Last weekend KDE exhibited at Le Droit D'auteur et Vous (Copyrights and You) a one day event in Montréal. KDE developers were there showing off KDE 3.4.1, the latest development version and handing out Kubuntu CDs. There were lots of questions for the exhibitors and lots of praise for KDE too. Read the full report below.
The day started with a small expo with booths. Following the article on the Dot a few days ago, an amazing KDE user joined me to man the booth, Kimon. He speaks fluent French and English and has in depth knowledge of KDE applications. A fellow francophone and former KDE developer joined as well sporting a KDE shirt. We gave Kubuntu CDs away (special thanks to Jonathan who shipped those CDs from Scotland at such short notice). Some of the questions included KDE X.org interaction (such as 3D window managers), modules management (people would like to install more easily one package without the whole module which is what some distributions package currently) and the new Qt and KDE 4 release. KDE artwork was highly praised and several users mentioned that KOffice and the way KDE applications are all integrated make the difference for them versus other desktops.
Then Richard Stallman gave a talk about copyright, starting with the four freedoms mentioned in the GPL and explaining his views on the copyright problem. I know that not all people share his ideas but what he proposes is a different social ideology. There are several laws in different countries that threaten to tie our freedoms, laws about copyright and patents that we should fight if we care about freedom. You are free to try his ideas or not to so I will not debate about that.
The main thing I realised during the whole day was about education. Everyone has the right to have access to education and educational material should be free. One of the main successes of the last three years is Wikipedia showing that it is possible to achieve this.
I met other people in different areas, people working in building a free WiFi network in Montreal for example. Stallman's talk was in French and will be freely available soon.
We finished around a good beer in a cool café, listening to a Jazz band playing as part of the Monréal Jazz Festival.