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KDE Accepted To Google Summer of Code 2015 53

jrepin writes The KDE student programs team is happy to announce that KDE has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2015. This will allow students from around the world to work with mentors on KDE software projects. Successful students will receive stipends from Google. Ideas on what a student entering Google Summer of Code 2015 with KDE might work on are listed on the Community Wiki.
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KDE Accepted To Google Summer of Code 2015

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  • WOW! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Grindalf ( 1089511 ) on Saturday March 07, 2015 @02:04PM (#49205637) Journal
    Oh man! That's awesome!
  • Visit http://www.google-melange.com/... [google-melange.com] to see all the organizations accepted.

    I am associated with RTEMS, Network Time Foundation, and GCC all of which are also participating.

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      Looks like they jumped over an inch high bar, yes. The requirements pretty much seem to be:

      1) Do you use an OSI approved license?
      2) Do you have ideas for improvement?
      3) Can you provide mentors?
      4) Are you a somewhat popular, established project?

      Then you're good. I mean there's many obscure mentoring organizations there I've never heard about.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Yeah, really an only inch high bar!

        That is why Mozilla, Tor and others were rejected!

        http://blog.queze.net/post/2015/03/03/Mozilla-not-accepted-for-Google-Summer-of-Code-2015

      • I am pretty sure over 50% of the organizations that apply are not accepted in any given year.

        The requirements you list are minimum ones. Speaking as an organization administrator for GSoC (and ESA SOCIS), there is a lot of work that must be done so an organization can do a good job with students. The ideas must be summer-sized projects with clear goals. You want an easy on-ramp for new developers with a welcoming community. You realistically need multiple mentors per student, to be responsive to those stude

    • by Anonymous Coward

      GCC, please move out of the way for clang. Sundar's got the reigns, Larry and sergay are too senile drunk with money to run the company anymore. you got a fat belly of middle managers.

  • KDE and GSoC (Score:5, Informative)

    by Peter H.S. ( 38077 ) on Saturday March 07, 2015 @02:47PM (#49205889) Homepage

    There are several very good projects on the Wiki page. My favourites are probably:

    Project: Port Amarok to Qt5/Kf5/Plasma5: Something I use every day.

    Project: Port KSystemLog to use journald as a backend: With systemd it is actually possible to make a distro agnostic GUI log viewer that isn't just a "less" with windows decorations. I like using the CLI "journalctl", but a GUI, perhaps with some log watch support and real time panel notifications about "syslog level: Error" events and above would be nice.

    Project: Implement PDF Poppler features: I like Okular very much, so more features like linearized pdf support would be nice.

    • Your comment here is entirely out-of-place. Look around: yours is only one of two which isn't a troll.

      This site has really, completely gone down the tubes, and this article really shows it more than ever before.

    • by armanox ( 826486 )

      >

      Project: Port KSystemLog to use journald as a backend: With systemd it is actually possible to make a distro agnostic GUI log viewer that isn't just a "less" with windows decorations. I like using the CLI "journalctl", but a GUI, perhaps with some log watch support and real time panel notifications about "syslog level: Error" events and above would be nice.

      For KDE, as long as they don't become dependent on systemd they should be okay to do that. One of the strengths of KDE over GNOME is cross platform support, and the devs have shied away to date from breaking compatibility with other UNIX systems. (That's my complaint with systemd anyway - it violates the Unix principle of being portable and compatible).

      If they fix the power management bug and implement good error notifications (supporting journald wouldn't be a bad thing), that would be pretty awesome.

      • It would just be an optional KDE module; KDE already have a rather excellent GUI for configuring systemd (Kcmsystemd) that works as an optional control panel module.

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Grishnakh ( 216268 )

        (That's my complaint with systemd anyway - it violates the Unix principle of being portable and compatible).

        How is that a problem with systemd? Which other UNIX system still uses sysvinit anyway? Solaris moved to SMF ages ago, OSX certainly doesn't use it, the BSDs don't use it (since they're not related to System V UNIX to begin with), etc.

        Has anyone tried porting SMF to Linux? If not, then that isn't exactly portable either.

        • by armanox ( 826486 )

          Has anyone tried porting SMF to Linux? If not, then that isn't exactly portable either.

          An interesting thought, but I do not believe that anyone has tried it because of it being CDDL instead of GPL. Those GPL advocates are pretty damn picky about what software you're allowed to use. Also the same reason we do not have launchd on Linux (which people also decried as anti-Unix, for the record).

          The GPL people believe in freedom: Freedom to use what they tell you.

  • by sayfawa ( 1099071 ) on Saturday March 07, 2015 @06:04PM (#49206925)
    Only slightly on-topic, but I've been using KDE plasma 5 since 5.2 came out. And it's great. I was a refugee escaping from Gnome 3 who went to XFCE for a few years. But that never completely satisfied me.

    But KDE does now. Which is funny, because in the days of Gnome 2, I really didn't like KDE.
    • by spauldo ( 118058 )

      Same here, actually.

      I played with KDE back before GNOME started. It was OK, and for non-geeks that was the desktop I set up. My girlfriend at the time had no issues with it. I was bouncing between Enlightenment, FVWM, and Afterstep at the time.

      The GNOME started up, and I switched to it back when it was barely there - 0.20 or something. Officially, Enlightenment was their reccomended WM, but it worked with almost anything. I ran it under TWM for kicks once. Painful...

      Fast forward, and GNOME just starte

  • Maybe rthey can pay students yo remove it.

  • Very happy to see KDEConnect!
    I hope they'll also have a look at the issues with KDM running under systemd because LightDM is not everyone's choice.

    Although, Plasma5 replaces KDM with SDDM which does work with systemd.

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