The KDE Community today launches the new KDE
Forum. The new forum uses the bulletin board software MyBB offering users, developers and people
interested in KDE a place to help each other, discuss KDE-related topics and
exchange ideas. The KDE Forum complements
KDE's UserBase, the home for KDE users
as a valuable support resource.
The forum offers a number of categories
- Forum lists announcement and has a section for
providing feedback about the forum.
- In News Releases you can discuss the latest and
greatest KDE news, and even follow commits to the KDE codebase in real
- The largest category is for Users, different KDE apps
and modules are covered in the sub-forums here.
- The Operating Systems category gives those seeking to
discuss platform-specific issues a place to post to.
- Want to get feedback about your code? Need to get more detailed
explanations of a certain topic? The Developers section is
there for you.
- The Other Languages has pointers to local KDE Forums.
These forums are not part of the "KDE Forums" proper, but nevertheless a place
you might find answers to your questions and like-minded people.
The KDE Forums admins have set the structure up as a starting point. Sub-communities or
interesting parties can request their own subforum. The KDE Forum team is working
on integrating the new KDE Forum with KDE's existing infrastructure by means of
IRC bots that can announce new threads and posts on IRC channels, by briding
forum posts to mailinglist messages and by offering RSS feeds.
MyBB Released as GPL
In collaboration with KDE, the developers behind MyBB have
decided to release
their forum software under the terms of the GPL Version 3. Chris Boulton, project manager
at the MyBB Group said "The KDE forum guys have come to us with the wish to use our
forum software. In this process, we needed to clear out our licensing to
make it easier for the KDE community to make use of MyBB. As a result of that, we
have now released the MyBB forum under the terms of the GPL. This was very well-received
by the community around MyBB". Entirely in the spirit of Free Software, the KDE
Forum team has already contributed a number of plugins for MyBB, supporting the
decision taken by the MyBB team.
Rob la Lau, initiator and administrator of the KDE Forum adds "We've
chosen MyBB as it stands out head and shoulders above other candidates we have
considered to adopt for the new KDE Forums. We know that a good piece of
software makes a lot of difference to the user, after all we want to create a
nice place for everybody to chat about KDE and related questions."
Sebastian Kügler, member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors explains where the
new KDE Forum fits into KDE communication infrastructure, "We've come to
believe that mailinglist don't cut it for all users. KDE becoming increasingly
widely used should also offer a place for those that aren't familiar with the use of e-mail
for such discussions. The new KDE Forum complements KDE's new end-user
knowledge base Userbase that was launched last month. At the same time,
we're really happy to see that after our request the MyBB team has decided
to release their forum software under the terms of the GPL".
So get your account and join the discussion now.