Projects/Summer of Code/2008/Ideas
This page is an open list for ideas for the 2008 edition of Google Summer of Code. This page is open for new ideas from anyone.
This list is not exhaustive. It is just a collection of some ideas. To get further ideas, please feel free to use any resources and past ideas.
These ideas were contributed by our developers and users. They are sometimes vague or incomplete. If you wish to submit a proposal based on these ideas, you may wish to contact the developers and find out more about the particular suggestion you're looking at.
If there is no specific contact given you can ask questions on the general KDE development list [email protected] See the KDE mailing lists page for information on available mailing lists and how to subscribe.
When adding an idea to this section, please try to include the following data:
- if the application is not widely known, a description of what it does and where its code lives
- a brief explanation
- the expected results
- pre-requisites for working on your project
- if applicable, links to more information or discussions
- mailing list or IRC channel for your application/library/module
- your name and email address for contact (if you're willing to be a mentor)
KDE Core libraries
The KDE core libraries (kdecore, kdeui, kio, kparts) are the most basic libraries that all KDE applications depend upon.
Solid is the KDE hardware abstraction layer, that enables KDE programs to get consistent results when running on different platforms.
Phonon is the KDE audio abstraction layer, that enables KDE programs to produce basic and medium-level multimedia functionality in any platform without platform-specific code.
KHTML is the current KDE HTML engine, used by the Konqueror web-browser and other applications to display HTML in their interfaces.
Sonnet is the KDE grammar, spell-checker and language-detection engine.
Oxygen is the KDE 4's default look-and-feel. It comprises of the Oxygen icon set (including the palette and guidelines for icons), the Oxygen sound theme, the Oxygen wallpaper collection, the Oxygen window decoration and the Oxygen widget style. Note that for Summer of Code, you must produce code, so the window decoration and widget styles are your more likely candidates.
KDE Base applications
Konqueror is KDE's powerful web browser and file manager.
Dolphin is KDE 4's default file manager application.
Konsole is KDE's terminal application.
Kate and KWrite
Kate is KDE's Advanced Text Editor, both a full-featured text editor application and a KPart engine ready for embedding into other applications (like KDevelop, Quanta and Kile). KWrite is a simple text editor based on the KatePart engine and is KDE's default text editor.
Plasma is KDE 4's desktop and panel tool, replacing KDE 3's kicker and kdesktop. It's an advanced and power application with revolutionary ideas.
KWin is KDE's X11 Window Manager program, greatly improved when compared to its older brother in KDE 3.
KDM is KDE's Display Manager and login application.
Project Step: 3d mode
Project Information: Step is an interactive physical simulator for KDE. Currently it lives in playground but it will be included in kdeedu package for KDE 4.1.
Brief explanation: Implement physical simulation in 3d. This involves:
- convert all classes in StepCore to templates with dimension as a template parameter, implement specialized versions where required, modify meta-object system to handle it
- implement 3d mode in GUI: viewing and editing
Expected results: Ability to create, edit and view 3d simulations in Step with the same set of objects as in 2d.
Knowledge Pre-Requisite: Required: C++, basic OpenGL, basic physics (mechanics). Could be usefull: qt.
Mentor: Vladimir Kuznetsov <ks dot vladimir at gmail dot com>
KDE PIM (Personal Information Management)
KDevelop & Quanta
Decibel is a realtime communication framework for KDE 4.x.
- add support sip-with video calls
The KDE Usability Project is willing to offer support mentoring to one or two projects (more if additional design mentors are available) which involve heavy UI development or UI redesign activities.
KDE infrastructure tools, like Bugzilla, the Review Board, etc.
KDE dependencies and non-KDE projects
Depending on the relevance of the proposal, the KDE Project will accept student proposals on projects that are not part of KDE, but which are either KDE dependencies or relevant to KDE or the Free Software Desktop.
Qt Cryptographic Architecture
Soprano & Nepomuk
- a named pipe or shared memory transport implementation for win32
- can QLocalSocket and QSharedMemory (in 4.4) be used?
Other Freedesktop.org initiatives
Notes on editing this page
Before making any modifications, please log in to Techbase. This will help us track who is contributing to the ideas.
When making modifications to existing ideas, please consider whether you're changing it more fundamentally or just superficially. If your changes are substantial, you probably have an entirely new idea. Similarly, if your idea is modified and you feel it no longer reflects your original thought, please split the idea in two, restoring yours.
Please use the talk page if you want to discuss an idea.
Finally, do not delete ideas without a reason for doing so (like, for instance, being contrary to KDE ideals, being completely unrelated to KDE, being unfeasible, etc.) -- you may want to state in the talk page why you removed the idea.
Do not re-add ideas that were removed without discussing first with the developers of the target application.