At about the time the London Linux Expo was ending, sixty KDE developers converged on Stuttgart, Germany for LinuxTag 2001. LinuxTag is the largest Linux and Open Source exhibition in Europe, drawing in 15,000 visitors and 110 exhibitors this year. Besides having a great time seeing each other in person again (or for the first time), the KDE developers greeted thousands of visitors to their booth and presented several talks and workshops. More details, and lots of shots from the event, are available below.
DATELINE JULY 11, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KDE Report: LinuxTag 2001
Sixty KDE Developers Converge on Stuttgart, Germany for LinuxTag 2001
July 8, 2001 (Stuttgart, Germany). More than
KDE developers from all over the world
gathered at the KDE booth during LinuxTag 2001.
Among them were KDE developers from the United States, Austria,
the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Special guest-star from the US was
who will probably release KJetLag (which consists of lots of sleep()
calls) soon after he returns to the US this week ;-).
On six TFT
equipped demopoints, KDE developers displayed the latest stable
version of the award-winning KDE desktop, theKOffice office suite and the
KDevelop development IDE.
They also offered a preview of
Beta 1, KDevelop 3.0 pre-alpha (a/k/a
Reaktivate. The latter
enables Konqueror, the KDE
web browser and file manager, to embed
controls, such as the popular
movies, for which to date no native Linux/Unix solution exists.
The well decorated and overcrowded 24 square meter KDE booth and its
crew enjoyed the feedback and interest of several thousand visitors,
among which remarkably many stopped by to talk to the
KDE women team.
The event was highlighted with several KDE-related talks and
included a presentation on "Universal Components" by KDE founder
a tutorial on "Developing a GUI Using Qt" by Jesper K. Pedersen of
Datakonsult AB; a presentation on
Multimedia in KDE 2.x"
by Jan Würthner and
and, last but not least, a presentation entitled
"KDE 2.2 - Your Personal Desktop", by KDevelop developer
In addition to the lectures, developers hosted several workshops on KDE
development. Particularly noteworthy was
presentation on CUPS and the
KDEPrint System, of which a
KPresenter slide show is
available for download.
A considerable number of well known representatives of the Linux
community attended the KDE booth, including people from
LinuxUser and LinuxMagazin,
and Tuomas Kuosmanen (a/k/a "TigerT").
Malda (a/k/a CmdrTaco of
Slashdot fame), frequently
popped by the KDE booth and proudly displayed the latest KDE beta
on his laptop.
In addition, on Thursday Margareta
State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of
Economics and Technology, expressed her interest when she
obtained information on current issues concerning Linux and the KDE
project, but also shared here concerns about pending patent legislation
in the EU and its potential impact on the development of Open Source
Several sets of photos from the event and the KDE booth are available:
The KDE-events-team would
like to thank all KDE developers and others who contributed to the event
for once more making LinuxTag 2001 a huge success for KDE.
Specifically we'd like to thank:
Datakonsult AB, TrollTech AS
and others for providing the admission charge for the LinuxTag social
- SuSE for providing the five TFT
monitors, hotel rooms and miscellaneous hardware;
- The KDE League for paying for
promotion material and KDE t-shirts;
- RedHat for supplying three
demo points; and
- Frontsite for the "dragon food";
and of course we'd like to thank the people who organized LinuxTag 2001.
LinuxTag is the largest Linux and Open Source exhibition in Europe.
This year 15,000 visitors and 110 exhibitors (among them more than 30
free software projects) attended. The event was hosted in Stuttgart,
Germany from July 5 through July 8.
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worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and stable desktop
environment employing a component-based, network-transparent architecture.
KDE is working proof of the power of the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software
development model to create first-rate technologies on par with
and superior to even the most complex commercial software.
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