OCT
15
2000

Linux Online: Interview with Shawn Gordon

LinuxOnline is currently featuring an interesting interview with Shawn Gordon of theKompany.com.

OCT
13
2000

KDE at LinuxExpo Toronto

Cristian Tibirna writes, "David Faure and I will be present in the name of KDE at the LinuxExpo in
Toronto from 30 October to 1 November 2000. [...] If you will be in the Toronto area in this period and you will be available
for helping us present KDE in the booth kindly lended to us by the organizers

OCT
13
2000

LWN on PR, KSourcerer.org downtime

The latest edition of LWN has a nice editorial on PR in free software projects. Worth a read. "An often-heard sentiment among KDE developers is that they may have a better desktop, but that the project has taken a number of hits on the public relations front.

OCT
13
2000

DCOP bindings for Java

Matthias Hoelzer-Kluepfel recently announced Java bindings for DCOP. In other words, Java can now communicate with and control KDE2 applications. A welcome addition to the existing C bindings for DCOP, originally used by the long gone kmapnotify.

OCT
12
2000

KDE Desktop 2.0 Final Release Candidate Available

RC2, the (hopefully) final release candidate before the scheduled release of KDE 2.0 on October 23, is out, with binary packages available for Mandrake, RedHat (6.2 and 7.0) and SuSE (6.4 and 7.0). The full announcement is below. As the code will be frozen on October 16 for the KDE 2.0 release, here is your last chance to find show-stoppers, or you'll have to live with them for a while <grin>.

KDE Desktop 2.0 Final Release Candidate Available for Linux®

Final Release Candidate of Leading Desktop for Linux®
and Other UNIXes®

OCT
11
2000

Improving KDE Public Relations

There is a general consensus that the KDE project, despite its technical superiority among various desktop environments, has had a poor PR record, especially in North America. Now that the release has been delayed a week or so, let's take this opportunity on dot.kde.org to present and share ideas that will help the KDE PR and marketing efforts. Just to get us started, here's one idea which I mentioned to Mosfet:

OCT
11
2000

Alpha Blending for KDE?

From Rik Hemsley: "I hacked KIconLoader to allow me to get a QImage instead of a QPixmap, which was quite easy, because it uses QImage internally and only converts to QPixmap just before returning a processed pic. I also wrote a very fast blend function that takes 2 QImages and blends the first over the second, honouring the alpha channel. I couldn't find anything in Qt or KDE to do this, so I had to hand-roll it.

OCT
9
2000

KDE2 Release Delayed One Week

Due to the popular sentiment that KDE 2.0 is not quite ready for prime time, Matthias Elter, the release coordinator, has announced that a second release candidate is being prepared. RC2 will undergo scrutiny and testing by developers and packagers alike so that those final showstoppers can be found and squashed. KDE 2.0 final tarballs have been delayed one week and are now scheduled to be released to packagers on the 16th, with a public release of the packages on October 23rd.

OCT
9
2000

People Behind KDE: Waldo Bastian

In this latest installment of The People Behind KDE, Tink brings us an interview with her very own Waldo Bastian, core developer extraordinaire. "It must have been around the last beta-release before KDE 1.0 that I upgraded my libc only to discover that that broke netscape.

OCT
8
2000

Three's Company

Three quick news items for the sake of completeness and because they were submitted: (1) Trolltech has released Qt 2.2.1, a bugfix release with minor enhancements. KDE 2.0 will be based on this one. (2) Version 0.0.2 of KDB, the database APIs being developed by theKompany, is out. There seem to be quite a few improvements for a 0.0.1 increment, including a new KControl module.

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