Commit Digest 51 has been released. Usually it contains a huge amount of interesting information - well, at least for the KDE interested people.
As usual the introduction of the Issue 51 summarizes some important information. For example the Oxygen project finished the transition of their icon names to the freedesktop.org icon naming spec. This means that
The Oxygen project is an impressive example for the artist skills some people of the KDE project have. Now a newcomer came up to help the Kalzium project and showed his first drawings which are of a high quality.
The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is brilliant, dynamic, full-featured -- and dull. At least that's the way it's presented in almost every distribution and boot disk on the market.
Well, so far I've published a dozen articles about KDE 4 over the last 12 weeks. A lot of content has been covered, but there is rapid progress still being made on those topics. So, in no particular order, this week's issue deals with addenda and updates to the last 12 articles, so that you can see some of the rapid progress happening as KDE races forward.
The KDE Community and the release team have put together a release plan for the long anticipated version 4.0, which is planned to be released in October 2007. KDE 4.0 will be a major milestone for the Free Desktop, as it offers a new foundation and set of frameworks that will shape the desktop user experience for years to come.
Last month I wrote a piece saying that I was going to try KDE for a month (I’m a big GNOME fan!) and then report back on my experiences. I must admit I’m feeling relieved to be back with GNOME as I never really felt comfortable with KDE, but that’s not to say it was all bad.
It has already been reported by several blogs and news pages, therefore I’m safe blogging about it now. The previously discussed schedule is out in the wild. The KDE 4.0 schedule has officially been released to the KDE development wiki. Also, a roadmap and a module status page ahs been added.
One of the areas of Konsole which I really want to give a little love for KDE 4 is the terminal setup ( terminal features, colour schemes, display options, character encoding etc. ) and creation of profiles for different types of terminal.
Today (and the last few days, and I generally does that quite all the time) I have been using KDE applications extensively in real life projects, today a tight day in the fundraising group in the sailing club.
Discussing via email what should go in our ‘sales’ material, and producing that material using KWord, Krita, Digikam, Konqueror and KPDF.
Carsten was already faster and blogged about day 3@CeBIT - so it's time to talk about the first two days
The first two days we had a rather small booth compared to other projects in the LinuxPark (Hall 5): Placed in the corner next to the Debian booth (see photo). However, we managed to attract many interested eyes, and that's after all what's important (see photo).
Date: 15th March 2007
A SHORT INTRO
Located in: Catania, Italy
Occupation: University student
Nickname on IRC: pinotree
Claim to Fame: okular, kig, KDE-Edu
Fav. KDE applications: Konqueror, Kate, KNetwalk
In what ways do you make a contribution to KDE?
Hereby we, the Release Team, present a draft KDE 4.0 Release roadmap which has
been discussed on our mailinglist the past few weeks. It's an optimistic schedule
that aims to release in late October, based on 3 Beta's and 2 release candidates.
KDE 4.0 Roadmap
Milestone: Subsystem Freeze
Date: 1 April 2007
Milestone: Alpha Release + kdelibs soft API Freeze
This week we'll take a brief look at some of the many features that are making their way into Amarok 2, which is the development branch for Amarok in KDE 4.The features discussed are all in progress features which have reached varying stages of completion. Read on for information about Amarok's engines (including Phonon), UI changes, changes to the Magnatune music store, OS X support, and more.
KDE is visiting a lot of events on a yearly basis. In most cases, the booth is staffed by volunteers. A successful event attendance depends on a number of factors, if those aren't considered, it might end in frustrated, or even burnt out contributors. But getting it right is not just about "went good / bad", there are various shades of grey. Having a look at past events, the most important factors seem to be in two groups, general considerations and planning and per-event planning.
I've been using OpenOffice.org Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine.
Here is the official announcement of a video player I'm calling Video Player. If your a Codeine user and it looks familiar, thats the idea. Codeine is the "usability focus, simple video player" that Max Howel developed using KDE3 and xine-lib. So I asked Max a couple of weeks ago if I could port Codeine to KDE4 and Phonon.
Since Firefox introduced its concept of a search bar at the bottom instead of an additional window several users asked for this to be implemented in KDE as well. Several KDE applications now implemented own versions of such a search bar, the newest app is konsole.
One of the big visual changes just happened in KDE 4, the transition of kdelibs to the Oxygen Icon set. This transition is still in progress, and it includes a massive icon naming scheme change that affects thousands of files. But, the Oxygen artwork project much is more than just an icon set, it's a unified way to do artwork for KDE 4.
The KDE 4 release team started a discussion about a possible release schedule. In the meantime, the developers added the Oxygen icons to kdelibs.
The KDE games development for KDE 4 recently introduced a GGZ backend. It will empower users to play their games on the internet.