For the fourth consecutive year a group of KDE PIM developers followed the gracious invitation of Intevation GmbH to meet at their headquarters in Osnabrück, Germany on the first weekend in January. As in the past years, the face-time proved very productive especially since everyone felt that with KDE 4 the time for more fundamental changes has come. By the end of the meeting the group had agreed on a vision and initial architecture for a unified, extensible storage service for PIM data and metadata, allowing all applications on the desktop fast and reliable access as well as powerful search capabilities. This service, codenamed "Akonadi", together with intiatives like Plasma and Solid will form the basis of an
exciting KDE 4 experience.
Akonadi is hoped to be shared by the Gnome and Mozilla teams as well as
any other software dealing with email, calendaring, contact management,
and related data, on the free desktop. Initial reactions from non-KDE
PIM developers have been positive and the KDE team is looking forward
to their contributions. Following the adoption of OpenSync as a common syncing platform, this
project is another conscious step for KDE towards closer cooperation
and sharing of infrastructure.
Everyone who attended Osnabrück IV would like to thank the Intevation
team for their continued support of KDE PIM, and for creating and
keeping alive the fine tradition of these meetings. Notes from the
meeting can be found here.