Summer of Code 2007


This wiki page is created to make it easier to plan and coordinate Debian's involvement in the [ Google Summer of Code 2007].

Current Status (2007-03-15)


see [ Timeline in the Google's FAQ]

Mentors and ideas

To register as a mentor, follow [ this process] on the Google site. Please note that you should not register as a mentor if you intend to participate as a student.

Also add yourself to the page here, either with your project idea(s) or in the 'other' list at the bottom.


If you would like to work on one of the projects below, as a student participating in Google's summer of code, you also need to sign up; [ details].

If you have questions or want to discuss the project you want to do you can mail the admins, come and find us. Discuss it in the debian-project mailing list, or join the #debian-soc channel on

We also have a suggested [wiki:?/StudentApplicationTemplate template] for student applications; please use it as a guideline for the kind of information that we will find useful.

Suggested GSoC Projects

  1. [wiki:/PiupartsImprovements Improvements to piuparts]

  2. [wiki:/SystemUpgradeTesting Testing system upgrades automatically using QEMU]

  3. Create a collaborative repository of meta-informations (["CRMI"]) about sources packages (including upstream URL, URL of upstream VCS, URL of upstream BTS, debian/watch file, etc.) on top of ["Mole"]. [wiki:/MoleAndCRMI More info]
  4. [wiki:/udebSupport Full support of udebs]
  5. [wiki:/ovalagent OVAL agent] to make it possible to control security update status for clusters of Debian systems
  6. [wiki:/commonsecuritychecks Common security checks] tool, to provide host-level security checks for the default Debian systems.
  7. [wiki:/autosecreview Automatic Security Review] lintian-like portal.
  8. [wiki:/AptCheckpoint apt-checkpoint] Revive the apt-checkpoint project [ sourceforge] for safer/better end-user experience when upgrading to testing

  9. [wiki:/ImplementTheCDDT Implement the Custom Debian Distributions Toolkit (CDDT)]
  10. [wiki:/RCRANBioC R/CRAN/BioC] Improvements and extension to the R CRAN / BioC packaging project hosted on [ Alioth]

  11. [wiki:/live-helper Implement a GUI frontend for live-helper for building Debian Live systems]
  12. [wiki:/DebianCdTester Debian CD Tester] A program to sanity-check Debian CD and DVD images, like lintian/linda do for packages.

  13. [wiki:/WebCleanup Website cleanup] Clean up and integrate the wiki(s).

  14. [wiki:/EmdebianProposal Embedded Debian] Help emdebianize debian packages and work on tools to make it possible to (cross) build useful mini-debian systems for handhelds and embedded systems.

  15. [wiki:/KernelConfigProposal Kernel configuration management tool] A tool to manage the debian kernel configuration files.

  16. SELinux policies for package installation scripts
  17. SELinux policies for Debian scripts such as update-menus, update-alternatives etc.
  18. [wiki:/FingerForce Biometrical authentication] in Debian.

  19. [wiki:/AliothOpenID OpenID support in Alioth] - Single Sign On for Debian services.
  20. bug submission and manipulation [wiki:/DebbugsWebUI web-based user interface for debbugs], the Debian Bug Tracking System. [wiki:/DebbugsWebUI (More info ...)]
  21. [wiki:/WebAppsTools Adding support for upgrading single and multi-site webapps packages]

  22. Improve usability of apt tools (synaptic, aptitude); for instance, implement some of the suggestions made [ here].

  23. [wiki:/DebianInstallerUsability Improve Debian Installer usability]

Mentors for other projects

Some information on what being a good mentor entails can be found here

Infrastructure Provided to Students

As development must happen in the open, students of Debian projects will either receive access to existing source control repositories or setup an Alioth project. Alioth is a ?SourceForge like resource provided by Debian with access to Subversion/Arch/CVS repositories and services like bug tracking and mailing lists. The students are also expected to maintain a webpage or a wiki page to keep everyone up to date on their status.