From Akademy back to K-Town
This year was just my second Akademy. And as my first one,
But when I arrived back in K-Town (to some people also known as Kaiserslautern) I had the same strange feeling again as two years ago coming back from Dublin. It felt like being back from a parallel world or something. "Post Akademy blues" ? Suddenly there were not everywhere you go, KDE people around. Do you know that feeling ?
One thing I noticed is that it seems in the meantime I'm one of the older guys in KDE. Oh well, that's ok. And it's nice to see the young guys coming into KDE. Well, usually I feel somewhat depressed (not sure that's the best word)
What did I do at Akademy ?
I met a lot of people, a lot I already knew and as always a lot of new faces (at least for me). This is always a lot of fun and I hope (well, I'm sure) we'll see us again soon ! :-)
I had planned a few things to work on, but didn't get around to finish all of them. Instead I spent a lot of time talking to people, helping them (you know, CMake stuff) and discussing. I think this is even more valuable to do
I also planned to get a full nightly build for KDE working: building qt-copy, building kdesupport, submitting a dashboard for it, if that succeeded, building kdelibs and submit to a dashboard, and if that succeeds, finally building kdepimlibs, as the first module which uses kdelibs, and, of course, submit a dashboard for it. Unfortunately I didn't find the time to get this done. So we will get this later. Then we should run this on the more "exotic" platforms we support, as e.g. Windows, OSX, Solaris and FreeBSD nightly. It would be cool if we would have a big fat box with virtual machines for the different operating systems to do that. Maybe this would have to be an Apple server, or are there any virtual machines which can run OSX ?
Monday was the general assembly of the KDE eV. It was a long meeting, and not very exciting. But the decisions we made are important for the project as a whole (dealing with donations, legal stuff, etc.). So the eV has an important, if maybe not really exciting role for KDE.
We released 4.0 in January, which was important for us as a project to mark the point in time from which we will stay compatible and stable. That's what it was. It wasn't intended for actual everyday use by normal users, but that was kind of hard to communicate. Before releasing it we had long discussion whether it should be named 4.0 or 3.90 or KDE4 0.1 or KDE 4.0 Preview or something. Maybe the message that it's not for everyday use would have come across clearer with a differrent name, but we decided for "4.0", so it doesn't matter now anymore.
Give this let's say 2 years, then everything is rock stable, on all platforms, and the applications will use the full power of the new underlying frameworks (the "Pillars").
Hey - I know what you mean, I only got back here yesterday, but sitting on my balcony looking out at the city where nothing ever happens, reading the Planet KDE feed seemed like a poor substitute for the enthusiasm and community. Also of course the German beer is rubbish - reinheitsgebot ... bah! :)
Oh and, thanks for the ride btw.!