Open Source Software: Sailing Into Friendlier Seas

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.

Adventurer’s Log – Skill History and Milestones

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RuneScape Companion – Now on App Store & Google Play

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Character Name Clean-Up – The Third Batch

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GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of August 15th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, August 15th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Karen Sandler

== Regrets ==
 * Andrea Veri

== Board meeting ==
 * Groupon
 * Final wording checks for updated Travel Policy
  * Discussed, approved with minor changes.
  * ACTION: Marina to update travel policy
 * Outstanding brand use requests
  * need someone to take action/mail Carol Hanson re: "Permission request for Personal use of Gnome foot"
    * ACTION: Jeff to reply to her
  * Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea..."
 * Review "pending action" items from previous minutes, reassign old action items to new board members

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GNOME and GitCafe cooperation
  * Setting up a mirror of git.gnome.org as a first step
  * Brainstorm for more ideas to improve our cooperation
 * GNOME PERU FEST 2014 reimbursement
 * Outreach administrativia fast-tracking
 * GNOME Privacy project (hub's offer, and the findings of SafetyTeam at GUADEC (see https://wiki.gnome.org/SafetyTeam/MeetingDocumentation)

== Completed Actions ==
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
  * Marina will work with Jeff to shuffle around some paragraphs in the travel sponsorship policy to make it more clear
 * Marina checked with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon 
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors (obsolete)
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors (obsolete)
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for LWN codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts (obsolete)

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Zana to look into brand usecontracts that she has on paper and scan them


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Barbarian Assault Redux

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KDE Commit-Digest for 25th May 2014

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
Amarok implements popular demand to restore scroll location when collection filter is cleared; adds a new option to support icon-view large thumb size (over 256×256 px)
Plasma desktop streamlines comment fields of KCMs…

Meet Sascha Meinrath – Akademy Keynote Speaker

Sascha Meinrath
photo from fisl quinze (Fórum Internacional do Software Livre) CC-BY-SA

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
Tech policy and political strategy work can often be both high-impact and high-stress. To relax, I like to cook — not the sort of “oh hey, I can cook a few dishes o.k.” cooking — more, “you should open a gourmet restaurant”. For the past 8 years, I’ve been hosting an epicurean feast called “Basque” (long story), which usually brings together 1-5 dozen people for 2-4 dozen courses. We’ve done everything from cooking with dangerous chemicals to building a KitchenAid-powered lamb rotisserie.

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?
I’m running a (heavily modded) version of Ubuntu on a Lenovo X1 Carbon. Thus, my monitor size is small for day-to-day activities. I also have a multi-media server hooked into a projector that faces a 10+ foot screen (hand built by me to have the perfect dimensions for my media room) — so either small or mind-blowingly ginormous, depending on whether I’m seeking to kill bad legislation or zombies (sometimes it’s difficult to know which is which). I also have a 4-year old daughter, which means I am thoroughly adept at mixing “kiddie cocktails”, building towers, sneaking around the house like “cat-princess-ninjas” and being subjected to tickle sneak attacks again and again and again… and again.

Why should someone attend your talk? How will people’s realities be affected?
Today, throughout the geekosphere, almost everyone is thinking about how to secure their communications over inherently insecure networks. No one’s paying attention to major leaps forward in circumvention technology — not to just keep personal information private, but also to create entire alternative infrastructures that are far more difficult to surveille, control, censor, and shut down. I’ll provide a world-wide survey of the state-of-the-art in circumvention *infrastructure* — and point to the resources participants need to build their own systems, whether within their neighborhood or community, city, or region. I’ll explain tools that are available — both fully legal and ones whose deployment is the equivalent of electromagnetic jaywalking but may prove vital in many of the worlds’ hot spots as well as in people’s own back yards.

What are some important issues for different kinds of free and open technology over the next few years?
We need an entire alternative ecosystem — I worry that we’re winning the battle (to create functional equivalents of proprietary software) while losing a war over the basic control of the hardware we use. We’re heading into a CryptoWar II epoch — where surveillance is moving out of the networks and into our edge devices — which means that we need to think differently about everything from how to maintain our privacy to how we fundamentally communicate. The core fault line is over the locus of control over new technologies — either it resides with us (the end users) or we’re simply serfs in a 21st Century Digital Feudalism. It is a very stark, and very real, battle.

What is distinctive and important about FOSS? And about KDE?
FOSS, as exemplified by KDE, is about placing control in the hands of its users. We are heading into an era that will be exemplified by an “Internet of Things” that surveille, intrude, and control our private lives in ways we currently think unimaginable. Within that near-future, FOSS and KDE are liberatory opportunities — the potential to develop a different societal trajectory for the future of a computer-mediated world.

Torvalds or Stallman?
I’ll definitely take a cranky old bastard who’s continuing to push the envelope over a game-changing developer (no matter how talented). To me, Stallman exemplifies the never-ending quest to liberate society writ large — it’s not enough to rest on our laurels or declare things “good enough” — until everyone is fully liberated from Digital Feudalism, visionaries like Richard Stallman provide leadership and guidance on where we should focus our next efforts.

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.

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Wine 1.7.25 Released

The Wine development release 1.7.25 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Implementation of the packet capture library.
A few more DirectWrite functions.
Improvements in HTML table support.
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Development: GNOME 3.13.90, first beta release!

Hello all,

This is the end of summer, we all got back home after GUADEC, happy
and exhausted, we polished patches and merged branches, and here we
are, with a new release out, and what a release!, it’s 3.13.90, the
first beta release of this cycle.

I…

LaKademy 2014 – KDE Latin America Summit

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!

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Release 4.14 – KDE Applications get better and better

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.

KDE Applications

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 Workspaces

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.

KDE Applications

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.

There are over 200 actively maintained KDE applications. Many of them are listed in the KDE userbase. Wikipedia also has another list of KDE applications.

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.

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