AUG
9
2011

Toasters and Pants at Day Three of Desktop Summit 2011


Keynote: How to make a toaster

The third and final 'traditional' conference day began with Mirko Boehm, Claudia Rauch, Stormy Peters, Karen Sandler and Cornelius Schumacher meeting with members of the Berlin City authorities. The city officials wanted to get acquainted with the free and open source leaders involved in the Desktop Summit, because open technology is important to the local government (more below).

Perhaps as a result of the beach party the night before, attendance was slightly reduced at the first round of talks, but picked up quickly. However, there was plenty of interest in the track that included social capabilities in free desktops. And of course, many participants are eagerly awaiting the rest of the week which is filled with meetings, workshops and BoFs.

AUG
8
2011

Keynotes and Sandals - Day Two at Desktop Summit 2011


Boudewijn Rempt shows off Krita

For the second full day at the Desktop Summit, the organizers played a little trick on us by starting talks at 9:00 a.m. Those who were awake enough after the dinners and chat of the previous night were treated to talks on Calligra (the KDE creativity and productivity suite), suggestions about blending the web and the desktop, color management and the build process for GNOME. Those who were still in bed will have to wait for the videos and slides to be posted online in the next few days.

The hallways and courtyard were again busy with small, lively discussions. As the morning went on the attendance at talks increased noticeably. Sunday was also the day of the press conference, where key figures from GNOME, KDE and the cross-community organizing team met with the press to answer their questions about the event and the future of free software.

AUG
7
2011

KDE Having Fun at Desktop Summit 2011


Copyright assignment panel

Friday, 10:00, August 5, 2011. A big group of people was standing a bit lost in the cloakroom of the Humboldt University at Unter den Linden, Berlin. They were the volunteers for the Desktop Summit 2011 - but without guidance and leadership, they were just nervously looking around and talking to each other.

But at 11:00, Mirko Boehm came in, gathered everyone together and told them what to do! Tables got moved, tape stuck to floors, posters hung up. From then, things really took off.

JUL
31
2011

Desktop Summit Panel on Copyright Assignment

Should free and open source projects and companies require developers to sign community agreements in order to contribute, possibly signing over their copyrights? Some do, some don't, others have mixed policy. Canonical is leading an effort, called "Harmony", to create standardized community agreement documents, an effort they compare with the license standardization work of Creative Commons.

JUL
23
2011

Schedule for Workshops and BoFs at the Desktop Summit

The Desktop Summit is only 2 weeks away. Excitement builds!

The program consists of 3 days of talks, followed by 4 days of workshops and BoFs. In these sessions, Free Desktop contributors and enthusiasts gather face-to-face to discuss and work on current topics.

JUL
23
2011

Social Events at the Desktop Summit

We are pleased to announce the Desktop Summit social events, bringing even more excitement and fun to the Conference program. The social events vary from sports to parties, and will take place throughout the week in different locations in Berlin. They will provide opportunities for attendees to get together informally while enjoying foods and drinks provided by our sponsors—Intel, Collabora, SUSE, Igalia and corporate partner, c-base.

JUL
19
2011

Intel, Collabora and SUSE to be main sponsors of the Desktop Summit

We are pleased to announce that the Desktop Summit 2011 in Berlin will be supported by Intel as the Platinum sponsor. The event organizers also welcome Collabora and SUSE as Gold partners, and are delighted with the community spirit of these generous corporate partners. Mirko Boehm, lead organizer of the Desktop Summit, said: "Their support is essential for the Desktop Summit's efforts to bring together Free Software developers from all around the world to work in a collaborative spirit on the next generation desktop technology."

JUL
13
2011

Intel AppUp Workshop at Desktop Summit

The DesktopSummit 2011 team is pleased to announce the Intel AppUpSM Application Lab: MeeGo Series. The session will take place at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany as part of the Desktop Summit. Intel® is the Platinum Sponsor of the Desktop Summit.

Scheduled from 15:00-18:00 on August 10th, this free, hands-on training aims to show application developers how to distribute and monetize their applications through the Intel AppUp Developer Program and its community.

JUL
7
2011

4.7 Release Celebrations - Think Global, Party Local



Toulouse, 4.6 Release

Once again, it will soon be time to get together and celebrate KDE's latest Major Releases. Developers, testers and bug chasers have been busy putting the final touches on the latest versions of our software. Soon it will be time to relax and appreciate the results!

There is a wiki page for the 4.7 parties. If you want to organize something, please add it there soon and start getting the word out. The release is planned for Wednesday, July 27th. This is a great cause for celebration.

JUN
23
2011

Desktop Summit Call for Volunteers

The Desktop Summit 2011 in Berlin, Germany Needs Your Help.

Are you attending the Desktop Summit? Are you interested in helping the GNOME and KDE communities organize this year's Summit? Do you want to work with other Free Software enthusiasts to make the Desktop Summit rock? Would you like to own one of the exclusive Desktop Summit Team T-Shirts?

Then please sign up as a volunteer. We need a lot of volunteers and a variety of skills for all kinds of tasks.

More details about the tasks are available on the Call for Volunteers and the wiki page to sign-up as a volunteer.

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