With KDE 4.0 being released later this year a lot of Linux users have started speculating on what we can expect from this big KDE version release. The consensus is that the features in KDE 4.0 are going to be prettier, More “user friendly” and more intuitive than KDE 3.5.
FOSDEM is yet another one of those catchy acronyms that stands for nothing less than "Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting". KDE will again be hosting a room dedicated to talks and chat about the free desktop.
Ever wonder what KDE 4.0 is going to look like when it is finally released some time this year ? As far as end users should be concerned, it is going to be much more beautiful, responsive and usable than KDE 3.5.
The KDE contributors conference, which is part of Akademy, the world summit of the KDE community, will be the place to present the newest developments, long-term strategies or interesting input from the surrounding communities, projects and societies. Be part of it, present your thoughts, ideas and work at Akademy 2007 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Since KDE 4 development is in full swing with plans for a KDE 4.0 release sometime later this year, I thought I'd put together a weekly piece entitled The Road to KDE 4. The idea is to have a short overview of one or two of the features that show progress in KDE 4. For my first issue, the goal is to show off some of the great SVG work that has taken place so far.
For those of you who have not followed the comment thread on the 'On Favouritism, Apologies, and Black Helicopters' story: I there promised to write an article about all the customisations I do on KDE to make it look and (more importantly) behave in my own preferred way; as a sort of Christmas present, so to speak (it is not like it is a fast news day today). Read on!
The last days were quite interesting regarding KDE 4 development: Aaron released a screenshot showing the new Alt+F2 application launcher with translucency abilities and linked a public relations (or sometimes called propaganda) document introducing Oxygen to “normal” people.
I just read an article about this in ComputerWorld Australia. The article is an interview and talks about some of what will be new in KDE 4. Having used KDE for close to 10 years now, I am clearly a fan but I am not sure KDE 2, 3, 4 or 27 is the answer.
Since beginning as a one-person project over ten years ago, the fourth generation of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) is poised to be the most business-friendly open source desktop to date with a host of new features ideal for enterprises.
I like many love KDE, but like many I’ve also complained about most of the KDE apps. Personally i loathe the naming of most Linux apps. It’s gnu this and K that and gtk this and qt that. Overall i just want nice look and feel. For a week, I’ve dedicated myself to KDE applications in their native environment.
In a move to promote the KDE desktop in the Enterprise, the UK's Open Source experts, Sirius Corporation, have become a Supporting Member of the KDE project.
Birmingham City Council released a case study for their open source desktop trial. Buried in the 67 page document is the reason for choosing KDE: quick to configure and the bouncing launch feedback cursor.
Linux Magazine have put their overview of aKademy 2006 -- the KDE World Conference -- online from their December 2006 issue. They describe how aKademy helped plan the road to KDE 4, and also report on the widely-successful OpenDocument day. There is also a review of KAlarm available from the same issue. In other aKademy 2006 news, the videos of the presentations and talks are now being uploaded.
A group of students at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse were given a choice between the more traditional style java based projects usually offered by the University and a KDE project, and chose to work on a KDE project as part of their course of study.
bangalore is a beautiful city if you keep your eyes on the right bits of architecture, the trees and plants that grow. the foss.in event itself was really well put together. this year it was kept highly technical so the audience was correspondingly technical. it's really nice to be able to present kde4 these days compared to, say, 6 months ago.
As a die-hard GNOME user, I never really looked at KDE as a good alternative. This is probably complete ignorance on my part. I have never used KDE for more than a day or so or unless the situation required it. KDE is definitely an excellent desktop environment. Here are ten things I have found that I really like about it.
Just following the recent World Usability Day and a few months past the third birthday of OpenUsability I took some time to talk to Jan Mühlig, one of the OpenUsability founders and to get an inside look at some of the history of the project, how it works from the inside and some of the current direction.
If you want to start building KDE4, here are a few hints, gathered from the most frequent questions I hear.
The KDE e.V. Quarterly Report is now available for July to September 2006. Topics covered include the outcomes from the 2006 membership meeting, the status of the Technical Working Group's improved charter, the new press channel from the Marketing Working Group and for the first time a report from the Sysadmin Team. All long term KDE contributors are welcome to join KDE e.V.
for the last year or so there have been two sets of thoughts squirming in the back of my mind with regards to the name "kde" and how we're going to communicate what that means in a post-4.0 world.