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NetBSD Announces Accepted Summer of Code Projects

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the start-your-editors dept.


jschauma writes "The NetBSD Project is proud to announce the list of projects accepted for this year's Summer of Code. While the list of proposals was impressive and of particularly high quality, a choice of eight applications had to be made, yielding the following projects: "Support for journaling for FFS", "Support for MIPS64 ISA", "PowerPC G5 support", "Improved Writing to FileSystem Using Congestion Control", "TCP ECN support", "Fast_ipsec and ipv6", "pkg_install rewrite for pkgsrc" and "Improving the mbuf API and implementation". Details about each project will be posted to the NetBSD SoC SourceForge website."

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A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (5, Informative)

neomage86 (690331) | more than 8 years ago | (#15407656)

is available here: [] And I'm happy to note that my proposal (A Lisp Proof Checker) was accepted by PlanetMath! Overall, Google Spent about $3,000,000 funding over 600 Open Source projects! Thanks Google!!!

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (1)

xeon4life (668430) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408527)

-1 Boasting ? :-(

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15408539)

Thanks Google!!!

Yes; thanks for oh-so-generously wasting shareholders' money because GOOG is too busy being non-evilistic to do something sensible (i.e. revenue-generationg) with the money.

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (1)

HitScan (180399) | more than 8 years ago | (#15409203)

Yeah, all this goodie-goodie shit is worthless! They ought to use the money to hire the interns, pay to move them all to a single location, and force them to use Java all day under retina bleaching flourescent lights in tiny cubicles with tight deadlines and soul crushing mindless drone work! Get 'em ready to work for the man! That's how I'd spend it!

Or not.

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (1)

Tweekster (949766) | more than 8 years ago | (#15409554)

Last time I checked Google is making money hand over fist. Their investors are very happy. In fact, Google could announce they are going to spend 10million dollars on cocaine and hookers and I dont think their investors would blink, they would just be like "alright, sounds good"

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (1)

westyx (95706) | more than 8 years ago | (#15410158)

Actually, while they're making a fair bit of money, shareholders are not happy, as the level of money they're making isn't justifying the high price of the shares.

There's also the problem that while search is going gangbusters, it's the only part of their business that is going well, and that their addon services (google video etc) aren't getting the large takeup that their search has, leaving them vulnerable if something happens to the profitability of their search business.

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15411260)

Well, that's not entirely google's fault. If the shareholders are complaining that the share price is too high, maybe they shouldn't have paid so much for it. Duh!

Re:A full list of Accepted Summer of Code projects (1)

fistfullast33l (819270) | more than 8 years ago | (#15409180)

Ironically enough, some of the SOC site is unreadable with IE 6. Anyone else notice when you click an application the site comes up with all the projects left justified underneath the links? Slashdot does that sometimes as well but usually a refresh helps it out. Here, it doesn't matter. Too bad my company doesn't have firefox readily available.

Not a heck of a lot of information (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15409351)

Most of the projects listed have only title info. I guess the SOC thing is good if you're a student and want a chance to do something significant rather than some summer internship doing meaningless work, but for rest of us not very useful or interesting.

Google funding open source (1)

nacturation (646836) | more than 8 years ago | (#15407703)

Google has also donated $10,000 [] to OpenBSD/OpenSSH. Looks like it's going to be a summer of code all around.

Re:Google funding open source (1)

WeArab (977656) | more than 8 years ago | (#15423645)

Google is smarter than MS they are supporting what serves their needs and Open Source community as well.

*BSD is Dying (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15408041)

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save *BSD at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: NetBSD is dying

go netbsd! (1)

kv9 (697238) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408059)

i can't wait for the fs congestion control [] ! good stuff.

FS Congestion Control (1)

alxtoth (914920) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408258)

At the moment, the closest thing to "competition" is Sun's ZFS with dynamic stripping of writes over multiple devices. While stripped write was probably not designed for "Quality-of-Service" style implied by "Congestion Control", is definitively helping with better speed and reliability (copies on at least 2 devices). This could be as significant BSD advantage as was the immutable file flag.

Re:FS Congestion Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15408303)

No, I don't think you understand what is meant by this.

The congestion control would be something roughly like what Linux
does with its block device congestion feedback to the writeout
daemons to prevent them from overloading or getting blocked on a
particular request queue.

I'd imagine Solaris and most other modern unixes have similar things.

will they support dual core G5? (3, Interesting)

kiwipeso (467618) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408167)

Please don't forget the dual and quad G5. Then we really will have global desktop domination.
At the very least, support iMac G5 fully.

Re:will they support dual core G5? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408769)

It is worth noting that OpenBSD already has G5 support, with SMP support underway.

Re:will they support dual core G5? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15409400)

In fact, this is EXACTLY why Apple has gone to present a moving target to NetBSD so that they can never achieve world desktop domination.
As soon as NetBSD starts working on supporting EVERY feature of the new Macs...WHAM!... Expect Apple to switch processors again.
I predict that they will start using the Alpha AXP chipset

(of course I also predicted that Cat Juggling would sweep the country back in the 1980s...but that never seemed to materialize)

Re:will they support dual core G5? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15426968)

The developer doesn't have direct access to a dual-core machine, so it's likely that there won't initially be support for the latest Power Macs. Same thing goes for G5 iMacs -- no hardware to test it on. But the majority of the ppc64 architecture porting work will have been done by the end of this project, so someone with access to these machines shouldn't have too much trouble adding the necessary changes. Older, single-core dual-processor Power Macs will be the first machines supported.

BPG (again) would have been nice (1)

Betabug (58015) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408242)

Another summmer of work on BPG [] - "An OpenPGP Privacy Toolkit for NetBSD" would have been nice. BPG is a BSD licensed implementation of the OpenPGP standard. In this time of global surveillance this project makes a lot of sense. We do have GPG, but choice is good in security applications.

Of course I'm to lame to look up if the same project can be accepted twice :-). BPG was in last years batch of NetBSD Summer of Code projects [] .

BPG(again) would have been nice-palatable security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15408483)

Security is nice. Transparent security is even better. Security is like eating your vegtables. No one likes it, so you have to disguise it in some fashion, to make it more palatable.

Project for next year (1)

CAPSLOCK2000 (27149) | more than 8 years ago | (#15408459)

survive a slashdotting

mainstream-ifying (1)

robinesque (977170) | more than 8 years ago | (#15410423)

So where is the project making Linux ready for mainstream desktop use? Come on, Google.

Re:mainstream-ifying (1)

Tadyla (962160) | more than 8 years ago | (#15410974)

Well I'm a bit disapointed with linux being the main trend of Summer of Code. Open source is not only about linux it's also about applications.

Re:mainstream-ifying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15411156)

I don't think that quite fits within the parameters that google laid out. After all, it's called _summer_ of code, not _eternity_ of code.

Do any other firms do similar sponsorships? (1)

WoTG (610710) | more than 8 years ago | (#15470629)

This Summer of Code program of Google's is brilliant. I'm amazed at how every major OSS project has gotten funding for at least a couple projects. Maybe it's time for other firms to start doing something similar, the Cottage Fever Coding program(?)... it would certainly be good for PR.
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