DEC
27
2009

KDE Community Invited to FOSS Nigeria 2010

A few days ago The Dot received an invite for the KDE community to FOSS Nigeria. FOSS Nigeria 2010 will be the second Free Software conference in Nigeria, following the successful event last year (as reported on The Dot). Again, Free Software developers and community members from around the world, but of course especially those from Africa and Nigeria, are invited for a 3-day conference in Kano at the Bayero University Kano.

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DEC
17
2009

Exciting Speaker Schedule for Camp KDE 2010

The schedule for Camp KDE 2010 has just been published! The event will be taking place in sunny San Diego at the University of California, San Diego from January 15th-22nd, 2010. Registration is free and there are still some space left for attendees so sign up right away if you're interested in attending.

DEC
15
2009

Speakers Wanted for FOSDEM 2010

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FOSDEM is the largest gathering of Free Software developers in Europe. KDE has a room for talks on the Saturday and a crossdesktop room on the Sunday shared with Gnome and XFCE. We want you to give a talk on any KDE related topic. Do you have an interesting program which more people should be using? Maybe you want to show off a language binding. Are you part of a distro which uses KDE? You could share cross desktop development experiences. Take a look at the 2009 schedule for more inspiration.

To submit a talk add it to our FOSDEM 2010 wiki page. The deadline is January 3rd.

We are also looking for helpers on the KDE stall. Please add yourself to the wiki page if you can take a turn talking to our users.

DEC
2
2009

Krita Team Seeking Sponsorship to Take Krita to Next Level

At the KOffice meeting in Oslo the Krita team had a meeting to put the finishing touches to an ambitious plan. On hearing about it the Dot managed to lure two of the Krita developers in a separate room to question them and find out what was going on. Nobody got seriously hurt in the process.

We spoke with Krita developers Boudewijn Rempt and Lukáš Tvrdý.

DEC
1
2009

KOffice Meeting Day Two

New day, new KOffice work. The team met for lunch at 8 and arrived in the office around 9. After Inge opened the day again everybody took a while to check mail and news. Then it was time for work. Read on for more!

NOV
29
2009

KDE Community Forums Announce the Continuation of Klassroom

Early on in the lifetime of the KDE Community Forums, the staff launched regularly-held courses for people willing to help KDE called "Klassrooms". For each of these courses, a mentor (usually a KDE contributor, but not limited to them) guided a group of "students" towards a simple, definite goal that would improve KDE, for example fixing simple bugs in an application. However, the courses were not limited to coding: documentation, promo and other important areas were handled as well.

Since they were held on the forums, Klassrooms possessed an advantage over real-time courses: students could progress at their own pace and the mentor was able to oversee the development even with limited time at his/her disposal.

Due to the large growth of the KDE Community Forums over the last year, the staff had to focus on improving the forums themselves and so there was little or no time to hold new Klassrooms. Until today ...

The KDE Community Forums team is pleased to announce a call for new Klassroom mentors, to allow increased effort to be focussed on these courses. The existing staff are already quite busy keeping the forum up and running, so this will provide the initiative with dedicated resources.

NOV
29
2009

Second KOffice Developer Sprint 2009 Kickoff

In Oslo, Norway, the second KOffice developer sprint this year has started. The KOffice developers must be getting used to seeing each other regularly - besides the two sprints there were many other meetings and events with a handful of KOffice developers present. However, their 'own' sprints still are special - dedicated to some team building, designing and hard work in a cooperative and positive atmosphere.

NOV
20
2009

Booth, Web and Marketing Sprint

If you read PlanetKDE, you may have noticed that there was a combined Booth, Web and Marketing Sprint in Stuttgart last weekend. While those blog posts discussed the fun to be had in getting a load of KDE contributors together in one place, the event was really about having some important discussions and getting a lot of serious work done so that our presentation of KDE matches the quality of our products. Read on for details of the many things we got up to.

NOV
7
2009

Camp KDE 2010 Call for Presentations Deadline

The deadline for requesting to give a presentation/talk at Camp KDE 2010 has been set for 0:00 on December 5th.

As indicated in the open registration announcement, if you wish to give a presentation, please indicate this preference when registering for the event. The organizers will look at the topics and handle any duplicates, and then ask for more detailed abstracts.

NOV
6
2009

Matthias Ettrich Receives German Federal Cross of Merit


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Today at 4pm CET at the Center for Economics, Technology and Women’s Issues at the Berlin Senate, KDE founder Matthias Ettrich was decorated with the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contributions to Free Software. Matthias was awarded the medal in recognition of his work spurring innovation and spreading knowledge for the common good. The award was presented by state secretary Almuth Nehring-Venus. She mentioned that not only is Matthias among the younger recipients of the award but also that this is the first award ceremony where young children of the family were present. Also attending was Eberhard Gienger, member of the Bundestag for the county Matthias grew up in. Read on for more!

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