This year's aKademy saw a whole new innovation: The KDE Appreciation Awards, also known as the "aKademy Awards". Their purpose is to recognize outstanding contribution to the KDE community. The awards are for best application, best contribution to KDE and the Jury's Choice Award. The jury consisted of the well-known KDE hackers Aaron Seigo, Brad Hards, David Faure and Matthias Ettrich. If you want to know who the winners are, read on!
The award for the best application or application improvement went to Albert Astals Cid and Enrico Ros for their amazing work KPDF. In the last year KPDF has gone from a poor comparison to KGhostScript to the best Free Software PDF reader available. As part of the Poppler PDF library and the new oKular universal document viewer they are set to remain the leader.
The prize for the best contribution was awarded to Lauri Watts, the KDE documentation coordinator, for her outstanding and long-running work which has resulted in KDE having the largest collection of DocBook in the world.
Finally, the "Jury's Choice Award" went to release coordinator Stephan Kulow and KDM-Maintainer Oswald Buddenhagen for the effort they have put into the Subversion migration. KDE development has been faster and easier thanks to the long hours they put into the conversion.
The winners will receive a framed picture of Konqi signed by all attending KDE developers.
Next year, the jury panel will consist of this year's winners. At aKademy 2006 it will be up to them to select the most outstanding work from within the KDE community. Credits go to our very own David Vignoni for designing the awards.