Wed, 05/28/2008 - 15:29
Like last year I’m again standing at the Kubuntu Community booth at this years LinuxTag. Just now I’ve attended the keynote held by Aaron Seigo, ambassador of the KDE project. It was a very interesting talk which covered topics like Internet-Mobile-Desktop interaction, security, effects, Nokia and more. The most important parts roughly listed are:
- you’ll one day be able to use the same (KDE) applications everywhere - Marble and Plasma for example already just compile and work on mobile devices
- the internet will get much more embedded into your everyday applications. Marble with OpenStreetMap & Wikipedia support or Amarok with its storage backends (Lastfm, Jamendo etc. etc.) are good examples in this regard.
- KDE4 is much more accessible than KDE3 thanks to QAccessible
- security and privacy is not forgotten! This is free software, don’t forget that. Plasma Applet packages will get GPG signed (just like the DEB packages in Apt). And you have control over what data is send where - no Stasi 2.0 here!
- Nokia is actively supporting KDE, fear not! And of course never underestimate the power of the Free Qt Foundation.
All in all it was a very good presentation with good questions - very informative! I’m totally going to check out kde4daily now - KDE 4.1 is impressive!
Just on a sidenote: LinuxTag is going well but Kubuntu and Ubuntu did not get any CDs shipped by Canonical which is a shame of course… Nevertheless the social aspect of this fair is awesome again - you get to know so many people and meet some which you’ve talked to over IRC for ages. Yesterday we went to a bar at Hackescher Markt with the KDE and Amarok guys and had a few beers, tomorrow will be the social event, which was absolutely humongous (to use a word Aaron teached me yesterday ;-) ) last year. And on Friday we’ll go to a restaurant with the Trolls (just like last year - thanks for the invitation!) and maybe go into a Karaoke Bar afterwards. Great! And of course on Saturday there is a Ubuntu Grill at the C-Base, organized by Ubuntu Berlin - neat! Last year that was a great finishing to a good fair.
If anybody wants to drop by we are in hall 7.2b, booth 124 (together with Amarok). If you need a free ticket, just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). See you here!