At OpenPrinting we are proud to announce that the Linux Foundation is accepted and so we can offer our student projects:
If you are a student and interested in doing a great project this summer, helping to get printing “just work”, and earning some money, please apply. The first candidates are lining up already.
All three students passed final review. Samantha and Daniel's code can be found at code.google.com/p/google-summer-of-code-2011-lf/ , Joe's code is under the OpenICC repository: code.google.com/p/google-summer-of-code-2011-openicc/
As part of the Linux Foundation we have participated in the Google Summer of Code 2010. Although we were not very successful in finding students for our projects, only having one single student working for us, this project was a success.
This one student was Vítor Baptista from Brazil, working on the project Compression of locally installed PPD repositories. The project is about developeing a compression method for PPD (PostScript Printer Description) files to make the footprint of printer hardware support in Linux distributions vastly smaller. With a small software package written in Python he reduced the space consumption of PPD files in an installed system by 10-20 times.
He also completed the problem in time for the Feature Freeze of Ubuntu Maverick (10.10.10, to be released on October 10, 2010) so that several MB of space on the live CDs clogged up by PPDs will be used for more translations or additional software this time (and even all PPDs which are part of Ubuntu will make it onto the CDs).
Congratulations and thanks to Vítor!