11 January, 2010

Who is KDE (once more with feeling)

A while ago I expressed my appreciation for all the cool blogs out there. And my sadness when it comes to my limited language knowledge - lots of interesting KDE writers and even whole communities out there I can't understand at all.

One thing which came out of that is that there seems a need for a userplanet.kde.org site. If anyone with a little php skills (but mostly time) feels like setting it up - please let me know. We can just modify planet.kde.org slightly and copy it...

Another thing which came out of this is an email from Anselmo pointing me to what is going on on a few spanish blogs and sites. Unfortunately I need google translate to read them but it's still very much worth a look.

* Espacio KDE - google translate. This one is written by a guy in Mexico. It's a lovely Oxygen themed site with excellent content, the latest article is about Marble. The article about KCM touchpad was new to me, and I'm really looking forward to this in the default KDE SC installation. I'd sure love a bit more info about it ;-)

* KDE blog - google translate - from Spain, not in Latin America. Good content according to Anselmo and indeed, it is. The latest post is about video's from youtube about KDE software, pointing to this wonderful little gem. Maybe I should discourage you all from watching as it is timeconsuming (I do like the ksnapshot one as I use that tool quite often);-)

Let me further quote Anselmo:

There is a new group in Chile (their websiteisn't ready yet) and in Argentina (google translate), people are reorganizing the community. And for a better integration, a mailing list was created for the whole latin american KDE community (kde-latam).

Here in Brazil, besides the developers you may already know, guys from KDE-MG (MG = Minas Gerais, a Brazilian state) and KDE-BA (BA = Bahia, another state) are doing a great work in promotion.

Combine this with the recent Latinoware conference in Brazil, which had a visit from some KDE people who came away incredibly impressed - it seems the center of gravity is shifting ;-)

The plasma team is already experiencing this, as they have a few very active Brazillians on the team. And promo is being infiltrated as we speak ;-)

As usual, this blog isn't only to make you all spend more time on the web but of course I want to invite anyone who has some spare time to help out. Either by helping to set up userplanet.kde.org or contribute time and ideas to get us all closer to each other - no matter what language we speak or what continent we live in!


  1. If planet.kde.org is only for developers, maybe orbit.kde.org or would be the right url for everything that circles around the planet, but is not on the planet itself ;-)

  2. The first video is originaly an advertisement from VINCI:

    Once you know that, the video is not so nice: awfull static image at the end of the video, copyright issue.

  3. Nice post. Soon it will be hard, if it's not already, to keep a grip on all things KDE. But pointing out some of the ones we come across is a great service to us all.

    @Anonymous - orbit.kde.org... interesting name :)

    But yes something like userplanet is definitely at good idea. We need a tool to aggregate these various feeds and resources. It would go a long way to help make people discover the "community" side of KDE, much a "planet.kde" allows people already in the community to connect a little more with each other and with people already active within the community.

  4. heh, you missed the KDE-BA name, it's Live Blue. maybe we should change it to kde-ba as it's more appealing? Nah... our logo is cute.

  5. Hi Jos,

    Yes, 2009 was a great year for KDE in Brazil and we're now planning our efforts for 2010. That includes: a big KDE Brazil meeting (aka Akademy-BR), release parties, more Summer of Code students in KDE, KDE-related course at Computer Science curriculum in Federal University of Bahia, besides the commom participation in FISL and Latinoware.

    Sandro Andrade

  6. Hi. I'm Pedro "Kpeter" Azcorra from Mérida México, I'm the writer of Espacio KDE.

    Thanks for the article about my blog, just want to say thanks for reading my blog.

    And greetings to you and all your readers.

    Sorry but my english is not good.

  7. Hi,

    I started to develop a Wordpress Oxygen-like theme (http://www.gskbyte.net/oxygenwptheme/oxygenwptheme-en/) a year ago. It has been improved a few times but and I think it needs a little update to look like Oxygen in KDE 4.4.

    I'm thinking about making it soon, some ideas and help?

  8. Hello! I'm Baltasar (aka baltolkien), the KDEBlog's editor in chief (and the only).
    Thanks for this reference to my blog. We have to work together for the Open Source.

    Obviously, sorry by my poor english.

  9. I'm Christian from KDE Chile group. Our website will be ready in a few days :-).

    We are working hard to spread and colaborate with the amazing KDE Project and we are in contact with several KDE goups in Latinamerica. We hope to have our own Spanish area in forum.kde.org very soon.

    BTW, I'm creating a PlanetKDE Chile (http://calcio.lazos.cl/kde_chile/) based on PlanetKDE.org (I just get it trough SVN and adapted it).

  10. All,

    Thank you very much for the comments! I will certainly dedicate another post to this! Please keep up your great work, I know it is greatly appreciated. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know.


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