We (the Etherboot Project) create network booting code (gPXE) that allows computers to load their operating system from a network. gPXE can be stored in a number of places, including BIOS Flash, EPROMs, floppy, CD, HD, or other bootable media. The project has been around since about 1993.
We have a number of areas we can use help with. Since our focus is on creating network boot code, it is important that you be comfortable with low-level programming – that is, C and possibly some x86 assembler (though this is not essential for many projects, and you can pick it up as you go along). You should also understand that efficiencies of code size, runtime size, and execution speed are important to us. Low-level, or “bare-metal” programming requires patience and focus, but the sense of control and deep understanding of what is happening, and why, can be very exhilarating.
Our project ideas page is here.
We generally hang out in the
#etherboot channel on the FreeNode IRC network (irc.freenode.net). Please feel free to drop in and ask questions, discuss ideas, etc. We talk to all applicants individually as part of the selection process and, if we accept you as a Summer of Code student, we'll expect to talk to you in the IRC channel at least every couple of days.
Our mentors for Summer of Code (with their IRC nicknames) are:
mdc] (Project Leader, Developer, Etherboot Project)
stefanha] (Developer, Etherboot Project)
genec] (Contributor, Etherboot Project)