Last week saw the first LinuxWorld Conference & Expo franchise in London. Representing the KDE project were Jonathan Riddell (Umbrello), Jeff Snyder (Kompare), Richard Smith (Kopete), George Wright (KLatin), Martijn Dekkers, Ben Lamb and David Pashley (on the Debian stand).
We ran a joint stall with the GNOMEs which gave us one of the biggest spaces in the .org village and was used to jointly promote freedesktop.org and X.org. Only one GNOME turned up so we spread ourselves, and the excellent collection of machines that had been lent to us, along the stall.
The most popular demonstration of KDE 3.3 was Kontact. A lot of people were interested in how well it could talk to Exchange. X.org 6.8 impressed everyone with its composite extension featuring transparent windows and nice shadows. XComposite runs slowly but the FreeNX demonstration showing a remote X desktop was as fast as it could be, even connecting to a server in Germany over a busy wifi link. The FreeNX server is likely to become a freedesktop.org project soon; the knx client is in kdenonbeta but badly needs developers to work on it and integrating it with KDE's existing remote desktop application. We also demonstrated KOffice and were pleased to meet a number of satisfied users and many more interested in the database frontend Kexi.
We were proud to demonstrate Scribus DTP. The Scribus developers say they have considered making Scribus a part of KDE but some of their users did not want the depencies so it remains pure Qt.
There were a number of people interested in KDE's lockdown framework Kiosk. We discussed a large KDE deployment taking place this week which makes heavy use of it, demonstrating the power and flexibility of KDE & Kiosk in the enterprise environment.
One of the highlights of the expo was the presence of KDE founder Matthias Ettrich who attended as a speaker to give a talk on "Qt: the engine for professional desktop applications on Linux and beyond". Matthias thinks that KDE should have positions elected to give developers official titles (this should mean he has fewer requests to do talks). He is also concerned about the clutter in KDE, especially in Konqueror.
The killer feature in attracting punters to our stand was the new animation from Basse Konqi And The Magical Rope Of Curiosity which looks excellent on a 20" dual screen monitor.
This was an excellent show not least because of the number of happy KDE users. Our thanks go to drochaid for printing the flyers, Ben and Martijn for lending us computers and Brian for organising the .org village.