Annotation of wikisrc/projects/project/sysinst-xinterface.mdwn, revision 1.1

1.1     ! jmmv        1: [[!template id=project
        !             2: 
        !             3: title="Sysinst alternative interface"
        !             4: 
        !             5: contact="""
        !             6: [tech-install](mailto:tech-install@NetBSD.org)
        !             7: """
        !             8: 
        !             9: mentors="""
        !            10: [Marc Balmer](mailto:mbalmer@NetBSD.org), [Martin Husemann](mailto:martin@NetBSD.org)
        !            11: """
        !            12: 
        !            13: duration="3 months"
        !            14: 
        !            15: description="""
        !            16: The goal of this project is to provide an alternative version of the NetBSD system installer with a simple, X based graphical user interface.
        !            17: 
        !            18: The installer currently uses a "homegrown" (similar to CUA) text based interface, thus being easy to use over serial console as well as on a framebuffer console.
        !            19: 
        !            20: The current installer code is partly written in plain C, but in big parts uses C fragments embedded into its own definition language, preprocessed by the "menuc" tool into plain C code and linked against libterminfo.
        !            21: 
        !            22: During this project, the "menuc" tool is modified to optionally generate a different version of the C code, which then is linked against standard X libraries. The C stub fragments sprinkled throughout the menu definitions need to be modified to be reusable for both (text and X) versions. Where needed the fragments can just call C functions, which have different implementations (selected via a new ifdef).
        !            23: 
        !            24: Since the end result should be able to run off an enhanced install CD, the selection of widgets used for the GUI is limited. Only base X libraries are available. A look & feel similar to current xdm would be a good start.
        !            25: 
        !            26: Developement can be done on an existing system, testing does not require actuall installation on real hardware.
        !            27: 
        !            28: An optional extension of the project is to modify the creation of one or more port's install CD to make use of the new xsysinst.
        !            29: 
        !            30: The candidate must have:
        !            31: 
        !            32: * familiarity with the system installer. You should have used sysinst to install the system.
        !            33: * familiarity with C and X programming.
        !            34: 
        !            35: The following would also be useful:
        !            36: 
        !            37: * familiarity with NetBSD.
        !            38: * familiarity with user interface programming using in-tree X widgets.
        !            39: 
        !            40: #### References:
        !            41: 
        !            42: * [sysinst source](http://cvsweb.netbsd.org/bsdweb.cgi/src/distrib/utils/sysinst/) ([opengrok](http://nxr.netbsd.org/xref/src/distrib/utils/sysinst/))
        !            43: * [vnconfig manual page](http://netbsd.gw.com/cgi-bin/man-cgi?vnconfig++NetBSD-current)
        !            44: """
        !            45: ]]
        !            46: 
        !            47: [[!tag gsoc]]
        !            48: [[!tag medium]]
        !            49: [[!tag userland]]

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