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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:

    1. Project: Implement Ext3 file system support
       Student: Rus-Rebreanu Alin-Florin
       Mentor: Alistair Crooks

    2. Project: Create an in-kernel API for "packet classes"
       Student: Anish
       Mentor: Herb Peyerl

    3. Project: File system access utilities
       Student: Ysmal Arnaud
       Mentor: Antti Kantee

    4. Project: wscons: Expansion for wstablet in NetBSD
       Student: Jason W. Beaudoin
       Mentor: Petra Zeidler

    5. Project: Subfile Support for NetBSD
       Student: Adam Burkepile
       Mentor: Philip Nelson

    6. Project: Hurd translators
       Student: Marek Dopiera
       Mentor: Aymeric Vincent

    7. Project: Write and improve NetBSD LVM driver
       Student: Adam Hamsik
       Mentor: Brett Lymn

    8. Project: Implementation of RFC4380 (Teredo) in NetBSD
       Student: Arnaud Lacombe
       Mentor: David Young

    9. Project: Add support for UVC devices (USB web-cams)
       Student: Patrick Mahoney
       Mentor: Jared D. McNeill

   10. Project: DVB drivers and kernel framework
       Student: Jeremy Morse
       Mentor: Jared D. McNeill

   11. Project: pkgsrc: rewrite wrapper framework in C
       Student: Amitai Schlair
       Mentor: Johnny Lam

   12. Project: Improve syslogd
       Student: Martin Schuette
       Mentor: Christos Zoulas

   13. Project: Converting remaining regression tests to the Automatic Testing 
       Student: Lukasz Strzygowski
       Mentor: Julio Manuel Merino Vidal

   14. 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:

     o 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.

     o 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.

     o 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.

- -Jan Schaumann

The NetBSD Foundation

About NetBSD:

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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
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About Google's "Summer of Code":

To learn more about Google, the ``Summer of Code'' and other Open Source
projects within Google, visit, and

The NetBSD Foundations ``Summer of Code'' project page is available at

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