Trolltech, IBM (NYSE:IBM - news), and KDE have teamed up at LinuxWorld Expo in New York and are demonstrating IBM's ViaVoice speech-recognition technology running on Qt and KDE. With ViaVoice integrated into Qt/KDE, it will be possible to control Qt/KDE desktop applications with speech input -- from launching applications to menu selections to text entry.
It is time again for a friendly meeting at the virtual interview table that Tink entertains on the People Behind KDE site. This week's guest is Jing-Jong Shyue, member of KDE's Traditional Chinese translation team. His (and his team's) work in KDE is particularly valuable given the unwitting bias of Western/European cultures sometimes present in software projects such as ours.
Coinciding with the start of the LinuxWorld Expo here in New York, the KDE Team has announced today that KDE 2.1-beta2 is ready for your enjoyment. The attached press release goes into the details (and I can't help but throw in this cool screenshot of the new Konqueror splash page), and lists a number of pre-compiled packages. This all in prelude to the scheduled release of KDE 2.1 in mid-February. So what are you waiting for -- startcha 'loadin'.
Reza Arbab wrote in to inform us that IBM has made KDE 1.1.2 and KDE 2.0.1 available (download here) for AIX. Reza intends to keep up to date with the latest KDE releases, but does need help with currently OS-specific parts of KDE (related to sound, kcontrol info panels, etc). Thanks Reza, thanks IBM.
In the last week several KDE developers delivered short reports about the status of their projects. The first was Wynn Wilkes, who gave a report on the status of Java support in Konqueror. The short version: all applets which can be run the jdk appletviewer should now work, the security manager (sandbox) is in place, and applet loading via proxy and over SSL is now working (for SSL you need the JSSE (Java Secure Sockets Extension)).
Sometimes wise men say that the quest for speed and comfort drives the humankind away from its cultural vocation. The time might have come, thanks to the free software credo, to reconcile our quest for technology and our thurst of culture. Wolfram Diestel is one of the people that work towards this goal. Wolfram is Tink's guest this week, and he presents his work on esperanto translations of KDE.