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NetBSD Summer of Code Summary 20

UltimaGuy writes "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce the results of its participation in Google's "Summer of Code". After Google announced this program to introduce students to the world of open source software development at the beginning of June, the NetBSD Project was happy to join the approximately 40 other open source groups as a mentoring organization and compiled a list of suggested projects. I personally think the Project tmpfs: Efficient memory file-system as the most successful one."
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NetBSD Summer of Code Summary

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  • So.... (Score:3, Funny)

    by baldass_newbie ( 136609 ) on Monday October 17, 2005 @10:56AM (#13809184) Homepage Journal
    Would this be their 'Autumn of Results'?
  • Userfs (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RAMMS+EIN ( 578166 ) on Monday October 17, 2005 @11:20AM (#13809336) Homepage Journal
    Seeing that userfs is still in early development, perhaps an effort could be made to unify the API with FUSE. Then we could develop filesystems in a way that is portable between Linux and NetBSD, and possibly others once they follow suit.
    • Perhaps some competition at this point would be a better idea. Let each group come up with their design and implementation, and then later compare the benefits and downfalls of each. Indeed, perhaps in two or three years a unified API could be developed. It would take into account the lessons learned from the two separate implementations.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    [I'm probably behind the times and it already exists ... if so, then sorry, gimme a URL to it pls. :-)]

    Being a big-Unix person, I find the SysV approach to subsystem control through "init.d/blahblah {stop/start}" very sysadmin-friendly, so Linux has always got a big pat on the back from me for that. In contrast, the old *BSD approach has always seemed less helpful when you need to bring subsystems up and down regularly. One manages, but it's a pain.

    I guess I was hoping to see SysV-type subsystem control a
  • UserFs Completion (Score:2, Interesting)

    by msisden ( 761674 )
    Let's do a run down:

    # still bare-bones
    # simple filesystem with some hardcoded files (which are modifiable) written
    # "The framework coughs but manages to avoid complete and utter defeat."
    # code not yet imported
    However, in the end: all SoC goals met ?

    That just seems...... off to me.
  • ...community when I say "Thanks Google."
  • The tmpfs is a good project for many reasons, and one big one is because of the documentation. Documenting the "hows" of making a filesystem is something that I find fascinating.

    I once wrote a ramdisk driver from scratch on MacOS 7; it would have been nice to have enough documentation to actually write a new filesystem to use on it instead of HFS.
  • The Summer of Code can only lead to...
    The Fall of programming progress...
    The Winter of endless loop hibernation -- a bitter code spell, indeed...
    And the Spring of 1000 bugs! (looks like time to gear up for another Summer of Code, eh?)
    Minimalist barebones computer, motherboard, and CPU reviews [baremetalbits.com].
  • I really like the idea of summer of code. I've been watching a few projects to see how they were doing. Unfortunately, few had any kind running progress and there really weren't many summaries.

    It would be cool if more would tell the world how things turned out. I noticed that some of the NetBSD projects didn't get completed in time. I suspect that some organizations might be afraid to summarize because they would show that the projects didn't get completed, but I say that's OK. In business some projects get

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