Open source software is now a force drawing enterprises and developers like a magnet. The factors pulling adopters into the open source fold are changing, though. Also changing are the attitudes of software developers and corporate leaders about the viability and adaptability of open source. Open source software is increasingly important within the corporation.
Look backwards and forwards in time with our new Adventurer’s Log features, including Skill History and Skill Milestones – as voted for by you!
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We’re releasing the third batch of character names and this one’s a big one!
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Face the horrifying Penance King and pick up new rewards in our player-pitched rework to Barbarian Assault minigame.
Your favourite Barbarian Assault creepy creatures have come to life as companion pets!
In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
A few weeks ago, the keynote speakers for Akademy were announced. KDE is fortunate to have Sascha Meinrath at Akademy in Brno, Czech Republic to open our eyes about hot topics and important issues. Sascha’s work doesn’t fit into limited categories; he’s an activist, think tank founder, policy pundit, hacker, futurist, political strategist and more…as the following interview shows.
For people want to know more about you
I’m also an avid gardener — which, I suppose, is an unusual skill for a technologist, having done a lot of permaculture over the years. And I bike around town as much as possible, play guitar, and enjoy working with my hands whenever I get the chance.
Prior to my work in Washington DC, I did a lot with a movement called Indymedia — which pioneered digital media documentation tactics that are now standard during protests and unrest. I’ve been chased, lied to, beaten, teargassed, and otherwise had my civil and human rights trampled upon by police while doing nothing more than documenting their behavior — which was an initial catalyzer for developing the technologies my teams have pioneered over the past 14 years.
What’s your setup?
Why should someone attend your talk? How will people’s realities be affected?
What are some important issues for different kinds of free and open technology over the next few years?
What is distinctive and important about FOSS? And about KDE?
Torvalds or Stallman?
Akademy 2014 Brno
For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest FOSS communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, propose and consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the following year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work to bring those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, or looking to begin using it.
If you are someone who wants to make a difference with technology, Akademy 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic is the place to be.
The Wine development release 1.7.25 is now available.
Implementation of the packet capture library.
Mod Ollie takes us beneath the Barbarian Outpost and Mod MattHe gives us the lowdown on the Clan Cup.
Ok we are a bit slow with updates currently, but I still wanted to share these cool Let’s Play videos created for the Linux Game Award winner of last month Unvanquished:This is actually the second part, and you can see the first part here (it is mainly…
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Fansites, and Videos, and Events, oh my! Plus a whole lot more in the latest Community Chronicle.
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Our Podcast Monkey talks to Mod Titus, Mod Abi and Mod Selfie about what it is like being an Intern at the Jagex Studio.
This is the end of summer, we all got back home after GUADEC, happy
Two years have passed since the reality of the first Latin American meeting of KDE contributors in 2012 in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Now we are proud to announce that the second LaKademy will be held August 27th to 30th in São Paulo, Brazil, at one of the most important and prestigious universities in the world—the University of São Paulo.
In this LaKademy we intend to do something different than what we did in 2012. It’s not going to be just an event to bring together KDE contributors in Latin America, who will dedicate time and passion in hacking sessions. This time we be in touch with the KDE user community and attract possible future KDE contributors. Thus, we prepared some activities such as talks and short courses for the public that will be taught by KDE members.
The event will be four days long. Its program reflects the diverse fields of KDE: there will be talks on systems administration, development with Qt (the programming library that forms the foundation under most KDE software), KDE and Qt software on Android, artwork and more. Specific technical sessions will be dedicated to topics such as developing educational software, networks, translation and software internationalization. The event will also include cultural activities, such as the Konvescote at the hackerspace Garoa.
The LaKademy 2014 website has more information about the program, directions to the venue and registration instructions.
Put LaKademy on your calendar and come join KDE community!
The KDE Community has announced the latest major updates to KDE Applications delivering primarily improvements and bugfixes. Plasma Workspaces and the KDE Development Platform are frozen and receiving only long term support; those teams are focused on the transition to Plasma 5 and Frameworks 5. This 4.14 release is dedicated to long time KDE contributor Volker Lanz who passed away last April. The full announcement has more information and details.
In the past, KDE has jointly released the three major divisions of KDE software—Plasma Workspaces, KDE Development Platform and KDE Applications. The KDE Development Platform is being reworked into KDE Frameworks. The monolithic libraries that comprise the Development Platform are becoming independent, cross platform modules (KDE Frameworks 5) that will be readily available to all Qt developers. Plasma Workspaces is being moving to a new technology foundation based on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5. With the 3 major KDE software components moving at different paces, their release schedules are now separated. For the most part, KDE’s 4.14 release involves KDE Applications.
Development Platform/KDE Frameworks 5
The modular Frameworks structure will have widespread benefits for KDE software. In addition, Frameworks is a substantial contribution to the Qt ecosystem by making KDE technology available to all Qt developers.
Plasma 5 was recently released after 3 years of work; it is on its own release schedule with feature releases every three months and bugfix releases in the intervening months. The Plasma team has built a solid foundation that will support Plasma Workspaces for many years.
Release 4.14 is not about lots of “new and improved stuff”. Many KDE developers are focused on the Next Experience (Plasma 5) or porting to KDE Frameworks (based on Qt5). Mostly, the 4.14 release is needed by aspects of our workflow (such as translations). This release offers more software stability, with little emphasis on new and less-proven stuff. People who want the latest and greatest KDE software may want to experiment with the Plasma 5 Workspace.
Most previous releases had highlights of new features and prominent applications. This gave some people the impression that KDE developers favored new-and-shiny over quality, which is not true. So, for this announcement of the 4.14 release, developers were asked for details—small, incremental improvements and bugfixes that might not even be noticeable to most users. These are the kinds of tasks that most developers work on, the kinds of tasks that allow beginners to make meaningful, mostly invisible contributions. The announcement has examples of the kinds of improvements that KDE developers have made in this release.
Thank you to all KDE developers working on behalf of people all over the world.
Spread the Word
Non-technical contributors are an important part of KDE’s success. While proprietary software companies have huge advertising budgets for new software releases, KDE depends on people talking with other people. Even for those who are not software developers, there are many ways to support the 4.13 releases. Report bugs. Encourage others to join the KDE Community. Or support the nonprofit organization behind the KDE community.
Please spread the word on the Social Web. Submit stories to news sites, use channels like delicious, digg, reddit, and twitter. Upload screenshots of your new set-up to services like Facebook, Flickr, ipernity and Picasa, and post them to appropriate groups. Create screencasts and upload them to YouTube, Blip.tv, and Vimeo. Please tag posts and uploaded materials with “KDE”. This makes them easy to find, and gives the KDE Promo Team a way to analyze coverage for the 4.14 release.
Follow what is happening on the social web at the KDE live feed, buzz.kde.org. This site aggregates real-time activity from Twitter, YouTube, flickr, PicasaWeb, blogs, and other social networking sites.
Learning more and getting started
Find more details and download links in the announcement on the KDE website.