"KDE: A User's Perspective" Presentation in Davis, Calif.

Avid KDE user and Linux- and Open-Source-advocate Bill Kendrick will be discussing the ways KDE creates a rich, useful and fun user experience for Linux newbies and hackers alike.

Bill Kendrick has become addicted to his KDE 3.2 desktop, recently set up a Konqueror-based kiosk for a local cafe, and even switched his father from an aging Macintosh to Debian Linux running KDE, with success and ease.

On Tuesday, April 6th, 2004, Bill will present "KDE: A User's Perspective" at the Linux Users' Group of Davis, California (near Sacramento; close to the San Francisco Bay Area).

LUGOD meets at 6:30pm at the Davis Public Library, 314 East 14th Street. This presentation will be geared towards a non-technical crowd. The event is free, and open to the public. For details, visit:


Cool! That kiosk is a great idea. Every LUG should do that :)

By Henrik at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am


By AC at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

In development..."

So where do we download it to try it out?

By Xanadu at Fri, 2004/04/02 - 6:00am

kdeextragear-3 CVS module

By Anonymous at Fri, 2004/04/02 - 6:00am

KDE - An earthquake-proof system.

California got a poor reputation because of their new governor. But there still must be smart people around.

I think the KDE guys can turn this around and spread the idea of KDE and Free Software. We deserve so much to califonia and its industry.

By Bert at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

No no no! California got its poor reputation because of several earlier governors. The current governator is merely reinforces it :-)

By David Johnson at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

You may not know this, but the KDE community is supposed to be nonpolitical. Political statements in this community, no matter how subtle, are inappropriate. Everybody please refrain from such abuse in the future for the good of the project.

By LuckySandal at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

agreed... political statements are offtopic

By AC at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

I hate politics and politicians anyway.

By David at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

You *do* realise that that is a political statement also?

By David Pye at Mon, 2004/04/12 - 5:00am

is it possible to know a step by step procedure to setup one ?

what does kiosk allow you to prevent people to do.

we need more advertising for kiosk.

if the cafe want to charge for the internet, can we setup periode of time, with login and things like that ?

By Mathieu Jobin at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

The KDE Kiosk Framework README (hidden somewhere in CVS :^) ) has lots of info.
I've started putting together a step-by-step on how I made the latest kiosk, which is Debian Woody, IceWM and Konqueror from KDE 3.2.0. (I've had difficulty getting my specific kludgy config files to work under 3.2.1.)

I've only done very, very basic kiosk setup, using Konq as a locked-down browser. No word processing, no save/load to/from disk, no time limits, etc. etc.

(I think pay-for-internet is only really viable at huge places like Kinkos and Starbucks, where business-people on-the-go know they'll get wireless or Internet access. Folks around town will usually find the good free wireless places or kiosks ;^) )

By Bill Kendrick at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

That's very cool Bill. I'm just wondering what the possibilities with Kiosk would be with things like server, network and directory services. There looks like a lot of really good ways of using this in many environments that hasn't even been scratched yet.

By David at Wed, 2004/03/31 - 6:00am

Switches his father from a machine in-capable of running OS X to Debian Linux. Being a Debian Linux user that's not something to brag as a business victory.

All the same it is great to read an elderly person found the KDE experience enjoyable as we all tend to do.

By Marc J. Driftmeyer at Thu, 2004/04/01 - 6:00am

Hey, there are Debian users here. You don't see us trolling around here about how horrible RPM is, and that Gentoo is a complete waste of time, do you? At least, we don't without provocation. You're a jackass.

By AC at Thu, 2004/04/01 - 6:00am

"Being a Debian Linux user that's not something "

"Hey, there are Debian users here"

2 Debian users and 1 jackass.

By reihal at Thu, 2004/04/01 - 6:00am

In the last poll I saw Debian was the most popular distro for KDE Developers, with 25%.

By Leonscape at Thu, 2004/04/01 - 6:00am

I'll be there... who else is going? I'd like to match some faces to the names I see here.

By Evan "JabberWok... at Mon, 2004/04/05 - 5:00am