Sun and Frontline Support KDE with Donation of Server

During a tutorial today on-stage at linux.conf.au, Sun Microsystems and Frontline donated a server to the KDE project, available for shipment within hours. Aaron Seigo, Plasma developer and KDE e.V President, accepted a certificate from Ross Cunningham of Sun Microsystems and David Purdue of Frontline on behalf of the KDE project.

Ross Cunningham (left) and David Purdue (right) present the certificate for the server to Aaron Seigo and Karol Szwed

The server is a SunFire X4200, with two AMD Opteron processors, 4GB of memory and a pair of 73GB SAS disks. This generous gift is part of Sun's demonstrated commitment to supporting Open Source, and thus the KDE project.

Adriaan de Groot, in an email statement made on behalf of KDE's sysadmins, thanked Sun and Frontline for their gift. "Large Free Software projects like KDE can be run on surprisingly little infrastructure, but at the same time there is always more, extra OS platform support, developer support, build farming, quality checking, that we can do with a little more machinery and horsepower. We're happy that Sun can help us do more."

While the intended purpose of the server has not yet been finalised, there has been mention of possibly using it to increase reliability and robustness of the anonsvn service.


Hi guys,

Wrong Frontline! www.frontline.com.au

By Amused at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Yes, I'm afraid that's entirely my fault - I didn't supply our dot editors with the URLs myself and I guess it's understandable someone from the northern hemisphere might find the wrong Frontline.

Unfortunately as most of the dot editors are in the northern hemisphere we might be waiting a few hours for someone to be awake to fix it.

My apologies to Frontline for this mistake, and my assurances that it will be amended as soon as I can get a hold of an editor.

By Jes Hall at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

it's also "e.V."

its not obvious to me, how one is supposed to get in touch with the editors. i probably just need to wake up, but maybe this could be highlighted more...

By bangert at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

I believe it is [email protected] or [email protected] (the last adres can be seen on the bottom of the page)

By jos poortvliet at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

I guess you'd like it if any of us never ever use your services. I don't think I've ever seen an IT company spam like this.

By winter at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

huh? What's wrong with correcting an URL?

By jos poortvliet at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Great news, especially the bottom-node about anonsvn :) Thanks Sun and Frontline!

By Sebastian Sauer at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

indeed, anonsvn is failing now and then for me. it seems that anonsvn syncs later than authenticated servers (which wouldn't be that bad), but it also seems there are at least two servers who themselves often are out of sync :)
so i get "updated to revision n" message, try to get svn log to that revision - and then it claims there is no such revision =)

By richlv at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

There's three right now:

Name: anonsvn.kde.org
Name: anonsvn.kde.org
Name: anonsvn.kde.org

The middle one is the EBN, which doubles as anonsvn. I know it updates every five minutes from the master; I don't know about the others.

By Adriaan de Groot at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Wasn't 4.0.1 to be tagged yesterday?

By blueget at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

By anon at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Hmm, isn't that server pretty weak for projects like KDE?
It looks to me Sun would just like to hit the headlines, like supporting KDE and stuff. I mean, if they can afford to buy companies for 1 BILLION dollars, they could've been more generous if their intents are honest. Or maybe they just want to get rid of old hardware?
Anyway, it's always nice to receive a donation, but this is small news and shouldn't be on top of announcements, IMHO.

By Observer at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

No, it's not weak. It would be one of the strongest machines in our infrastructure. When I said that KDE as a project runs on surprisingly little hardware, I meant it: we have machines that you wouldn't use as a modern doorstop supporting critical parts of the project. At the same time, we don't need monstrous kit to get things done, so this donation is, just like I said: a nice way of extending our reach.

By Adriaan de Groot at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

eh just a silly question, can we have more information where the server will be placed physically, i mean do u have an office for kde ev !!
just wondering

By anon at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

This machine will stay in Australia; as stated in the article it will be hosted through Frontline. Probably in one of the big cities. The question whether KDE e.V. has an office is totally separate, but yes, we do: see http://ev.kde.org/contact.php

By Adriaan de Groot at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

It's good to see that Sun is supporting the open source community, I'm sure the hardware that they've donated will help the KDE project out greatly.

By Zachary at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

I agree, this is a great move. Thank you Sun!

By Charley at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am


As a Solaris Express user, could KDE help the port of KDE 4.0 over to Solaris ?
I would love to see KDE 4.0 running on my Solaris box with the all new Kwin !

Many Thanks to everyone's work,

By evocallaghan at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Yes, we are doing just this. In fact, we even have a KDE OpenSolaris project established, so stay tuned!

We'll be updating the solaris.kde.org site soon with more details...

By kszwed at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

i read some where that opensolaris will ship kde 4, at leas the applications part (no workspace) is the information still relevant.


By mimoune djouallah at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

We all appreciate donations!
Cheers mate!

By Tuxero at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Nokia supporting KDE
SUN supporting KDE

Who's next? Microsoft?

By Fred at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Since Microsoft have little history of supporting Free Software compared to the two companies listed, I would guess "no".

By anon at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

I'd say Apple, through their work on KHTML/WebKit ;-)

By jos poortvliet at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

How about google?

They could take a more active part and become a patron of KDE.
That would be great!!

I also wouldn't mind if google writes some applications for plasma. Specifically applications that could sync google calendar, google mail, google news, etc. with KDE applications. (I know KDE programmers could do it, but since google stands to benefit the most from it, maybe they should do it themselves. :-) It would free up time for already busy developers to concentrate on the rest of the KDE experience.)

By Max at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

Yeah right. First they should try to make Gmail work in Konqueror as a fully-supported browser.

By Eduardo at Fri, 2008/02/01 - 6:00am

Well yea.. But the other things are important too.

Maybe Google will have an incentive now that the Microsoft-Yahoo deal will mean more interoperability for Microsoft-Yahoo. I'm sure google will want to cement their stake on the desktop too.

I for one will welcome google with open arms. :)

By Max at Fri, 2008/02/01 - 6:00am

Big up Sun and Frontline! ty's from the community!

By meh at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

way to go Sun Microsystems and Frontline! it's nice to see some appreciation for the KDE teams hard work!

By Pedro at Thu, 2008/01/31 - 6:00am

at least was it new?

By CMS at Fri, 2008/02/01 - 6:00am

73GB is a standard 2.5" SAS size, yes. Let's not forget that KDE doesn't really have monstrous data requirements; no multi-terabyte storage pools are needed (and when they are, we can ask for an X4500 :) ).

Well, except if we're doing an SVN mirror, because the repo is a little over 60GB right now, but Karol is going to get more disk.

By Adriaan de Groot at Fri, 2008/02/01 - 6:00am

It was 34 GB in December. I think you're a bit off in your estimates :-)

By Thiago Macieira at Fri, 2008/02/01 - 6:00am