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Akademy 2014 Keynotes: Sascha Meinrath and Cornelius Schumacher

KDE News - Hace 6 horas 33 mins

Akademy 2014 will kick off on September 6 in Brno, Czech Republic; our keynote speakers will be opening the first two days. Continuing a tradition, the first keynote speaker is from outside the KDE community, while the second is somebody you all know. On Saturday, Sascha Meinrath will speak about the dangerous waters he sees our society sailing into, and what is being done to help us steer clear of the cliffs. Outgoing KDE e.V. Board President, Cornelius Schumacher, will open Sunday's sessions with a talk about what it is to be KDE and why it matters.


Sascha Meinrath - photo by Faith Swords Sascha Meinrath on the Internet of Things

Sascha Meinrath is well-known in the broad FOSS community. Wikipedia describes him as an "Internet culture leader and community Internet pioneer". He was a leading voice in the successful opposition to the U.S. SOPA and PIPA legislation, and is the founder of the Open Technology Institute (OTI), a public policy think tank advocating policy and regulations that are healthy for open source, open standards and innovation. OTI also works on lowering the barrier to wireless communication (Commotion Wireless) and advancing network research in the Measurement Lab. Recently, Sascha started the X-Lab, which anticipates technology directions and develops public policy for them, rather than reacting afterward with the risk of being caught off guard.

Sascha looks ahead at potential challenges, aware of the ways governments and companies abuse technology or could do so. With the Akademy program committee, he discussed "digital feudalism—the interlocking system of devices and applications that are reducing us to a serf-like state". Having coined this term, he is in a good position to explain the ways in which private and government forces are undermining the democratic, participatory platform of the Internet. And how this subterfuge has further broad impacts that reduce our freedom.

Resolving this dilemma cannot be solely a technical endeavor. Sascha said, "I see the work with the Commotion Wireless Project or fighting against NSA surveillance or on major spectrum licensure reform as different facets of the same problem, but am most worried about what happens with the so-called 'Internet of Things'—which I view with extreme skepticism". The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform communication networks massively. Enormous security implications aren't even the biggest concern. Sascha notes that "there are tremendous opportunities for building open ecosystems and privacy-protecting equivalents to mainstream products—but that has to be combined with strong pushes in governmental/policy circles as well as in outreach/PR".

In other words, it is Sascha's intention to ensure that this transition to the Internet of Things—whatever shape it will have—is built on open standards, protocols and strong protection of individual freedom. "And if that disrupts the dominant business model of many major corporations today (who all want to commoditize your private data), so be it".

Sascha Meinrath is one of Time Magazine's "Most Influential Minds in Tech" and Newsweek's "Digital Power Index Top 100 Influencers". KDE is in a strong position to provide technical innovation and has consistently demonstrated the power of community, freedom and openness. At Akademy 2014 in Brno, there is a strong possibility that this partnership will produce outcomes that will benefit people the world over. Anyone who is committed to having technology make a difference owes it to themselves to be part of Akademy.


Cornelius - photo by Helge Heß Cornelius Schumacher on How KDE Makes You a Better Person

A strikingly related subject will be brought to the Akademy audience on Sunday. Cornelius Schumacher, president of KDE e.V., has been a KDE contributor since 1999. He has seen changes in every direction and has been at the heart of several of them. Cornelius will talk about the tremendous opportunity KDE provides to learn and grow, not only technology, but also people. He will show how the community consistently acts as a breeding ground for software and for personal growth as well. "I joined KDE for the technology, but stayed for the community", Cornelius says. "I have never stopped being amazed by the people around me in KDE, the talent, the friendship, the passion to do something for the greater good. I learned so much from these people and owe a big part of my career and personal development to the community."

Over the years Cornelius has seen many people join KDE and grow, and often outgrow the community. Roots for industry-changing technology and for amazing careers can be found in KDE. But what makes this environment so special? What holds it together over the many years where hundreds, even thousands of people contribute and form the KDE community? Cornelius gives a hint: "If the community is the soil, freedom is the fertilizer. The ideals of free software create the foundation that makes KDE possible, and these ideals extend to more than just software. Within KDE, it's a commonly felt responsibility to give everybody access to great technology, retaining individual freedoms and control about not only your computing, but your life."

Cornelius's topic is not just abstract or conceptual; it is something which relates to all of us on a personal level. This is a challenge and a chance. In the end Cornelius will reveal the secret of how KDE makes you a better person.

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 believes that it's possible for technology to make a difference in the world, Akademy 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic is the place to be.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE y el poder de la elección

Planet KDE Español - Hace 14 horas 42 mins

Una de las mejores armas del escritorio Plasma de la Comunidad KDE es que deja al usuario el control total del escritorio, permitiendo elegir casi todos los aspectos del mismo. Esta libertad se aprecia en los botones, tipos de fondo, las barras de tareas, comportamiento del ratón, etc. No obstante, esta absoluta libertad acarrea problemas [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): 3 vídeos sobre owncloud 7, tu nube personal

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 07/29/2014 - 05:10

Ya hemos hablado en el blog sobre el lanzamiento de owncloud 7, la aplicación para servidores que te permitetener tus archivos sincronizados en tu PC y con un servicio de almacenamiento en la nube propio, seguro y privado. Veamos hoy algunas de sus funcionalidades en forma de vídeo.   3 vídeos sobre owncloud 7 En [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): ¿Está Plasma 5 preparado para el gran público?

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 07/28/2014 - 05:10

Uno de los sueños que tengo es que el Software Libre creado por la Comunidad KDE sea muy popular y utilizado en todos los dispositivos electrónicos. En el mundo de los ordenadores personales este sueño está cerca de alcanzarse, al menos es 100% utilizable. Ahora bien, en el mundo de los smartphoens y las tablets [&hellip

First Okular Sprint ever at Barcelona

KDE News - Dom, 07/27/2014 - 18:07

In May a group of three Okular developers met for four days at the Blue Systems Barcelona office to hack on the KDE universal document viewer.


Albert Astals Cid, Luigi Toscano and Fabio D'Urso

The first day the team triaged a lot of bugs resulting in a nice drop of unconfirmed bugs. There are still a lot of UNCONFIRMED items in that chart, almost all of them are wishes that we didn't know how to omit on the chart.

During the next days there were discussions about ideas and implementations, including:

  • Mimetype backend priority now that we have a txt backend that can open almost any file
  • Investigation about a printing regression regarding hardware margins in newer versions of CUPS
  • Removal of lots of widget code from backends
  • Idea of creating a command line okular2text application to test libokularcore which can be used in a gui-less environment.

Albert talking about the workflow for saving documents

We decided that when porting to KF5 we will aim to have libokularcore be dependent on QtGui but not on QtWidget.

The most important item we discussed was how Okular saves file data. The proposal is to never autosave, making Okular act more like an editor. This has implications for bringing up old autosaved content if autosave was not used any more. By the end of the last day, we think we developed what seems a good plan. Now we only need time to code it ;)

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2014 Calligra Sprint in Deventer

KDE News - Dom, 07/27/2014 - 18:03

From the fourth to the sixth of July, the Calligra team got together in sunny Deventer (Netherlands) for the yearly developer sprint at the same location as the last Krita sprint. Apart from seeing the sights and having our group photo in front of one of the main attractions of this quaint old Dutch town in the province of Overijssel, namely the cheese shop (and much cheese was taken home by the Calligra hackers, as well as stroopwafels from the Saturday market) we spent our time planning the future of Calligra and doing some healthy hacking and bug fixing!


Jos van den Oever, Thorsten Zachmann, Arjen Hiemstra, Jigar Raisinghani,
Friedrich Kossebau, Dmitry Kazakov, Jaroslaw Staniek, Boudewijn Rempt (left to right) What's coming

For Calligra, we've been planning the next release: Calligra 2.9, which is planned for December. It will be the last release based on Qt4. We're a bit slow in porting to Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, because we still have the scars of the port to Qt4, which took years... This release will be pretty much Calligra as you know it, with all the bits intact.

So then, after 2.9, we're planning to do a proper port to Qt5 and KF5, using Frameworks where appropriate. In early January, we'll lock down the repo, send everyone on vacation while the porting scripts run. When every script has ran, and everything builds again, we'll start properly porting Calligra. We expect to be able to release Calligra 3.0 end of March, so that's a three month release cycle.

We need help!

Here's a bit of serious news, though: parts of Calligra are essentially unmaintained. Applications like Karbon or Plan, which have a long pedigree and have been around for ages, have not seen any development for over a year -- or more. These applications are still unique, have lots and lots of promise... But for Calligra 3.0, this means that we'll disable those applications from the build after the initial automated port. And it's up to volunteers to re-enable them, fix all porting issues and take up maintainership!

Frameworking

As for the Calligra libraries, we've long felt that some of them could do with a wider exposure. There are libraries for handling property bags and showing them in a gui, there are libraries for loading vector images, for handling OpenDocument. We've got a library for handling color management, too. Right now, the libraries are tangled together, and it would be good to split them up again.

We did that once before, but the split was undone during the KOffice 2 development process. Revisiting it right now isn't an option for lack of manpower. However, especially the vector image library might make a good addition to the KDE Frameworks, with a bit of work on API, documentation and so on. We want to get down to that during the port to Qt5.

Translation

Finally, Dmitry has been working with the Russian translation team to iron out some kinks in the translation process. In particular, undo strings are difficult in a language like Russian that uses a different (grammatical) case in different contexts. He has created a version of the undo library that forces developers to provide the proper context. We also discussed more long-term plans to make it easy to see the strings that need to be translated in the context of the gui -- as well as trying to create tools that make it easier to add new tooltips and other helpful strings.

All in all, the get-together was very fruitful. We now have a pretty good plan for 2014 and 2015 and know where we want to go. Planning and setting directions matters: it motivates the current developers and makes clear to potential contributors where things are going and where they can chime in.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Lanzado Owncloud 7, mejoras para administradores

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 07/27/2014 - 05:10

En estos tiempos que corren no hay nada mejor que tener tus archivos sincronizados en tu PC y con un servicio de almacenamiento en la nube. Las razones son variadas: por si tienes algún problema de hardware, para tenerlos sincronizarlos on otros dispositivos, para compartirlos con otras personas, etc. Ya hay muchos servidores online que [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible la tercera beta de KDE 4.14 Aplicaciones y plataforma

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 07/26/2014 - 05:01

Aunque muchos desarrolladores de KDE estén volcados en Plasma 5, otros muchos siguen trabajando para pulir la rama KDE 4.x. De esta forma, hace unos días que está disponible la tercera beta de KDE 4.14 Plasma 5 es el futuro, pero mientras tanto los usuarios utilizaremos KDE 4, y por tanto, es una gran noticia que [&hellip

KDE Ships Third Beta of Applications and Platform 4.14

KDE News - Vie, 07/25/2014 - 16:36

KDE has released the third beta of the 4.14 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested!

A more detailed list of the improvements and changes will be available for the final release in the middle of August.

This third beta release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of actual users is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.14 team's release effort by installing the beta and reporting any bugs. The official announcement has information about how to install the betas.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): 3 aplicaciones que me gustaría ver en KDE

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 07/25/2014 - 05:10

Aunque el ecosistema KDE es rico en número y en diversidad de aplicaciones en ocasiones me tengo que buscar la vida para realizar ciertos tipos de trabajo en otro tipo de aplicaciones no nativas en KDE. He aqui 3 aplicaciones que me gustaría ver en KDE y que animo a los desarrolladores a que se [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Lanzado Owncloud 7, mejoras para usuarios

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 07/24/2014 - 05:10

En estos tiempos que corren no hay nada mejor que tener tus archivos sincronizados en tu PC y con un servicio de almacenamiento en la nube. Las razones son variadas: por si tienes algún problema de hardware, para tenerlos sincronizarlos on otros dispositivos, para compartirlos con otras personas, etc. Ya hay muchos servidores online que [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): ¿Dónde vas KDE? (III)

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 07/23/2014 - 08:01

Sigo haciéndome eco de una serie de artículos que ha iniciado el magnífico Jos Poortvliet en el portal de noticias oficial de KDE (conocido como el “dot”). En ellos Jos reflexiona sobre el futuro de KDE a partir del presente y el pasado del proyecto. Realmente interesante. Como dije en la primera y segunda entrega, [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): FET, el generador de horarios libre

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 07/22/2014 - 05:10

Sigo contando las maravillosas aplicaciones del Software Libre que tenemos a nuestra dispoción para hacernos la vida más fàcil. Ayer hablé de Orla, el generador de ídem profesional, hoy os hablo de FET,  el generador de horarios libre. Una de las tareas más odiosas para cualquier colegio, instituto, universidad o institución académica es la generación [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Disponible la segunda beta de KDE 4.14 Aplicaciones y plataforma

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 07/21/2014 - 05:10

Aunque muchos desarrolladores de KDE estén volcados en Plasma 5, otros muchos siguen trabajando para pulir la rama KDE 4.x. De esta forma, hace unos días que está disponible la segunda beta de KDE 4.14 Plasma 5 es el futuro, pero mientras tanto los usuarios utilizaremos KDE 4, y por tanto, es una gran noticia [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Orla, aplicación libre para crear orlas

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 07/20/2014 - 05:10

Una de las cosas que me gustan del Software Libre es la gran variedad de aplicaciones que te puedes encontrar, y todas ellas con la seguridad que harán su fucnión, sin incluir limitaciones o publicidad. Es es caso de Orla, un aplicación para hacer orlas realmente asombrosa. Este año me encargué de realizar la orla [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Primeros pasos hacia Plasma 5.1

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 07/19/2014 - 05:10

Aún con la mente puesta en el lanzamiento de Plasma 5.0 ,y esperando que en breve podamos disfrutarlo en nuestras distribuciones favoritas, nos hacemos eco de un par de noticias sobre la primera actualización seria del mismo, es decir, los primeros pasos hacia Plasma 5.1. La Comunidad KDE no descansa, ni en la gran semana [&hellip

KDE Ships July Updates and Second Beta of Applications and Platform 4.14

KDE News - Vie, 07/18/2014 - 17:00

This week KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the third and last in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.13 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.11. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone. Beneath these releases KDE announced the second beta of the 4.14 versions of Applications and Development Platform. With API, dependency and feature freezes in place, the focus is now on fixing bugs and further polishing. Your assistance is requested!

On the language front Farsi (Persian) reached the essential criteria and thus will be again part of this release. Kopete has some important fixes: formatting messages when OTR plugin is loaded but not used for encrypting messages in the chat window and generating HTML messages with the Jabber protocol.

More than 40 recorded bugfixes include improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, the desktop search functionality, web browser Konqueror and the file manager Dolphin. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE's issue tracker.

To find out more about the 4.13 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.13 release notes.

The second beta release needs a thorough testing in order to improve quality and user experience. A variety of user styles is essential to maintaining high KDE quality, because developers cannot possibly test every configuration. User assistance helps find bugs early so they can be squashed before the final release. Please join the 4.14 team's release effort by installing the beta and reporting any bugs. The official announcement has information about how to install the betas.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Ursa, otro pack de iconos de Kotus Works

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 07/18/2014 - 05:10

Las grandes posibilidades de personalizar nuestro KDE es una de las bazas con las que contamos a la hora de defender nuestro escritorio libre favorito. Hoy os presento Ursa, un tema de los creadores de Ardis, un  pack de iconos redondeados original, coloreado y eleganante. En KDE todo es fácilmente personalizable, desde el fondo de [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Proyecto GSoC para Plasma Active 2014

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 07/17/2014 - 05:10

Hay muchas aplicaciones KDE que se benefician del  programa Google Summner of Code (GSoC)  basta recordar las iniciativas para Kanagram,  KDE Telepathy, el globo terráquero virtual Marble, o KPeople cuyas iniciativas han aparecido en el blog. Hoy toca comentar un proyecto para tablets: Plasma Active.   ¿Qué es Plasma Active? Para los que lo conozcan esta [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Las novedades de Plasma 5

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 07/16/2014 - 11:34

Hace unas horas que fue lanzado Plasma 5. Desde el blog hicimos una entrada rápida para anunciar su llegada y proclamar la buena nueva. Ahora, pasada la vorágine del lanzamiento es el momento de dar los detalles de Plasma 5. El nombre de Plasma 5 Con el lanzamiento de Plasma 5 un servidor ha recibido [&hellip

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