The KDE PIM crew met again at Osnabrück for three days of hacking, discussing and community building. The big topics were Akonadi and KDE 4.1. The team settled on the plan to release KDE PIM with KDE 4.1 based on the traditional backends and include the first platform release of Akonadi as the future base for PIM applications in and around KDE. The meeting was kindly hosted by Intevation and supported by the KDE e.V. and KDAB. Read on for a report or see the notes on the website.
Mike, David, Frank, Sebastian, Jaroslaw, Ingo, Tom, Thorsten, Thomas, Kevin, Tobias, Volker, Cornelius.
More photos from the event.
Much time was spent on discussing and working on Akonadi, the future PIM data storage backend which provides a platform for efficient storage and retrieval of PIM data. The modular architecture makes it easy to extend the platform by agents and resources which provide access to various sources of data or encapsulate complex functionality like mail threading for convenient use in applications. Tom Albers is working on an Akonadi based KDE 4 version of the mail client Mailody as a first full application making use of the new platform. Kevin Krammer spent some time on providing a migration path by implementing a bridge between the traditional KResources and the new Akonadi agent world.
The meeting also provided the opportunity to better integrate some new people. Ingo Klöcker made use of this by passing on maintainership of KMail to Thomas McGuire. Sebastian Trueg who joined the meeting for the first time worked together with Tobias König on integration of Nepomuk with KDE PIM, which will bring the joys of tagging, semantic search and virtual folders to KMail and all the other KDE PIM applications.
Next step is to have a focused Akonadi hackfest to solidify the platform and make it ready for the first release with KDE 4.1 in July 2008.