We are very happy to announce that two EteSync related projects have been accepted to this year's Google Summer of Code, one with GNOME and one with KDE!

In case you are unfamiliar, GSoC is a paid summer internships focused on introducing students to open source software development. The program just started and will end in August. During this period, each student will work on a programming project with a mentoring organization.

The first project is an EteSync backend for Akonadi, the KDE personal information management server, and will be worked on by Shashwat Jolly (sjolly on IRC). The second project is an EteSync module for Evolution data server, the GNOME personal information management server, and will be worked on by Nour E-Din El-Nhass (nourmat on IRC).

This means, that by the end of the summer, EteSync will be natively supported in both the GNOME and the KDE and applications using their personal information servers such as Evolution, KMail and many others. What does it actually mean? It means users of these applications will no longer need to use the EteSync DAV adapter for syncing their contacts, calendars and tasks, and can just add their EteSync accounts directly!

On related news: as you may remember, we have previously announced a similar effort being worked on for Thunderbird. Unfortunately, the effort is delayed due to COVID-19, though we hope John will be able to get back to working on it as soon as possible, and hopefully have it ready in the next few months.

As usual, we would like to remind you that we rely on your feedback and contributions to make EteSync better. Do you have any suggestions or are experiencing any issues? Please send patches, report issues or just contact us.

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