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Akademy Talks Day 2


Akademy 2015 Group Photo

The day today started out with showers of water drops as the late comers to Akademy waded their way amidst raincoated cyclists and residents of A Coruna sheltering themselves underneath coloured umbrellas.

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At sharp 10:00 (okay maybe a bit late here and there), the keynote kicked off the second day to a start as Lydia spoke about evolving KDE, talking about the changing world of mobile phones, smart watches and gizmos like computer glasses. And how we as a community should integrate that into our vision, which was one of the foremost tasks at hand when it comes to helping KDE grow and move forward. While quoting a few references from the Evolve KDE survey, the talk was essentially split into three segments of answering the questions about where are we right now, where do we want to go and how exactly do we get there. In response to the first question there was a consensus on the amazing and diverse community and the wonderful level that KDE apps have reached until now. What we lack is a common vision and a goal to plan out our road ahead. We need to envisage a more constructive and concentrated growth rather than a scattered one. Greater promotional efforts and campaigns are needed as well. Defining KDE’s vision ahead is going to be discussed on the Evolve KDE BoF to be organised by Lydia.

For those that couldn’t attend Akademy you can watch the video of Lydia’s keynote. There will be a further announcement when the rest of the Akademy videos are available.

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Visual Design Group members Andrew Lake and Thomas Pfeiffer spoke about vision statements and their importance. They gave some bad examples such as Dell’s, gave some good examples like Mozilla and suggested new ones for Plasma, watch this space.

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The talk on Ring 2.0.0 by Emmanuel Lepage Vallee focused the telephone application previous called SFLPhone. Version 2 is equipped with video calling, Voice calls over the internet, text messages, multi calls and P2P sharing as some of its primary features. The timeline of the software was given as starting out in 2004 with the first Qt client in 2006, Gnome client in 2014, OS X client in 2015 and the Windows client in 2015. With state machine processes representing the basic higher level data flow and the Qt Logic combined with the 3rd party UX the basic working of the app was explained followed by as simple demo. An informative yet engaging and a prompt and precise talk by Emmanuel was a welcome listen.

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Harald and Rohan spoke about their two related continuous integration systems, Kubuntu CI was the first system and is the biggest achievement. It builds packages of KDE Git code quickly using Kubuntu packaging in Launchpad. Debian CI does a similar task for Debian’s packaging. The latest addition is Mobile Kubuntu CI which is used on the Plasma Mobile images from Kubuntu and uses cloud ARM servers to build the packages in minutes. The CI systems help packager and KDE coders quality assurance with automated tests and it smooths the packaging workflow with fixes being done daily instead of in one large batch. It also catches ABI changes and has caught several problems made in Frameworks in this area.

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Dan revealed his super secret Shashlik project, an attempt to get Android applications running on a normal Linux distribution. Android is a complex system which except for Linux itself is unrelated to what we think of as Linux distributions. He went over all the parts that had to be adapted and in the end showed off for the first time “the most exciting black rectangle” he has ever seen. His challenge has been getting anything showing on screen but just this week he has managed to start to succeed with this. There will be a lot of work still to do but this will open up a new world of applications to users of Plasma and other Linux desktops, it will mean we have the world’s biggest application ecosystem with Plasma Mobile, as well as being an invaluable developer tool.

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Vishesh Handa gave a talk on File Searching and basically compared the various techniques associated with the file systems across Windows, OS X and Linux platform (reminiscent of a Tannenbaum Operating Systems textbook) but with a very informative and present centric, engaging talk discussing the practice rather than the theory which was what was exactly needed by the audience. NTFS, OS X and Linux were pitted against each other in their modes of handling search indexing, initial indexing, modification tracking, updates and more and the talk ended with an overview of what was being implemented in Baloo as of now with the removal of the use of Xapian Library and the implementation of a customised LMDB library with future developments and usage with Akonadi in sight.

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Zanshen the testing tool which involves simplified testing doubles or, as in the speaker’s language serves as a productive doppelgänger enhancing the testing process, was introduced and talked about by Kevin Ottens and his protégé and it was heartening seeing the mentor and his student giving a talk together and seeing their passion and brainchild and hearing about it in depth. Using stubs for inputting data to the tested code and mocks for verifying it’s indirect output, they explained segments of the code and gave a short demo of it as well.

Before lunch was served we had the group Akademy photo taken, shown above, and then scattering again to fill our tummies and then back again to the conference venue.

The lightening talks covered a wide range of topics from the gardening team by Albert Astals Cid to Cooking Paellas with Docker by Alex Fiestas where he talked of a new and one step recipe to install eyeOS using Docker which has precooked paellas for ease of installation. Matija Sukle gave his lightening talk on the FLA which helps KDE e.V. to update its licences in case of absentee coders, protect the project code and help your code to sustain itself even after you’re done contributing. At any sign of a breach of trust, the FLA protects you and gives you the right to take revert all control.

Smart Tech vs Sensible Tech by Jens Reuterberg was possibly the highlight of the lightning talks where he did a unique hands on presentation which used David and Matija as props demonstrating the difference between smart tech and sensible tech. David was filling up a survey while Matija was eating skittles as advised by Jens during the entire span of the presentation as Jens talked about design in the olden days and the need for customised user orientated systems which cater to even the dumbest of users and makes the choices for the user based on knowledge about them rather than averaging them or asking him to make the decisions. Matija hence, was supposed to be the sensible tech which assumes that the user loves Skittles and so keeps on eating them while he can be free to eat the Doritos as well but does not do so since he hasn’t been told to. Whereas David played the sensible system which notes down and understands the user and hence as a reward gets the best of both resources – the Doritos and the Skittles. Irina Rempt talked about the people who make Krita possible and showed off much of the art from the artist community including Tyson Tan, Sylvia Ritter, Ahmed Teleb, Lucas Falcao, and many more who use and love Krita in all its intensity and some of who later on move ahead to development as well.

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Welcome to Massachusetts, with the modified talk name by Martin Gräßlin covered KWin and KWindowSystem as well as the issues with Window Decorations and the required fixes and their future plans. He impressed everyone by doing his talk in Okular running on KWin Wayland. The architecture items he had presented in 2011 were discussed and he received a round of applause by declaring that from an architecture view all the items were complete. He received a larger round of applause when he concluded by saying that Plasma 5.4, which comes out next month, will be a tech preview for Plasma on Wayland.

Going Cross Platform by Aleix Pol emphasised on the reasons for writing applications across Windows, Android and other platforms. They include reaching a larger user base, reaching an official software distribution place and observing the software working in different use case scenarios.

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The Ask Us Anything session with the board involved inquiries about the statistics of the KDE e.V. members and their growth patterns, question regarding the responsibilities of a member of KDE e.V. and how to get elected, the openness of the information and discussions on KDE with the community.

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About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software 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, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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Akademy Talks Day 1

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The KDE community has spent the day in western Spain giving and watching talks showing new developments in the community and where we are likely to be going in the next year.

The city of A Coruña is warm and welcoming, and almost reminiscent of Akademy 2013 in Bilbao, with the hilly backdrops and the oceanic linings as you see dark blue and black coloured t-shirted KDE community people trampling their way and wheezing throughout the trek up and downhill the steep tracks from the residences to the University Area where the Akademy Attendees have found their cosy haven.

The day opened with a keynote by Matthias Kirschner from the Free Software Foundation Europe. He gave a passionate talk covering the ways in which universally useful machines are deliberately restricted to prevent the owners from doing something. He covered DVD players forcing users to not skip the copyright notice, CDs with rootkits installed and e-books which can not be lent to your friends. But he gave a number of ways we can keep resisting and resolving these manufactured problems including talking to people who accept restrictions.

For those that couldn’t attend Akademy you can watch the video of Matthias’ keynote. There will be a further announcement when the rest of the Akademy videos are available.

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David gave a lively talk about the status of our flagship desktop product, Plasma 5. He gave some graphs by industry research companies about how desktops are still just as relevant to users as ever and how the Linux desktop has maintained position as the minor alternative without losing any relevance. He looked at the state of Plasma 5 which is now a year old and being picked up by distributions with almost universally favourable reviews and he said Plasma 5 was set as the leading desktop out of several available to Linux distributions. He finished by looking at some future development in Plasma including the forthcoming revival of the Kiosk framework, a unique feature that KDE used to have and which is much in demand.

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One of the most significant talks of the day was from Boud and Sebas who announced the re-launched Plasma Mobile project. This updates the Plasma Mobile shell to work with Plasma 5 and the first images are created by Kubuntu to install on a Nexus 5. This will be developed along with the rest of Plasma and you’re welcome to join us in #plasma IRC channel on Freenode to get involved.

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Ricardo Iaconelli gave a talk on WikiFM and the visions of the new KDE project with brings out free course material to people be it Calculus or a quick QML course. Integrating the elements of students, FOSS Collaboration and Technology with virtual machines helping immediate development are some of the major highlights of WikiFM. A lot of student universities with 200 odd user/day building up is the major direction in which WikiFM is growing with time. People from CERN, Fermilab, Princeton University, Stanford Linear Accelerator, have also decided to use WikiFM for their official training. You can find more about it on Ricardo’s blog.

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Devaja spoke on how to build KDE Love. She showed some videos made the night before of contributors talking about what made them stay with KDE. She spoke about how KDE India has been built and how it often needs a personal touch to help people into the community giving the example of Pradeepto explaining to a class of students how to code with Qt realising that a classroom talk wasn’t working so sat with each individually to work out what problems each had and how to solve them.

A lunch treat by Blue Systems filled us with salads and ham and chicken and French fries topped with yoghurt, pudding and bread with water to go, serving as the perfect rejuvenating experience for the almost slovenly stances of the attendees by the time the wearing summery afternoons dawned on them. Pink and Orange and Blue balloons served as beacons highlighting the pathway from the University to the Restaurant and the trek on the way served as a pleasant surprise.

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The annual talks from Season of KDE and Google Summer of Code projects covered a range of projects. Francesco Wofford and Claudio Desideri, pictured, spoke about their Open Collaboration Services server ocs-server and clients which are being developed as an alternative to openDesktop.org. Scarlett Clark showed off the new KDE continuous integration system which she had spent some months learning and a lot of Groovy code settings up.

The talk by Bruno Coudoin was all about GCompris and how they evolved from an incubation to now becoming one of the topmost Children’s Educational Apps – rated at 27th most Grossing Paid Educational App in France on the Google Play Store. He talked about the entire journey and how they worked with a dedicated team of contributors which has now grown to 60 developers included 2 GSoC students. The Fundraiser project revamping the entire Graphics of Gcompris by Timothee and the business models of paid apps for Android and Windows and Distribution to Schools was also discussed which serve as sources to keep the GCompris Project up and running. There is a live desk outside the main Auditorium at the University wherein the Gcompris app is usable for trying out on the Android, IOS, Windows and Linux devices and surprisingly quite fun and sometimes challenging for Adults as well! Do give it a try, to bring out the child in you!

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Boud gave a second talk on moving Krita from winning an Akademy Award to winning the even more prestigious ImagineFX award. Over the years, Krita has grown from a fun hobby project that tried to nothing less than cloning Photoshop to an application that actually is being used by professional artists all over the world. The first book on Krita was published in Japan (the second one will be in English). The community is growing, the user-base is growing and the development speed is growing enormously. The upcoming plans for Krita are the Port to Qt 5 and improving the version of it on Mac OS X and also better animation support which is being implemented as a Summer of Code Project right now. Also, the Secrets of Krita which is the third DVD is coming out soon and much more is planned in the months to come.

Photos by Nim Kibbler and Alex Merry are bring uploaded throughout the day.

About Akademy 2015, A Coruña, Spain

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software 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, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Hands-on sessions offer the opportunity for intense work bringing those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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Plasma Mobile, a Free Mobile Platform

Plasma Mobile offers a Free (as in freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling, customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile is Free software, and is now developed via an open process. Plasma Mobile is currently under development with a prototype available providing basic functions to run on a smartphone.

Plasma Mobile offers…

  • Freedom. Plasma Mobile is Free and Open Source software. It can be acquired free of charge, with the power and licensed rights to change it in any way, to redistribute it and to understand how it works.
  • User-friendliness. Plasma Mobile is designed via an open process, making sure that the requirements and wishes of users are heard and implemented in the best possible way. Ergonomy and integration across devices on top of a high quality software stack provides a stable, rich and reliable system that helps users get things done efficiently and effectively.
  • Privacy. Plasma Mobile integrates with services trusted by the user. Instead of depending on claims from hardware or operating system vendors, trust is based on software that has been audited in an open development process, Free and Open Source software that can be combined with services from trusted sources, including those of one’s own.
  • Customization and personalization. Plasma Mobile has been built with modularity from the ground up. From the wallpaper and the Look and Feel to lower-level system components, almost every aspect of the system can be customized.


Enabling the community

The goal for Plasma Mobile is to give the user full use of the device. It is designed as an inclusive system, intended to support all kinds of apps. Native apps are developed using Qt; it will also support apps written in GTK, Android apps, Ubuntu apps, and many others, if the license allows and the app can be made to work at a technical level.

Plasma Mobile’s development process welcomes contributions at all levels. If you want to get your hands dirty with a cool app, if you want to provide a system functionality such as a mobile hotspot, if you want to improve power management at the kernel level, if you want to help with the design, Plasma Mobile welcomes your contributions.

If you want to take part in the creation of Plasma Mobile, get in touch with us!

A system you can trust

Most offerings on mobile devices lack openness and trust. In a world of walled gardens, Plasma Mobile is intended to be a platform that respects and protects user privacy. It provides a fully open base that others can help develop and use for themselves, or in their products.

As a Free software community, it is our mission to give users the option of retaining full control over their data. The choice for a mobile operating system should not be a choice between missing functions or forsaken privacy of user data and personal information. Plasma Mobile offers the ability to choose the services that are allowed to integrate deeply into the system. It will not share any data unless that is explicitly requested.

Prototype available now

Plasma Mobile is available as a developer prototype running on an LG Nexus 5 smartphone. It can make and receive phone calls. It provides a workspace to manage the system, and a task switcher to control and navigate apps on the device. There are also x86 builds, suitable for an ExoPC, for example, which can be useful for testing. Several apps have been included—both native and 3rd party—in the device images to allow the system to be tested and improved.

Find out how you can have a look of your own!

Where can I find…

More info, such as installation instructions, are available in the Plasma Mobile wiki, on the Plasma Mobile website and on sebas’ weblog. The code for various Plasma Mobile components can be found on git.kde.org.

Ask questions in the Plasma Mobile forum, or send an email to the plasma-devel mailing list, or (for private inquiries) to Sebastian Kügler (sebas@kde.org).

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