All-around KDE guru David Faure (website) recently attended the Linux Expo in Paris and subsequently the OSDEM developer meeting in Brussels. Below he gives us his very interesting impressions of the events, especially how they relate to our favorite desktop.
Linux Expo Paris
The Expo organizers offered KDE a free booth. Not a big one - I would even say
The booth in front of us was full of books, and I was happily surprised to see
As usual for some time now, KDE could be seen at almost every booth. As someone said, the small KDE booth wasn't our point of presence, but the whole Expo was:). And we had many, many visitors at the booth (except the day when there was
Meeting with happy KDE users is very refreshing. The developer point-of-view on the software we release is quite negative on the whole, since we mostly hear about bugs and problems, not so much about all the happy users :). So I was quite reassured about the quality of our releases after many people told me that they were using KDE 2.0[.1] every day, and had no trouble whatsoever with it. Of
I also met many developers interested in using KDE as a development platform. Many more than I expected, in fact - which is very good. There may be a need for translated API documentation in KDE and Qt. Having English-only documentation
On Friday I gave a talk about KDE, the usual talk about overall features and most used applications. It went well, although the room wasn't even half-full, due to the talk starting quite early (9am). No technical problems for the first time - thanks to the fact that IBM provided me with a really nice laptop a week ago. One thing that I emphasized was the fact that we were welcoming developers to join the project, and I particularly talked about the need for people working on KOffice. I realized that most of those who would like to help, need to realize they don't have to be a genius like Reggie to help with KDE/KOffice :), and that it's always possible to start with small bug-fixes before grasping everything. And indeed, we might have "recruited" a couple of new developers, as well as translators!
One thing about presentations: never hack KPresenter the night before a presentation :). When you realize at 2am that you don't have it working , you're in trouble :).
The OSDEM is an open-source developers meeting that took place in Brussels last weekend. It was really interesting. A developer meeting is very different from the usual trade shows. Even though the audience was quite large, it really seems like most of it were developers, and the talks were definitely technical, which was quite interesting.
The presence of a hacking room is also a good hint about the type of event it was :). Speaking of which, I'm quite impressed by how much VALinux did for that event. It seems they sponsored most of it, provided the hardware for the hacking rooms and paid for journalists to come over to the event. I was really surprised by how many journalists where there
The downside of those interviews was that I didn't have much time for attending the conferences. I only went to the Mozilla talk, and to the Gnome one :). The first one - I guess I shouldn't comment on the second one :) - made me realize that Mozilla and Konqueror are not really competitors, because their goals are quite different. Konqueror is IMHO the browser everyone needs right now under Linux/Unix :), whereas Mozilla is the development of a cross-platform browser (and mail client etc.), with all the trouble
Later on I actually met with the Mozilla guys in the hacking room, and we discussed various things, from a specific infraction to the DOM specification to the bookmarks implementation. As you might know, Konqueror now uses the XBEL format for its bookmarks, a
My talk was Sunday morning. It was a presentation of KDE as a development platform. I presented most of the technologies provided by KDE's libraries, and one
The room almost full (IIRC it was a 150-people room), and the talk went well. As for all the presentations done during that event, there were 2 or 3 cameras,
I enjoyed this meeting a lot, and I'm looking forward to the next OSDEM, since