ALERT Project 3rd newsletter available

The ALERT Project, an EU funded collaborative project in which KDE is taking part as a partner has released its latest newsletter. Take a look to check up on all the latest project news.

If you’re wondering what ALERT is all about and how KDE is involved, check my previous posts on this topic.

Plasma Active Feature in Linux Journal

A while ago (in fact at the back end of 2011) I put together an article on Plasma Active for Linux Journal. That article is now published in their March issue. It misses some of the recent news such as the Spark tablet, as that wasn’t announced by then, but gives an overview of Plasma Active 2 and some interesting thoughts from developers including Marco and Aaron.

You can preview the article at Linux Journal, which I think gives limited pages of access. If you’re a subscriber, you can log in to see the whole lot.

What’s New in KDE’s 4.8 Releases?

KDE will shortly be releasing versions 4.8 of its workspaces, applications and development platform. So, what’s new? Your KDE team would love to know… Every release, we write the release notes and the Dot articles that tell everyone – you, the press – what we’ve been up to over the past six months. but we don’t have a sixth sense and neither do we have the time to watch everyone in KDE. So, please help us:

  • If you’re a KDE developer, let us know what’s new
  • If you’re a use of KDE software, let us know what’s new
  • If you’re using a 4.8 pre-release, get us some screenshots of cool new features

Simple huh? But how can you do it?

Well, we welcome direct edits at our release note drafting Etherpad. You can type in notes or full text and you don’t even need a KDE account – just go to

If you’re a developer, you should make sure that the 4.8 feature plan is up to date for your code.

If you’re really lazy, just leave a comment here with a link to more info 🙂

If you can make screenshots, please use the default wallpaper, styles and fonts. If you can store your screenshot online somewhere, just put a link to it in the Etherpad. If not, you can simply send them to me (find my contact details on the About page.

Help spread the word about our 4.8 releases and be a part of KDE.

My Heroes of KDE, 2011

I was looking back on this year and thinking about what the real successes have been. There have been many great things, new technology and work behind the scenes to make it all happen.

But perhaps the greatest thing has been the return of the Commit Digest, so I’ll name the Commit Digest team my personal heroes of KDE for 2011. Every week, they let us know what’s going on in this great community of ours. It’s a hell of a lot of work and they deserve a lot of credit.

To be more specific, I glanced back through the Commit Digests and mailing list to see who has been active. I’ve probably missed someone and can only apologise for that, but here are some definite contributors over the past year:

  • Alexander van Loon
  • Anselmo Melo
  • Beat Wolf
  • Danny Allen
  • Dominik Tritscher
  • Frederik Schwarzer
  • Gaël Beaudoin
  • Mutlu Inek
  • Jaka Kranjc
  • Marcin Dominiak
  • Marco Krohn
  • Marta Rybczynska
  • Paulo Dias
  • Roger Pixley
  • Shafqat Bhuiyan
  • Test Zy
  • Thibaut Gridel
  • Tom Vollerthun
  • Vladislav Blanton

Thanks to all of you.

Among those, I know Alexander, Danny, Marco, Marta, Roger and Vladislav have been particularly active, also taking care of organising things, writing the Dot summaries and generally making sure it all happens.

I also know that a lot of work goes into every digest and there is always space for more people. So if you want to help, haven’t contributed for a while or can help in other ways please do.

Who are your heroes of KDE?

SOFI Newsletter Available

At the danger of turning this into a dedicated ALERT blog, there’s some more news from the EU funded research project in which KDE is a participant.

ALERT is featured (page 14) in the SOFI newsletter, but there is also a lot of news on other software related projects that are ongoing.

If you’re interested in seeing what’s new in software research in Europe, it’s worth a look.