The KDE’s Summer of Achievements

KDE took part in its 7th year as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code. Thanks to Google’s generous funding and KDE’s mentors we were able to work with 51 students over the summer, once again making KDE the largest organization taking part in Google Summer of Code. Choosing the right students was hard but the selection turned out well. The students coded in nearly all areas of KDE from Calligra and Rekonq to Amarok and KStars. Their projects turned out very well, and we’ve once again been impressed with the talent and dedication of the students. All 51 students passed their mid-term evaluation and 47 successfully passed their final evaluation. Valorie Zimmerman, KDE Administrator for Google Summer of Code, says: “KDE got forty-seven completed projects, which is tremendous. Our focus though is not on the code itself, but on the students and their involvement with KDE. However, their projects enrich KDE immensely, and you’ll be seeing their code integrated into our codebase over the next few months. “
Similar to previous years, KDE received many more great student applications for Google Summer of Code than we were able to accept into the program. To welcome these remaining students to our community and to give them mentoring, support, and a project to work on, we ran Season of KDE again. It is a program similar to Google Summer of Code where students receive a certificate and limited-edition t-shirt for completing their project successfully. The response was overwhelming this year and we had to close applications after 100 submissions. Nearly all of them were matched up with a mentor and project to work on. The students still have a few more weeks to work on their projects but results are looking fantastic so far.
Lydia Pintscher, KDE Administrator for Google Summer of Code and Season of KDE, says: “What makes me proud about this is the fact that KDE as a community is able and willing to teach newcomers to Free Software on a scale like few other projects while delivering high-quality results in terms of code produced and students mentored. What makes me even more proud is the overwhelming success of Season of KDE even without the monetary incentive but just because people want to work on something amazing in an amazing community.”
For more information on each student’s proposal and their blogs about the project can be found on our Status Reports page. We have also posted blogs on our Google Summer of Code Achievements: chapter one, chapter two, and chapter three.

Explore the Hidden Treasures of Los Angeles

We’ve written about CyberCity 3D on this site quite a few times, as they’re always trying new things using 3D buildings in Google Earth. Just in the last year or so, they’ve brought us “Virtual Viewing“, some awesome buildings in Las Vegas and the popular

Now they’ve gone in another new direction by partnering with hidden los angeles to bring us, a slick 3D viewer to help you work your way through all of the great content on HLA.


By connecting with HLA’s substantial Facebook Page (roughly 200,000 fans), they’re really trying to bring Facebook to Google Earth, and it’s a well-done implementation.

By clicking any of the white icons, you’ll be taken of a “what lies beneath” page for that venue, showing more details about that location. In addition, they’re working on adding “deals” to the site. For example, check out the nightlife page and notice the yellow Bevvy icons that are promoting some special offers. Online deals are a hot item right now, and combining that with Google Earth seems like a pretty cool integration.

For more head over to or read their press release below:

In a pioneering move linking 3D technology to social websites and Facebook, software innovator CyberCity 3D today announced it’s partnering with one of Los Angeles’ leading leisure and entertainment websites, hiddenlosangeles (hLA), to create

More than 198,900 members (and growing daily) now log on to hLA’s on-line website and Facebook locations to learn about the unique activities, restaurants, landmarks, history, and adventures L.A. has to offer. HLA’s Facebook page swelled to the point that founder Lynn Garrett spun off “foodie” and “event” pages to get a handle on the massive volumes of content. This overwhelming success- all generating from hLA’s website and blog launch in early 2009.

Garrett’s now taking hLA’s organic evolution even deeper– by giving her online ‘family’ a cool group of interactive 3D maps through CyberCity 3D on This new site organizes hidden los angeles™-generated content onto maps– which makes finding recommended ‘hidden’ places, activities, and related ‘deals’ easier. It will also boost Garrett’s hLA community’s ability to ’embrace the depth beneath the shallow’.

“CyberCity 3D’s amazing and easy-to-use technology will be a tremendous advantage for our fans, so hidden los angeles™ is diving in- in 3D,” says Garrett. wades hLA Facebook™ and website fans into the pool of awesome activities and places the metropolis has to offer by inviting them to browse hidden LA’s posted locations on a 3D map through the Google™ Maps and Google™ Earth™ API plug-in. Visitors can explore a clear, multi-view landscape of the numerous places hLA endorses– all before leaving the house.

“The immense popularity of the hidden los angeles™ Facebook™ page is indicative of how fast the social web economy is growing. Extending this site with 3D social maps is a fresh way to give the hLA community an even richer experience when exploring and learning about all of the unusual spots L.A. has to offer,” states Kevin DeVito, CEO of CyberCity 3D, Inc.

Don’t visit hidden LA to find tourist traps and well-traveled scenes. (And don’t bother to drop by unless you love L.A.).

“Visit us for those tucked-away spots that make up the heart of Los Angeles. Places like The Museum of Jurassic Technology, the L.A. River Tour, and Trapeze School,” explains Garrett. “Not your usual haunts for sure- but definitely the perfect place to open the door to fun, out-of-the way recommendations.”

With, the City of Angels got a little less megalopolis– and a lot more fun and easy to explore.