September 1, 2004 (The Internet) - The KDE Project is pleased to announce the successful completion
of the KDE Community World Summit ("aKademy 2004") in
Ludwigsburg (Germany) taking place from August 20th to 29th.
With more than 230 KDE core developers, usability and accessibility
experts, translators, editors and artists participating, the event is expected to have a huge and lasting
impact on the next major releases of the leading Linux and Unix desktop environment.
In addition, 270 visitors from the KDE user base and from other Free Software projects brought
the total number of attendees to 500. The international participants, coming from 5 continents, took
part in 65 talks, 10 full-day tutorials and numerous BoF-meetings over the course of 10 days.
Thanks to this huge turnout and the numerous activities, the event evolved into the largest conference
ever held that focused on a single open source desktop environment.
The schedule consisted of six parts: KDE e.V. meeting, Developer Conference, Unix Accessibility Forum, Usability Forum, Coding Marathon and User Conference.
Video and audio streams from the
Developer Conference (August 21st to 22nd) are available for public consumption, thanks to
the magnificent support of Fluendo, who provided the
technology and manpower to record all of the talks. A large number of detailed write-ups were contributed
by event attendees and have been published on the KDE Wiki website.
During the First Unix Accessibility Forum (August 22nd to 23rd) developers and disabled
people met to improve and advance assistive technologies for Unix. The following projects and
companies contributed with talks and presentations to the outstanding success of the Accessibility
Forum: KDE Accessibility Project (organizer), Trolltech (sponsor), IBM, Sun Microsystems, BAUM Retec AG, GNOME Accessibility Project, FSG Accessibility Workgroup, SUSE / Novell and SeebyTouch Project.
With usability becoming increasingly important for the broad success of Linux and other Open Source
Software on the desktop, the Usability Forum (August 24-26) discussed, demonstrated and
refined the means by which KDE can effectively and seamlessly integrate usability into its everyday
development process. The Usability Lab set up and run by experts from relevantive AG and their professional support resulted in many
instant changes to the KDE source code that will significantly advance the user experience in KDE
The Coding Marathon saw the evolution of a great many ideas which will make it into upcoming
3.4 and 4.0 releases of KDE. Several completely new projects were also started during the event.
One of the most remarkable ones
is the FreeNX/kNX initiative, which
will bring high speed Terminal Services to KDE, that will connect multiple Operating System
platforms and make Linux desktop migration plans significantly easiert to implement.
The User Conference featured the first public announcement of another big public
sector organization preparing its move to the
Linux OS platform: all 69 local tax offices in Lower Saxony and their central office in Hannover
will be migrating the 12.500 desktop workstations of their clerks and employees to the KDE Desktop
Environment, utilizing the Kiosk Mode enterprise desktop features of KDE.
In addition to general KDE users and developer community, representatives from the SkoleLinux and Gnome
projects were invited and took part. They helped to further improve close cooperation and
mutual interoperability between these projects.
Photos of the event are available here.
The KDE team would like to thank the City of Ludwigsburg
and the Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart
(WRS) for hosting the event. Thanks to the City of Ludwigsburg our first social event featured a
delicious buffet. We especially appreciated the hospitality of the Filmakademie -- they were extremely supportive and hosted our
coding marathon. This meant keeping the doors open for the computer labs for 24 hours a day, on 10 consecutive
days, so that our programmers and contributors could work freely and unrestricted some of whom
wouldn't even attempt to adapt to their jet-lags.
Stuttgart, Space.NET, BelWue and LF.net have been an invaluable help to construct a reliable high
bandwidth network and internet connection, providing hardware and connectivity.
Their high level of volunteer organization and work was
crucial to the overall success of the event: you girls and guys rock! Linux New Media and basysKom helped us in an unbureaucratic and extensive way in
all matters. KDE developers, users and outside visitors showed a lot of interest in
the available KDE merchandise. We would like to thank Open
Source Factory and Kernel Concepts for satisfying
Furthermore we would like to thank the Blue Angel/Blauer Engel for food
price reduction. IBM sponsored "Free Lunch for Free
Software Developers" during the first weekend -- that was a very popular benefit for the hungry
crowd! Thank you, HP, for making available notebooks to our Free
Software and KDE developers for a reduced price! Plus, your notebooks received an excellent rating by
our expert Linux users who in the course of the week installed various Linux distributions onto the
Special thanks go to the volunteer people running the all-night shuttle-service from the Filmakademie to
the Ludwigsburg Youth Hostel. Their service was really extremely well appreciated by all those who
avoided 45 minute walks while the German rain was pouring down, as well as those who were simply too
tired after coding for 16 hours, at 4 o'clock in the morning.
And of course a big thank you to KDE e.V., all the
KDE people and other volunteers for making this year's KDE Community World Summit such a great,
ground-breaking and successful event!
Many thanks go to our sponsors! Platinum Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard, who provided us with more than 50 excellent,
Linux-optimized notebooks for the event! Gold Sponsors: IBM,
SUSE / Novell and Trolltech. Bronze Sponsors: erfrakon, NoMachine, Parity Software, xandros,
Intevation, science+computing, Danka, Linux Information Systems
AG and LinuxLand.
Printer Sponsor: Danka. Book Sponsor: O'Reilly. Compile Kluster Provider: transtec. Usability Lab Provider: relevantive. Media Partner: Linux Magazine. Streaming Partner: fluendo. Organizing Parties and Main Contributors: KDE e.V., Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart, LinuxNewMedia AG, basysKom, erfrakon, LF.net
Further Contributors: City of Ludwigsburg, credativ GmbH, Klarälvdalens Datakonsult AB, LinuxTag e.V. and SourceXtreme Inc..
Press Release: Written by Torsten Rahn
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