MAR
16
2002

KDE Worldwide Goes Live

Chris Howells wrote in to
announce his latest project, KDE
Worldwide
, to the world. KDE Worldwide wants to promote KDE
internationally by providing information and to assist those
interested in the localised and translated versions of KDE. A worldwide developer map is currently in the
making -- if you are a contributor/developer, please help complete it by submitting your
coordinates. There's a set of relevant links and those of you
interested in this project can join the mailing list. In
particular, Chris is looking to host more international content, including material such as any language tutorials, articles,
screenshots, and content that could help enhance the international
community's appreciation and experience of KDE.

Comments

The map is a nice idea. It could be expanded to include KDE users but just use another color.


By ac at Sun, 2002/03/17 - 6:00am

europe is already cluttered enough with little dots, don't you think? =)


By Aaron J. Seigo at Sun, 2002/03/17 - 6:00am

... or a registration system for kde users (name, country, city etc...)


By me at Sun, 2002/03/17 - 6:00am

Why is it that this "anonymous coward" seams to be living both in sweden and the US. I can only be one place at a time.


By Johsua at Sun, 2002/03/17 - 6:00am

This is a nice idea but when I look at Europe I can hardly read any names there. Too cluttered. Zooming would be nice, and selecting by country would be nice too. Any plans to do that?


By antialias at Sun, 2002/03/17 - 6:00am

Zooming is for Europe is planned, yes. I just need to find the time to implement it (I'm busy with exams + other stuff at the moment).


By Chris Howells at Tue, 2002/03/19 - 6:00am

Wow, although I'm aware that code speaks more than words, this seems a bit fishy.

The anonymous cowards should be removed from the map, since they are most likely users just putting themselves on the map for kicks.

The real developers would not have any qualms about putting their real name (or at least their irc nick) up on the map.

More specifically, if anonymous cowards are allowed, it's more likely that the map will just reflect people that pass through the site to take a look - and since it's a developer map, they shouldn't be there.

Just my two devalued canadian cents...

Troy
troy(at)kde(dot)org


By Troy Unrau at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

The anonymous cowards are caused by a bug. Not every "anonymous coward" on the map actually wrote that. Some wrote their real name and the script replaced it with "anonymous coward".

There are 3 dots in Sweden. They are at 3 of the most important university cities (Linköping, Uppsala and Umeå). All got converted to "anonymous coward".


By Erik at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

Actually, I think one of them is me, in Köping (not Linköping)

I certainly didn't mean to be anonymous :)


By Lauri Watts at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

OK, so then it is Linköping, Köping and Umeå. (Zooming would be very nice.)


By Erik at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

Well, yeah, since I'm quite some distance from Uppsala!

Was a logical guess, who'd expect a KDEer out here in the middle of nowhere :)


By Lauri Watts at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

> The anonymous cowards are caused by a bug

And how did you work that out when you don't know the details of how the map is produced?

> Some wrote their real name and the script replaced it with "anonymous coward"

Almost certainly wrong. The script is an extremely simple bit of perl. If it didn't work for some of them, it wouldn't work for all of them.


By Chris Howells at Tue, 2002/03/19 - 6:00am

> And how did you work that out when you
> don't know the details of how the map is
> produced?

One does not have to know the details of a system to identify bugs. It is enough to observe it produceing wrong output.

> Almost certainly wrong. The script is an
> extremely simple bit of perl. If it didn't
> work for some of them, it wouldn't work for
> all of them.

Then how come people got their names converted to "anonymous coward" when they asserted afterwards that they did not submit anonymous?


By Erik at Tue, 2002/03/19 - 6:00am

>Then how come people got their names converted to "anonymous coward" when
>they asserted afterwards that they did not submit anonymous?

A slight error in the database (a tab delimtted text file) meant that certain entries didn't have all the necessary fields (probablly caused when I cut and pasted the details from the e-mail). It was interpreting this as meaning that the user wanted to be anonymous. This is fixed now. Thanks for pointing out.


By Chris Howells at Wed, 2002/03/20 - 6:00am

>Then how come people got their names converted to "anonymous coward" when
>they asserted afterwards that they did not submit anonymous?

A slight error in the database (a tab delimtted text file) meant that certain entries didn't have all the necessary fields (probablly caused when I cut and pasted the details from the e-mail). It was interpreting this as meaning that the user wanted to be anonymous. This is fixed now. Thanks for pointing out.


By Chris Howells at Wed, 2002/03/20 - 6:00am

So will the anonymous cowards be removed so that the people can resubmit now when it works?


By Erik at Sat, 2002/03/23 - 6:00am

Is it possible to implement some sort of a mouseover thingie with javascript and the like?

/me is not a web guy heh


By exa at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

*cough*javascript*cough*evil*cough*

Erm no, probably not. Sorry ;)


By Chris Howells at Wed, 2002/03/20 - 6:00am

If you want some inspiration while developing the next version of the map, take a look at "The Global PostgreSQL Development Group"'s map in http://developer.postgresql.org/index.php


By rabalde at Thu, 2002/03/21 - 6:00am