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Yet Another GSoC Project Ideas Post

From: Mohammed Gamal
Subject: Yet Another GSoC Project Ideas Post
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 19:26:54 +0200

Hello Everyone,
I'm Mohammed Gamal, a Computer Science student at Cairo University,
and I'm intending to apply for GSoC this year. I saw the ideas page
and I'm interested in a bunch of them from here, so I'd like to
discuss some of these with you here.

1- procfs
This sounds like a very interesting project and indeed it's the most
interesting to me. However, I'm a newbie to the Linux kernel, and I am
completely new to Hurd. I am quite passionate about the subject and I
find it a good opportunity to improve my knowledge of both the Linux
kernel and Hurd, but do you think this project would be doable within
the summer period for someone with little experience?

2- Driver Glue code
The idea description is quite obvious, again the question here is
again of experience. I have basic knowledge about Linux device
drivers, do you think it'd be feasible to apply for this one?

3- Sound support
This is also a very interesting idea to me. And I already think about
porting the AC'97 driver since it's very widespread. My question is
about the sound server. I just wanted to know, whether the userspace
server has to implement the ALSA/OSS API or should that be implemented
in the kernel? Sorry if the question sounds stupid, please bear with
my "newbieness" :P

4- Porting Hurd Servers from Cthreads to Pthreads
I have some experience working with Pthreads under GNU/Linux. But does
the project require knowledge about the internals of Pthreads (i.e. Is
the student supposed to work on the HURD pthreads implementation), or
is it only required from the students to port to Pthreads directly?

I'm sorry if the questions sound very naive at this point, but my
experience with the HURD is quite little.

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