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The Most Interesting GSoC 2012 Projects

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Published on 24 April 2012 08:37 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Google
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Google has published their list of accepted projects for this year's Google Summer of Code. Here's a list of some of the most interesting projects that the student developers will be attempting.

There were 1212 accepted student projects this year from a variety of open-source projects that Google allowed. The full list of accepted GSoC 2012 projects can be found on Google-Melange.com. Below is a list of just some of the accepted student projects I found most interesting. Of course, it's not guaranteed these projects will be successful, but nevertheless should be interesting to see their progress over the course of the next few months.

- The Blender 3D modelling software will hopefully get better OpenGL support, OpenGL ES compatibility, and an Android port of Blender (abstract). Separately, there's also work towards a Blender multi-touch framework (abstract).

- Bullet Physics Engine integration with Blender (abstract).

- Improved physics support in the Crystal Space Engine by integrating Bullet (abstract).

- Under the Debian project there is an effort to make for a smooth migration from sys-v-init to systemd using a tool to convert the scripts so that maintainers only need to maintain one file (abstract).

- Porting and packaging LLVM's libc++ as an alternative to libstdc++ for the standard C++ library on Debian so that users can switch between the two (abstract).

- EFI boot support for FreeBSD x86/amd64 (abstract).

- NTFS file-system support for FreeBSD (abstract).

- Continued work on generic optimizations and clean-ups for GCC (abstract).

- There's a few GIMP projects dealing with GEGL porting (abstract) for the GIMP core.

- Smarter searching in the GNOME Shell (abstract).

- An x86_64 port of Haiku (abstract).

- Facial recognition for KDE's DigiKam (abstract).

- OGRE engine improvements: improve the terrain system (abstract), volume rendering with LOD (abstract), off-screen particles and mass-spring models visualization (abstract), and completing the Microsoft DirectX 11 render system (abstract).

- A beautiful one-click install for openSUSE (abstract).

- An Android back-end for the Pidgin IM client (abstract).

- An on-demand Fedora Build Service (abstract).

- KMSCON: A DRM-based terminal emulator for the Linux Foundation (there's already been some work done that's been covered in other Phoronix stories) (abstract).

- Profile-Guided Optimization (PGO) enhancements for LLVM (abstract).

- Extending LLVM's Polly with automatic GPGPU code generation (abstract).

- Implementing missing Microsoft Direct3D / DirectX 9.0 functionality in Wine (abstract).

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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