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This is a draft, and need a lot of work before it leave the draft state.

Should Debian participate in Googles Summer of Code 2006? If so, the project need to formulate projects and announce our interest. This wiki page is created to make it easier to plan and coordinate such effort.

[http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2006/04/summer-of-code-2006.html Request for mentoring organizations] has gone out, and Debian need to move quickly to make it before the May 1st deadline. Mentoring organisations should read the [http://code.google.com/soc/mentorfaq.html mentor FAQ].


  • Decide if Debian should participate?
    • No vote against it has been placed so far.
  • Announce our interest to Google and the rest of the world
  • Formulate projects

Contact info

To be decided

Possible Projects (in () possible mentors)

(also see [http://www.us.debian.org/devel/todo/ the general TODO list])

  • ?DebTags: central database rewrite, review functionality, tag adoption and such

  • reportbug enhancements: graphical and/or webbased, so its easier for user to report

  • A Python/GTK/QT app to manage Debian BTS: would queue actions and then send an e-mail to the BTS to commit changes, make it easier to browse bugs, cross-reference, tag/update/close, etc

  • Britney improvements (aba)

  • Adding IPv6 vserver support (aba)

  • Nicer support of pinning in apt [better docs, graphical interface (?), allow matching in Packages] (aba)

  • Unify apt, dpkg, etc (aba)

  • Improvements/unification in QA websites: packages.qa.d.o, qa.d.o/developer, dehs, etc

  • Real perl shlibs (aba)

  • Improve shlibs: to caclulate the used shlibs, rather than the theorically required ones (aba)

  • A user-friendly security-update notifier/installer

  • Improved debian/watch system: to check upstream versions, possibly in a central db

  • Improved system to handle WNPP: including expiry of ITPs, checking that orphaned packages have correct maintainer fields, etc. (DavidMorenoGarza, willing to work on this even if it gets into SoC or not)

  • Improve the boot system: speed up and make it dependency based. See discussions on [http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/initscripts-ng-devel/ the initscripts-ng list] and [http://wiki.debian.org/LSBInitScripts LSB init script page]. (pere)

  • Support for subversion in alioth

  • apt-listbugs enhancements/fixes: There are quite a few seemingly simple bugs and wishes in the BTS, but it's seen no updates for 10 months. A few small changes would make it much more useful.

  • (?AigarsMahinovs - I am a DD and was a participant in SOC 2005, I can mentor students willing to do Debian projects)