    213: * [[!template id=man name="cdbr" section="3"]] and [[!template id=man name="cdbw" section="3"]]
                    214: * [[!template id=man name="inet" section="3"]] and [[!template id=man name="inet_net" section="3"]]
                    215: * [[!template id=man name="ethers" section="3"]], [[!template id=man name="iso_addr" section="3"]] and [[!template id=man name="link_addr" section="3"]]
                    216: * [[!template id=man name="regex" section="3"]]
                    217: * [[!template id=man name="sdp_data" section="3"]]
                    218: * [[!template id=man name="ssp" section="3"]]
                    219: * [[!template id=man name="string" section="3"]]
                    220: * [[!template id=man name="strings" section="3"]]
                    221: * [[!template id=man name="strtod" section="3"]], [[!template id=man name="strtol" section="3"]], [[!template id=man name="strtoul" section="3"]] and [[!template id=man name="strtoull" section="3"]]
                    222: * [[!template id=man name="uuid" section="3"]]
                    223: * (please add..)
1.10      plunky    224: 
                    225: ### PR projects (Code, Research)
                    226: 
                    227: Create a fix for PR#...
                    228: 
                    229: (please list any PRs that you think are easily fixable but just require a bit
                    230: of time that you don't have)
                    231: 
1.20      asau      232: ### Documentation projects (Doc, Outreach)
                    233: 
                    234: #### Save all useful information from closed wiki.NetBSD.SE
                    235: 
                    236: Go over NetBSD.SE snapshot, check pages for valid and useful information,
                    237: move all relevant bits to to-be-official NetBSD wiki.

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