To help students start contributing to Free Software.


  1. let every gnome game pause
  2. Add creation and verification of gpg signatures from seahorse. Associate seahorse with .sig files (detached gpg signature) and add functionality in seahorse to handle this and verify
  3. Fix column selection bug in evince.
  4. Make DHCP client smarter while booting - first check whether network cable is present before requesting DHCP ip (use mii-tool/ethtool to make sure the link is up before do a DHCP request)
  5. Make thunderbird new mail alarm bit more friendly. When you click on a subject in the new mail notifier it should open the mail in a new window.
  6. Show unicode characters in firefox address bar. Now it shows % escaped values [Its a potential risk]... [ All non-Microsoft browers include a flaw that allows URL spoofing using Unicode characters, which can be exploited by phishing scams seeking to steal login information for online banking accounts. The spoofing flaw, which is demonstrated on the web site of the Shmoo Group, works in the Firefox, Mozilla and Opera browsers, as well as the Safari browser for Macs. The spoof exploits flaws in how the browsers interpret Unicode characters. A link using Unicode characters to replace the letter "a" in "Paypal" will display as in the browser, but send users to - which then displays "" in its address bar. A similar spoof works on SSL-enabled URLs (https) commonly used on banking and e-commerce sites. Unicode is a broader character set that includes non-English characters as well as symbols, which is being used on the Internet to support Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). The affected browsers support IDN, while Microsoft's Internet Explorer does not. The attack can be disabled in Firefox and Mozilla by setting 'network.enableIDN' to false in the browser's configuration (enter about:config in the address bar to access the configuration fucntions). There is no known workaround yet for Opera or Safari, according to a Bugtraq post from Shmoo, which describes itself as "a non-profit think-tank comprised of security professionals" and hosted the Shmoocon conference over the weekend. URL spoofing exploits are useful to Internet phishing scams, making it easier to trick victims into sharing sensitive information with bogus web sites constructed by fraudsters, which can be coded to present a target institution's URL in the address bar. The impact of the spoofing flaw is limited by the low usage of non-IE browsers, but comes as Firefox is making inroads into Internet Explorer's dominant market position, gaining up to 5 percent of users by some accounts.]. DONE - Available in Firefox 3
  7. Add unicode support to sIFR (Free Software answer to font embedding problem).
  8. Add sIRF support to gnash (currently you cannot select sIRF text from gnash
  9. Build a cross debootstrap root file system for hurd and use it instead of the native debootstrap for GNU/Hurd installer. debootstrap is debian package to create root file systems from debian packages. -- [User:Pravs|Praveen A]
  10. Add Kannada support to Sarika, first Free Software Indian language speech recognition system
  11. Add Hindi support to Sarika
  12. Tune Sarika to understand Dhvani, text to speech system for Indian languages
  13. Create a jhbuild moduleset to build debian packages from gnome 2.20 tarballs. Jhbuild is a build tool used for building big projects which has lot of different dependent packages
  14. Create a jhbuild module for a small bootable root filesystem
  15. Create a smtp translator for GNU/Hurd. Send an email when you copy a file and file.address to the directory
  16. Join Mediawiki, Firefox and Open Office to transparently edit wiki pages in WYSIWYG mode.
  17. Lightning calendar extension to be linked with system calendar.
  18. s5 presentation support to be added to nvu/mozilla composer. Create a presentation format s5p as a zipped folder containing s5 format presentation.
  19. Bluetooth gui for gnome. Add missing features (compare with kde bluetooth)
  20. Add support to capture region in gnome-screensaver
  21. pst2mbox - add support to Exchange 2003 support.
  22. Make nautilus overwrite dialog friendlier by showing comparison of files (like size modified time...)
  23. When we copy some text from FireFox and want to paste it in some other place say gedit but we close the firefox window we are not able to paste the text which was copied from closed FireFox window. This is really irritating at times. So this can be fixed (Idea Contributed By Aditya Kavoor, Probably he will only take this up.) see more info about this bug
  25. I have 2 users on my system. When USER_1 logs on with gnome then selects "switch user" option from the system -> log out menu and USER_2 logs in using xfce manager (this session only) then clicks on the "log out" applet on the default xfce setup USER_2's session shuts down and immediately goes to USER_1's session without a password. A serious bug in Xfce...see more info about this bug Contributed by bhavani shankar..
  26. Your server is subjected to trojan hunting... (DoS attack) trojan hunting causes the server to go down within minutes. How to counter this attack? and how to identify the cracker? If he is on a static ip? if he is on a dynamic ip? Contributed by Bhavani Shankar
  27. If I leave xmms playing mp3 from a stream for several hours (+10 hours), it may get to consume more than 1GB of memory.. How to triage this bug? Contributed by Bhavani Shankar.
  28. Generate easily rememberable passwords using markov chain simulation in perl.. Contributed by Bhavani Shankar.
  29. Project Panakea , the social way of solving everyday problems , interested can contact Sashank Dara

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Completed TasksEdit

Completed Tasks list


  1. Praveen A - 99863 four eight 565
  2. Madhusudan CS - +91-9964584883
  3. Santosh G Vattam - 9916533941
  4. Vikram Vincent +91.9448810822

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