Phoronix Test Suite 5.2.1 Adds Support for Linux Deepin

Michael Larabel had the pleasure of announcing a few minutes ago, July 11, the immediate availability for download of the first maintenance release for the 5.2 branch of his popular Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software.

Phoronix Test Suite 5.2.1 adds VDPAU as a dependency to xorg-video, no longer checks the OpenBenchmarking.org for credentials if no Internet connection is available, and fixes a couple of minor graph alignment issues.

In addition, this first maintenance release of Phoro…

Road to Elf City – Episode 2

Watch the second video in our Road to Elf City series now for an insight into the Elf families.

Chinesische Linux-Distribution Deepin 2014 veröffentlicht

Das chinesische Ubuntu-Derivat Deepin ist in einer neuen Version erschienen, die es in zehn verschiedenen Sprachen gibt. Die benutzerfreundliche Linux-Distribution bringt eigene Anwendungen und eine eigene, farbenfrohe Desktop-Oberfläche mit Read more at H-online

Pixman 0.32.6 Finally Updated

The last Pixman stable release happened in November of 2013 while out this weekend is finally a new Pixman release…

Lennart: The State & Future Of Systemd

Lennart Poettering gave a talk recently in Beijing about the state of systemd and its future ahead…

Development Release: Scientific Linux 7 Alpha

Pat Riehecky has announced the availability of an early alpha release of Scientific Linux 7, a distribution compiled from the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7: "Fermilab’s intention is to continue the development and support of Scientific Linux and refine its focus as an operating system….

Linux 3.14 Is Now A Long-Term Stable Kernel

Greg Kroah-Hartman has decided to maintain the Linux 3.14 code-base as a long-term stable kernel release…

Distribution Release: Calculate Linux 13.19

Alexander Tratsevskiy has announced the release of Calculate Linux 13.19, an updated version of the Gentoo-based distribution with separate flavours for desktops (with KDE or Xfce), servers and media centres: "We are happy to announce that Calculate Linux 13.19, the last of the 13th, has been released. CL….

Where KDE is going – Part 2

This is the second half of the ‘where KDE is going’ write-up. Last week, I discussed what is happening with KDE’s technologies: Platform is turning modular in Frameworks, Plasma is moving to new technologies and the Applications change their release schedule. In this post, I will discuss the social and organizational aspects: our governance.

KDE e.V.

You can’t talk about KDE and governance without bringing up KDE e.V. (eingetragener Verein or, in English, registered association). This Germany-based non-profit is the legal organization behind the KDE community, and it plays several important roles.

Initially set up to handle funding for KDE’s conferences, the e.V. still has the organization of events as a major task. But that is no longer limited to the yearly Akademy conference. There are now events all over the world, from Camp KDE and Lakademy in the Americas to conf.kde.in in India. In addition, many Developer Sprints, usually with about 5-15 people, are supported, as are the annual Randa Meetings which can attract 40-60 developers.

KDE e.V. also provides legal services, pays for infrastructure and takes care of our trademarks. The KDE Free Qt Foundation is equally represented by KDE and Digia. The Foundation was set up between the former Trolltech and KDE to maintain Qt’s open status, and has been continued with Nokia and Digia, the successive holders of the Qt trademark. KDE e.V. is not the guardian of technical decisions, however. This is up to the natural community development processes.

Change

But KDE e.V. does act as an agent of change. It provides a place where core KDE contributors come together and discuss a wide variety of subjects.


We created the KDE Manifesto

In the last 8 years or so, KDE e.V. has been the major driver behind increasing the number of developer sprints and has created the Fiduciary Licensing Agreement which allows it to re-license KDE code when needed, while protecting developers’ interests. The Code of Conduct originated with KDE e.V., as did our Community Working Group which helps deal with communication issues in the community.

A recent example of our ongoing improvement efforts is the KDE Manifesto. This has been for a very long time coming but Kévin Ottens got it to the finish line.

The Manifesto explicitly defines our community: our values and our commitments to each other. The importance of this can hardly be overstated – knowing who you are and what you want helps you make decisions but also shows others what you are about. The Manifesto made plain what was involved in being part of the KDE Community, including the benefits and the ways we operate.

Joining the KDE community

Since the Manifesto was written, several projects have joined KDE or begun the process of doing so:

  • KBibTex (a bibtex editor)
  • QtCurve (theme/style)
  • Kdenlive (non-linear video editor)
  • Tupi (2d animation tool)
  • GCompris (an educational application, former GNOME project – progress)
  • The wikiFM project, an Italian university-based knowledge database
  • Bodega (digital content store)
  • Kxstitch (cross stitch patterns and charts)
  • Trojita (a Qt IMAP mail client)

It is clear that these projects contribute to the growing diversity in the KDE community. The many projects joining us has prompted some refinement of the KDE Incubator, an effort to document the process of becoming part of the KDE community (also started by Kévin, who probably felt sorry for the fallout of his manifesto creating so much extra work ;-)).

Other projects have moved on, or emerged from the KDE community and have become independent communities. Examples are Necessitas (provides Qt-on-Android) and Ministro (installer for libraries on Android) but also the well-known ownCloud project which was announced at Camp KDE 2010 in San Diego and still has many KDE folks involved in it.

Growing Qt’er

KDE has grown – and so has Qt (pronounced ‘cute’). The Qt ecosystem today is very big – it is estimated that there are half a million Qt developers world wide! And not only has Qt usage grown, but so has the ecosystem around it, with more and more contributions from more and more companies, communities and individuals. Including KDE.

KDE has always been close to the Qt community, with many KDE developers working for former Trolltech, now Digia, or in one of the companies providing Qt consulting. KDE played a major role in establishing the KDE Free Qt Foundation, and KDE people were critical to the process of creating Open Governance within the Qt Project in 2011. In 2013, the Qt Contributor Summit was co-located with Akademy, and as discussed in the previous article, KDE is contributing a lot of code to Qt and building closer bonds with the Qt ecosystem through our Frameworks 5 efforts.

Extrapolating change

Based on the above, one could extrapolate. More projects will join the KDE Community, and KDE will become more diverse. KDE is also working on formalizing the relationships with external entities through a community partnership program. This will allow KDE e.V. to work closer with other communities in legal and financial matters and share KDE’s strengths with them. With these changes, the community shows a desire to expand its scope.


The Join the Game program looked for 500 KDE supporters

Another area where change might take place is in the financial area. KDE e.V. does not have the mandate to define technical directions. To sponsor a developer, the Krita team set up the Dutch Krita Foundation to handle the funds. Currently, Krita, Free Software’s most successful and powerful drawing application, is running a Kickstarter campaign to obtain funding for several developers with the aim of bringing the upcoming Krita 2.9 release to a new level. In other cases, external organizations supported developers working on KDE code, like Kolabsys supporting several developers on the KDE PIM suite (like Christian), and of course the various Linux Distributions (like Red Hat) which have made massive improvements to KDE possible over the years.

Paid development is a complicated topic, as most KDE contributors volunteer their time. Money can be damaging to such intrinsic motivation. At the same time, some tasks are just no fun – paid developers can perhaps help. Some people in the community feel that KDE e.V. (or perhaps another organization?) could play a more active role in raising funds for certain projects, for example. The Randa Meetings fundraiser 2 years ago might be a sign of things to come, and again we’ve started a fundraiser to make Randa 2014 as successful as the earlier meetings: Please support it!

There may be more sustaining membership programs such as ‘Join the Game’ in the future, and suggestions, ideas and practical help in obtaining and using funds for KDE development are very much welcome.

Not all change

But in all this change, it is crucial that the KDE community preserves what makes it work well. KDE has gotten where it is today by the culture and practices of today (see some of my thoughts on this). Like in any community, these are hidden rules that allow KDE to pool the knowledge of so many brilliant people, and without too much politics, to make the best decisions possible. The KDE culture, so to say. This includes well known Free Software soft rules like Who Codes, Decides, RTFM, Talk is Cheap and Just Do It but also very ‘KDE’ rules like Assume Good Intentions and Respect the Elders. And just like in the French Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, the rules are inseparable and interdependent. They are what makes KDE such an amazing place, full of creativity, innovation and fun.

Of course, in other areas, it can hamper progress or block people from making changes as quickly as they like. All culture has good and bad aspects, and we should stay flexible to adapt to changes and fix shortcomings. This is a slow process, often counted in years, rather than months – putting off some people who wish things went a little faster. But change happens.

Change to keep things healthy

The KDE Community Working Group is an institution with the goal of preserving positive aspects of our culture. The CWG consists of a group of trusted community members dealing with conflicts and social issues. It has been around since 2008 and has recently been given the ability to deal with ‘stormy day’ scenarios – they will now handle situations where somebody is persistently behaving contrary to the culture. Luckily such situations are extremely rare but it is good to have a process in place to deal with them.

The kde-community mailing list has moved many discussions into an open forum that used to be limited to KDE e.V. members. Opening up our internal discussions is more inclusive; it preserves the open nature of our project in the face of growth and change.

Meta change

Putting these changes together, a pattern starts to emerge:
The Manifesto has defined what we have have become and what we want. It has brought in other people and other projects. We open up our community, formalize community management. KDE e.V. wants to collaborate more with other organizations, Frameworks 5 brings KDE technology to a wider audience, and we’re bringing our desktop and application technology to more and more devices.

I think KDE is going meta.

KDE is becoming a meta organization. Perhaps you can call it an Eclipse for GUI or end user software, bringing a wide variety of projects together under one umbrella. The challenge for the KDE community is to guide these changes, keep good practices and develop new ones that fit the new world!

Conclusion

KDE is becoming a umbrella-community, a community of communities. A place where people with a huge variety of interests and ideas come together, sharing a common vision about the world. Not a technical vision, mind you, but a vision about HOW to do things. Shared values are what brings us together. And with KDE going meta, there is more room for everybody!

These articles are based on a talk given at conf.kde.in by Jos Poortvliet with lots of input from KDE contributors. A more extensive version of these articles, quoting members of the KDE community for more background, can be found in the upcoming September issue of Linux Voice magazine, ‘the magazine that gives back to the Free Software community’

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Distribution Release: Zentyal 3.5

José Antonio Calvo has announced the release of Zentyal 3.5, a major new version of the project’s server distribution – now based on Ubuntu 14.04: “The Zentyal development team is proud to announce the release of Zentyal 3.5, a new Zentyal Server Community edition. Zentyal Server is the…. Read more …

Winner of the Linux Game Awards PotM July 2014 announced!

See full announcement here.

Congrats to Unvanquished, they are doing a great job for sure!
While they won by a clear lead, the follow-up projects are also very much worth mentioning:

This post was retrieved from freegamer.blogspot.com.

antiX 14.2 MX Linux Distribution Brings LibreOffice 4.2.5

antiX MX, a special edition of the well-known antiX Linux-based operating system created in collaboration with the MEPIS community, has reached version 14.2 earlier today, July 1, dubbed Symbiosis.

This is a maintenance release that fixes major bugs discovered and reported by the community from the previous stable version, antiX MX 14.1.1, and updates various packages.

According to the quite small changelog, antiX MX 14.2 updates the powerful LibreOffice suite to the latest stable version, …

Akademy-es 2014: Great success in KDE’s return to Málaga

The ninth edition of Akademy-es was held last month in Málaga at the Telecommunications School of University of Málaga. Akademy-es had never been held in the city before but it is where the idea of Akademy-es began, during Akademy 2005, resulting in the first Akademy-es in 2006 in Barcelona. KDE old timer Antonio Larrosa is the link between both editions, being the local organizer of Akademy-es 2014 and Akademy 2005.

This year Akademy-es has continued its upwards trend in people registered, ending up with around 100 people. Talks as always have been varied, including philosophical talks about what KDE is, technical ones about how to use ASAN to debug your apps, practical ones on how to make your computer and your [Android] phone work better together, some programming with an introductory QtQuick talk (in English!), and much more.

Besides the serious talks there was always time for some socializing, an important part these kind of conferences.
Specially interesting was Saturday dinner at La Casa Invisible where we met a group of people that like KDE is investing lots of time in helping society for the greater good.

Finally, please join KDE España in thanking our sponsors Digia, Opentia, openSUSE and Wabobo for helping make Akademy-es 2014 possible.

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SME Server 9.0 Adds Support for Windows 8 Domain Joining

The SME Server 9.0 Linux operating system was revealed on June 29 by the non-profit Koozali Foundation, Inc. corporation, through the announcement posted by Ian Wells on the project’s mailing list. First of all, we should mention that this SME Server release is dedicated in the memory of Chris Burnat, who passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. He was a strong supporter of this CentOS Linux distribution, and without him SME Server 9.0 would not have happened. The official announcemen…

KDE Commit-Digest for 11th May 2014

In this week’s KDE Commit-Digest:
Clang backend of KDevelop gains basic implementation of adjust signature assistant
Kscreen KCM has been rewritten; the interface has two parts: a view with monitors that can be dragged around to reposition screens, and…

Development Release: Simplicity Linux 14.7 Beta

David Purse has announced the availability of the beta release of Simplicity Linux 14.7, a Puppy-based distribution with LXDE as the preferred desktop: "Simplicity Linux 14.7 beta has been released. You can find the ‘Desktop’ edition here and the ‘Netbook’ edition. There is no X edition in our….

Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” Cinnamon and MATE Flavors Get Second Release with Major Fixes

Clement Lefebvre, the leader of the Linux Mint project, has announced that ISO images for the Cinnamon and MATE editions of Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” have been updated and marked as “v2″.Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” was released only a month ago, but in all that time some important issues have been fixed by the developers. In order to make the life of the users a little bit easier, the Linux mint devs have decided to regenerate the ISO images with the new fixes.According to …

Valve Updates SteamOS With the Latest NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel Drivers

The Beta version of SteamOS, a Debian-based distribution developed by Valve to be used in its hybrid PC / console, has just received an update and numerous packages.Valve has two builds for SteamOS. One is a stable version (sort of) and the other one is a Beta (Alchemist). The two versions are not all that different from one another, but the Valve developers are using the Beta release to test some of the new updates before they hit the stable branch.According to the changelog, the NVIDIA drive…

May the source be with you

I’m a big advocate of the phrase, “Release Early, Release Often.” I think it is by far the best way to keep or gain community interest in a project.Of course, that simple phrase doesn’t quite sum up what you actually must do – simply uploading a releas…

Distribution Release: Robolinux 7.5.4

John Martinson has announced the release of Robolinux 7.5.4, a new update of the project’s Debian-based distribution that comes with a pre-configured VirtualBox for running Windows as a "guest" operating system: "We’ve been listening to our user base and have delivered many popular upgrades plus expert tech support….