From June 27th to July 2nd 2004 the USENIX Annual Technical
Conference took place at Boston. The FREENIX track
featured a refereed paper about Kontact and how it is used as an application
integration framework which was presented by
Cornelius Schumacher. You can find the
of the presentation at the Kontact home page.
The conference also featured a lot of other interesting
talks. To name only a few: Matthias Ettrich presented the technical changes in Qt
4, in the plenary session Bruce Schneier held a thought-inspiring talk about how
security-tradeoffs influence our lives and how we might be able to handle this
in a sensible way and Rob Pike gave some insight in the amazing technology
Google uses to power their search engine. One of the talks which was awarded as
best paper in the FREENIX track was about "Wayback,
a versioning file system for Linux". This could
be an interesting technology to be integrated with KDE, for example with the
A BoF session about "Locking Down Enterprise KDE & KDE 3.3 Preview for
Administrators" showed again the great interest in the KDE desktop lock-down
features which are provided by the KIOSK framework and in particular the
KIOSK Admin Tool.
The week after the conference code was put behind the talks. The KDE
project released the first beta of Kontact 1.0 as part of KDE 3.3 Beta 1, Trolltech released the first
technology preview of Qt 4 and Waldo Bastian released version
0.6 of the KIOSK Admin Tool.