KDE has wrapped up another successful visit to Linux World Expo, this
year at the Javits Convention Center in New York. For three days, 10
KDE developers and a few others helped deal with a huge amount of
interest from the crowd, showing off the latest and greatest in KDE
3.2. This year's show was thought to be at least twice as good as last
year's, and a great time was had by all. The fun didn't stop after the
expo either, with several dinners providing plenty of time for spirited
arguments and the occasional hacking session. A new application for KDE
was conceived (rss syndication), as well as a 5-minute hack ("Google
Klip") which allows a Google search on the current Klipper selection to
be invoked with a single keyboard shortcut.
First, we'd like to thank the many groups and individuals who made our
attendance at the show possible. SUSE generously provided 2 computers
with nice LCD screens, plus came to our rescue on the first day,
providing an extra table (at significant cost) when we realized that we
did not have enough table space for all of our awards and demos. SUSE
also provided a boxed copy of SUSE LINUX 9.0 for us to give away.
Thanks to Oracle and Linux World Conference and Expo for the free booth.
Nathan Krause from Nalekra ran a giveaway of a nice Transmeta Crusoe 1.0 GHz
laptop. CodeWeavers donated a copy of Crossover Office for us to give away.
The developers did not go unrewarded, with a copy of Xandros Desktop 2.0
Deluxe and a Google t-shirt each. Klaus Knopper dropped by to give us
copies of the latest KNOPPIX 3.3.
Additional hardware for the booth was provided by SourceXtreme
(mini cube + 21" LCD screen). Additionally, due to the persistent efforts of
Ian Geiser and great information from Eric Lafoon (Quanta) and Alexander
Dymo (KDevelop), we were able to have handouts for the two highly
popular KDE projects. These are posted online: kdevelop.pdf
and quanta.pdf. They will be eventually
moved to kdepromo once there is a reliable way established to keep them
up to date. More handouts for other projects could only benefit us at future shows.
Ian Geiser will be sending out requests for information from other projects as time permits.
Finally, a big thanks to those who ran the booth... KDE Developers:
George Staikos, Ian Reinhart Geiser, Mark Bucciarelli, Mathieu
Chouinard, Adam Treat, Hamish Rodda, Nadeem Hasan, Zack Rusin, Benjamin
Meyers, Matthias Ettrich; and our friends Jason Nocks of sourceXtreme;
Matthew Staikos of staikos.net; and Nathan Krause of Nalekra.com. Pictures
of the booth can be found at Adam's webpage.
KDE did not leave the show unrewarded, far from it! We were up for both
the Best Open Source Project and the Best Development Tools awards.
While the Best Open Source Project went to Real for their Helix player,
KDevelop took the prize in the Best Development Tools section up
against quite a few closed source projects. This victory was made all
the more sweet by the judges' comments, who said KDevelop was the most
polished presentation out of 35 other products and that they were proud to give an OpenSource project an award on merit alone. Kudos to the team for being able to accomplish so
much without the backing of a corporation like all of the other entrants!
We also picked up the LinuxQuestions.org award for the Best Desktop
Manager (3rd year running).
We weren't content to just passively show off KDE. George Staikos gave
a presentation to the conference attendees on "Designing Scriptable and
Extensible Desktop Applications",
Mark Bucciarelli and George gave Syscon interviews, and
Mark had an interview with Brian Proffitt of Linux Today.
KDE 3.2 was generating a large amount of interest, with "what's new?"
being the most common question. Hot favorites with the crowd were
Kontact, including Kolab and MS Exchange support, KDevelop, Quanta, and
more. Many people were enchanted by the KStars demonstrations run on
the last day, hopefully boosting the KDE Education Project's visibility. Other things that people were interested
to hear about were KDE's Kiosk mode, solid printing support, wallet
functionality and the new Universal Sidebar.
A few interesting feature requests were made, including the ability to
drag several people from the address book (or even Kopete :) and
schedule a meeting with them (adding them as attendees
automatically); Jim Gettys suggested being able to set the location in
KStars to any location in the universe, not just anywhere on Earth; and
several people were enquiring about KDE development books. Others were
looking for business cases for KDE (help out enterprise.kde.org if you
can!). Timothy Ney, President of the GNOME Foundation was impressed by
the new gtkqt theme engine and the ability to edit files over an SSH
connection, especially when he saw that OpenOffice could do so using
the new fuse_kio prototype. He stopped by the booth to invite any
interested KDE hackers to GNOME's upcoming Guadec Meeting in Norway.
Several interesting leads came out of the event. Microsoft is curious
about KDevelop. Digium is interested in improving telephony support
in KDE's groupware. WatchIT.com want to do an educational video on migrating
to KDE. Merryl Lynch is currently doing a large scale test deployment of KDE
desktops. No Starch Press want to do a book on development in KDE.
Open Source Migrations want business cases for migrating to KDE
desktops, including groupware solutions. Harvard University's Arnold
Arboreum is interested in KDE on desktop. There was also the specter of
Opera now providing a KPart so that Konqueror can use either KHTML or the
Opera rendering engine (or the Mozilla engine as an XPart). This is exciting folks, as we will have two choices of browsers
in KDE that are completely integrated!
That's about it for now. KDE is certainly doing very well in North