Tag: Google Summer of Code (GSoC)

GSoC2017 Final — Migrate Plinth to Fedora Server

There is the summary about my work in Google Summer of Code during the last three months.

About Me

I’m Mandy (Mengying) Wang, I studied in Shanghai Institute of Technology major in Software Engineering, and I graduated two months ago. I’m going to study for a master’s degree after a gap year. You can learn more about me in my Twitter: @MandyMY_ .


Plinth is a web interface to administer the functions of the FreedomBox which is a Debian based project, and the main goal of this idea is to make it available for Fedora.

My Work


  • Modifying the source code module by module to convert it to RPM-based, including replacing the apt command code with the dnf command code or fit both of them, changing the Deb-based packages into RPM-based packages which play the same roles and testing after each module finished.
  • Add the guide of RPM-based package to Plinth User Guide and create a wiki page for it in Fedora.

This is the welcome page which is run in Fedora:


To Do

  • Some packages which is needed by Plinth, but I can’t find their suitable replacement or effective solution in Fedora, except copying them from Debian directly. For example:
    • Javascript — many pages can’t be loaded perfectly because of that.
    • LDAP — we can’t complete set up because of that.
  • Make a RPM package for Plinth from source and setup a repo for it in Copr.



As why Fedora, just because Fedora is the Linux distribution I use the most, so I want to know more about it and make contributions to it, and I believe GSOC is a good chance to integrate into a community, because I had the similar experience in GNOME during Outreachy. And when I went to Taipei for the COSCUP 2017 in early August, I joined the offline meeting of Fedora Taiwan and advertised GSoC to others.

I must say the last three months in GSoC was a quite valuable experience for me. This idea is not easy as I thought, I learned more about the difference between .rpm and .deb during this period, and my VPN was blocked in the second phase. Fortunately, I dealt most problems I met under my try and my mentor’s guide.

At last, thanks to Google and Fedora for giving me this opportunity, and thanks to my mentor, our admin and the people from Fedora and Debian who had given me help.


This work by Mandy Wang is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Fedora Google Summer of Code Students for 2017

On Thursday, May 4th, the official announcement of accepted projects for this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC) was released.  Fedora is proud to be one of the selected participating organizations and we’re pleased to announce who will spend the summer hacking on Fedora-related projects!

What is Google Summer of Code?

In case you’ve never heard of the program, you can head to the GSoC homepage. The sub-title on the page sums it up perfectly:

Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a 3 month programming project during their break from school.

That basically means Google, together with FLOSS organizations, selects many talented students. These students are offered the oportunity to have an internship with the FLOSS organization.  The students are paid a stipend by Google to allow them to keep their summer free for the internship.

Google started the program in 2005 and Fedora has been participating since 2006. That means this is the eleventh year Fedora has taken part! Last year, a total of 1,206 students were accepted, 10 of whom were with Fedora.

What projects were accepted?

This year, a total of 1317 students have been accepted and six of them will be working on different Fedora or Fedora-related projects. The areas of those projects can’t be summed up easily so we’re linking to their proposal pages directly (for those who didn’t forget to put it on the wiki). If you’re not in the mood to read them at this point, worry not, a follow-up post will contain a short gist of their proposals.

Now without further a do, here is a list of the 6 students!

What happens next?

Now is the time for community bonding which means the students will now set up their Fedora accounts, start hanging around on the IRC channels, mailing lists and get the overall feel of the Fedora community, while also setting up their blogs to write about their progress during the summer.  This is also the time for you to make friends with them and welcome them to our community.

It is also the time to start setting up their development environment and they can even start sending small patches to their respective projects.

However, the actual coding part (that is, hacking away on what’s included in the proposal) will start on 30th of May and ends on 21st of August.

In a follow-up post, we’ll bring you the links to their blogs, along with the students’ introductions.

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017: Mentors and ideas needed!

The Fedora Project has participated in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as a mentoring organization for over a decade now. GSoC is a summer program aiming to bring more student developers into open source software development. It enables students to spend their summer break working with open source organizations on projects proposed by particpation organizations and supported by mentors. Once again, Fedora is participating again this year and is looking for project ideas.

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Announcing Fedora Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Class of 2016

On Friday, April 22nd, Google officially announced the participants for the 11th year of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program. If you’re not familiar with Google Summer of Code, you can read more on the Community Blog. There were 1,205 accepted projects submitted for this year. Several open source organizations participated by offering projects for students to work on.

This year, Fedora was a participating organization. Alongside Fedora-specific projects, there were several other projects with Fedora, such as…

The applications were many and it was difficult to narrow them down. We are happy and confident with this year’s selection of participants.

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Fedora accepted to Google Summer of Code 2016

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce that this summer will mark our TENTH year participating in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program! We are happy to be accepted again as an organization this year and are looking forward to working with many bright and excited students across the world on many parts of Fedora.

This year, Fedora has Google Summer of Code project proposals for Fedora CommOps, Pagure, Hubs, Project Atomic, and a few others.

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