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Aarsee Aeron

Project Name: Adding Activities to GCompris

A Brief Description: Computer Peripherals is an educational project primarily focussed on school children.It helps student to learn about parts of a computer through different levels. The features covered are : Knowing internal and external parts and their functionalities.

Status: Connecting different computer parts with each other is still left

Screenshot: KkaYcAu.png pahyHL1.png 7QpLAPB.png

IRC Nick: aarsee

IRC Channels: #kde,#kde-soc,#gcompris

Blog: https://aarseeaeron.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Bruno Coudoin, Kesha Shah

This is awesome about SoK: Through this project,I got the opportunity to contribute to open source community and KDE

This is what I learned during SoK: 1.Creating svg images 2.Programming in QML and JS 3.Interacting with community members 4.Revised the concepts of OOPs

Scarlett Clark

Project Name: Revamp the Continuous Integration system

A Brief Description: The continuous integration system is a piece of KDE.org infrastructure which compiles KDE software, executes tests included with the software and performs software quality tests. This is done when developers make commits to git.kde.org, and is used to ensure our software is in a releasable state and to detect regressions which are accidentally introduced from time to time. It can be found at build.kde.org. As part of this project you will be revamping the system to allow us to expand it to cover additional operating systems in the future, standardise the configuration of jobs and to improve the flexibility of the builds we perform. In addition you'll also be responsible for setting up a new foundation for our Linux builds as the current one is running on a distribution which will soon be out of date.

Status: I have a working first prototype using docker.

Screenshot: Please see my blog post below.

IRC Nick: sgclark

IRC Channels: Err way to many to list, can always find me in kubuntu-devel though

Blog: http://scarlettgatelyclark.com/2014/kde-sok-revamp-the-continuous-integration-system-progress-report/

Mentors: Ben Cooksley

This is awesome about SoK: I am learning a grand number of things. I can take this knowledge with me for life.

This is what I learned during SoK: Docker, Jenkins, Python, and I have only begun my journey...

Souvik Das

Project Name: Kanagram-Introducing 2-player option

A Brief Description: A two-player system could be introduced. Each player would be alternatively given turns to solve the anagram and a scoreline would be kept for each of them. There can be a certain number of questions for each player, from one particular category which should be selected beforehand.

Status: Completed


IRC Nick: sd__

IRC Channels: #kde-devel, #kde, #kde-soc, #fedora

Blog: https://dassouvik.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Jeremy Whiting

This is awesome about SoK: Exposes me to the world of open source coding

This is what I learned during SoK: Lots of hands-on with real application code. Also, got to learn bits of Qt as I worked through the project.

Aarsee Aeron

Project Name: Adding activities to GCompris

A Brief Description: Adding new activities to GCompris

Status: Getting familiar with JavaScript and Qt platform


IRC Nick: aarsee

IRC Channels: #kde , #kde-soc , #kde-devel

Blog: https://aarseeaeron.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Bruno Coudoin

This is awesome about SoK: It is my first experience with open source organisation. Quite happy to contribute to it and looking forward to learn a lot from this.

This is what I learned during SoK: I have just started with my project.

Garvit Khatri

EDIT: Project Name: Porting KnetWalk to KDE Frameworks 5

A Brief Description: In this project I will port application KnetWalk to the latest KDE Framework 5. First I will start with Build System then moving on to UI, then to KDE Core.

Status: Knetwalk Port Completed. Now porting KSudoku.

ScreenShot: Selection_012.png Selection_013.png

IRC Nick: garvitdelhi

IRC Channels: #kde-devel #kde-soc

Blog: http://garvitdelhi.blogspot.in/

Mentors: Anuj Pahuja <[email protected]>

This is awesome about SoK: This not only gives us a platform to develop for KDE organization, gain experience but we get goodies as well at the end :D

This is what I learned during SoK: The journey has just started ...

Anu Mittal

Project Name:Route to KF5-porting the application Kalzium to KDE Frameworks 5

A Brief Description:Testing the current features,enhancing their speed and upgrading the design of the application.

Status: Getting acquainted with the language and the code of the application.


IRC Nick: anuM

IRC Channels: #kde-devel,#kde,#kde-soc

Blog: http://anu-mittal.blogspot.in/

Mentors: Aleix Pol

This is awesome about SoK: Provides exposure to open source development and getting acquainted with people of common interest.

This is what I learned during SoK: Its just the beginning

Pinak Ahuja

Project Name: Finding a better alternative to Xapian for Baloo

A Brief Description: In this project I will look at the underlying implementation of Xapian to understand why it doesn't function well for baloo's use case and find an alternative which works better and start implementing it.

Status: Studied Xapian's working in baloo and compiled a list of problems with it with help of vHanda here . Proof of concept done the SearchStore needs to be tested and need to iron out some stuff. Current work can be found in Lucene branch of baloo.git.

IRC Nick: pinak

IRC Channels: #plasma #kde-baloo #kde-devel #kde-devel

Blog: http://blog.pinak.me

Mentors: Vishesh Handa

This is awesome about SoK:

  • The amazing feeling of knowing that you are working on software used by millions of people.
  • Getting to know awesome people who are ready to help no matter what time it is.

This is what I learned during SoK:

  • Blogging is important, you need the world to know what you're working with.
  • Actually see C++ features in action which I had only read about in college (inheritance, abstraction etc)
  • Debugging with tools like valgrind, gdb etc.
  • Working with Qt.
  • Implementing an external library (Lucene++) in a project.

Rahul Chowdhury

Project Name: Improve/refresh KHangMan UI

A Brief Description: The aim of the project will be to combine the desktop, plasma active and harmattan UI into one QML based UI instead of using QWidget and SVG. As a result KHangMan will be having a nice clean UI and it will be compatible on the above-mentioned platforms.

Status: Initially there were some segfault problems with KHangMan related to loading kvtml files and theme files that had to be taken care of, followed by some cleaning up tasks related to a few TODO and FIXME in the code. Then the QML files under harmattan were moved to a new 'qml' folder, and now KHangMan loads main.qml from there as the main widget in its mainwindow. Much of the code has been ported from QtQuick 1 to QtQuick 2.3 , and at present when the app is launched the QML view is loaded with some of the tools and buttons displaying and some features working properly. There are still a lot of things to be done, like fixing the issues related to loading of some image files, and adding some extra functionalities, and ultimately get the whole app to work properly and so on.

Screenshot: snapshot18.png

IRC Nick: rahulch

IRC Channels: #kde-devel #kde-edu #kde-soc #kde #fedora-kde

Blog: http://rahulc93.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Jeremy Whiting , Heena Mahour

This is awesome about SoK: SoK is a great way for coders to get involved with KDE and start making their contributions to it. Usually if a student has an impressive idea for a project and if it gets accepted, he/she gets to work on it. The experience gained in the whole process is invaluable, where people get to interact with the developers from all over the world, share their knowledge and learn a lot of new things all along. Everyone from the KDE community is extremely friendly, and they are always ready to help out anyone in need. At the end of the project the student gets to learn a lot, it helps to brush up coding and algorithm skills, and it also gives a sense of satisfaction by making your own contributions to a software that is globally used by all.

This is what I learned during SoK: Got to know more about QtQuick, learnt a few tricks on git, developed my OOPS concepts.

Koushik S

Project Name: digiKam : Improve automatic noise reduction using Wavelets

A Brief Description: The project aims to improve the noise reduction algorithm to better estimate noise present in the image, and correct them.

Status: Getting familiar with the present algorithm implemented, and in the process of implementing the updated one as a seperate OpenCV application for better understanding.


IRC Nick: skoushik

IRC Channels: #digikam #kde-in #kde-soc

Blog: http://skoushik.wordpress.com

Mentors: Gilles Caulier

This is awesome about SoK: Great way to get started with open source development, and getting to know amazing people in the process.

This is what I learned during SoK: So far, I've learnt about practices in writing code, and utilizing Object-oriented Programming concepts for solving some of the problems.

Ranveer Aggarwal

Project Name: Revamp planetkde.org

A Brief Description: For the uninitiated, Planet KDE is KDE's Blog aggregator, i.e. it displays feeds from the blogs of KDE contributors on one common web platform.

It's been in existence since 2008, and uses Rawdog (A Python-based RSS Aggregator). It renders all the content on to a single HTML file, which can be customized.

Basically, what I'm trying to do is to revamp the existing website, in the following ways:

  • Upgrade Rawdog to its newest version
  • Give the website a new look and feel, with mobile compatibility
  • Add social network feeds to it, if the APIs permit

Timeline: So here is what I have roughly planned:

  • Firstly, I'll read through the rawdog docs, and try a small implementation locally.
  • Next, I'll go through the existing source code, and see how it is written, especially the rawdog-HTML/CSS integration.
  • After the basic requirement of aggregating blogs is done, I'll go through the API documentations of social networking websites and work on the integration with the website, again locally.
  • After understanding how things work in the above two steps, I'll make a rough mockup of the new design and that can be discussed and improved upon.
  • Then I'll develop the front-end part of the website
  • After that is done, add rawdog and the social network APIs to it.
  • Finalizing the code, adding finishing touches, adding new features if possible

Status: Complete and Deployed

Screenshots: This is how the old blog looked like (Stage 0): PlanetKDE1.png

This is a stage 1 screenshot : PlanetKDE2.png

The current version is deployed at planetkde.org

IRC Nick: ranveeraggarwal

IRC Channels: #kde-www #kde-soc

Blog: http://blog.ranveeraggarwal.com/

Mentors: Jonathan Riddell

This is awesome about SoK: It's my first step to Open Source, and I found the community very enthusiastic and helpful.

This is what I learned during SoK: I learnt that whatever you make on your own, however good it might be, it will always get better once you take community opinions. And there is a lot to learn out there.

Dinu Kumarasiri

Project Name: Theme Designing for Pairs

A Brief Description: Pairs is an educational project focussed on pre-school children. It stimulates memory and logic skills in children. There are three aspects which should be covered in this project; Create and add new themes and improve documentation.

Status: Finished

Screenshot: nature-relations.png screenshot-from-2014-12-14-225609.png pairs-leaves-pairs.png

IRC Nick: dinu

IRC Channels: #kde-devel #kde-edu #kde-soc #kde

Blog: https://sinceeverybodyhasablog.wordpress.com/category/open-source/kde/

Mentors: Heena Mahour

This is awesome about SoK: This program gives a guided entrance to KDE and open source community.

This is what I learned during SoK: 1. Create svg images using inkscape 2. Create themes for pairs from those images by adding ".game" file 3. Community will be willing to help you always when you get in trouble

Sayan Biswas

Project Name: Kanagram: Make clickable letters using QML objects rather than one text object.

A Brief Description: The aim of the project will be to make the letters clickable QML objects rather than one Text object, to animate them moving to the answer area, if a letter is typed on the keyboard then animate moving one of the letters to the answer area, and a few other improvements if time permits.

Status: Getting acquainted with the code.

IRC Nick: techsayan

IRC Channels: #kde-devel #kde-edu #kde-soc #nitdgplug #konversation #gsoc

Blog: http://alltypesofhacking.blogspot.in/KDE

Mentors: Debjit Mondal

This is awesome about SoK: The direct interaction and knowing about the available projects and get the opportunity to actually work on it under the guidance of the maintainers is really what excites me the most. In SoK the maintainers are also encouraging for new ideas and help us work on it from the basics.

This is what I learned during SoK: Got to learn Qt, revise my OOPS concept and the most importantly the journey has just began.

R. Harish Navnit

Project Name: Plasma Media Center : Porting the series and RSS podcasts backend to Plasma5

A Brief Description: Two backends of the Plasma Media Center are the RSS Podcast support and the Series backend. Through this project, I aim to port both of these backends of the Plasma Media Center to KF5 and Plasma 5 and also make several changes in them, like porting series backend to use guessit library https://pypi.python.org/pypi/guessit etc, fixing various bugs in it and polishing it.

Status: Porting the eventsbackend in Plasma Media Center


IRC Nick: rharish

IRC Channels: #plasma #kde-in #kde-devel #kde-soc #kde-speech

Blog: https://harishnavnit.wordpress.com

Mentors: Bhushan Shah

This is awesome about SoK: The flexibility of the program.

This is what I learned during SoK:

Utkarsh Simha

Project Name: Enhancing observing tools for KStars

A Brief Description: 1. To add "Observing Time Optimizer" feature to find the optimal time/altitude to observe an object. 2. To develop a UI for the Star-Hopper feature and display the results.

Status: Completed developing UI for Star-Hopper. Working on developing front-end for Observing Time Optimizer


IRC Nick: usimha

IRC Channels: #kde-devel, #kde-kstars

Blog: http://thegreatercode.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Akarsh Simha

This is awesome about SoK: Great experience, contributing to Open Source!

This is what I learned during SoK: A lot of C++ and Qt and QML. Interacting with other people in the community.

M Sai Krishna

Project Name:Adding Gcompris activities

A Brief Description:Adding new activites to GCompris.

Status: Getting acquainted with Qt and Javascript.


IRC Nick: saikrishna17394

IRC Channels: #kde-devel,#kde,#kde-soc

Blog: http://saikrishna17394.github.io/

Mentors: Kesha Shah

This is awesome about SoK: This is my first open source project. I am excited contributing to the community.

This is what I learned during SoK: It just started.

Minh Ngo

Project Name:KF5 Based Python 3 backend for Cantor

A Brief Description: This projects aim to provide a additional Python 3 backend for Cantor, with the basic features of the Cantor backends: syntax highlithing, tab-complete, variable management, support to show plot figures in the worksheet, support to some extensions like linear algebra and plot generation, and more.

Status: Finished

Screenshot: M4XK9fc.png

IRC Nick: nlminhtl

IRC Channels: #kde-devel, #fedora-kde, #fedora-devel, #kde-soc

Blog: https://ignotus.github.io

Mentors: Filipe Saraiva

This is awesome about SoK: It's not my first open source contribution, so I just wanted a cool T-shirt :))

This is what I learned during SoK: It just started.

Nitul Datt

Project Name: Amarok : Cue Sheet Support

A Brief Description: At present Amarok does not provide support for cue sheeted music in the collection. If implemented correctly, this feature would allow for the independent playback of individual songs stored in a single audio file.

Status: Getting to terms with the related parts of the codebase.


IRC Nick: nit91

IRC Channels: #kde-devel, #kde-sok, #amarok.dev

Blog: https://nitul1991.wordpress.com/

Mentors: Vedant Agarwala

This is awesome about SoK:

This is what I learned during SoK:

Subhajit Mukherjee

Project Name: Finishing test.kubuntu.co.uk

A Brief Description: The complete site is at http://test2.kubuntu.co.uk/wordpress/

Status: Completed.

Screenshot: http://wstaw.org/w/32Bp/ , http://wstaw.org/w/32Bq/ , http://wstaw.org/w/32Br/ , http://wstaw.org/w/32Bt/

IRC Nick: bukai

IRC Channels: #kubuntu-devel,#kubuntu,#kde-devel #kde-edu #kde-soc #kde

Blog: http://subhajitmukherjee.wordpress.com/sok/

Mentors: Jonathan Riddell

This is awesome about SoK: It's my first SoK.

This is what I learned during SoK:

Ashish Bansal

Project Name: UPnP Support in PMC

A Brief Description: In this project I will introduce the functionality of the DLNA/UPnP into the PMC using which user would be able to play media in PMC from other media servers and play media from PMC on media renderers as well.

Status: Completed(Currently not merged in master branch but you can check it in ashish/upnp branch)

IRC Nick: mrphantom

IRC Channels: #plasma #kde-in #kde-devel #kde

Blog: http://blog.ashish-bansal.in

Mentor: Shantanu

This is awesome about SoK: It's SoK.

Kshitij Gupta

Project Name: Test framework for KWin Effects

A Brief Description: ToDo

Status: Coding due to begin (owing to my academic commitments)


IRC Nick: kshitij8

IRC Channels: #kde #kwin #kde-dev

Blog: http://kshitijblogs.blogspot.com/

Mentors: Martin Gräßlin

This is awesome about SoK: ToDo

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