The KDE Germany Team was exhibiting the KDE team's achievements at the world's largest computer
trade show CeBIT in Hannover, Germany from 18.03 - 24.03.
Hosted at the booth of Linup-Front, the team presented KDE 3.2 as well as a recent developer snapshot of KDE PIM on an Athlon64 system. Most people asked to see the KDE/Qt integration for OpenOffice.org and GTK as well as
Kontact. They were impressed to learn how
fast KDE is implementing the promise to become the "Integrative Desktop Environment" that lets you use a wide variety of popular
applications while still maintaining consistency in look and -to some extent- even feel.
Another focus of interest was KIOSK, which is now even easier to handle thanks
to Kiosk Tool. Read on for the full story about KDE at CeBIT 2004.
used the opportunity to fix bugs as they were reported or at least assisted
and motivated people to file bugs reports or to search for already existing ones and comment and vote
for them. Fundraising was also done. Gifts for donations included KDE Pins, Stickers, T-Shirts and
"KDE Development" books. A lot of people asked for stuffed Konqis which were unfortunately not available.
Among the visitors, even politicians stepped by to see KDE. Jürgen Chrobog, a State Secretary
for the German Department for Foreign Affairs was fascinated by KDE's language support. Minister
of Justice Brigitte Zypris got
to KDE 3.2. When she saw the stack
of stickers on software patents in Europe stating the fact that even the progress bar is patented,
asked for details. Thus, the KDE Team got the unique chance to explain the danger for FOSS
Software as well as small and average companies that emanates from software patents.
LinuxPark was an excellent forum to get in touch with Linux related companies and other projects
such as Debian,
the LPI and
of course GNOME.
Linux Information Systems was kind enough to host Scribus
Author Franz Schmid with his incredible Qt-based desktop publishing
software. Even DTP experts agreed that Scribus is already usable for professional printing and gave valuable feedback that Franz started to implement in his rare spare time during the fair.
Klas Kalaß gave an
that introduced KDE with almost all its different aspects. In her talk,
Eva Brucherseifer discussed the possibilities of porting MFC applications to Linux,
particularly using Qt.
showed Kontact interacting with the Kolab Server and
explained the current development status of the integration with eGroupware and OpenGroupware.org.
All speeches were very well attended. Even though CeBIT is a fairly big expo with a fairground of
about 360.000 square meters, most people took the time to attend the talks that averaged 30-40
minutes each, including a Q&A session.
Looking off-site the LinuxPark area, visitors found that more and more exhibitors now plan to
offically support Linux on the desktop. Over in Hall 1 at the Novell booth,
SUSE showed Beta Versions of their upcoming
version 9.1 featuring KDE 3.2 including
Kontact and the KDE OpenOffice
CeBIT 2004 was a successful event for KDE. Thanks go to
Linup-Front for the booth, to
Linux New Media for
providing exhibitor tickets, to nomachine and
basysKom for paying the expenses of the apartment and
Fujitsu-Siemens Computers for the demo system. See you all next year at CeBIT 2005!