[haiku-development] Re: Discussing GSoC 2015 Ideas

  • From: "Andrew Hudson" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "hudsonco1@xxxxxxx" for DMARC)
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:44:06 -0500

Hi Augustin,

Thanks for your comments. I'll try to address some misconceptions in them. 

I think Haiku 64-bit apps are absolutely perfect for GSOC and there are several 
ways to approach them. Each applicant accepted could start with a porting basic 
there are a number that Scott has listed in Haiku Ports. The student could 
start with one app, get it ported to Haiku B1, build a recipe, get it on 
HaikuDepot, do 
the same for Haiku 64-bit. And then start their project as a whole. Some 
students might just want to work on ports all summer. If they ported one or two 
apps a week, 
that would be amazing, and also excellent GSOC experience. Can you imagine the 
benefit to the Haiku community as a whole? That's a huge benefit to the Haiku 
community as a whole. 

Regarding Blender - I don't think it only does what you think it only does. 
Yes, it has a hardware acceleration part to it, but with multiple, modern CPU's 
it could render simple scenes in real time, complex scenes in near real time. 
What Blender for Haiku could use is a Haiku-specific viewing layer that would 
render directly to the display buffer in a video card. This does not exist now. 
It would also be nice to have some Haiku-specific rendering content. Something 
more than a teapot :-)

POV RAY is a very sophisticated rendering environment. POV RAY could also have 
a Haiku-specific viewing layer for real time viewing. It would also be 
totally amazing to have a modeling environment ported and optimized for Haiku. 
And again, some Haiku-specific content for rendering. This would be 
a totally awesome GSOC project. 

Handbrake - as was mentioned previously, it can and should be ported to Haiku. 
If it is not a huge project we add some additional tasks. Such as optimize 
some of the codecs, do some benchmarking, add a Haiku-specific viewing layer, 
port it to Haiku 64-bit, build a recipe, add to HaikuDepot. 

Regarding Minecraft. Minecraft is written in Java, and uses the Lightweight 
Java Games Library 3. This is open source. Minecraft runs on Ubuntu without any
other libraries. If it does require a proprietary library, and I'm not 
convinced it does, there's nothing stopping us from requesting a port of any 
proprietary libraries. I am happy to assist with this.

Regarding Whisper BeNet. The GSOC project would focus on 1) getting the 
existing code ported to Haiku. 2) adapting it to a better client/server model 
3) updating the codecs for
modern broadband, testing over different networking conditions. This is be a 
totally awesome GSOC project, and would be a super nova on someone's resume. 
Pure GSOC gold.

Regarding IPv6. IPv6 is so much more than just a kernel module. I would 
recommend that you take a college level networking class before weighing in on 
this topic. 
Here is a link to some apps that could be ported and/or tested as part of 
Haiku's IPv6 adoption and compatibility: 
This could easily be a graduate level project. Again, this would be incredible 
on someone's resume and would a huge benefit to the Haiku community.


-----Original Message-----
From: Augustin Cavalier <waddlesplash@xxxxxxxxx>
To: haiku-development <haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, Jan 24, 2015 3:34 pm
Subject: [haiku-development] Re: Discussing GSoC 2015 Ideas

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM, Andrew Hudson <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

Here are a list of development ideas, more oriented to application porting:

Application porting is a less common topic for GSOC, most ports are simple and 
can be done in a week (or much less). That being said, there are some apps 
large enough for GSOC (last year, a Go port was one of the projects).

Haiku 64-bit – more apps

Not really a GSOC project as it's not hard, just tedious and time-consuming -- 
it's more suited for GCI tasks.

Blender – a 3D graphics application

Could be a GSOC project, but since we have no hardware accelerator it's 
probably not very useful.

POV RAY -  a 3D graphics application

IIRC, PovRay is just a CLI and does its rendering entirely in software, this is 
doable in a day or so I think. (It runs on systems with far fewer requirements 
than most other apps, e.g. the Wii).

Handbrake – arguably the best open source video transcoder

Mostly a frontend to FFmpeg, I think, and it requires GTK so we can't port it. 
(a GTK port might be a good topic for a GSOC project though :D)

VLC – arguably the best open source media player

Jessica has a WIP port, just needs some more patching. Won't take a whole 
summer to do.

Minecraft – arguably the best Java gaming environment

Can't. Minecraft uses some proprietary libraries that tie into Java that we 
have no source code for.

Whisper BeNet – Voice and video conferencing application

What would a GSOC project focused around this do?

IPv6 – update to the latest internet communications protocol

We already have an IPv6 module for the kernel, and Adrien is working on that 
right now.



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