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KDE and Google Summer of Code 2023

Tuesday, 14 November 2023

This year KDE successfully mentored seven projects in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). GSoC is a program in which contributors new to Free and Open Source software spend between 175 and 350 hours during from 10 to 22 weeks working on an Open Source project. This post will introduce the projects and contributors for 2023 and their achievements.



Mail composition window in Merkuro


Screenshot of digiKam automatic Tags Assignment Tools


Bundle editing workflow


Measuring Energy Consumption using Remote Lab: Karanjot Singh implemented remote access to the KDE Eco energy measurement lab. Although the lab is physically located at the KDAB offices in Berlin, with KEcoLab it is now accessible to KDE and other Free Software developers from anywhere in the world. This was achieved by setting up backend CI/CD integration and automating the energy measurement process, including providing a summary of the results.


Moderation tool added


Screenshot of Okular application on Android before and after GSoC"

Next Steps

The GSoC period is over, but it does not mean the contributions should stop there. Contributors had a fun summer honing their skills within KDE with the support of the community. Hopefully, they felt welcome and will continue to contribute for many years in the future.

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