Community and Events
It is hard to believe that our last official fund raiser was in mid October of 2004. As a member of the community you might think that represents a lot of success for our fund raising efforts as we have done fund raisers as often as every few months. Nothing could be further from truth. In actuallity we were already behind when a $100 a month sponsor was forced to pull out.
On the weekend of December 10th & 11th, a small group of nine KDE contributors met in Hamburg to work on quality assurance checks for KDE's code base. This not only covered C++ sourcecode but also other aspects such as checking the state of the API documentation, looking for common errors in KDE's manuals and evaluating the usability of KDE applications. Read on for the full report.
A group of enthusiastic KDE users and developers met last week at the
FOSS.IN conference in Bangalore, one of the largest Free and Open Source Software meetings in the world, to combine their efforts in various regions of the country under a common banner and build a central platform for all things KDE in India. Along with spreading KDE awareness in India, especially in colleges and
with local businesses, KDE.in has a few more practical goals. KDE.in
The next annual central meeting of the KDE community, aKademy 2006, is looking
for a location. The event consists of the general assembly of the KDE e.V., a
KDE developer conference and a multi-day hacking session. The main goal of
the event will be to shape the upcoming new major step of the K Desktop
Environment, KDE 4. If you are interested in hosting this large and exciting
free software event, please consider to submit a proposal to the board of the
KDE e.V. which will act as a co-host.
KDE will be present in the next Jornadas Andaluzas de Software Libre (Andalusian Free Software Conference), an annual event sponsored this year by the Junta de Andalucía (Andalusian goverment), the University of Cordoba and many others. This event takes place in Córdoba, Spain this coming weekend (4th, 5th and 6th November) with a strong KDE presence. KDE related talks include Kiosk mode and KDE-Guadalinex.
October in Germany is filled with a lot of local Free Software events and KDE
is present at them. Join us first at Berlinux 2005 on Fri October 21 and Sat 22. Then we are off to Dresden for Linux-Info-Tag Dresden 2005 on Sat October 29. Read on for how we'll be helping the users to explore the full range of wonders in KDE.
For KDE users and contributors who aren't Jabber addicts yet, a new public Jabber server is available at kdetalk.net.
For those which don't know Jabber yet, it's an open Instant Messaging protocol. It has some advantage such as being decentralized, more secure, extensible, and last but not least in our free software world, open and developed by an open community.
With over 700 attendees and a speaking track packed full of goodies, the one-day Ohio Linux Fest held this past Saturday in the city of Columbus was an unqualified success. KDE had a booth at the event which was kept exceedingly busy the entire day. Most of the people who visited the booth mentioned that they use KDE and several asked that we pass on their appreciation to the entire KDE team for all the work that they have put into it over the years.
KDE's legal body KDE e.V. held its Annual General Meeting at aKademy 2005 last month. Notes from the meeting are now available. A new board was chosen voting in Cornelius Schumacher and Aaron Seigo, and continuing Mirko Böhm and Eva Brucherseifer. Our thanks to the retiring board members Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Harri Porten.