The city of A Coruña is warm and welcoming, and almost reminiscent of Akademy 2013 in Bilbao, with the hilly backdrops and the oceanic linings as you see dark blue and black coloured t-shirted KDE community people trampling their way and wheezing throughout the trek up and downhill the steep tracks from the residences to the University Area where the Akademy Attendees have found their cosy haven.
The day opened with a keynote by Matthias Kirschner from the Free Software Foundation Europe. He gave a passionate talk covering the ways in which universally useful machines are deliberately restricted to prevent the owners from doing something. He covered DVD players forcing users to not skip the copyright notice, CDs with rootkits installed and e-books which can not be lent to your friends. But he gave a number of ways we can keep resisting and resolving these manufactured problems including talking to people who accept restrictions.
For those that couldn't attend Akademy you can watch the video of Matthias' keynote. There will be a further announcement when the rest of the Akademy videos are available.
David gave a lively talk about the status of our flagship desktop product, Plasma 5. He gave some graphs by industry research companies about how desktops are still just as relevant to users as ever and how the Linux desktop has maintained position as the minor alternative without losing any relevance. He looked at the state of Plasma 5 which is now a year old and being picked up by distributions with almost universally favourable reviews and he said Plasma 5 was set as the leading desktop out of several available to Linux distributions. He finished by looking at some future development in Plasma including the forthcoming revival of the Kiosk framework, a unique feature that KDE used to have and which is much in demand.
The talk by Bruno Coudoin was all about GCompris and how they evolved from an incubation to now becoming one of the topmost Children's Educational Apps - rated at 27th most Grossing Paid Educational App in France on the Google Play Store. He talked about the entire journey and how they worked with a dedicated team of contributors which has now grown to 60 developers included 2 GSoC students. The Fundraiser project revamping the entire Graphics of Gcompris by Timothee and the business models of paid apps for Android and Windows and Distribution to Schools was also discussed which serve as sources to keep the GCompris Project up and running. There is a live desk outside the main Auditorium at the University wherein the Gcompris app is usable for trying out on the Android, IOS, Windows and Linux devices and surprisingly quite fun and sometimes challenging for Adults as well! Do give it a try, to bring out the child in you!
About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, 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 that are looking for opportunities.
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