Summer Coding 2010 proposal - Kronikarz Backup Restore Tool

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About Me

  1. My name is Sweta Yamini
  2. My email address is sweta.yamini@gmail.com
  3. My wiki username is Yamini
  4. My primary language is English
  5. Location, and what hours tend to work: Kharagpur, India. 8:00 to 23:00 GMT+5:30

About my Project

  1. Name : Kronikarz - A simple tool for desktop backup and recovery
  2. Project shortinfo - Summer Coding 2010 ideas - Kronikarz - shortinfo
  3. Summary of Idea: Handy graphical tool for archiving settings of applications. This tool will be useful for users who:
    • want to simply backup / restore look-and-feel and settings of applications
    • frequently migrate from one distribution to another
    • have more then one device and want to sync settings
  4. Details
    • The application(Kronikarz) will be like a plug-in engine. For each application that Kronikarz can support a backup, an XML hook-in file (plug-in) must be defined. The application reads the plug-in, and backs-up or restores accordingly.
    • It will have a GUI for the user to specify what to backup, etc.
    • It will have daemon to schedule backup and sync settings, also customizable with a UI.
    • The backend does the main backup and restore functionality, installs missing packages using PackageKit for restore.
    • The code will be written in Python and UI will be built with Qt.
  5. Features
    • Easy to use intuitive UI, usable by users of all expertise.
    • Easy search and select of applications to be backed-up, synced or restored.
  6. Timeline
    • week 1 — matching of technical tasks, determination of participant's roles
    • week 2 - week 4 — realization of backend with backup / restore functional
    • week 5 - week 7 — realization of basic GUI-application
    • week 8 — realization of service/daemon
    • week 9 - week 10 — debugging
    • week 11 — final testing, creation of rpm-package.

My background

  1. I am a fourth year undergraduate student of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
  2. I haven't contributed to open source before, and look at this as my first taste to open source development. However, I have done some projects as a part of my academic curriculum.
    • A minimal processor. [Verilog] (as a group of 2)
    • A compiler in C using Flex and Bison for a toy language.
    • Simulation of a file system. [C++] (as a group of 2)
    • HTTP server, client, proxy server, and DNS server. [C++] (as a group of 2)
    • Chat server and client (as a group of 2)
    • The code for the Chat Server and simulation of a file system can be found at http://github.com/NOLFXceptMe , my groupmate's.
    • I am pretty confident about this project, and I think I can complete it.

Me and the community

  1. If your project is successfully completed, what will its impact be on the Fedora community?
    • Users can backup and restore settings across different systems and distributions easily.
    • Users can sync settings across different systems.
  2. What will you do if you get stuck on your project and your mentor isn't around?
    • I will try to solve the problem myself, else I'll leave the problem for the time being and work on a different module until my mentor is available. If my mentor is away for an extended period of time, I will ask the Fedora community for suggestions and possible solutions.

Miscellaneous

  1. We want to make sure that you are prepared before the project starts
    • Can you set up an appropriate development environment? - Yes
    • Have you met your proposed mentor and members of the associated community? - Yes, I have met my mentor.
  2. What is your t-shirt size? - M

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