About two weeks ago, several KDE developers gathered at FrOSCon, the Free and Open Source conference in St. Augustin near Bonn, Germany. Hosted by the Computer Science department of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, the
conference also provided rooms for free software projects. One was seized by the KDE project for discussion and hacking. Additionally, representatives of the KDE project gave two talks at the official conference programs, as well as two other talks that directly related to KDE. Read on for the full report.
On Saturday, Sebastian Kügler gave a talk on KDE Marketing (subtitled: Roadmap to World Domination). The conference organisers were nice enough to postpone the talk until after the football match. Despite the late time, quite a lot people listened to Sebastian when he spoke about the recent successes of KDE in terms of marketing and what the Marketing Working Group in cooperation with KDE-Promo is heading for.
Earlier, Adrian Schröter from the openSUSE project had given an insight on the openSUSE build service which helps building packages for a lot of distributions. This might make building packages for your KDE application a breeze in the future, no matter what target distribution your users have installed.
On Sunday, KDE's Cornelius Schumacher presented a GPL'ed feature tracking tool developed by SUSE, which provides a native KDE client.
In the developer room, Stephan Hermann from the Kubuntu team and Volker Krause of KDE-PIM fame were busy hacking. While Volker ported KDE-PIM to D-BUS, Stephan and I discussed how to ease KDE 4 development on Kubuntu. Hold your breath, development packages will soon be available for Dapper.
On Sunday and during the social event on Saturday, I had the chance to discuss a lot of issues with Egbert Eich and Luc Verhaegen from X.org and learn about planned features in X.org 7.2 and beyond. FrOSCon was a really nice conference. The KDE team will certainly return for FrOSCon 2007 with an even larger team. Pictures of the conference can be found on their wiki.