Update | BE4FOSS project coming to an end, KDE Eco continues to grow

Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss joseph at kde.org
Wed Mar 22 15:54:02 GMT 2023

Dear KDE community,

I am sad to inform you that next week on 31 March funding for the KDE 
Eco "Blauer Engel 4 FOSS" (BE4FOSS) project will end. This means my role 
as Community and Project Manager for the project will also end.

This does not mean that the KDE Eco project is ending, not at all, but 
we may feel a shift in gears as the community transitions into the next 
phase. I will continue to be involved with the eco projects going 
forward, though at a reduced capacity as I take on a new role at KDE and 
thus new responsibilities (more info about this will be sent in the 
coming weeks).

KDE Eco continues to grow. Beyond "Blauer Engel 4 FOSS", there are many 
ongoing sustainability and efficiency projects at KDE, including the 
Sustainable Software goal, and more are coming. See the end of this 
email for some information and links.

These projects need your enthusiasm and energy (!) to stay alive and 
healthy. If you have thought to yourself, "I would like to contribute to 
the exciting work of the KDE Eco initiative", now is a great time to get 
involved. Please be in touch with me directly or the larger KDE Eco 
community via the mailing list and Matrix room:


Or check out the Sustainable Software goal workboard:


Your involvement, no matter how big or small, is what makes success 
possible. And if you are already contributing to the KDE Eco initiative, 
thank you for your great work. I look forward to continuing what we have 

We are in the process of applying for further external funding for KDE 
Eco projects, and I hope we can announce new funding in the very near 

It has been truly a pleasure to work with the KDE community in the 
BE4FOSS project. I look forward to what comes next in making KDE and 
Free & Open Source Software the most sustainable and energy-efficient 

In many ways, this pioneering work has only just begun!


Here are just some of the ongoing KDE Eco projects:

  - The many objectives of the Sustainable Software goal, which you can 
read more about here:


  - The three Season of KDE 2023 projects for scripting usage scenarios 
to measure the energy consumption of KDE apps. Read progress updates 
(with links to blog posts) for the excellent mentees Mohamed Ibrahim 
(KDE Eco Tester project), Nitin Tejuja (Selenium project), and Rudraksh 
Karpe (Blue Angel Preparation project) here:


  - The energy measurement lab at KDAB Berlin as well as the Google 
Summer of Code proposal building an online portal for remote access to 
the lab (and possible CI-integration):


Joseph P. De Veaugh-Geiss
BE4FOSS Project and Community Manager (KDE Eco)
OpenPGP: 8FC5 4178 DC44 AD55 08E7 DF57 453E 5746 59A6 C06F

KDE Eco: Building Energy-Efficient Free Software!

Website: https://eco.kde.org
Mastodon: @be4foss at floss.social
Mailing list: 
Matrix: https://webchat.kde.org/#/room/#energy-efficiency:kde.org
Forum: https://forum.kde.org/viewforum.php?f=334

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