The KDE project is happy to announce the selection of 40 KDE projects for the Google Summer of Code 2007. This is the third consecutive year that KDE is participating in the initiative. Though Thiago Macieira, KDE's Summer of Code co-ordinator, states that reviewing the 213 submissions was difficult, Aaron Seigo, member of the KDE e.V. board, has the "highest confidence in the final list, with ambitious and exciting new technology and functionality set to grace the KDE desktop, which is very fitting with what we are trying to achieve with the KDE 4 vision". Read on for more information about the selected projects.
KDevelop, with five accepted projects, will get support for CMake, and brand new code completion and Ruby language support. Kommander will also be integrated into KDevelop. Another five projects are related to KDE-PIM applications and the new Akonadi PIM data store. With a total of six accepted projects, KOffice will receive a collaborative editing mode, and other accepted applications focus on elements of Krita and KWord.
Other KDE applications receiving new features from students are the Quanta web development editor, the Kopete instant messenger, and the award-winning Amarok mediaplayer. The KDEPrint printer backend will be re-designed and substantially improved, allowing the user to download missing printing drivers automatically. The Marble desktop globe will receive support for GPS and the KML file format (as used by Google Earth) as well as a 2D projection mode. The Strigi desktop search and NEPOMUK, the semantic desktop framework are also both covered by another two Summer of Code projects.
For ongoing reports on the progress of these projects, see future editions of the weekly KDE Commit-Digest.