Google Summer of Code 2016 Projects Announced

Written by Michael Larabel in Google on 23 April 2016 at 06:48 AM EDT. 8 Comments
Google announced this week the participating student projects for this year's Summer of Code.

Among the highlights for this year's Google Summer of Code include:

- X.Org Foundation is working on a "soft" double-precision floating point library using double-precision operations implemented in pure GLSL 1.30.

- Support in the Apitrace GUI for using a new abstract interface that was developed last year for supporting various profiling back-ends.

- The Wayland project's sole accepted project is the ability to allow Weston to start without any outputs present and also to still run when all outputs are disconnected.

- Wine is working on basic rendering for Direct3D's Retained Mode.

- LLVM is hosting work on a new tool for finding and analyzing copy-pasted code with Clang.

- NetBSD is hoping to see EXT4 file-system support implemented in a read-only mode.

- Mozilla hopes to see File APIs and related functions wired in for Servo. There's also hope of Servo seeing the Service Worker Infrastructure and other features. Outside of the Servo realm, there's also a Mozilla project for seeing a web-based GDB debugger front-end.

- KDE hopes to see the Kdenlive video editor ported to OS X and Windows.

- GNU hopes to see GuixSD ported to GNU Hurd. They also hope to see xattr support added to Hurd.

- GNOME hopes to see GNOME Music ownCloud support, user experience improvements, batch renaming for Nautilus file manager, and more.

- FFmpeg hopes to see encoding support for Dolby TrueHD.

If you wish to learn more about the hundreds of interesting student projects for free software, see this GSoC web-page. Hopefully a majority of the projects will end up being a success.
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