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Akademy-es 2014: Visit Málaga and learn about KDE

KDE News - Sáb, 05/03/2014 - 19:48

From May 16th to 18th, Málaga is hosting Akademy-es 2014 in Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieria de Telecomunicación of Universidad de Málaga. This event is organized by KDE España, Linux Málaga and Bitvalley, and represents the return of a KDE event to Málaga 9 years after it hosted Akademy 2005.

This Akademy-es will have a wide range of talks from informing users about KDE software to programming with QtQuick and ASAN. There will also be introductory talks for people who want to start contributing to KDE.

As always the event is free to attend, but you should register to make it easier for the organization and to get a printed badge instead of a handwritten one ;).

Akademy-es 2013 group photo (click for larger)

Thank you to Gold Sponsors Digia, Opentia and openSUSE for helping make this happen!

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE 4.12.5 y KDE Workspace 4.11.9 disponibles

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 05/03/2014 - 05:10

Ya tenemos KDE 4.12.5 y KDE Workspace 4.11.9 disponibles para su actualización. Como cada nuevo mes y, fiel a su cita, el equipo de desarrollo de KDE nos ofrece una nueva versión de su escritorio. Se siguen con la actualización doble de dos de sus ramas. KDE 4.12.5 y KDE Workspace 4.11.9 coordinados Para no ir [&hellip

KDE PIM 2014 Spring Sprint

KDE News - Vie, 05/02/2014 - 11:33

We continue the tradition of having the PIM sprint in a place that starts with a "B". The last 3 PIM sprints were in Berlin (twice) and Brno. The Spring edition of this year took place in Barcelona, continuing the tradition. Add to this the name of the company hosting us which conveniently starts with a "B" as well (BlueSystems).

From left to right, top row: Martin Klapetek, Christian Mollekopf, Mark Gaiser, Alex Fiestas
Bottom row: Vishesh Handa, Daniel Vrátil, David Edmundson, Sergio Martins, Sandro Knauß KOrganizer love

One of our regular attendees, Christian Mollekopf, had a nice surprise for us at the sprint. He works for Kolab Systems and told us about some of their plans in terms of the upcoming deployment of KDE PIM in the city of Munich. This should bring some usability improvements, including work on KOrganizer which should be able to better address a situation where a user literally has access to thousands of calendars. Kolab Systems is also working on bug fixes, stabilization improvements and optimizations throughout the KOrganizer product and entire KDE PIM application. The best thing is that all changes will be sent back for the KDE community to enjoy. The regular KDE software user will begin to see these changes in the KDE Applications release 4.14.


With the upcoming releases of KDE Frameworks and Plasma 2014.06, there is a need to port the heart of PIM applications to Qt 5. Some sprint attendees started work in that area which will make it possible to do things such as KMail running on top of Plasma 2014.06. We also decided that applications without a maintainer won't be ported to Qt 5. Applications that will probably not be ported are KNode and KAddressbook. The latter is currently being rewritten in a GSoC project.

Bugs and performance

A habit in sprints is to take a look at those pesky issues that are difficult to figure out alone. Quite a few bugs were resolved and performance has been improved throughout the PIM applications. Many of these changes are already available in the recently released KDE Applications 4.13.


KDE software is developed mostly by volunteers. Most sprint attendees are volunteers (and some are fortunate to do KDE software development as a daily job). We spend much of our free time improving the experience of our users. Having a sprint is made possible by a company willing to host us and our KDE e.V. organization willing to cover the traveling and hotel costs. We are rely on your donations to continue this. If you want to support KDE software development and have the financial means, please consider hitting the donations link.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Privacidad en Internet en las II Jornadas Libres

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 05/02/2014 - 03:00

Las II Jornadas Libres del 2013-14 fueron presentadas el 7 de octubre en un acto sencillo en la UNED de Vila-real. Hemos visto Arduino, GNU/Linux, impresoras 3D,, Mecaduino y, por supuesto, KDE. En esta ocasión nos vamos a la red y que nos expliquen como  podemos proteger nuestra Privacidad en Internet.   Privacidad en [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Sprint de KDE Telepathy en Blue Systems de Barcelona

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 05/01/2014 - 05:10

Los grandes eventos, como Akademy-es 2014 de Málaga, son son fundamentales para aportar sabia nueva al proyecto, pero son los pequeños eventos como los Sprint los que más unen a los desarrolladores de KDE. Bienvenidos al resumen del Sprint de KDE Telepathy en Blue Systems de Barcelona. ¿Qué es un Sprint? Los sprints de KDE [&hellip

Akademy 2014 Call for Papers

KDE News - Mié, 04/30/2014 - 13:11

Akademy is the KDE Community conference. It is where we meet, discuss plans for the future, get inspired, learn and get work done. If you are working on topics relevant to KDE, this is your chance to present your work and ideas at the Conference from September 6-12 in Brno, Czech Republic. The main days for talks are Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of September. The rest of the week will be BoFs, unconference sessions and workshops.

Akademy 2013 attendees (click for larger) by Knut Yrvin What we are looking for

The goal of the conference section of Akademy is to learn and teach new skills and share our passion around what we're doing in KDE with each other.

For the sharing of ideas, experiences and state of things, we will have short Fast Track sessions in a single-track section of Akademy. Teaching and sharing technical details is done through longer sessions in the multi-track section of Akademy.

If you think you have something important to present, please tell us about it. If you know of someone else who should present, please nominate them. For more details see the proposal guidelines and the Call for Papers. The submission deadline is Sunday 18th May, 23:59:59 CEST.

About Akademy 2014 Brno, Czech Republic

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 who are looking for opportunities.

For more information, please contact The Akademy Team.

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KDE Ships second April Updates to Applications, Platform and Plasma Workspaces

KDE News - Mié, 04/30/2014 - 06:17

Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the fifth in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.12 series. This release also includes an updated Plasma Workspaces 4.11.9. Both releases contain only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

With a bit more than 10 recorded bugfixes including improvements to Personal Information Management suite Kontact, Umbrello UML Modeller, audio CD listening app Kscd, web browser Konqueror, file manager Dolphin and others the bug count goes down. A more complete list of changes can be found in KDE's issue tracker.

To find out more about the 4.12 versions of KDE Applications and Development Platform, please refer to the 4.12 release notes.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE Visual Design Group, semana 13

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 04/30/2014 - 05:10

Poco a poco nos van desvelando más y más cosas sobre el aspecto que tendrá el próximo Plasma Next (o KDE 5) . Ese es el cometido de KDE Visual Design Group, el equipo de diseño del próximo Plasma Next, el cual trabaja codo a codo con la Comunidad KDE y nos regala un un [&hellip

KDE Telepathy Sprint

KDE News - Mar, 04/29/2014 - 15:26

In April 2014, we had a sprint for KDE Telepathy, KDE's foremost instant messaging client. The sprint consisted of both past and new contributors from around the world.

Group chats

For the sprint we decided to concentrate our hacking efforts into a few key areas that are currently weak inside KDE Telepathy. We chose group chats as it was one of the most repeated feature requests coming especially from enterprise circles. It was something we supported at a basic level but, since none of us used it on a daily basis, it did not receive the attention it deserved.

Firstly, we forced ourselves to use a conference room for the duration of the sprint for all our chatting purposes and made a list of every potential improvement we could find. Afterwards we picked things off the list one by one and made significant improvements to the group chatting experience.

Our usability expert, Thomas Pfeiffer, was there with us providing valuable input from the usability point of view; thanks to that it was not just a mad hacking on features but also about making the application more usable. The screenshots below speak for themselves!

Answer text messages from your desktop Easy chat via SMS using KDE Telepathy

During the sprint Albert Vaca and Alexandr Akulich worked on making a backend for Telepathy to talk to KDE Connect. This allows you to receive SMS messages from your phone and reply through a comfortable and familiar chat interface on your desktop.

Reducing the bug count

Another area we focused on at the sprint was our bug count. At the beginning we had 62 reported bugs (excluding wishes and tasks), some of them had been open for a longer time. So we allocated some space on the whiteboard for a giant bug counter; whoever then fixed a bug from that list got the honor of erasing the number on the whiteboard and writing a new one.
We are now under 50 bugs, with under 50 further wishlist items.

Building for the future

We didn't just hack but also discussed where to go with KDE Telepathy.


According to the KDE Human Interface Guidelines, "A vision describes the goal of the project. It can be emotive and a source of inspiration, for instance by outlining how the final product makes the world a better place. It is roughly similar to purpose or aim, and guides through the development." In order to guide KDE Telepathy's development, Thomas, our aforementioned usability expert, led a session where we defined a vision for us.

Whiteboard work

The first question that was important for us was "Which users do we want to focus on?". We decided that we want to focus on Plasma users. We do not shut out users of other desktop environments or operating systems, but we clearly focus on integrating well with Plasma and provide the best experience for Plasma users.

The other defining question for our focus was "Do we want to focus on providing the best possible experience for users of popular instant messaging systems such as Facebook Chat or Google Hangouts, or do we want to focus on providing an awesome experience to users of open protocols such as Jabber?" Our answer to this question was that while we do not want to exclude users of popular systems, we realise that for them, we can only create an "okay-ish" experience at best, because those systems' APIs are very restricted and always subject to change. Only with open protocols we can use all of our capabilities to create a truly awesome experience for users.

Our vision draft is still being discussed on the mailing list and will be published once it's been agreed upon by the whole KDE Telepathy community.


In KDE Telepathy we provide several plasma widgets, which need to be ported in order to run on Plasma Next. In order to do this we first had to port our libraries to work on top of KDE Frameworks. By the end of the sprint we had the contact list and chat plasma widgets fully running and working on Plasma Next. We hope to release the widgets so that they are available for Plasma Next users.

API Breaks in the larger Telepathy stack

There is an upcoming change in the interfaces to the Telepathy backends that talk to the various protocols such as jabber. We need to be prepared for this change - otherwise when distributions update Telepathy, our application will cease working. We are making sure we have code ported and ready, so we can release at the same time as upstream switches. Most of these updates are inside TelepathyQt and we are working on the elements lower in the stack that will benefit not only us but also Ubuntu and Jolla.

Planning how to handle these two upcoming changes at once is awkward at best and required some delicate planning.

Wrapping up

Overall the sprint was incredibly useful in helping push our project forward both in terms of the extra development and planning moving forwards.

Thanks to the Blue Systems Barcelona office for hosting us.

More photos here

This document was written by the KDE Telepathy team; written using KDE Telepathy's collaborative editing features.

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KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): 10 cosas que se pueden hacer en Akademy-es 2014 de Málaga

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 04/29/2014 - 05:10

Pronto se celebrará Akademy-es 2014, la reunión anual en España de usuarios y desarrolladores de KDE, se realizará en Málaga del 16 al 18 de mayo. Pero, ¿por qué es interesante asistir? ¿Qué es una Akademy-es? Una Akademy-es es un excelente lugar donde recargar las pilas si estás dentro de KDE a la vez que [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Cómo configurar las Identidades en Kmail – A fondo KMail (I)

Planet KDE Español - Lun, 04/28/2014 - 05:10

La evolución de Kontact como gestor de la información personal del escritorio KDE es notable. Esta suite fue una de las que más sufrió la transición entre KDE 3 y KDE 4. Poco a poco se ha ido recuperando hasta volver a habitar en mi portátil y creo que ha llegado el momento de explicar [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): KDE Visual Design Group, semana 12

Planet KDE Español - Dom, 04/27/2014 - 05:10

Poco a poco nos van desvelando más y más cosas sobre el aspecto que tendrá el próximo Plasma Next (o KDE 5) . Ese es el cometido de KDE Visual Design Group, el equipo de diseño del próximo Plasma Next, el cual trabaja codo a codo con la Comunidad KDE y nos regala un un [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Mecaduino en las II Jornadas Libres de Vila-real: Conclusiones

Planet KDE Español - Sáb, 04/26/2014 - 05:10

La vida da muchas vueltas y a lo largo de ella conoces a cientos de personas, muchos proyectos, miles de ideas y, la mayoría de las veces, no reparas en ello más que el tiempo que te lo encuentras. Esto no es el caso de Mecaduino, un proyecto impresionante, liderado por José que puede convertirse [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Calendario de lanzamiento de KDE 4.14 Applications

Planet KDE Español - Vie, 04/25/2014 - 05:10

Ya tenemos disponible el calendario lanzamiento de KDE 4.14, la siguiente versión de nuestro escritorio favorito, la cual no ofrecerá novedades en su motor pero si en las aplicaciones.  El equipo de desarrolladores de KDE tiene muchas virtudes y entre ellas destaca su fiabilidad a la hora de cumplir sus plazos, lo ha demostrado holgadamente [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Abierto el registro de asistentes Akademy-es Málaga 2014

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 04/24/2014 - 07:00

Pronto se celebrará Akademy-es 2014, la reunión anual en España de usuarios y desarrolladores de KDE, se realizará en Málaga del 16 al 18 de mayo. Poco a poco nos vamos enterando de los detalles, como el programa, la sede, los patrocinadores, etc. Así que me complace anunciar que se ha abierto el registro de [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): 3 razones para migrar a GNU/Linux

Planet KDE Español - Jue, 04/24/2014 - 05:10

Con el fin del soporte a Windows XP se abre una nueva vía de esperanza para los promotores del Software Libre en general y de GNU/Linux en particular. En esta entrada voy a reflexionar sobre este mundillo que me apasiona, como en otras ocasiones, y a dar 3 razones para migrar a GNU/Linux. No es [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Programa Akademy-es 2014 de Málaga

Planet KDE Español - Mié, 04/23/2014 - 07:15

Como ya sabréis este año se celebra Akademy-es 2014 en Málaga, el evento más importante para los desarrolladores y simpatizantes de KDE organizado por KDE España en colaboración con las asociaciones locales. Ayer 22 de abril fue publicado el Programa Akademy-es 2014 de Málaga. Concretamente, será durante los días 16, 17 y 18 de mayo y [&hellip

KDE Blog (Baltasar Ortega): Vídeo de Kamoso 2.0: capturando vídeos e imágenes

Planet KDE Español - Mar, 04/22/2014 - 05:10

¿Qué ocurre cuando en una Comunidad Libre un par de programadores echan en falta una aplicación? Pues que la crean. Esa fue la historia de Kamoso, una aplicación nacida de la necesidad de aprovechar la webcam de los portátiles. Supongo que los lectores del blog la conocerán pero para los que no hoy os traigo [&hellip

Freedesktop Summit 2014 Report

KDE News - Lun, 04/21/2014 - 07:59

The team in action

From March 31 to April 4, Free Software desktop hackers from many of the largest desktop projects (including GNOME, KDE, Unity and LXDE-Qt) met to collaborate on specifications and tools to improve application interoperability between the desktops. Clarified standards are expected not only to improve the experience of running applications designed for one desktop inside of another, but also to provide a clearer picture of what is required from third party application developers approaching the Free Software desktop for the first time.

This was the second time the annual event occurred. Both times, it was sponsored and hosted by SUSE at their offices in Nuremberg.


The meeting accomplished a standardization of the XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP environment variable for allowing applications to know in which desktop environment they are running. The meeting also produced the first formal specification of how applications should be associated with given mime types and URI schemes, including how to select the default application in a way appropriate to the current desktop environment, respecting the choices of the OS vendor and the local system administrator as well as the user.

Our very own David in action

Small progress was made on a simple common inhibit specification that applications can use to prevent events such as locking of the screen or powering down of the network interfaces, but with improvements on fine-grained power control capabilities on forthcoming hardware devices, additional research (and perhaps time) is required before a complete specification can be produced.

The meeting also produced an agreement on the future of startup notification in the Wayland world. A protocol based on broadcast of D-Bus signals will be used instead of the current approach with X client messages. This approach is expected to integrate nicely with future frameworks for sandboxed applications. Improvements were also made to the protocol to allow for tab-based applications that make dynamic choices about creating a new tab or a new window depending on the workspace in which a document was opened.

A late night conversation

The introduction of the long-awaited "Implements=" key in desktop files was also finalized. This is used to express support of a given interface by an application. Among other things, this is expected to be used to advertise supporters of the provider side in a future "portals" system for exchanging data between sandboxed applications.

Also discussed was the possibility of defining a "resource base" for desktop files so that application resources such as icons can be accessed without being merged into the 'hicolor' icon theme. The lack of certainty over how future sandboxing approaches would deal with this situation prevented any progress on this point.

There were significant cleanups of the xdg specifications (and their build system) and to deal with bug backlog on some freedesktop components such as the shared-mime-info database.

Team enjoying a beer

The meeting was also used to discuss details of the API of the forthcoming memfd interface in the kernel that will be used to support efficient sending of very large kdbus messages. kdbus and GVariant were also discussed, as were the desktop file index and systemd support for time-based activation of applications that want to exit when idle (such as alarm clocks). The possibility of standardizing the new notification interface based on D-Bus activatable applications was also briefly discussed.

After the meeting, work continues on publishing updated specifications and writing implementations. The meeting is expected to happen again, in 2015.

Written by Ryan Lortie from glib/gnome
Pictures by Jerome Lechlanche

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