Community and Events
KDE España has started planning Akademy-es 2012—the most important KDE-related event in Spain. The conference is an opportunity for Spanish KDE users and developers to meet, share experiences, catch up on KDE news, and plan for the future. Akademy-es includes a range of presentations, workshops, hacking sessions, informal get-togethers and an assembly of KDE España members. KDE members and supporters will be coming from other countries to enjoy famous Spanish hospitality and meet up with KDE friends.
Developers, testers, bug chasers and many more people are putting in a major effort on KDE's next major release. It will soon be time to appreciate the result, sit back and relax! The occasion calls for commemoration of KDE’s recent accomplishments.
A wiki page for the 4.8 parties has been created. If you want, please organize a party. But first add your name to the list and start getting the word out.
What is the party all about?
The KDE community is proud to announce that next year's Akademy will be held in Tallinn, Estonia from the 30th of June to the 6th of July. Akademy is the annual world conference held by the KDE community to celebrate the Free Software desktop and work towards the future of KDE.
Akademy 2011 in Berlin ended a few months ago. It was part of the Desktop Summit, which was a great success. Next year's Akademy awaits us in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
The third Quarterly Report of KDE e.V. for 2011 has been published. It gives an overview of all the activities KDE e.V. supported in the last 3 months. This includes the Desktop Summit in Berlin and various sprints, and also the e.V.'s annual general assembly and an interview with Lydia Pintscher about why KDE rocks at mentoring.
KDE is honored to be chosen again this year to be part of Google Code-In. Pre-university students aged between 13 and 17 are offered a great chance to contribute to KDE by choosing from a large pool of tasks, depending on their skills—code, translation, videography, user interfaces, research and more. Spread the word about the contest to any students and parents you know.
The results of the Desktop Summit 2011 survey have been published at the Summit website. The overall feedback was positive, and there were suggestions for improving future Desktop Summits.
Desktop Summit 2011 Berlin promoted collaboration between open desktop projects with attendance dominated by the GNOME and KDE communities. There were several requests to make a stronger appeal for people from other desktop projects to attend.
On October 14, 1996, Matthias Ettrich posted a message to Usenet (comp.os.linux.misc), announcing "Programmers wanted!" for a "New Project: Kool Desktop Environment (KDE)". Now, 15 years later, Matthias’s dream of a "GUI for an ENDUSER" has been fully realized. And more. Sometime in the next 2 weeks, Plasma Active One will be released, extending Matthias's plan for a "modern interface" with a "common look & feel" to a range of enduser devices from desktop to mobile. KDE has grown beyond a Linux Desktop GUI to a global community of people. But it still has the same innovative spirit and a commitment to serving users of Free and Open Source Software.
At Akademy 2010, it was agreed that KDE España would be the official representative of KDE in Spain. One of the terms of the agreement is that KDE España reports on their performance annually. Recently, they sent their report to the Board of KDE e.V. They've been busy.
Over the past few months, members of the KDE community mentored students as a part of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). In this annual program, students receive a stipend to write code for a Free Software project, mentored by someone from the project. With KDE participating for the seventh time, students worked on many KDE projects, some of which are already being included in KDE releases. 47 of 51 projects were finished successfully this year. This is the third and final article featuring The GSoC students’ achievements in the Google Summer of Code program.