LugRadio is a fortnightly podcast covering everything Open Source and last weekend they held the first community run Linux exhibition in England. Jonathan Riddell, lead developer of Kubuntu, and Ben Lamb were there to demo the newly released KOffice 1.4, Kubuntu and the upcoming features of KDE 3.5. Jonathan gave a talk about Kubuntu development and KDE 4.
The day was a surprising success with over 250 people, 4 times as many as expected. Due to some last minute timetable changes the KDE talk was promoted to the main stage. Jonathan's talk focused on Kubuntu, an easy to install GNU/Linux distribution based around the KDE desktop. It is an ideal way to get the latest version of KDE and several hundred CDs were eagerly picked up by visitors.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, stopped by the KDE stall. We were hoping to get a quote from him but he was speechless after seeing how easy it is to create PDFs from any KDE application and how KPDF seemlessly integrates with Konqueror.
We were also joined by Rob Taylor who is writing updated GStreamer bindings for KDE and we discussed the relative merits of KOffice against KDE integrated OpenOffice.org with Credativ UK founder and Kubuntu developer Chris Halls. Danny Allan came by to show us his monochrome icon theme, now part of KDE Accessibility and a new recruit was made for Kubuntu when Martin Meredith was persuaded to become the k3b package maintainer, famous as the program required by even the most strict of Gnome users.
Slides from Jonathan's talk are available and videos of the days events should be online soon.