KDE celebrates 59 successful Summer of Code projects
The KDE project has announced the outcome of its participation as a mentoring organisation in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2012. According to the announcement, KDE was the biggest participating organisation in the event and 59 out of the 60 different projects it mentored were successful. Under the project's stewardship, students worked on a diverse range of KDE sub-projects from core libraries to entertainment and multimedia applications.
KDE projects that were improved or will benefit from contributions by GSoC students include the media player Amarok, the Calligra office suite, the Gluon game engine and KDE's IDE, KDevelop. Projects included implementing OpenStreetMap vector rendering in Marble, adding face recognition features to digiKam, Facebook integration for the microblogging client Choqok, and Spotify integration for Amarok. A full list of all projects and associated progress reports is available on the KDE Community Wiki.
In the announcement, the organisers of KDE's GSoC participation express the hope that many of the students involved will keep contributing to the various projects and will consider taking part in next year's Summer of Code as well. They also point out that many of the improvements achieved this year have been under the cover of the various programs and that it might take time until end users notice the changes. Some of the modifications also need to be further integrated into existing code, which is an ongoing effort.