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KDE’s Sustainable Software Goal

Software has a direct affect on energy and resource consumption. Since 2022, KDE has the goal of providing software which does this in a way that reduces software’s environmental impact for us and future generations.

FOSS Energy Efficiency Project (FEEP)

How can you measure software’s energy consumption? And does it make a difference? We are working to make free software more sustainable.

KDE Eco - Freie Software energieeffizient entwickeln

Software has a direct affect on energy and resource consumption. KDE has the goal of providing software which does this in a way that reduces software's environmental impact.

Let’s make energy efficient software and digital sustainability part of our community. We can live up to our responsibility for this and future generations!

KDE Eco Handbook

The handbook "Applying The Blue Angel Criteria To Free Software" gives an overview of the environmental harm driven by software and how the Blue Angel ecolabel — the official environmental label of the German government — provides a benchmark for sustainable software design. Learn how Free Software's values of transparency and user autonomy foster sustainability, as well as how to set up a dedicated lab to measure your software's energy consumption!   Mehr dazu

Plots of real time measurements using KDE’s LabPlot.
Okular Awarded Blue Angel Ecolabel

Okular Awarded Blue Angel Ecolabel

In 2022, KDE’s popular multi-platform PDF reader and universal document viewer Okular became the first ever eco-certified computer program!   Read More

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Mittwoch, 29 Mai 2024

Opt Green: KDE Eco's New Sustainable Software Project

KDE Eco has begun a new initiative "Opt Green: Sustainable Software For Sustainable Hardware". Mehr dazu
Freitag, 12 April 2024

Ensuring KEcoLab Stability: Introducing Dedicated CI-Test

KEcoLab, a tool for measuring software energy consumption, needs robust testing to ensure its functionality after every code change. This blog post presents the work I did in Season of KDE 2024 implementing dedicated test builds using Kate test scripts to achieve this goal. Mehr dazu
Donnerstag, 11 April 2024

How Selenium Helps Build Sustainable Software (And More)

Enhancing and promoting Selenium to achieve KDE's goals. Mehr dazu
Donnerstag, 28 März 2024

KEcoLab in SoK24: Incorporating Energy-Consumption Measurements In The CI/CD Pipeline

KEcoLab Sustainability has been one of three goals at KDE over the past 2 years. One aspect of this goal is to measure the energy consumption of KDE software. To do this, it is necessary to access the lab in KDAB, Berlin, which can now be done remotely using KEcoLab. Mehr dazu
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FOSS Energy Efficiency Project (FEEP)

Bild der Weltkugel mit Computermaus
Bild der Weltkugel mit Computermaus

FEEP is developing tools to improve energy efficiency in Free & Open Source Software development. Design and implementation of software has a significant impact on the energy consumption of the systems it is part of. With the right tools, it is possible to quantify and drive down energy consumption. This increased efficiency contributes to a more sustainable use of energy as one of the shared resources of our planet.

Blauer Engel For FOSS (BE4FOSS)

In 2020, the German Environment Agency (German: Umweltbundesamt) released the award criteria for eco-certifying desktop software with the Blue Angel ecolabel (German: Blauer Engel). From 2021–2022, the BE4FOSS project under KDE Eco worked to advance eco-certification for resource and energy-efficient software in FOSS communities. Obtaining the Blue Angel ecolabel occurs in 3 steps: (1) Measure, (2) Analyze, and (3) Certify.

Benefits of obtaining the Blue Angel ecolabel include:

  • Recognition of reaching high standards for environmentally-friendly software design,
  • Differentiating free software from the alternatives,
  • Increasing the appeal of adoption for consumers, and
  • Promoting transparency in the ecological footprint of software.

Learn more in the KDE Eco handbook “Applying The Blue Angel Criteria To Free Software”.

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