Multimedia in KDE has been in the news lately, especially Phonon, the new multimedia framework for KDE 4. Phonon still needs a lot of work, as do the applications which are going to use it. So, in the spirit of the previous KDE PIM meeting, Annahoeve in Achtmaal, The Netherlands, will again be visited by a group of KDE developers. From Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th of May, more than 15 developers from 4 continents will have a unique chance to talk about and work on Multimedia in KDE.
KDE PIM Meeting
The aim of the meeting will be to make the ever so invasive role of multimedia less of a burden to manage for users and developers. With the great service and ambiance that Annahoeve provides, the developers, supported by two usability experts, can focus on the things they came for: discussing, thinking and creating. Meeting and working in personal can and will enable them to lay the groundwork for new innovations and will provide a bonding experience. At the meeting, a multimedia roadmap for KDE 4 will be drawn. Also, usability work on several multimedia applications like amaroK 2 and Kaffeine will be done. Phonon could use some backends, and many applications have to be ported.
Phonon will enable features like per-application volumes, easy use of several soundcards or playing over a network. Also, a lot of duplication will be avoided. Currently, many applications like Amarok and Kaffeine support several multimedia engines through a plugin-like structure. With Phonon applications do not have to do this themselves. Adding rich multimedia support like audio and video will be much easier, thanks to Phonon. Finally, binary compatibility can be guaranteed for the lifetime of KDE 4.
We would like to thank the following sponsors for making it possible by paying for the travel expenses and supplying hardware and lodgings.
Sponsors of the KDE Multimedia Meeting