The KDE Usability Project reports I posted last week received a lot of feedback. They are a useful reference for developers and other usability specialists as well as provides a public appearance for what the project does. So, let me answer some of these questions for you.
I just came back from FOSDEM. Of course we had a KDE DevRoom which was - IMO - well situated, in the main building and big enough, just opposite of the (from left to right) OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD and... MirBSD (wth is that last one?). Sunday was (at least our) big day. It was KOffice day. I started off with giving a rundown on our hell of a lot of interesting stuff in KOffice and what makes it so precious, oh yes, really precious. KOffice is THE future, and that's getting more and more obvious.
Last weekend, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting took place in Brussels. KDE was present there with a lot of developers, a devroom and several interesting talks.
LinuxQuestions.org launched their Members Choice Awards Polls. Plenty of KDE applications and KDE itself up for your votes. Krusader released 1.70.0 of their file manager. Kubuntu released a live CD with the latest KDE, KOffice and Amarok.
Valgrind is a CPU simulator which is used by KDE and many other projects to profile and debug our programmes. In the interview below Valgrind author Julian Seward talks to KDE Dot News about why he developed Valgrind, how you can use it and, most importantly, where the name comes from. Julian will be giving a talk on Valgrind next Sunday at FOSDEM.
After 6 months of development, the KDE Localisation (l10n) website web site has been launched replacing the old i18n.kde.org. It uses the default KDE layout, and its admins hope this site will help the KDE translation process work better than ever.
Also: Mandriva Donates Polish Translation of KDE Docs
The first Technical Working Group for KDE has been elected. It will consist of seven long-time contributors to KDE and become operational in the few next days. The group has been elected by the members of KDE e.V..
Badopi (the LUG of Barcelona) are organising the first aKademy-es event so you can have an excuse to meet other Spanish KDE developers, users, translators, artists and share some good days with other KDE people.
The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.1, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes.
The KDE marketing group is pleased to announce the release of SpreadKDE.org, the new home for KDE's promotional activities.
Do you know someone or someone who knows someone that works somewhere deserves recognition for their work with KDE. We've been interviewing individuals for some time now, but what about the associated organizations? Do you know someone to nominate?
Finally, some mouthwatering eye candy of the much awaited KDE 4. The maintainer of the Planet Diaz web site has been collecting screenshots and mock-ups of the current development of KDE 4 and posting them in the site's forums.
I've spent the last few months on the behind-the-scenes architecture of KStars. Since the port to KDE4 was going to be a major overhaul for us anyway, we decided to simultaneously do a major refactoring of how the data catalogs are represented in KStars. We're now using a hierarchical Composite/Component model, and it's working well.
A serious vulnerability has been found in the popular KDE open-source software bundle. The flaw, deemed "critical" by the research outfit the French Security Incident Response Team, could allow a remote attacker to gain control over vulnerable systems.
Traditionally, graphics applications have been divided into raster image and vector image editors, based on the primitives that each category uses. By that logic, the open source world needs only one of each, or it gets accused of wasting "resources" through duplication. But there's another way to look at graphics applications -- by usage. The painting program Krita takes a different approach to working with pixels, which can lead to a very different raster imaging experience.
Tonight's interview on People Behind KDE is with one of the heros of KDE localisation. For KDE 4 he plans to get 100% Turkish support.