DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 11

Almost done with this year’s GSoC.  It’s been astonishingly… easy?  The students are working and the problems are difficult, but there’s been very little in the way of crisis.

DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 10

Only 3 more Mondays left in the student work part of Summer of Code!  Unsurprisingly, it seems the students are mostly in the cleanup phase – as it should be.

DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 8

If you look at the reports from students this week, they are mostly “I had bugs and I fixed them and there’s not much to do other than test”, which is the sign of well-planned projects.   Here’s the status reports:

DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 7

Everyone passed their Summer of Code midterms!  Not that this was a surprise; all the students have been consistently working and overcoming problems, but a 100% pass rate makes me happy.

Here’s the status reports:

Google Summer of Code Doc Camp

Every year, people ask “Why can’t writing documentation be part of Summer of Code?”  (Not necessarily for DragonFly, but in general)  Google has a “Doc Camp”, where a whole lot of documentation gets produced in sprints, and anyone can participate – not just Summer of Code students.

If this sounds interesting to you, your application has to be in by August 7th 9th.  (URL and date updated)

DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 5

I’m late for this, even though the students weren’t.  Mea culpa!  There’s been a lot of discussion on IRC, in EFNet #dragonflybsd, between the students and various DragonFly developers.

GSoC Hammer and compression performance numbers

Earlier this week, Daniel Flores posted the first-week report on his Google Summer of Code project, file compression in Hammer.  He mentioned that the LZ4 algorithm he is using seems to have the best performance with repeating text data, as in logfiles.  I asked for numbers, and he provided them.  The important data in the results is the total compression column.  It shows how many 64k blocks were able to be compressed, with that type of data.

Summer of Code, first week reports

All the Summer of Code students for DragonFly have posted their first week reports:

If any of these projects are interesting to you, or if you have any tips for these students on work they are doing, please provide feedback.




DragonFly and Summer of Code 2013 projects announced


Here’s the accepted projects for DragonFly and Google Summer of Code 2013:

Like last year, we had more excellent proposals than we could accommodate with available slots and mentors.  We now enter the ‘community bonding’ period, so that students can get used to the DragonFly environment and make sure they have all the tools needed to perform work.  The work itself starts on June 17th.

Good luck to everyone involved!