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Re: [GSoC] Make WebKit run on top of GNUstep

From: Ivan Vučica
Subject: Re: [GSoC] Make WebKit run on top of GNUstep
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 17:35:05 +0100

Daniel's proposal has been accepted into Google Summer of Code.


Fred and I have registered as mentors.

Congratulations and welcome!

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:54 PM, Daniel Ferreira (theiostream)
<bnmvco@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> My name is Daniel Ferreira and I'd like to spend a Google Summer of
> Code implementing the proposal to "port WebKit to GNUstep" (or, most
> likely, a subset of it) as announced on the GNUstep ideas website, and
> try to get the GNUstep browser issue closer to a solution. However,
> aside from this thread
> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/discuss-gnustep/2007-03/msg00314.html
> and this more recent one:
> https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/discuss-gnustep/2015-06/msg00108.html
> there is almost zero detail implementation-wise of how this goal would
> be attained, and only architectural discussions about how to approach
> the web browser problem. Despite being a little late to the party, I'd
> like some help to be able to craft a decent proposal (or at least
> figure out how to approach the problem).
> I spent the last two days setting up a build environment for both
> GNUstep and WebKit, and I hoped I would be able to grasp the dimension
> of the effort by trying to build it with OSX as a target and see how
> many linking errors I got when trying to build it on top of the
> GNUstep libraries. However, it complains about the lack of frameworks
> that I don't believe are even in the GNUstep roadmap (Accelerate,
> AudioToolbox, IOKit), so I think I'm following a wrong approach here.
> That said, I'd really appreciate an (updated) explanation of what are
> the current obstacles to getting that port done, or what can I
> do/build to get a better understanding of it :)
> Also: despite the extremely short schedule, I'm totally up to writing
> a small patch to GNUstep or something if you'd like some sort of proof
> that I can go around the project.
> About me: I'm a Brazilian student and I'll start college at Stanford
> University this fall. I've done system modifications in the iOS
> jailbreaking community ("tweaks") and some apps, and during that time
> I could get some pretty decent experience with Core* Apple APIs
> (although I really look forward to learn more about their internals
> and how they could be implemented) as well as Objective-C. I've also
> written a bunch of C/C++ code for my employer (a payment processing
> company) and some on github.com/theiostream. Again, I'm really
> interesting on how these internals are (or can be) implemented, and
> that's why I got so interested in this project.
> (I am sending this e-mail to both the summer-of-code and the
> discuss-gnustep lists separately. I'm sorry if anyone gets this twice,
> but I'm really unsure regarding in what channel this will reach
> someone.)
> Thanks, and hoping I can get some answers in time,
> -- Daniel.
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