Stellarium failed to apply for Google Summer of Code for a second year.
I’m not going to comment further on that. I’m mentioning it only because I accidentally found out about one of the ideas KStars is participating with in GSoC this year. (There’s a list of all KDE ideas for GSoC in their wiki, including KStars.)
Can you guess what it is?
Oh, well, “the more, the merrier”, I guess. Good luck to the competition and to Henry de Valence, who is going to work on this feature. He has mentioned that he will use Stellarium’s source code as a reference. I hope that he will continue working on KStars after GSoC ends and that he will be able to give Stellarium a hand too. (We do need another OpenGL programmer. Fabien Chéreau has limited free time and there is a ton of 3D stuff that needs to be done. Comets, meteor showers, a simple user-defined horizon for people who don’t like to bother with stitching photos…)
The other two approved KStars ideas – improved object catalogue management and OpenAstronomyLog support – also pour salt in Stellarium’s wounds. Perhaps it will manage to get even when it enters GSoC 2011…