O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Not at the Akonadi sprint. Shame!
(You can find Tom's blog about it here and here)

Missing out on the API discussions would have been already bad enough, missing the presentation of my GSoC student and not getting to meet Brad Hards sucks.

Anyway. Despite not having fun^Wto do a lot of work in Berlin, I still have something Akonadi related to blog about.

The next couple of months I'll be working with a group of students from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France under a program initiated several years ago by The Other Kevin (also knowns ervin and, to some lesser extent, as Kevin Ottens :)).

One of the nice things about Akonadi is its separation of concern. Developers can afford to concentrate on one specific area of interest such as providing awesome user interfaces or providing access to systems not designed to be used by desktop software or only one of a specific vendor.

Our French collegues are working on one of the latter, the Akonadi Forum Resource.

The concept behind this project is that we currently have a communication devide, a gap between two major groups in our community (users and developers) due to different preferences regarding communication channels.

So our idea is to build a bridge between two channels commonly used by each group: web base forum and (plain) text based newsgroups.
Users like the forum because it looks good, is convenient and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection.
Developers prefer using specialized software with features such as scoring (hide/show messages based on extensive rules) and loathe to wait for "unnecessary stuff" (e.g. fancy buttons, graphical emoticons, advances stylesheets) to be downloaded and processed.

The Akonadi Forum Resource is an attempt to develop a solution for this differences, by letting the developers (or anyone else with similar preferences) participate in the forum through newsgroup capable desktop software.

It will map the forum structure as newsgroup folders, forum topics as newsgroup threads and forum comments as newsgroup postings.
Depending on available time we are also considering access to forum personal messages and member and/or buddy lists.

That's all for now, stay tuned.


Hey Kevin, this is a very good news. Something I have filled as a wish to kmail/knode quite a while -> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=90950. Nice to hear that it is going to become reallity.

By markw at Sun, 10/18/2009 - 15:57

Yeah, I fully agree. Actually I always wondered why none of the popular web forum software projects had a news gateway, i.e. something similar to how gmane is a news gateway to email mailinglist.

Anyway, I've added some new information to your bug report and "fixed" the product to be better fit our new software stack

By krake at Sun, 10/18/2009 - 17:18