Google Summer of Code 2009

Etherboot Project is participating in Google Summer of Code in 2009.

Google has generously sponsored the following 5 students to work with us this summer.

The application period for 2009 is now over. Here is our list of project ideas for reference.

Here is our wrapup report for GSoC 2009.

Etherboot Project GSoC 2009 Students

Joshua Oreman: 802.11 wireless development

Joshua Oreman

Quick info
Timezone UTC - 7 (PDT)
Work hours 16:30 - 01:30 UTC
Weekly meeting Saturday 17:00 UTC?
Primary Mentor Marty Connor

Joshua Oreman is extending gPXE for 802.11 wireless and is adding a driver for a wireless card.

Project pages

Pravin Shinde: Universal remote network booting –

Pravin Shinde

Quick info
Timezone UTC/GMT +2 hours
Work hours UTC 16:00 - 19:00, 22:00 - 02:00
Weekly meeting Saturday 22:00 UTC (??)
Primary Mentor John 'Warthog9' Hawley

Pravin Shinde (aka less1) is creating a central resource to network boot operating systems, diagnostic tools, and utilities at

Project pages

Lynus Vaz: Enhanced scripting language

Lynus Vaz

Quick info
Timezone UTC+5:30
Work hours 12:30 - 18:30 UTC
Weekly meeting Saturday 15:00 UTC
Primary Mentor Stefan Hajnoczi

Lynus Vaz is extending gPXE scripting with a more powerful language that is capable of expressing advanced boot policies.

Project pages

Daniel Verkamp: Automated regression testing

Daniel Verkamp

Quick info
Timezone UTC - 04:00
Work hours 13:00 - 21:00 UTC
Weekly meeting Friday 14:00 UTC
Primary Mentor Michael Brown

Daniel Verkamp is implementing an automated regression testing framework to help the project consistently deliver high-quality releases.

Project pages

Chris Kluka: Network driver development

Chris Kluka

Quick info
Timezone UTC-05:00 (CDT)
Work hours 23:00-03:00 UTC M-F
17:00-22:00 Sat/Sun
Weekly meeting Saturday 16:00 UTC
Primary Mentor Marty Connor

Chris Kluka is adding driver support for the DLink DGE-530T network card.

Project pages

Etherboot Project GSoC 2009 Mentors

Marty Connor: Project Leader, Etherboot Project

Marty Connor Marty Connor is Project Leader of the Etherboot Project, a globally distributed team of developers and users of innovative network booting technology. He is the creator and maintainer of the website which dynamically generates custom gPXE and Etherboot network boot images. Mr. Connor is also CEO of Entity Cyber, Inc., a technology consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has advised clients on technology matters for over 20 years. <br clear="all" />

Michael Brown: Lead Developer, Etherboot Project

Michael Brown Michael Brown is the lead developer of the Etherboot Project ( and is responsible for its evolution into gPXE, the current state of the art in network booting. He owns an open-source consultancy business, Fen Systems Ltd., and spends most of his time working on improvements to gPXE for customers across the world. He lives in Cambridge, England, and occasionally wonders what it would be like to have more than 64 kilobytes to play with. <br clear="all" />

Stefan Hajnoczi: Software Engineer

Stefan Hajnoczi Stefan Hajnoczi is actively involved in the Etherboot Project, working in and around gPXE. A former Google Summer of Code student himself, he is motivated to help others enjoy the experience of contributing meaningful work to the open source community. <br clear="all" />

John "Warthog9" Hawley: Linux Foundation, Chief Systems Administrator

John "Warthog9" Hawley John “Warthog9” Hawley is a jack of all trades, programmer, sysadmin, crazy man and rabble rouser. Currently working for the Linux Foundation on assignment to as their Chief Systems Administrator. He's worked on as a primary sysadmin for numerous years, created PXE Knife a network & cd bootable cd of useful utilities, maintains a set of GeoIP based patches for the Bind name server, and probably more random things than he is going to remember.

John has exciting commentary on BitTorrent as a distribution mechanism, has been known to disagree strongly with the views of billionaires and cook extravagant meals then subject his friends to “bad” or b-rate movies (some of which even grace the event with clarinet music). <br clear="all" />

H. Peter Anvin: Senior Kernel Engineer, Intel, Inc.

H. Peter Anvin H. Peter Anvin has been hacking Linux since 1992. He is the author and maintainer of the SYSLINUX suite of bootloaders, part of the Linux kernel x86 architecture maintainer team, and author or maintainer of a large number of Open Source projects, including the Netwide Assembler, klibc and tftp-hpa.

He is the founder and president of the Linux Kernel Organization, operators of, the Linux kernel website. He lives in San Jose, California, and works for Intel, Inc. <br clear="all" />

Shao Miller: Network Analyst

Shao Miller Shao is a network-booting enthusiast who enjoys contributing to, and helping others to use and contribute to gPXE. <br clear="all" />


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