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SubjectRe: WANTED: kernel projects for CS students
Hi Rik.

On Sun, Oct 14, 2007 at 07:01:28PM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> The kernel newbies community often gets inquiries from CS students who
> need a project for their studies and would like to do something with
> the Linux kernel, but would also like their code to be useful to the
> community afterwards.
> In order to make it easier for them, I am trying to put together a
> page with projects that:
> - Are self contained enough that the students can implement the
> project by themselves, since that is often a university requirement.
> - Are self contained enough that Linux could merge the code (maybe
> with additional changes) after the student has been working on it
> for a few months.
> - Are large enough to qualify as a student project, luckily there is
> flexibility here since we get inquiries for anything from 6 week
> projects to 6 month projects.
> If you have ideas on what projects would be useful, please add them
> to this page (or email me):

In the kernel build area a few possible projects exists.

Increase speed for a build with no updates
On a resonably fast machine with a decent config it takes
roughly 10 seconds to do a make where nothing is updated.
Generating one single Makefile is assumed to speed up things
and will in addition allow a simpler syntax as what is used today
for some of the uglier constructs.

Contact: Sam Ravnborg <>
Difficulty: 5
Language: Perl or C

Increase speed for a build wich updates a single file
We often edit a single file and then do a build.
And the result is that we spend 80% of the time linking
the kernel.
So an obvious improvement for the kernel community would
be to improve the speed of the linker (and decrease memory footprint).

Contact: ?
Difficulty: ?
Language: C

Update menuconfig to a modern ncurses look&feel
htop, aptitude, tig and other ncurses based programs has
a more modern and effective look&feel than current menuconfig.
Rip out all the lxdialog stuff and replace it with a ncurses
based frontend that looks better and has more functionality.

Contact: Sam Ravnborg <>
Difficulty: 5
Language: C

They are independent but challenging and would be very much appreciated
by the kernel community.

I could come up with more projects but these are the ones that are most
straightforward to start with.

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