aKademy 2007 Will be Held in Glasgow

The annual KDE World Summit, aKademy, has found a home for 2007 in the vibrant city of Glasgow. The week-long event for contributors to the leading Free Desktop project will be held from 30th June to 7th July 2007 in Scotland's largest city. Our hosts will be the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. There are three sub-events: a contributors conference, the KDE e.V. annual general assembly and a week long hacking session that offers the opportunity to discuss all sorts of things face-to-face. We also look forward to the chance to mingle with local KDE enthusiasts.

A local team led by Kenny Duffus will organise the conference, where KDE enthusiasts from around the world will converge to share experiences, code and socialise in "Scotland's friendly city". "As a long time user of KDE, on both student and staff desktops, we are proud to support KDE by hosting this conference" said Richard Connor, Head of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.

The preliminary schedule for aKademy 2007 is as follows:

Friday 29th JuneArrival
Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st JulyKDE Contributors Conference
Monday 2nd JulyKDE e.V. Membership Meeting (members only, see the e.V. members page for how to join)
Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th JulyHacking sessions & workshops
Sunday 8thDeparture


Great! I suppose registration will be open until the end of October? :-P

No, really, Glasgow is cool from my point of view. June 28th is the last day of my summer semester, but let's just assume there's no exam on that date. Oh right, and hopefully Glasgow is less expensive than Dublin ;)

By Jakob Petsovits at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

England place... hum... they recently restricted policy about laptops in plane, and lots of them are stolen during travels. :(

But it seems to be a very nice place.

By Johann Ollivier... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

I forgot to say good work and luck to Kenny Duffus. And to thanks again Marcus for his fantastic job.

By Johann Ollivier... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Calling Glasgow an "England place"???
Do not make the same mistake while you are there :)

There is no problems with Laptops, you just have to take it from the case so it can be x-rayed.


By jose marin at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Simply go by ship&train :) Oh, than taking english trains is dangerous, less because of all the terrorists, but because of short term ROI oriented investors and foolish politicans... :/

By Lessy at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

You can take electrical items including laptops on planes just fine.

As someone else has alluded to, don't make the mistake of referring to Scotland as England while you are there. You may not escape with your life ;)

It's like referring to Belgium as France. They are not the same country.

They are however part of Great Britain, which Wales is also a member of.

By Chris Howells at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

s/England/Great Britain

Sorry, i know this is not the same culture, separate parlement, the conflict history against england (and separate Rudby or football team...). But i fear the airport policy will be the same (laptop in the compartment of the plane). But maybe i'm wrong

By Johann Ollivier... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am


I have been flying from Edinburgh for the last 2 weeks ( Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Budapest), and can assure you there is no problems with Laptops, the restrictions were lifted like a month ago...


By jose marin at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

This is what i wanted to read :D Thanks

What about the food now ? And the beer? ;)

By Johann Ollivier... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Unless you're a real ale drinker the beer offerings aren't very impressive, the UK has a culture of cheap, imported lagers.

That said, there's a lot of special pubs you can get bizarre things on tap.

By Alistair John S... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

I was very impressed with beer in Scotland when I was there. I live in Sweden, though, which has a culture of *very* cheap lagers. ;)

Guinness is especially good in Scotland.. perhaps because it's close to the brewery in Ireland.

By Apollo Creed at Thu, 2006/10/19 - 5:00am

From abroad, one sees United Kingdom as a single country led by Tony Blair. Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland are just regions of it.

Well, on Wikipedia, I can read that Scotland, England, etc. are really countries... They are clearly not seen this way from abroad! For instance, the European Community includes 25 countries, not 28!

By Hobbes at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Technically they're nations, unified as a single country. I'm Scottish and I consider myself British foremost, but a lot of Scots have a strong sense of cultural identity and would prefer to be Scottish.

Hope this helps clarify things.

By Alistair John S... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Identity is strange.
I'm English but would identify myself as western, or European foremost. I suppose British second.

By John Tapsell at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

I live in Glasgow and I (and others) get very angry when people refer to Scotland as England. No wonder over half of Scottish people want independence!

By Bruce Cowan at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Heh, the scottish are crazy.

By Fun fun at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Its about the same as calling you Canadian if you are from the US (or vice versa).

By The Grum at Fri, 2006/10/20 - 5:00am

Strange. I live in NRW but if people thought this is in the Netherlands I would perhaps correct them but "very angry"??? Huh? You should watch your
blood pressure if such things upset you that much. In fact it _is_ a wonder why all regions want independence. This is an anachronism in an ever more interdependent world IMHO.

By Michael at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Alright, I get a wee bit pissed off then.

Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales are all part of the United Kingdom. Saying that Glasgow is in England is wrong, but it is in the United Kingdom.

It's kind of like saying a place in Virginia is in West Virginia.

NRW isn't in the Netherlands anyway, and the Netherlands and Germany are not regions of the same country.

By Bruce Cowan at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Well, you would make me angry if you think that I live in Holland.
I don't live in Holland, I live in The Netherlands. Holland is just a region in The Netherlands, like England is just one of the regions in the UK.

By AC at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

But why get angry? This nation thingie is so... oldfashioned at most. It's for leaders to hold their pack together, for making concepts of enemies...
You live a culture, not live within a nation.

By Slubs at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

Indeed, and i don't live the culture of Holland.
I'm Frisian :o)

By AC at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

aaah, frisian, I will save you the jokes from groningen then :p (I am from there)

By Mark Hannessen at Thu, 2006/10/19 - 5:00am

Well in some languages we have made this easy by translating Holland and Netherlands to the exactly the same word: Holland ;)

By carewolf at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

Well, that jus makes things more complicated :o)

For example, Amsterdam is the kapital of The Netherlands, but not of Holland.

By AC at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

Interestingly, most people I've talked to from Holland consider Holland another name for the Netherlands. You are in the first person I've talked to who doesn't consider them the same. (Also the first from the Netherlands but not also from Holland)

Note that my sample size is far too small to draw any conclusions. Also, this topic doesn't come up too often when I meet someone from your country.

By bluGill at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

Originally, The Netherlands is a combination of 7 states, including Holland. (that's wy it's called The NetherlandS, in stead of Netherland).
Like England, Holland is the dominant factor in The Netherlands.

Today, The Netherlands consists of 12 provinces, including North and South Holland.

Most Dutch people are pragmatic, so the say that they are from Holland, in stead of The Netherlands.
Probably because every foreigner knows about Holland, but not about The Netherlands..

By AC at Thu, 2006/10/19 - 5:00am

I am from the netherlands as well, when I am in another country I usually refer to the netherlands, but if they don't know about holland is a pretty good second candidate, amsterdam being the third best ;)

By Mark Hannessen at Thu, 2006/10/19 - 5:00am

Wel, as long as they don't think that Amsterdam is a city in Germany, it's fine with me :)

By AC at Fri, 2006/10/20 - 5:00am

NRW = North Rhine-Westphalia

This is the first time I see this abbreviation. Even if I visited a family there for two weeks. If anyone is coming with the abbreviation of his region...

Of course it is in Germany.

By Hobbes at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

Oh! Sorry. Was writing this in a bit of a hurry. Didnt think it could be unknown to the internet audience here who is living outside (Central) Europe. Over here this is not any regional abbreviation but very well known because
a) it is Germany's most populous federal state
b) home to one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe next to London and Paris
c) it is nearly always referred to as NRW and not the long form, because we are all are a bit lazy, arent we?

So, sorry for making you to look this up but now you know ;)
And by the way: The wikipedia is always in interesting read! I could dive into this for ages going from page to page once I start.

Have a nice day!

By Michael at Fri, 2006/10/20 - 5:00am

The area around Glasgow has a fantastic public transport system and a lot of rail links. The easiest way to get to Glasgow would be to fly to Prestwick Airport then get the train to Glasgow Central.

By das_cheesecat at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Debian's 2007 meeting will be in Edinburgh, From 9th to 24th june.

What about both events get together and work towards a common schedule,
or even better to run both events at the same place and time!

Ok, ok, i'm already way beyond Earth's orbit :) ,
but it (at least at first sight) seems possible, doable and awesome!!
So i beg to the Scottish KDE team,
pleeeeeease try as hard as possible to work it out.
If not possible, well, i'm sure that Edimburgh has plenty of things to get me busy for 4 days. :D

By Fabricio "aybab... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Sorry but i could not get the url thingie to work.
Anyway, you get the idea. :)

By Fabricio "aybab... at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

Thank you for considering the students in the US. I've never been able to go because it always falls during the fall semester. Assuming I can get the cash, I'll finally be able to make it to one. Thanks again!

P.S. I'm probably missing something obvious, but where can I get information on how much everything will cost?

By carl at Tue, 2006/10/17 - 5:00am

If you are actively contributing to KDE you can get assistance. Look at the link at the head of the article for more info on the conference and costs. I found http://airfareplanet.com to have the best deals.

Before you go getting too grateful for accommodating students realize that travel costs are substantially higher during the summer than in fall. Then get used to having a second class economy. I found out Dublin was something like the third most expensive city in the world. It cost $10 for a warm meal in a fast food place that was larger than what I consider a children's meal. Seriously, I walked out of Supermacs after eating a 3.40 Euro burger to Burger King next door to address my hunger. The 3.40 Euro burger was about the size of a 99 cent Wendys burger. I'm told that Scotland is not far behind in cost and of course they still use pound sterling there. In Heathrow I bought a bagel with cream cheese and bacon and a diet coke for $11. Granted that's an airport but in Chicago O'Hare I got the same with smoked salmon instead for $8.

Also remember that in the US we have diverse cultural cuisine and in Scotland they have haggis. In Dublin I got a Hawaiian pizza that replaced the Canadian bacon with corn. It really is fun going to aKademy and I love every one of them. There was a lot to like about Dublin, but I advise talking with someone who attends these to get prepared. Don't expect to eat cheap. Don't expect a hostel experience to be like a hotel experience. Do expect to spend time with fun people, soak in KDE technology and see fun places.

By Eric Laffoon at Fri, 2006/10/20 - 5:00am

> Also remember that in the US we have diverse cultural
> cuisine and in Scotland they have haggis.

Heh. A man who goes on super-size-seeking door-to-door burger-crawls speaking of 'cultural cuisine'....

If you go, be sure to ask someone to explain the concept of irony.

By anon at Sat, 2006/10/21 - 5:00am

It's even compatible with EuroPython 2007: Monday 9th July to Wednesday 11th July in Vilnius, Lithuania.

By The Badger at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am

I was just wondering whether the videos of Akademy 2006 are already online??

By Me at Wed, 2006/10/18 - 5:00am