Akademy 2013 in Bilbao, the Basque Country, Spain wrapped up on Friday, 19 July. According to one long-time KDE contributor, it was "A most awesome event."
Share the Akademy Experience
Individually contributed blogs and photos in the Akademy 2013 wiki provide a multi-faceted view of Akademy 2013. Other blogs on Planet KDE add still more. Short of being there, these resources provide a delightful sense of Akademy 2013 in Bilbao and the Akademy experience in general.
Matija Šuklje of Free Software Foundation Europe wrote, "...special kudos to all the KDE community for the interesting talks, all the fun discussions, parties, knowledge and of course software (in the widest sense). You’re a very interesting and open bunch, and one of the nicest groups of people I’ve come across."
Presentations - Videos
Video are now available! Look at the presentation details in the Akademy schedule. Many of the speakers have also provided slides of their presentations.
Planning, Details, Hacking
Another earlier Dot article presented the first two days of Birds of a Feather Sessions, Workshops and camaraderie. On Thursday and Friday (18 & 19 July), there was more Akademy with not as many people, but with no less intensity and commitment.
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KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5)
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The group talked about the "Famous" Tier 4: should each library be in its own repository? Doing so would make it easier for users of the libraries to conceptualize that the libraries can be used independent of each other. The tooling is a Work In Progress.
There was a healthy debate on C++11 support and usage: should be mandatory or optional? The group decided to use a subset that can work on all platforms that we want to support to attract developers who aren't yet caught up.
The Frameworks dependency tree is complicated. And it's a lot flatter now, especially since the Randa sprint in September last year.
The group discussed various aspects of setting a release deadline. There was a tussle between "Release it when we get done" and "Set a deadline and get it done sooner due to pressure". June 2014 is the conservative target; April or May would be the target to pressure developers or that might be the timeframe for a preview release. There is some push to avoid nasty PR if a self-imposed deadline is slipped. An actual release will likely happen sometime around October or November.
Student participation in Free Software projects
The group met to address the opportunity of engaging students through internships. They made a list of projects that need some love, not just during summer, but for the whole year. There should be some structure for signing internship agreements with students.
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There was a discussion about creating a UI to connect applications to create flows similar to Yahoo Pipes. The short term goal is create flows by using scripts. These would be intended primarily for developers, but can be shared and used by normal users. Apple Automator had a similar approach but failed. It was supposed to be used to completely automate tasks and thus was very complex. In our implementation, we do not automate tasks but rather connect different applications to create a tool optimized for users to complete a task, so it's much simpler than Automator. We have a new recruit to the PA team (yay!)
Development Plan for Plasma Active 4
Plasma Active 4 will be developed in sprints, each focused on a specific topic.
Major changes in Plasma Active 4
Planning for Plasma Active 5
It will be based on the 4.11 releases or KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5)/Plasma 2, depending on the KF5 schedule. Planned features include webAccounts (UI to add account, share on social networks via Share Like Connect) and KDE Telepathy Active.
Plasma Media Center
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Language Learning Personas
from Andreas Cord-Landwehr
There are more possible target groups, but they are currently out of scope.
Orthogonal to users, the language competence levelappears to be useful to determine at the state of a language learning process where KDE applications can help.
There was a discussion of ideas for a possible future language learning desktop application or activity, and how to integrate language learning sources from the web.
from Andreas Cord-Landwehr
Within the next 3 months a first major version will be released that includes all important features. The Artikulate team is planning to be part of the next major KDE release.
About Akademy 2013 Bilbao, the Basque Country, Spain
For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those who are looking for opportunities.
For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.