KDE at LinuxWorld Expo San Francisco Report

In lovely weather-schizophrenic San Francisco, KDE once again had a presence this year. The show itself had the distributions like SuSE, Gentoo, Debian, Redhat. Oddly, SCO was nowhere to be seen. Perhaps due to a lack of product? Also present were the big-name regulars like IBM, Sun, and HP. Little blood was lost between any Gnome-KDE strife.

Users were continuously impressed by KDE, for obvious reasons. But easily the most often-asked question was "What the latest version is" (3.1.3), and the cool new features in the upcoming KDE 3.2.

All exhibitors I've asked also claimed an increased amount of visitors compared to the previous year; possibly due to the reduced obligations to employment. There also were reports of a 20% increase in early registrations.

Some of the highlights in the show include the folks from the ILOG requesting assistance in configuring their demonstration machine to automatically switch virtual desktops periodically (`while [[ true ]]; do dcop kwin KWinInterface nextDesktop ; sleep 3; done`) and KDE claimed victory (by one pip!) in the Gnome-KDE backgammon competition.

Photographs are available at ktown.

A big thanks again goes to SuSE Linux who provided the two computers and a spare table.


*looks through them and enjoys the comments*

By Datschge at Mon, 2003/08/11 - 5:00am

< automatically switch virtual desktops periodically
< `while [[ true ]]; do dcop kwin KWinInterface nextDesktop ; sleep 3; done`

I am new to KDE. But if the above thing is really possible, then I am really really impressed. It looks like that KParts/DCOP is the best object model in the world. It brings us back to the UNIX philosophy of doing things, even for GUI programs. Thanks to all people involved in the development of KParts. You rock !!

By Nilesh at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am


(`while [[ true ]]; do dcop kwin KWinInterface nextDesktop ; sleep 3; done`)

Yip, try it !!!

I did and it works brillant!!

Coomsie :3)

By Coomsie at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

But why the double square brackets around true?

By AC at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

yes, type (or paste) exactly this:

while [[ true ]]; do dcop kwin KWinInterface nextDesktop ; sleep 1; done

By ac at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

My point is that the brackets are unnecessary, and probably misguided. Try it without.

"while [[ false ]]" and "while [[ hippo ]]" do the exact same thing as "while [[ true ]]" for me. But a more simple "while true" and "while false" are opposites.

By AC at Wed, 2003/08/13 - 5:00am

Yeah, that is cool, but where do i write it to make it work?

By Mario at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

open up a konsole then copy/paste it. neato!

By standsolid at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

So what's the story of Konqi's last name?

By AC at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

There's no story: Konq(ue|i)rer. Do you see the "rer"? :-)

By Melchior FRANZ at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

It's Konqui Konqueror, but perhaps that would have been to obvious for the exhibition management.

By Anonymous at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

Sorry not true.
It's not Konqui Konqueror, but Konqi de Konqueror


By Konqi at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

Erm... so, Konqueror is your married name? ;-)

Ok, for those who have no idea what I said, in spanish-speaking countries, the wife takes the husband's name like this: Juana Pérez marries Juan López, and she becomes Juana Pérez de López or Juana de López

And I will address possible objections:

a) No, I don't know Konqi is german. Never met the reptile.
b) Apparently dragons have no visible genitalia, so I don't know he's a boy dragon.
c) No, I am not sure Kate is a girl dragon
d) Even if Kate was, that doesn't mean that much nowadays.
e) Godzilla was a girl! (at least in the Hollywood version)

By Roberto Alsina at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

That's not true in Spain at least. And yes, we also speak spanish :))


By Xabier Ochotorena at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

Ok, in _some_ spanish speaking countries ;-)

In others, it would mean Konqi is from a place called Konqueror.
Or that her mother's maiden name was Konqueror and his parents were pretentious ;-)

By Roberto Alsina at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

Well, Roberto I'm glad you aksed. There seem to be a lot of confusion about my background.
A lot of people seem to think I'm German but to be honest, I truly originate from Normandy, France of course. My over-over-great-great-great-grandparents were William the Conqueror Duke of Normandy, King of England who was married to Matilda Baldwin.

When Willam died from complications of a nasty battlefield wound in 1087 Matilda had fling going with the Swedish heir to the trown Gødefrø who was unfortunately married to the revengeful Rägnhilda.
When Rägnhilda found out Gødefrø was having an afair with Matilda de Conqueor she was a woman on a mission and out for revenge. She contacted the Trolls, who licensed her a spell KueTee which enabled her to make sure even 11th child born from the line de Conqueror would be a dragon who would have to spend it's live as a mascot and was never to use the name Conqueror again. Hence the name change to de Konqueror. Matilda flee to Germany and ended up in a Kastle on a mountain near the river the Rhein where she still can be heard wispering names on misty nights when the moon is half and fireflies dans around the computerscreens.

Sleep tight and be well.


By Konqi at Thu, 2003/08/14 - 5:00am

"Gødefrø"? Kalle, is that you? :)

By David Faure at Thu, 2004/05/27 - 5:00am

As the happy volunteer assigned to go pick up Konqi's badge, I was given a bit of a hassle by the lady in charge of the badges. She wanted Mr. Rer to pick up the badge himself, with photo ID. Fortunately, the gentlemen working right next to her was a KDE fan. "Oh, I know him! I'll take care of this." He then got me the badge and topped it off with some praise for KDE.

By David Johnson at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

Off Topic: It is strange, I have searched the internet and I'm yet to obtain a wallpaper of Konqi the Dragon. Does anyone know where I can obtain one? One would expect to have a copy of it, or for a copy to ship with kdeartworks. Unfortunately, that's far from it. :-(

Besides my rant, excellent article and representation.



By Mystilleef at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am

You don't know Visit it, search for "Konq" and you can find funny wallpapers:

Or create a wallpaper yourself with the images in kdepromo/graphics/konqui or use the Konqui SDK linked on

By Anonymous at Tue, 2003/08/12 - 5:00am