As long as we’re talking about the second Summer of Code, what other open-source projects would people like to see? Here’s one I’d like. Ubuntu is really good at handling wireless connections, even on a laptop. But I’d love a simple-to-use VPN wizard or client for Linux/Windows. That way, if you have VPN configuration instructions for Windows, the new VPN utility would have look-alike options as Windows. A similar-looking VPN set-up would make it much easier for VPN users to transition from Windows to Linux/Ubuntu. Also, Ubuntu is looking for someone to implement easy multiple monitor support.
How about it? If you had a few dozen students thinking about open-source projects, what would you ask them to work on?
– Are there improvements you’d like to see in Linux, Apache, MySQL, or Python/Perl/PHP?
– Do you wish Asterisk, the open-source PBX software was easier to try out or configure?
– Are there features you’d like to see in Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver? Personally, I’d like the ability to save all my podcasts in one directory, instead of forcing podcasts into different directories for each source.
– Or maybe you wish that Audacity could easily help you produce podcasts and handle the RSS wrappers for you?
– Wish you could convert .mod files from camcorders into an easier-to-process video format?
– There’s gotta be something you’d tweak in Firefox. Every Firefox user has 1-2 things that they’d like to see. There’s already a list of potential ideas for Firefox.
The official Summer of Code page has more info and ideas.