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USENIX, in cooperation with LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators), presented the 2015 LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference in Washington, D.C. USA from 8 November to 13 November. Two members of the KDE Community represented KDE at the Conference Expo, connecting with many of the 1,060 attendees to discuss successful large scale deployment and other KDE goodness.
Yash Shah and Michael Pyne demonstrated the features of the Plasma 5 desktop and underlying KDE Frameworks, with a focus on how those features can help meet enterprise IT needs.
Many users visited the KDE exhibit space with fond memories and reported about how they use KDE technology and how they've deployed it within their own organizations. Several people said that they have used KDE since version 1.0. For the most part, the LISA attendees were Linux savvy and well acquainted with KDE.
KDE's exhibit space - Simple by Default. Powerful when needed.
The demos were well received, especially by users who had not recently used KDE software. They were surprised by how much the desktop had advanced since they last used it.
Attendees showed interest in KDE's cross-platform support (especially on FreeBSD), and its configurability (especially to run on hardware with less computing power). Several people made feature requests as well. The few complaints were invariably about changing or removing configurability. On the other hand, some happy users said that configurability is something that they enjoy and that it keeps them using KDE technology.
The similarity in user experience between recent versions of the KDE 4 desktop and Plasma 5 made for a good story about the ongoing stability of KDE desktop technology. This stability, along with KDE's classic customizability, appealed to technical staff people who just want to get work done.Demonstrations
Yash and Michael demonstrated and discussed many aspects of KDE software, including:
- KWin's windowing capabilities and effects, along with the ability to fallback to XRender or disable compositing if necessary to improve performance,
- Kate's SQL plugin,
- Plasma 5's seamless support for KDE 4 applications, featuring the Krita digital painting application and other leading edge capabilities (the “KDE ASCIIquarium" screensaver was surprisingly popular),
- KDevelop5 for Plasma 5 with semantic highlighting,
- KDE Kiosk (a library feature useful for sysadmins deploying many desktops),
- KDE Connect,
- Ease of porting Qt4/KDE4 code to run on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, and
- The extensive Qt & KDE symbiosis.
The LISA Conference has long served as the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. Recognizing the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, the highly-curated 6-day program offers training, workshops, invited talks, panels, paper presentations, and networking opportunities around 5 key topics: Systems Engineering, Security, Culture, DevOps, and Monitoring/Metrics.Thanks
Many thanks to USENIX for the generous support of KDE at the LISA 2015 Conference. Special thanks to the USENIX staff; they are superb.Bookmark/Search this post with
Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.3. Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.
This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:
- Update the KSplash background to the 5.4 wallpaper. Commit.
- Muon fixes PackageKit details display. Commit.
- Fix crash when exiting kscreen kcm in systemsettings. Commit. Fixes bug #344651. Code review #125734
- Several crashes fixed in KWin
KDE will have an exhibit in the Expo at the upcoming LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference. The full conference takes place November 8 ‒ 13 in Washington D.C. The Expo is open on the 11th and 12th. There is no charge to attend the Expo.
Several members of the KDE Community will be in the booth—presenting various aspects of KDE; answering questions; demonstrating applications; recruiting contributors, users, companies and sponsors. All members of the KDE Community are welcome to visit, to jump in & represent KDE, or to just hang out with other KDE people. These small gatherings are especially good for local KDE aficionados who are not able to attend larger KDE Community events such as Akademy. Stop by and meet The World's Happiest Person™.
This is also an opportunity for people who are interested in what the KDE Community is all about. Our governance, separation between development and administration, and strong mentoring programs make up the foundation for an effective international community that is resilient and innovative. Just in the past few years, KDE developers have built a new development platform (KDE Frameworks 5), a fully redesigned desktop environment (Plasma 5) and a modern look-and-feel (Breeze)—demonstrating KDE's value to the broad technology industry.
The LISA conference has long served as the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. Recognizing the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, the highly-curated 6-day program offers training, workshops, invited talks, panels, paper presentations, and networking opportunities around 5 key topics: Systems Engineering, Security, Culture, DevOps, and Monitoring/Metrics. Don't miss the opportunity to get involved with this essential technology sector and conference.