KDE-Files.org Launched

KDE's latest community website KDE-Files.org has gone online. The site is a central exchange platform for all sorts of documents and document templates. Users can collaborate, discuss, vote and share documents. Some examples of files you could share are your jogging result spreadsheets, OpenOffice.org presentation templates or Kexi DVD Databases. In the future users will be able to use the KHotNewStuff system to access KDE-Files.org directly from the applications.

The user database of KDE-Files.org is shared with KDE-Look.org and KDE-Apps.org.

Currently KDE-Files.org accepts KOffice and OpenOffice.org templates, KOrganizer Calendars, Umbrello files, KStars data and Quanta scripts. If you are an application maintainer and think KDE-Files.org would be useful for file related to your program please contact Frank Karlitschek. Developers are also encouraged to make use of the KHotNewStuff feeds from KDE-Files.org so your users can download the latest and greatest files at the click of a button, contact Frank for details.

KDE-Files.org is now looking for site sponsors.

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by ac (not verified)

This is really a great idea!

The KDE community rocks!

Many thanks to the guy behind all this, Frank Karlitschek. He is doing an amazing job.

by anon (not verified)

I agree. I am truly astonished and pleased beyond degree at how the KDE community is evolving. This is one of the most vibrant open source communities, and many thanks to people like Frank are due.

by maor (not verified)

I agree , really great idea .
each day it's become more fun to use kde.

by anonymous (not verified)

I am truly amazed to see KDE going from strength to strenght, despite previously some many rich companies (Sun, RedHat, Ximian,...) having openly opposed KDE and bolstered the competion (which seems to be deeply split now over their future way to go). And I mean it is really a pity that the other big desktop seems so deeply in touble -- after all, they introduced many good ideas also from which KDE development benefitted, and they were always a competitor that required efforts on the KDE side to stay ahead.

It seems the next big competitors on the desktop to compare KDE to are Mac OS X and Longhorn....

Indeed, the last thing KDE needs to worry about is lack of competition.


by Claire (not verified)

Thanks Frank! This means that users can contribute even more to improving the KDE desktop, just by using its applications :) . I hope Edutainment and Kile get added soon, too.

by Ignacio Monge (not verified)

It would be nice to add a section for Scribus templates.

by Bram Schoenmakers (not verified)

Wouldn't it be an idea to use KNewStuff together with this website? Now we have a central place for storing this kind of files, so we don't need 100 different websites for 100 applications which use KNewStuff.

by Derek Kite (not verified)

There are two different requirements and purposes at play.

KNewStuff is for application extensions that wouldn't be shipped with the application for some reason. The educational module has language extensions outside of the i18n system where it doesn't make sense to package them all together. KStars has star maps with license issues. These are best handled by the maintainers.

KDE-Files.org is for user generated templates and the like.

They may come together at one point but there are different requirements for each.


by Aaron J. Seigo (not verified)

at the core they are essentially the same, however: grabbing new/updated content from a centralized server.

we've learned a fair amount about what GHNS needs to support in the last several months and should be well capable of serving both the needs of extension distribution, content updates and add-on browsing in a future release.

by Anonymous (not verified)

> Wouldn't it be an idea to use KNewStuff together with this website?

Read the story on kde-{files,apps,look}.org, it's mentioned there as future option.

by mOrPhie (not verified)

What about kivio stencils? It would be great to have more stencils available.

The kghns-engine is really cool and will be more and more useful with kde-files.org. Great job! :)

by slomoVizion (not verified)

I'm just curious, why kde-look.org, kde-apps.org and kde-files.org instead of themes.kde.org, apps.kde.org and files.kde.org? I know that themes.kde.org exists, but what about the others?

by Fabrice (not verified)

Because they prefer to be an independent website? Not that having a kde.org domain is very limiting but you have some rules you need to obey. We have many examples of independent websites like KDE-apps.org but also local group websites like www.kde.de/www.kde.org.uk/www.kde-france.org. These websites use their own website style and do their own branding.



by Ivan (not verified)

I'm a KDE user in a daily basis for only 6 months. And all the progress I have seen in only this 6 months is quite amazing. KNewStuff rocks, and I just can say that you're in the right way. Thanks for this great work.

by Daniel (not verified)

I just wanted to upload a template I did for our LUG some time ago, but the file selection for the upload is quite strange: You can directly upload KWord, KSpread etc. files, even RPMs but you cannot directly upload OpenOffice files - you need to zip them (although they are already zipped). Can someone change this?

by Frank (not verified)

This seems to be a bug. I will fix it this evening.


by Mark Hannessen (not verified)

kde rocks all the way!
someone should really add this to links on the main page. :)

» Community
KDE Apps
Community Wiki
Developer Journals
KDE Forum
KDE Look
Planet KDE

keep up tha good work ;)

by Anon (not verified)

when will we be able to use KHotNewStuff in kmail to get scripts for getting webmail?

by ac (not verified)

Well, when do you plan to send us the patch to implement this :)

by Bram Schoenmakers (not verified)

Why not use freepops instead? There's no point to re-invent the wheel.

by redrat (not verified)

I think it would be great if uploading any content you have to specify in with language it is. Also every user should be able to filter the content by language. If this is not gonna happen in a few weeks it's really hard to find content which is in your own language.


by Macavity (not verified)

Good Point

by furanku (not verified)

Are there any statements if and how it will be granted that nobody con upload malicious code to KDE-Files? I just remember there were some discussions about that when KHotNewStuff was introduced some weeks ago, but I don't know if the developers agreed on some standards to keep the system "clean" --- and I'm bit surprised to see the site already online.

Of course, one could already upload a compromitted screensaver or window decoration to kde-look, but that would still need a user to start the make process and install the infected code. But KDE-Files' audience are the real users.

After we all made our jokes about outlook users who doubleclicked on every attachment, KHotNewStuff now offers KDE users to install add-ons to the KDE applications with just one mouse click?! I hope that these add-ons have to pass some kind of security audit, otherwise KHotNewSTuff is a really bad idea! End even if they have to do, just think of the latest firefox security hole, ... I'm not to sure if the whole idea is really that good.