Kubuntu Paris Developers Summit Wrapup

The Paris summit is now over and by the looks of the blogs the KDE developers are pleased with what happened. The specs we have approved are:

  • kubuntu-launchpad-integration - Add a menu item to applicaition Help menus to take you to Launchpad
  • langpacks-desktopfiles-kde - Let .desktop files get their translations from .po files
  • kubuntu-laptop-buttons - get laptop buttons working with Ubuntu's acpi-support package
  • kubuntu-power-management - an all new power management frontend, Sebas already has some code for this in Guidance
  • kubuntu-edgy-docs - Help!,

And those that are in review:

  • kubuntu-easy-zeroconf - add a tickbox to turn on zeroconf.
  • kde-kiosk-profiles - include several kiosk profiles by default
  • kubuntu-accessibility - make an accessibility profile on the live CD
  • kubuntu-icons - get Ken to work on Oxygen
  • kubuntu-printer-sharing - add a tickbox to turn on printer sharing and browsing
  • kubuntu-system-settings-usability - tidy up system settings

We also spend a fun couple of hours looking at goldenear's proposed new UI for kmplayer.

Hopefully we'll get a good number of those implemented by the Edgy release. Feel free to come along and help.

This week and next are both dedicated to updating all the packages in Kubuntu with the latest versions and merging with Debian. All help appreciated with that too.

Many thanks to the KDE developers who came to the summit.

I'll be talking at UKUUG's Linux 2006 conference this weekend, see you in Brighton.

For those not on Planet KDE he's the exclusive first look at the group photo:

Ubuntu Distro Summit Group Photo and the list of who's who.


The gnome-power-manager is a tray applet that lives in a user's desktop session. It receives notifications via DBUS of events relating to power management and takes actions in response, by issuing its own commands over DBUS. Yes, that's right. The cute little applet sitting right there in the tray displaying a picture of a battery is not a power management "front end" or a "configuration tool" for power management. It *is* the power manager itself.

IMHO, this design is all wrong. For instance, power management will be absent if nobody is logged in or if the active user is not running the applet. Apparently the new KDE program that you approved will use the very same broken concept.

The correct design, if I may be so blunt, is to have a system level daemon respond to power events. That makes the system much more robust and power management works no matter what happens to the desktop session. The daemon should be configured, but only that, via a GUI that communicates with it e.g. via a DBUS interface. This is the design of powersave; powersaved + kpowersave.

Please don't waste time on writing a KDE duplicate of something that GNOME got fundamentally wrong!

By martin at Wed, 06/28/2006 - 17:38