Libre Graphics Meeting Leipzig – Dejavu Fonts

Happy to see Ben Laenen and Denis from DejaVu font getting Vietnamese school notebooks for their studies at . Let’s work on getting more cooperations of projects and contributors between Europe and Asia started!

Ben and Dennis from DejaVu fonts

 

Links:

Libre Graphics Meeting: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org

FOSSASIA 2014 Phnom Penh

FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh has been an amazing experience.

We had 3 Days of Pure Knowledge Sharing, 71 International Speakers, 15 Presenters from Cambodia, 121 Talks, Workshops and Panels, 8 tracks per day, Hands-on Labs and Hacking practice for everyone.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event, the organization team, Norton University and our sponsors!

Participants at FOSSASIA 2014

 

Links

Event Site: http://2014.fossasia.org

GSoC Ideas 2014

FOSSASIA aims to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2014. We are working together with a number of Open Source developers in the region and function as an umbrella for different projects. If FOSSASIA gets accepted, you will find more information about the application procedure for students on this page.

The ideas list below gets updated continuously as students also submit ideas in the process. So, please check back again later. If you have your own idea or small project, please apply for FOSSASIA on the Google Summer of Code website!

If you have questions or feedback, please write to us on the mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/fossasia

We have four areas for our GSoC projects 2014:

 


Open Design Projects, Garments, Knitting


 

Develop 2D Body Measurement App

The goal of this project is to provide users with an Android app that assists them in measuring their body data for generating customized patterns. The measurements are taken according to standardized measure points which are usually used by tailors. The student needs to propose a design and step by step guide to collect the measurements of the user. The data will be saved to the app or as a file, with additional options to export data as a Google spreadsheet and submit data to a web service.

A draft of a file format has been developed. A sample part below:

<document-info>
<personal>
   <family-name></family-name>
   <given-name></given-name>
   <birth-date></birth-date>
   <sex>female</sex>
</personal>
<body-measurements>
   <unit>cm</unit>
   <head_and_neck>
     <head_girth></head_girth>
     <mid_neck_girth></mid_neck_girth>
     <neck_base_girth></neck_base_girth>
     <head_and_neck_length></head_and_neck_length>
   </head_and_neck>
   <torso>
     <center_front_waist_length></center_front_waist_length>
     <center_back_waist_length></center_back_waist_length>
     <shoulder_length></shoulder_length>
     <side_waist_length></side_waist_length>
     <trunk_girth></trunk_girth>
     <shoulder_girth></shoulder_girth>
     <upper_chest_girth></upper_chest_girth>
     <bust__girth></bust__girth>
     <under_bust_girth></under_bust_girth>
     <waist_girth></waist_girth>
     <high_hip_girth></high_hip_girth>
     <hip_girth></hip_girth>
     <upper_front_chest_width></upper_front_chest_width>
     <front_chest_width></front_chest_width>
     <across_front_shoulder_width></across_front_shoulder_width>
     <across_back_shoulder_width></across_back_shoulder_width>
     <upper_back_width></upper_back_width>
     <back_width></back_width>
     <bustpoint_to_bustpoint></bustpoint_to_bustpoint>
     <halter_bustpoint_to_bustpoint></halter_bustpoint_to_bustpoint>
     <neck_to_bustpoint></neck_to_bustpoint>
     <crotch_length></crotch_length>
     <rise_height></rise_height>
     <shoulder_drop></shoulder_drop>
     <shoulder_slope_degrees></shoulder_slope_degree>
     <front_shoulder_slope_length>
     <back_shoulder_slope_length>
     <front_shoulder_to_waist_length>
     <back_shoulder_to_waist_length>
    </torso>
    <arm>
     <armscye_girth></armscye_girth>
     <elbow_girth></elbow_girth>
     <upper_arm_girth></upper_arm_girth>
     <wrist_girth></wrist_girth>
     <scye_depth></scye_depth>
     <shoulder_and_arm_length></shoulder_and_arm_length>
     <underarm_length></underarm_length>
     <cervical_to_wrist_length></cervical_to_wrist_length>
     <shoulder_to_elbow_length></shoulder_to_elbow_length>
     <arm_length></arm_length>
   </arm>
   <hand>
     <hand_width></hand_width>
     <hand_length></hand_length>
     <hand_girth></hand_girth>
   </hand>
    <leg>
     <thigh_girth></thigh_girth>
     <mid_thigh_girth></mid_thigh_girth>
     <knee_girth></knee_girth>
     <calf_girth></calf_girth>
     <ankle_girth></ankle_girth>
     <knee_height></knee_height>
     <ankle_height></ankle_height>
    </leg>
    <foot>
     <foot_width></foot_width>
     <foot_length></foot_length>
      <foot_girth>
    </foot>
    <heights>
     <height></height>
     <cervical_height></cervical_height>
     <cervical_to_knee_height></cervical_to_knee_height>
     <waist_height></waist_height>
     <high_hip_height></high_hip_height>
     <hip_height></hip_height>
     <waist_to_hip_height></waist_to_hip_height>
     <waist_to_knee_height></waist_to_knee_height>
     <crotch_height></crotch_height>
   </heights>
</body-measurements>
</body-measurements>
</hdf>

Project: Valentina Patternmaking Project

Website: http://www.valentina-project.org

Skill Level: Medium

Usefull skills: Android development, UI design, Java, formats, CSS, Phonegap or other framework

Mentors: Mario Behling [http://mariobehling.de], Hong Phuc Dang

 


 

Develop a GUI for the Adafruit Knitting Machine Project

The goal of this student project is to facilitate the production process with the Brother KH-930e Knitting Machine, that can be controlled by Open Source software as below. Parts of the process require commandline experience and Python knowledge. In order to enable more knitting enthusiasts to use Open Source knitting machines, we hope to find a student that takes on the challenge and comes up with ideas to make this process easier. Below a video of the current work process and step by step descriptions.

 

Disk Drive/Computer Connection Notes

The external floppy drive for this machine was the same as a Tandy PDD1 (Portable Disk Drive 1). This drive is connected using a serial port. There is documentation on the internet about how to connect these drives to computers, but the connector pinout on the knitting machine is different than the drive, and I didn’t find that documentation to be helpful. I was able to figure out the connector pinout by examining the knitting machine PCB.

Knitting Machine/Computer Connection Notes

The knitting machine drive connection uses CMOS voltage levels, not RS-232. Here is the pinout of the drive connector on the knitting machine:

      _____
      |   |
______|___|______
|   |   |   |   |
| 7 | 5 | 3 | 1 |
|___|___|___|___|
|   |   |   |   |
| 8 | 6 | 4 | 2 |
|___|___|___|___|

The pin numbering is shown as they are labeled on the knitting machine PCB, and does not agree with other documents I found on the web.

Connector Pinout
Pin Signal I/O Notes
1 Ground    
2   Out Tied to 5, Pulled up through 1K resistor
3 CTS? In (Tie to pin 2)
4 No Connection    
5   Out Tied to 2, Pulled up through 1K resistor
6 RXD In  
7 TXD Out  
8 RTS? Out Follows state of Pin 3 (buffered)

Methods of connecting the knitting machine to a computer

Using a FTDI serial adapter cable (RECOMMENDED)

Using an FTDI adapter is the best way to assure that you are interfacing with the machine using the same signal voltages as the original external floppy drives. This is documented on this wiki page, which will someday be merged with this one.MProg only runs under windows.

Using a USB serial adapter WITH flow control

This is a method I have used extensively with one model of knitting machine, but I no longer recommend it. Although it does not require any additional hardware like a FTDI adapter, this method does not present the exact same voltage levels to the knitting machine as the external drives which were designed to work with the machine. Although I have not had any reports of problems, it is possible that this method could stress the knitting machine input circuitry, and therefore I think it is safest not to use it.

Cable connections with flow control
Knitter 9 pin connector
1 5
6 3
7 2
8 4

Using a USB serial adapter WITHOUT flow control

I have pulled pin 3 high, and am not using flow control in my software. I have not had problems with data loss while sending to the knitting machine, and the machine I am using is fast enough to always keep up with data received from the knitting machine. The data rate is 9600 bps, and the largest amount of data sent at once is 1024 bytes. Here is the cable I am using to connect the knitter with a USB 9 pin serial port:

Cable connections without flow control
Knitter 9 pin connector
1 5
2 tie to 3  
6 3
7 2

Software Interface Information

There are a number of documents on the web about the Tandy PDD1 and the serial API for it, Most of them are incomplete. The knitter places the drive into a mode called “FDC emulation Mode”, which allows access to raw sectors. This document is the most complete documentation I was able to find: Media:Tandy-Disk-Reference.pdf

External Disk Drive Emulator

I have written software that emulates the external disk. It runs under Linux and keeps the data as files on the linux file system. This allows knitting designs to be saved and restored using the emulation computer. I am using these files to reverse-engineer the knitting machine file format. The emulator is written in Python, and released under the GPL. It has been tested most extensively under Ubuntu Linux. I have reports that it does not work on windows due to problems with the serial library. It has been successfully run under OSX. If you have any information to add about platforms that it does or doesn’t work on, let me know and I will update this informationI am happy to work with people who are trying to use the emulator with different models of knitting machine, and hoep to improve compatibility with other machines. The source code is available in the git repository listed above. Software for manipulating Brother data file: I have begun a python class which will provide an API to the brother data files. Source code is in the git repo. Knitting Machine File Format: A lot of the file format is now understood. Documentation is in the git repo.Work on this continues.This work was greatly helped by prior work performed by John R. Hogerhuis and posted on the kminternals yahoo group.

Links

Media:Portable_Disk_Drive_Operation_Manual.pdf

BL5 Brotherlink 5 serial or USB cable Brotherlink information

Yahoo group dedicated to hacking brother machines

Brother Liberation Front is working on open source interfaces

Info and protocols for the FB-100 interface

KE-100 motor drive (not sure that this is the right model drive for the KH-930E)

 

Project: https://github.com/adafruit/knitting_machine

More info: http://mariobehling.de/brother-kh-930-knitting-machine-hacking-and-knitting-tutorial

Skill Level: Medium to High

Useful skills: Python, Knitting Patterns, Image design

Mentor: Mentors to be announced

 

 


Create search functions and import pattern functions for Valentina

Valentina is a development project to edit pattern files for garments and textiles. The goal of the student project is to implement a method to choose additional design items, e.g. different collar styles, and to add them into a pattern during development.  In addition, the user should have the capability to organize their created patterns into categories, and conduct searches of patterns based on this organization. 

The student would develop user functions to add search tags to patterns, search for patterns, and select patterns from search results to load into the currently open pattern.

Background: One of the main ideas of Valentina is to enable users to create custom sized patterns based on applying an individual’s measurement data to pattern formulas, independent of industry sizing standards. Similar industry software packages include Assyst (www.assyst-intl.com), Lektra (www.lectra.com), Grafis (http://www.grafis.com), plus others. Grafis in particular enables users to generate patterns based on formulas derived from pattern descriptions from standard books (e.g. books published by Mueller und Sohn.) Currently available industry software, however, does not aim at the DIY/maker or SME markets.

Project: Valentina Patternmaking Project

Website: http://www.valentina-project.org

Skill Level: Medium

Usefull skills: Vector graphics, C++, Qt5, basic knowledge of garment patterns, basic knowledge of generating patterns from formulas

Mentors: Hong Phuc Dang to be announced

 


 

Port Valentina to different platforms, build packages and refactor code

Currently the installation process of Valentina is only semi-automatic on Linux and Windows. For MacOSX there is no port yet available. The goal of this project is to automate the build process for the major operating systems. Create a standard workflow for Windows .exe builds, create a MacOSX port and provide packages for the major Linux distributions. The challenge of this project is to work with a number of projects and partners. For example, it is possible to create .deb packages for Debian. In order to get the package accepted in the Debian repository, it is necessary to get approval of established Debian developers who verify that the package build was done according to best practices. Similar procedures are required for other distributions. The second part of this project is to refactor code and replace deprecated code including if constructions with switch. Please see below.

Many if constructions replace with switch.

Methods:

VDomDocument::ParsePointElement
VDomDocument::ParseSplineElement
VDomDocument::ParseArcElement
VDomDocument::ParseToolsElement

For example:

QStringList arcs;
arcs
<< VToolArc::ToolType << VNodeArc::ToolType;

switch(arcs.indexOf(type)){
case 0:
// parse arc tag
break;

case 1;
// parse node arc tag
break;

default:
// print warning
break;
}

Project: https://bitbucket.org/dismine/valentina/overview

Mailing List: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/valentina-project-list

Skill Level: Medium

Usefull skills: C++, Qt , Windows exe build, MacOSX, Linux packaging

Mentors: to be announced

 


 

Add Design items and Measurement Tables for Patternshare

Patternshare is a development project of a web application to edit pattern files for garments and textiles. The goal of the student project is to implement the choice of additional design items, e.g. different collar styles, and to add them to the patterns. Patternshare users should be able to generate non-custom sizes on the fly and add their own measurements table in the app. Another required feature is to add specific design items or changes, e.g. starting from size 36 up to 42. In order to establish a suitable way to allow the sharing of patterns in an industry quality, patternshare needs to support these features and be able to import and export CAD files.

Background: One of the main ideas of patternshare is to offer a web service that enables people to edit patterns independently from standard sizes. Similar industry software packages including Assyst (www.assyst-intl.com), Lektra (www.lectra.com), Grafis (http://www.grafis.com) and other exist. Grafis in particular seems to generate patterns in the same way, that we do it in patternshare – based on formulars which are defined from pattern descriptions from standard books. Many standards defined in books from Mueller und Sohn for example. The current players do not aim at the maker and SME market.

Project: https://github.com/sconklin/tmtp-patternshare

Website: http://www.taumeta.org

Skill Level: Medium

Usefull skills: Implementation of Mathematical Algorithms, Javascript, Fabric,js, Rafael.js, HTML, vector graphics

Mentors: Hong Phuc Dang to be announced


Web and Mobile Development


Implement Post to Github in NGO photo app and develop a Jekyll/Markdown Website

The goal of this GsoC project is to develop functions, that allow users of the phimpme photo app to upload images to their gallery that uses Jekyll, Javascript and Markdown. The most well-known one sites using these technologies are github pages. The phimpme photo app connects to “any social service” and Open Source CMS. It was developed for development projects in South East Asia and Open Sourced recently. Phimpme is a beautiful photo app that already works with any web systems based on Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. Android and iOS versions exist.

Project: https://github.com/phimpme

Skill Level: Medium

Useful skills: Web Api, Android Development, HTML, Jekyll, Markdown, Knowledge of CMS

Mentor: Hon Nguyen [Vanhonit], Mentor 2 to be announced

 


 

Anonymous mode and autosharing for phimpme Android app

Implement an anonymous photo sharing mode with auto-connect options to nearby phone , computers and wifi nodes with public sharing capability. Bluetooth connectivity was already implemented in the app to support this future feature. The implementation of Wi-Fi direct would require to change the minimum required version for Android to version 4.1 (Jellybean). Some functions and libraries that are required for this project are already implemented partly for other services. The goal of this project is also to use existing libraries and extend or change them where necessary to keep the code base clean and small. To make full use of an anonymous sharing mode as many systems as possible should be supported, e.g. shared folders on PCs, public ftp and other phones. The requirements include that sharing works without an Internet connection (local networks without Internet and other devices are available to connect). At the beginning of the project we require the student to define a list of features he/she plans to develop during GSoC and a timeline.

Project: https://github.com/phimpme

Skill Level: Medium to High

Useful skills: Nearfield Communication, Wifi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, ftp, avahi, Android Development, Java

Mentor: Mario Behling [http://mariobehling.de], Andre Rebentisch [http://wikical.com]

 


Network and Mesh Technologies

 

Develop Web Interface Administration tool for large numbers of Nodes (routers) for OpenWrt based on kalua

Kalua is a hardware-independent OpenWRT-extension (using busybox-ash as main-language) for setting up, monitore and manage many, large wifi-mesh-networks for different locations including billing, captive portal / splash screen / weblogin, accounting, data retention and layer7/8-QoS. OpenWrt is a widely used Linux distribution for embedded devices and specifically routers. Large networks consist of hundreds and even thousand of nodes. Administration of routers, e.g. ESSID setting is a long process.

The goal of the project is to develop a new web interface to show the status of routers and enable mass administration of devices.

configure the builtin-packages

# the fast and easy automatic way:
kalua/openwrt-build/mybuild.sh set_build standard
make defconfig

# the way to understand what you are doing here:
make kernel_menuconfig      # will safe in 'build_dir/linux-${platform}/linux-${kernelversion}/.config'

    General setup ---> [*] Support for paging of anonymous memory (swap)
    Device Drivers ---> Staging drivers ---> [*] Compressed RAM block device support

make menuconfig         # will safe in '.config'

    Global build settings ---> [*] Compile the kernel with symbol table information

    Base system ---> busybox ---> Linux System Utilities ---> [*] mkswap
                                  [*] swaponoff
    Base system ---> [ ] firewall

    Network ---> Firewall ---> [*] iptables ---> [*] iptables-mod-ipopt
                             [*] iptables-mod-nat-extra

    Network ---> Routing and Redirection ---> [*] ip
    Network ---> Routing and Redirection ---> [*] olsrd ---> [*] olsrd-mod-arprefresh
                                 [*] olsrd-mod-jsoninfo
                                 [*] olsrd-mod-nameservice
                                 [*] olsrd-mod-txtinfo
                                 [*] olsrd-mod-watchdog
    Network ---> Web Servers/Proxies ---> [*] uhttpd
                          [*] uhttpd-mod-tls
                          [*] Build with debug messages

    Network ---> [*] ethtool    # if needed, e.g. 'Dell Truemobile 2300'
    Network ---> [*] mii-tool   # if needed, e.g. 'Ubiquiti Bullet M5'
    Network ---> [*] netperf
    Network ---> [*] ulogd ---> [*] ulogd-mod-extra     # if data retention needed

    Utilities ---> [*] px5g
               [*] rbcfg    # if needed, e.g. 'Linksys WRT54G/GS/GL'
  • usage
    • login via ssh
    • prepare the router by calling firmwarewget_prepare_for_lowmem_devices
    • fetch/copy firmware image to /tmp/fw
    • call firmwareburn

Useful Skills: Linux development, OpenWrt, Embedded devices, Web UI design, Gimp, Inkscape, Lua, Scripting

Skill Level: High

Project: https://github.com/bittorf/kalua

Mentor: Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de], Mentor 2 – to be announced

 


Peer to Peer Technologies and Cryptography

 

OpenCoin Digital Cash App

OpenCoin is a true digital cash system, similar to the former DigiCash/eCash based on tokens and providing real anonymity. A prototype wallet app is already available and has been written in JavaScript. Project scope is to implement a mature wallet with additional features (e.g. p2p transactions, encrypted wallet, QR codes), better look and feel and plattform independent (e.g. C, JavaScript+PhoneGap) Make yourself familiar with the OpenCoin protocol Agree the feature set Develop and test the wallet

Project: http://opencoin.org , https://github.com/OpenCoin

Skill Level: Medium

Usefull skills: Scala programming language, Twitter’s Finagle server, SBT build tool, Optional: Eclipse IDE is recommended, Optional: Coins are stored in a SQL database via squeryl library

Getting Started:

* Make yourself familiar with the OpenCoin protocol

* Agree the feature set

* Develop and test the wallet

Mentors: Jan Suhr [http://suhr.info], Joerg Baach [https://github.com/jhb]

FOSSASIA is Mentor Organization for Google Summer of Code 2014

FOSSASIA participates again as a mentor organization in Google Summer of Code 2014. Students can apply for scholarships of FOSSASIA on the Google Melange website. Accepted projects will be published on the site here.

Google Summer of Code is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.  Historically, the program has brought together over 7,500 students with over 440 open source projects, to create over 50 millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its tenth year. If you are feeling nostalgic or are interested in learning more about the projects we have worked with in the past, check out the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 program pages (https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2014/help_page)

FOSSASIA Google Summer of Code 2014

Timeline

10 March: 19:00 UTC Student application period opens.
21 March: 19:00 UTC Student application deadline.
Interim Period: Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.
18 April: All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor – 07:00 UTC Student acceptance choice deadline.
21 April: 19:00 UTC Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2014 site.
Community Bonding Period: Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects.
19 May: Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects; Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.
Work Period: Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.
23 June: 19:00 UTC Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.
27 June: 19:00 UTC Mid-term evaluations deadline; Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.
Work Period: Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.
11 August: Suggested ‘pencils down’ date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.
18 August: 19:00 UTC Firm ‘pencils down’ date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.
22 August: 19:00 UTC Final evaluation deadline. Google begins issuing student and mentoring organization payments provided forms and evaluations are on file.
22 August: 20:00 UTC Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google
25 August: Final results of Google Summer of Code 2014 announced

Links

* Google Summer of Code 2014 https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2014

FOSSASIA Summit 2013 Wrap Up

With many new meetups and coding events we saw an expansion of the FOSSASIA community in 2013. A particular focus was on Cambodia, where workshops took place at the Open Institute and local startup spaces in preparation of the FOSSASIA summit.

FOSSASIA 2013 Planning Meeting
FOSSASIA 2013 Planning Meeting at Small World Phnom Penh

FOSSASIA Meetup at Norton University Phnom Penh
FOSSASIA Meetup at Norton University Phnom Penh

Chantra Be with Hong Phuc Dang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Chantra Be with Hong Phuc Dang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Community Workshops in Cambodia
Community Workshops in Cambodia

Links

Images: flickr.com/photos/tags/fossasia2013
Tweets: twitter.com/fossasia

FOSSASIA 2014 at Norton University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from February 28 – March 2

We are excited to announce FOSSASIA 2014 in Phnom Penh. After taking place several times in Vietnam, it is the first time FOSSASIA takes place in Cambodia. The event will be held at Norton University from February 28 – March 2, 2014.

Hong Phuc Dang at Norton University Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Hong Phuc Dang at Norton University Phnom Penh, Cambodia

FOSSASIA is an event that offers students, developers and start ups a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is a premier place for Open Source communities in Asia to get together with International developers and an opportunity to experience Open Source technologies.

Previous events attracted up to 1400 participants and speakers from 20 countries. Apart from Open Source Software FOSSASIA 2014 will feature a number of Open Hardware projects. In the FOSSASIA business lounge participants can learn about start up ideas and practices and connect with International companies and outsourcing partners.

Norton University Phnom Penh, Cambodia hosting Tech and Developer Community at FOSSASIA
Norton University Phnom Penh, Cambodia hosting Tech and Developer Community at FOSSASIA

Google Summer of Code Ideas 2013

FOSSASIA aims to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2013. We are working together with a number of Open Source developers in the region and function as an umbrella for different projects. If FOSSASIA gets accepted, you will find more information about the application procedure for students on this page.

The ideas list below gets updated continuously. So, please check back again later. And: The best ideas are often ideas of students themselves. So, if you have your own idea or small project, please apply for FOSSASIA on the Google Summer of Code website!

If you have questions or feedback, please write to us on the mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/fossasia

Important dates for students:

April 9 – 21: Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.

April 22: 19:00 UTC: Student application period opens.

May 3: 19:00 UTC: Student application deadline.

GSOC Ideas for FOSSASIA

1. Phimpme Android App

This photo app to connect to “any social service” and Open Source CMS is a project of developers from Vietnam. The goal is to make a beautiful app that also works with web systems based on Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. In Google Summer of Code Students can propose a number of projects around the app. The source code of the app is on github here: https://github.com/phimpme

Ideas for student projects:

Project 1: Implement full Google Maps and OpenStreetMap Support

This project also aims to show photos on a web map on a CMS of own choice.

Usefull skills: Android, Maps API, Understanding of Exif data and implementation, Web development, CMS

Project 2: Add support to more social networks and CMS

Phimpme already supports many social networks including many in Asia. Nevertheless there are still other networks popular in some countries. There are also CMS like TYPO3 which are not yet supported. Students can propose support for other services in this project.

Useful skills: Web Api, Android Development, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, Knowledge of CMS

 

2. Meilix Linux Distribution

Meilix is a new Linux project aimed to offer users a fast and easy to use Linux desktop, that can be “frozen” and therefore secured. 

Student projects should implement new features. The goal is to offer a simple user interface to freeze the OS up to different levels, e.g. only freeze the system, but not the home directory.

The Meilix System User Lock can be found on Github here: https://github.com/meilix/systemlock 

Usefull skills: Linux development, Python, Shell, Scripting, GUI design, Inkscape, Gimp

 

3. Networking Tools

OpenWrt is a widely used Linux distribution for embedded devices and specifically routers. Large networks consist of hundreds and even thousand of nodes. Administration of routers, e.g. ESSID setting is a long process.

Student Project: Develop Web Interface Administration tool for large numbers of Nodes (routers) for OpenWrt based on kalua

The goal of a student project would be to develop a new web interface to show the status of routers and enable mass administration of devices. The foundations of this have already been developed in the Kalua application: https://github.com/bittorf/kalua#readme

Useful Skills: Linux development, OpenWrt, Embedded devices, Web UI design, Gimp, Inkscape, Lua, Scripting

Links: http://openwrt.org

 

4. Opencoin.org

Open Coins introduce the idea of versatile digital cash which can be used similar to ordinary cash but allows a higher flexibility. The cash is issued by a central service and you can think of it as digital coins which hold a certain denomination. Each coin is basically a long string like 6A09E317F4BCD… which can be stored locally and transferred between customers in a peer-to-peer manner. Actually the central issuer does not perform the transaction itself but is only involved to ensure the validity of the coins and to prevent fraud by double-spending a coin. This approach is based on David Chaum’s blind signature algorithm in which cryptography protects the coins and ensures the anonymity of the customers. This algorithm was invented 1983 and since then has been analyzed exhaustively by cryptographers and proven to be secure. Since our central issuer service is not directly involved in the transfers, coins can be exchanged peer-to-peer via social networks, e-mail, chat, web portals, and even via portable USB drives.

Links:

* https://github.com/FellowTraveler/Open-Transactions/wiki

https://blindbitcoin.com

* http://opencoin.org

Student Project 1:

The goal is to develop a foundation for the issuer service. The issuer service expose a REST API. For the scope of this project it consists of two simple interfaces for demonstration purposes only:

– A GET interface to allow clients to retrieve coins in JSON format

– A POST interface to allow clients to redeem/send coins in JSON format

Optional: Coins are stored in a SQL database (via squeryl library)

Further Requirements:

– Coins have the following structure: case class Coin(type: String, value: Int)

– The deliverable should contain a documentation which describes how the system is deployed to allow future updates of individual software components. For instance in the future a newer Finagle server version may be used and the documentation should describe step by step how to integrate it with the other libraries and the actual source code.

– Source code should be documented as well.

– Test cases should be performed and documented. Optional: ScalaTest may be used for testing.

Usefull skills and technologies: Scala programming language, Twitter’s Finagle server, SBT build tool,  Optional: Eclipse IDE is recommended, Optional: Coins are stored in a SQL database via squeryl library

The following links might be useful to understand Finagle’s REST capabilities:

https://github.com/robi42/heroku-finagle-rogue/blob/master/src/main/scala/server.scala

https://github.com/twitter/finagle/blob/master/finagle-http/src/main/scala/com/twitter/finagle/http/path/Path.scala

 

Other Student Project Ideas

* Implement opencoin client as a smart phone app (e.g. Android, iPhone, Boot to Gecko)

*Implement core opencoin protocol library in JavaScript. It can be migrated from Python.

* Implement an opencoin client using JavaScript and HTML(5)

* Utilize WebGL to do high performance crypto using JavaScript

* Use the available sensors on mobile phones to generate random numbers that are usable for cryptography (e.g: shake your coins)

* Implement the server side of opencoin using your language of choice (e.g. JavaScript + node.js, Python, Java, Scala, C etc.)

* Implement web wallet in your preferred language which allows users to login an manage their coins and payments.

 

5. Linux Games Distro

The developments in this project are useful for a number of Linux Games distribution. The goal is to create a modern and simple design inspired by new user interfaces in smartphones. The implementation of the UI will be for Linux desktops. The advantage of working with traditional desktop technologies rather than Android is that distributions can make use of numerous games that exist in repositories and combine it with a modern interface.

Project Idea: Develop and implement new UI features with LXlauncher

Apart from designing, developing and implementing new features the student should also package the application for major Linux distributions.

LXLauncher 1: http://sourceforge.net/projects/lxde/files/LXLauncher%20%28for%20Asus%20EeePC%29/

LXLauncher 2: https://launchpad.net/lxlauncher

Useful Skills: C++, Linux Development, gtk+, APIs, GUI design, drivers, Packaging

OpenTech and Open Knowledge in the Mekong Delta and throughout Asia

The FOSSASIA organization has been very active and I would love to give you a few updates on our activities. One thing why we love to work in this community is because you get the chance to meet some of the most awesome and friendly tech people of the world. Jonas Smeedegaard from the Debian community is one of our guests who has been visiting us three times already and conducted workshops at our events and even stayed several weeks in Can Tho to train students using and developing Debian.

Jonas Smeedegaard at Workshop: Bringing Asian and International developers together

Meetups and Code Sprints

Of course we could not do all of this alone and we would like to thank some of the most outstanding folks we are working together with including HanoiLUG and Saigonlug in Vietnam, Singapore Hackerspace and the Beijinglug.

Coding Projects

We have recently involved and organized activities with the following projects and are glad to feature the following projects on this blog:

  • Wikipedia
  • OpenWrt
  • Crypto-Stick
  • LXDE
  • MoonOS
  • Android
  • GNOME
  • Debian
  • Fedora
  • Gimp
  • Inkscape
  • Linux conversion libraries
  • OpenStreetMap
  • and many more

FOSSASIA Event in Ho Chi Minh City

Internships

In 2012 we welcomed interns in Can Tho. Fifteen students participated in the program as full time interns in the office of MBM International in the biggest city in the Mekong delta. The program took place for 2 months and a core part of it was to learn how to use collaborative tools liker issue trackers and contribute to OpenStreetMap. Our students also love the Wikipedia sprints and we got a lot of positive vibes as everyone was happy to learn how to set up the Mediawiki software, that empowers the encyclopedia, share their ideas and spread Open Knowledge and Open Data about the Mekong Delta.

Event activities

We also continued to organize the FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit in 2010 and 2011 in Raffles College and Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. Plus we had a Mini-Debconf in Saigon and organized the event series OpenDesign.Asia Weeks bringing together designers and Open Source developers. We have links to the LXDE project and GNOME community and we have sent developers to the GNOME.Asia Summit 2012 in Hong Kong and supported the TYPO3 conference 2012 in Phnom Penh.

Also globally FOSSASIA starts to receive more attention. We have received the opportunity to introduce Asian projects at the Libre Graphics Meeting in Montreal (2011) and Brussels (2011), at the Linuxtag in Berlin (2012) and many other community events.

Please Join us and Get in Touch

The FOSSASIA organization supports activities and Open Tech development and Open Knowledge projects of the community active in Asia. If you are interested to cooperate for a project, need support for a development sprint or an event, please contact us on the FOSSASIA mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/fossasia

 

FOSSASIA community meetup at GNOME.Asia 2012

GNOME.Asia Hong Kong 2012

 

FOSSASIA members had a wonderful get together at GNOME.Asia 2012 in Hong Kong. 

About GNOME.Asia Summit. The event is Asia’s GNOME user and developer conference, spreading the knowledge of GNOME across Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop and other devices that use GNOME, and also covers GNOME-based applications and GNOME development platform tools.

It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technologies and future developments.

The FOSSASIA team presented the two projects: crypto-stick and the x-mario gaming distribution.

A big thanks for this fantastic event goes to the local and global organization team and the GNOME Foundation, in particular to Max, Haggen So and Sammy Fung.

Hong Phuc Dang also received travel sponsorship from the GNOME Foundation and thus increased the participation numbers from Vietnam to three contributors.

 

GNOME.Asia Hong Kong 2012

FOSSASIA developer at GNOME.Asia about x-mario gaming project

Hon Nguyen held a talk supported by me at the GNOME.Asia event in Hong Kong about the x-mario gaming project.

The slides are here..