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

From: David Chisnall
Subject: Re: [GSoC] Make WebKit run on top of GNUstep
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 19:56:15 +0100

Great!  Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help,


> On 4 May 2017, at 17:35, Ivan Vučica <ivan@vucica.net> wrote:
> Daniel's proposal has been accepted into Google Summer of Code.
>  https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/projects/#5083550004019200
> 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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