Blog Moved

Saturday, 22 November 2014
I've moved my developer blog to my vanity domain jriddell.org, which has hosted my personal blog since 1999 (before the word existed). Tags used are Planet KDE and Planet Ubuntu for the developer feeds. Read More

Kubuntu CI: the replacement for Project Neon

Thursday, 20 November 2014
[thanks to jens for the lovely logo] Many years ago Ubuntu had a plan for Grumpy Groundhog, a version of Ubuntu which was made from daily packages of free software development versions. Read More

Do you want Catalonia to be a State? If so, do you want Catalonia to be an independent State?

Monday, 3 November 2014
Today there are only six days left until I vote in the independence referendum. I usually use my personal blog for non technical bits but I thought some readers of my KDE Blog might be interested in this as it does affect the geopolitics of pretty much the whole world. Read More

Kubuntu Vivid in Bright Blue

Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Kubuntu Vivid is the development name for what will be released in April next year as Kubuntu 15.04. The exiting news is that following some discussion and some wavering we will be switching to Plasma 5 by default. Read More

Ubuntu's Linux Scheduler or Why Baloo Might be Slowing Your System in 14.04

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Last month I posted about packaging and why it takes time. I commented that the Stable Release Update process could not be rushed because a regression is worse than a known bug. Read More

Akademy Poll

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Best thing about Akademy Brno

Akademy Wednesday and Thursday Photo Blog

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Hacking hard in the hacking room Blue Systems Beer You will keep GStreamer support in Phonon Boat trip on the loch Off the ferry Bushan leads the way A fairy castle appears in the distance Read More

Akademy Day 0 Photo Blog

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Welcome to Czech, it has beautiful sunsets Welcome to Akademy at the Brno University of Technology Gladhorn whips the KDE board candidates into shape Red Hat shows us their new office building as they serve us beer Read More

Akademy Day 1 Photo Blog

Saturday, 6 September 2014
Some of the Kubuntu Devs Talking and hacking in the corridor Sebas celebrates the release of Plasma 5 David Explains Frameworks 5 Morning exercises led by President Lydia 3D printing Konqi and family

Should Scotland be an Independent Country?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Today my postal vote in the referendum for Scottish independence was sent off. I usually use my personal blog for non technical bits but I thought some readers of my KDE Blog might be interested in this as it does affect the geopolitics of pretty much the whole world. Read More

Do you need to be brain damaged to care about desktop Linux? and Kubuntu day at Akademy

Friday, 22 August 2014
After sell out dates in Glasgow and Belgium the tour of my dramatic talk "Do you need to be brain damaged to care about desktop Linux?" is making a stop in Brno for the KDE Conference Akademy. Read More

Qt Licence Update

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Today Qt announced some changes to their licence. The KDE Free Qt team have been working behind the scenes to make these happen and we should be very thankful for the work they put in. Read More

Upstream and Downstream: why packaging takes time

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Here in the KDE office in Barcelona some people spend their time on purely upstream KDE projects and some of us are primarily interested in making distros work which mean our users can get all the stuff we make. Read More

Kubuntu Plasma 5 ISOs Rolling

Monday, 28 July 2014
Your friendly Kubuntu team is hard at work packaging up Plasma 5 and making sure it's ready to take over your desktop sometime in the future. Scarlett has spent many hours packaging it and now Rohan has spent more hours putting it onto some ISO images which you can download to try as a live session or install. Read More

Barcelona, such a beautiful horizon

Monday, 21 July 2014
When life gives you a sunny beach to live on, make a mojito and go for a swim. Since KDE has an office that all KDE developer are welcome to use in Barcelona I decided to move to Barcelona until I get bored. Read More

Barcelona Plasma and KDE Frameworks 5.0 Release party

Thursday, 17 July 2014
Barcelona Free Software Users & Hackers are having a Barcelona Free Software Users & Hackers mañana, see you there!

Plasma 5.1 Kickoff

Thursday, 17 July 2014
We had a fun two hour meeting in #plasma yesterday to decide on the tasks for the next release. It's due out in October and there's plenty of missing features that need to be added before Plasma 5 is ready for the non-geek. Read More

Plasma 5 is Here! All Ready to Eat Your Babies

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
A year and a half ago Qt 5 was released giving KDE the opportunity and excuse to do the sort of tidying up that software always needs every few years. Read More

Frameworks 5 and Plasma 5 almost done!

Monday, 7 July 2014
KDE Frameworks 5 is due out today, the most exciting clean-up of libraries KDE has seen in years. Use KDE classes without brining in the rest of kdelibs. Packaging for Kubuntu is almost all green and Rohan should be uploading it to Utopic this week. Read More

Kubuntu on Twitter and Facebook

Friday, 13 June 2014
Slightly late to the game, Kubuntu now has a Twitter and Facebook account to join the Google+ account. New headlines will go there and we've a fancy account from the nice people at SoDash that makes it easy to interact. Read More

Plasma 5 Is Green

Thursday, 12 June 2014
On our Plasma 5 build status page most of the packages are now a pleasing green colour. For the first time today I installed them all and logged in and... it worked! Read More

Ubuntu Online Summit KDE Frameworks Talk

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Ubuntu Online Summit starts today with talks and sessions on all matter of stuff related to Ubuntu. It opens with the highlight of the summit, KDE Frameworks - Libraries for all Qt users a talk about the 50-odd framework libraries KDE is releasing and how they will be useful to all Qt programmers. Read More

Next Generation Edges Closer

Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Today I released the Plasma Next Beta. It's the first major user of KDE Frameworks 5 and tidies up the internal and the externals of the Plasma desktop. At the Kubuntu meeting yesterday we decided not to ship Plasma Next by default in October but to make a secondary ISO for those who want to test it out while putting the Plasma 1 version into maintenance mode - updating the version and fixing the major bugs and not much more. Read More

Kubuntu Utopic Kickoff Meeting

Monday, 12 May 2014
A new cycle and lots of interesting possibilities! Will KF5 and Plasma 5 be supreme? All welcome at the Kubuntu kickoff meeting this european evening and american afternoon at 19:00UTC. Read More

Favourite Twitter Post

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
There's only 1 tool to deal with an unsupported Windows XP...

Trust in Trusty 14.04 LTS

Friday, 18 April 2014
Trust in Me You've been waiting for it, we've been working hard on it.. it's the new Long Term Support release of Kubuntu! This means we've been working hard on removing bugs, polishing features and not adding new ones. Read More

Calling all Testers

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Candidate images for Kubuntu 14.04LTS are up and need you to test them. Go to the ISO tracking site to download and mark your testing status. Check out the milestoned bugs for issues we are aware of and do report any we are not. Read More

Stirling Chat

Monday, 7 April 2014
Lydia brought a load of friends over from Germany to visit the sights of Stirling. Paul threw a party for her friends. I canoed up the Firth of Forth to visit and drank lashings of ginger beer. Read More

Plasma Next Alpha

Friday, 4 April 2014
This week, as well as being a centrefold model in a tabloid rag, another of my life ambitions came true when I had the glory of being the release dude. Read More

KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 is Green

Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Scarlett has been working hard on packaging KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 and the build status page shows a sea of green (the only yellow is when a framework is asking for a package which doesn't exist yet). Read More

New Blue Systems Office Edinburgh

Wednesday, 5 March 2014
The Blue Systems office in Edinburgh has moved across The Meadows to the Grassmarket to a larger office which is also surrounded on two sides by curious artist collectives and the occasional hipster café. Read More

No Licence Needed for Kubuntu Derivative Distributions

Friday, 14 February 2014
Early last year the Linux Mint developer told me he had been contacted by Canonical's community manager to tell him he needed to licence his use of the packages he used from Ubuntu. Read More

Talk and Interview at FOSDEM

Monday, 10 February 2014
Hacker Public Radio FOSDEM edition is up now for those wanting a podcast packaged full of geek interviews. My interview is 27 minutes in and talks of KDE, Kubuntu and how Baloo will make the KDE world slicker. Read More

Tier 1 is a Slam Dunk

Monday, 13 January 2014
KDE Frameworks 5 tech preview shipped last week and we've been packaging furiously. This is all new packaging from scratch, none of our automated scripts we have for KDE SC. Tier 1 is in our experimental PPA for Trusty. Read More


Tuesday, 7 January 2014
I'm going to FOSDEM for 2014, are you? FOSDEM is a massive free software meeting with more projects than you knew existed. We need help on the KDE stall. We also need visitors in the devroom. Read More

Frameworks 5 Tech Preview is here!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Frameworks 5 Tech Preview has arrived. KDE Frameworks it a port of kdelibs to Qt 5 and turned into modules so you can install only the bits you need. People are often reluctant to add kdelibs to their applications because it brings in too many dependencies. Read More

Photo Retrospective: Ubuntu

Friday, 27 December 2013
I'm done triaging old photos, here's some of my favourite Ubuntu themed ones from 2005 to 2009. The first Ubuntu conference I went to in Sydney featuring Andreas, one of the Kubuntu originators Read More

Photo triage: KDE retrospective

Wednesday, 25 December 2013
I've also been triaging old photos to make some room on my server, so here's a Christmas present of a retrospective of old KDE photos. It all started here, my first KDE talk about Umbrello, my dissertation project. Read More

#savetheday party 19:50UTC in #kubuntu-devel

Saturday, 23 November 2013
#savetheday party 19:50UTC in Munich and #kubuntu-devel from a project which has always taken inspiration from the Timelord.

Kubuntu Geek Out

Saturday, 23 November 2013
Two of my favourite things in one evening. Save the Day viewing! Who's your favourite Doctor? Followed by the Munich city Kubuntu rollout viewing, amazing how they have saved so much money but they did it for Freedom. Read More

Kubuntu Photo at Munich BSP

Saturday, 23 November 2013
We're having a great meeting here in Munich, last night we collected a range of topics to chat about and today we've been moving post-it notes about as we discuss topics and fix problems. Read More

Munich Beastie Squishing Party Begins

Friday, 22 November 2013
We're meeting in Munich at the offices of LiMux who have just completed their transition to convert the whole of public administration in Munich to Kubuntu, over 15,000 computers. Tux is supporting the wrong football team Read More

Barcelona: KDE Frameworks Dragons and KDE Allotment

Thursday, 14 November 2013
It's little advertised but KDE has an office in Barcelona. With Scotland getting cold, dark and wet I set off in search of sun and colleagues to have a change of scene and improve my health after a surgeon poked needles into my eye. Read More

Night at the Museum with Linuxcon

Friday, 25 October 2013
Linuxcon ended in spectacular style with a party at the National Museum of Scotland, shown here with the interesting addition of a full marching band. Dolly the sheep was supposed to be on display but ran off at the sound of the bagpipes. Read More

Linus Comes to Edinburgh

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Linus is visiting Edinburgh today for a Q&A session at LinuxCon. Asked where he'd like to see Linux in 5 years time he said he started Linux because he wanted to use it on his desktop but he's been disappointed how that hasn't taken off. Read More

Linuxcon Talks

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
I gave a lightning talk at Linuxcon about KDE and Kubuntu highlighting some of the mega rollouts with Kubuntu such as the <a href"http://dot.kde.org/2013/10/02/ezgo-free-and-open-source-software-taiwans-schools">one which is about to take over Taipai. Read More

KDE and Kubuntu at Linuxcon in Edinburgh

Monday, 21 October 2013
Linux has come to my home with Linuxcon in Edinburgh. Me and Kenny C are manning the KDE stall showing off KDE software running Krita on a desktop (bling), Plasma Active on a Nexus (swish, very popular), KDE Software on Windows (ooh I didn't know you did that) and giving away lots of lanyards. Read More

Discover your System with Kubuntu 13.10

Thursday, 17 October 2013
Packaged full of lovely goodness is the upgrade to 13.10, grab it now.. http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-13.10 Highlights include... New Software from KDE - KDE Plasma and Applications 4.11 New app installer - Muon Discover New accounts setup - User Manager Easier to get everything during install - Wireless Setup in Installer KDE Telepathy with Better Text Editing and Improved Notifications New Network Manager applet Easier to report what you're using with About System documentation returns at http://docs. Read More

Kubuntu Beastie Fixing

Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Bugs are a pain, especially when a fiddly one comes along involving Python bindings, the number of people who understand SIP is pretty low. So it's nice we were able to fix it quickly. Read More

Artists: daily builds of Krita

Tuesday, 1 October 2013
The Krita Lime PPA provides daily builds of the best free software painting application out there. For aspiring artists Krita is a fabulous app to create works of inspiration. Krita is optimised for painting but I also use it for many image manipulation tasks, it's installed by default in Kubuntu. Read More

Help test Kubuntu 13.10 Beta 2

Thursday, 26 September 2013
Download and test the beta 2 candidates and report on that iso testing site. Upgrades also need testing. If you're wondering how to help Kubuntu, this is how. Virtual machines and real hardware needed. Read More

Switching to Kubuntu comments

Thursday, 26 September 2013
Some comments on switching to Kubuntu from a recent Slashdot article... I switched to Kubuntu ... I haven't looked back. I like *buntu distributions simply because they're the easiest to get up and running. Read More

Site-ul Kubuntu România a fost lansat

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
As previously blogged Kubuntu Romania launched. Site creator Ovidiu-Florin has a launch ceremony with wine and ribbon to open it. Now that's style.

Kubuntu România

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Kubuntu România launches today, a Romanian language website with Kubuntu news and support.

Winter Is Coming

Friday, 20 September 2013
Winter is coming so why not snuggle up with Kubuntu? Kubuntu keeps everyone warm.

Kubuntu: Best KDE distro of 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013
The writer on Netrunner Mag did a review of the Best KDE Distro of 2013 and came to the following conclusion: So beauty plus stability plus accessibility, the precarious triple-point equilibrium lands flat in the court of Kubuntu. Read More

Bugfix thanks

Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Application icons had stopped showing sometimes in the KDE SC 4.11.1 update but our lovely upstreams found a fix and when I was notified by a user I was happy to add it to the Kubuntu packages. Read More

Medibuntu to Disappear, libdvdcss now direct from VideoLan

Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Medibuntu the archive with libdvdcss and a number of other package which couldn't be put into the official Ubuntu archive is to disappear. Gauvain Pocentek who has been maintaining it for some time is wanting to move himself and his server on. Read More

KDE Connect in Kubuntu

Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Thanks to the elite packaging skills of smartboyhw and the review skills of Quintasan we now have kdeconnect in Kubuntu saucy so you can use your phone to control Amarok. Read More

Come to the Kubuntu Bug Squashing Party in Munich!

Friday, 6 September 2013
There is a Debian+Kubuntu Bug Squashing Party in Munich and you're invited! If you're wanting to help out with Kubuntu or Debian or KDE do come along and start squishing beasties. Read More

Kubuntu Commercial Support

Tuesday, 3 September 2013
As reported on Slashdot Commercial Support is available again for Kubuntu. If you or your organisation needs help with your computer systems running Kubuntu but you don't want to worry about the best IRC channel to ask in you can pay some money and phone up the office in England to get some help. Read More

New Kubuntu Dev Tools

Friday, 30 August 2013
There's been some tools added to the Kubuntu developer workflow recently which are handy for current developers and means anyone interested in helping out can find jobs to be done earily. Read More

Ubuntu on BBC News

Monday, 19 August 2013
Just noticed on the BBC News front page Ubuntu sets crowdfund pledge record. Good luck with the pledges Edgers!

New Umbrello Website

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Umbrello is the premier UML diagram tool for Linux desktops. UML is a standard for making diagrams of software, useful for documenting and planning your programs. I took over Umbrello in about 2002 and maintained it as part of my University final year project. Read More


Friday, 2 August 2013
Gosh I only expected a donation occasionally but we've had 19 people want to thank Kubuntu enough to donate us some money. Thanks Coorey, Orlando, Marcelo, Fabian, Giancarlo, Juan, Javier, Jussi, David, Kevin, Jeremy, Łukasz, Christoph, Nadeem, Philippe, Daniel, Lieven, Christoph, Noam! Read More

Project Neon 5 daily builds, Ubiquity Wireless Setup

Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Project Neon is a fantastic resource for KDE developers giving daily builds for KDE software. It's maintained by the lovely Kubuntu community on the lovely Launchpad infrastructure. KDE developers can install the various bits they need to develop their part of KDE without having to worry about compiling everything themselves. Read More

30 Second Akademy Interviews

Friday, 19 July 2013
Who is KDE? I did some 30 second interviews on the booze cruise last night to give you a flavour.

Akademy 2013 Day 5 in Photos

Friday, 19 July 2013
K people discussing KPeople The organising team busy organising Solid developers don't liquidise in the heat An evening booze cruise Fun in the sun

Akademy 2013 Day 4 in Photos

Thursday, 18 July 2013
The day started with a long release schedule BoF. No conclusion but less freezes seemed popular. Shorter release schedule seemed mostly popular with a 4 month schedule getting a fair bit of approval. Read More

Kubuntu All Stars @ Akademy

Wednesday, 17 July 2013
A quiet day for me at Akademy catching up on e-mail and learning how to make an apt archive so here's some more photos from the rocking party last night. Read More

Akademy 2013 Day 3 in Photos - Kubuntu Developer Summit

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
At the Kubuntu Developer Summit we discussed various topics. The guys on the left are from a 15,000 seat Kubuntu rollout in Munich, we worked out a plan to supply LTS backport packages they need. Read More

Akademy 2013 Day 2 in Photos

Monday, 15 July 2013
Lydia tells us how to talk to each other An audience waits to see which of them will win an Akademy Award Vishesh wins an Akademy Award! The organising team get a round of applause, see the video. Read More

Akademy 2013 Day 1 in Photos

Sunday, 14 July 2013
Eva Galperin from the EFF talks on surveillance "Help us Free Software you are our only hope" Kubuntu sponsor's poster on stage with good-to-see new sponsor Blackberry Did I mention the white wine on the rooftop terrace infront of the Guggenhein? Read More

Akademy 2013 Starting

Friday, 12 July 2013
KDE Meeting in Bilbao! The KDE e.V. AGM, fewer people than normal, only about 50 people (~1/4 of the membership) due to it being held a day early. Lunch time of wine, beer and Crudités on the terrace infront of the Guggenhein Museum, possibly the most classy Akademy ever. Read More

How did I fix a bug in Kubuntu installer?

Monday, 8 July 2013
New Kubuntu contributor Shrinivasan T's blogs about How did I fix a bug in kubuntu installer?. The post takes you through the process of forking, fixing and merging some code from Bazaar to get it into Kubuntu. Read More

Kubuntu Won't be Switching to Mir or XMir

Thursday, 27 June 2013
A few months ago Canonical announced their new graphics system for Ubuntu, Mir. It's a shame the Linux desktop market hasn't taken off as we all hoped at the turn of the millennium and they feel the need to follow a more Apple or Android style of approach making an OS which works in isolation rather than as part of a community development method. Read More

4.11 Build Chart and What Else?

Friday, 21 June 2013
SC 4.11 build chart. Lines and lines and lines! < Riddell> "Aurélien renewed their own membership in the Kubuntu Members" yay agateau still loves us! < aurélien> Riddell: of course I do! Read More

nice e-mail

Wednesday, 12 June 2013
I still get the best e-mails :) From: Tibor To: jriddell@ubuntu.com Subject: Thank you! Hello Kubuntu/Ubuntu-Team, i only want to say thank you for the great operating system Kubuntu, you Read More

New Blue Systems Edinburgh Office at Tech Cube

Monday, 3 June 2013
After many years of working away from my bedroom desk I was invited to a party at the opening of a new hotdesking space. Tech Cube is an attempt to create an entrepreneurial office space in Edinburgh. Read More

Subject: Kubuntu love

Wednesday, 29 May 2013
I get the best e-mails Subject: Kubuntu love Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 12:26:56 +0100 Hello Jonathan I really wasn't sure who to write to about this, but I got your name from the Kubuntu site as a contact. Read More

Re-Blog: Martin Gräßlin - Mir in Kubuntu

Monday, 13 May 2013
A repost of Martin Gräßlin's blog Mir in Kubuntu for the benefit of Planet Ubuntu As you might have seen in Jonathan’s blog post we discussed Mir in Kubuntu at the “Mataro Sessions II”. Read More

Distrowatch Reviews Kubuntu

Friday, 10 May 2013
Distrowatch is a handy site to check out the history of Kubuntu. Today they put up a review of Kubuntu 13.04. "Kubuntu gave me a very responsive graphical environment, an application menu which was free from advertisements and the distribution did not insist I install third-party drivers just to use my desktop. Read More

Mataro Sessions II: the breakouts

Thursday, 9 May 2013
Notes from breakout on Homerun: Needs to move to Extragear no upstream designer in Plasma so hard to change fundementals like app menu KWin would be against it as default, uses full screen blur, no visual consistency between it and dashboard Does not show app generic names netrunner says full screen is distracting for a menu no filters no recent apps Notes from breakout on High DPI sceens: Read More

The Breakouts: UEFI

Thursday, 9 May 2013
Me and Rohan and Harald spent the day playing with the cheapo Sony Vaio laptop I got with Windows 8 and UEFI firmware. This laptop has many partitions: sda1 is fat32 and contains a Boot and a Microsoft EFI boot loaders sda2 is ntfs and contains Windows Recovery bits sda3 is efi/fat32 and contains a Boot, a Microsoft, a kubuntu and a ubuntu EFI boot loader sda4 is a Microsoft reserved parition and won't mount, spooky sda5 is an ntfs partition and has Windows 8 on it sda6 is ext4 and I install Ubuntu and Kubuntu to it sda7 is a linux-swap partition Read More

Kubuntu Developer Summit @ Akademy

Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Since there's no UDS we have a room booked at Akademy to spend the day discussing things in Kubuntu if you're coming put yourself on https://notes.kde.org/p/kubuntu-akademy Would be good to have as many Kubuntu people there as possible. Read More

Notes from Breakout sessions at Mataro Sessions II

Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Here's some notes from the breakout sessions we had yesterday for my own recolation. KWin and Wayland on Kubuntu Differences between Wayland and Mir are minimal, only client vs server side buffer allocation, so no benefit from it for a desktop distro dri3000 is a project to make X do client side buffer allocating KWin won't support Mir, (unless canonical wants to do it) it has no ABI stability KWin was working on Wayland suppport, now shifted effort to Qt 5 support before going back to Wayland work. Read More

Kubuntu Support

Saturday, 4 May 2013
Some time ago I got a phone call saying Canonical were stepping back from their support of Kubuntu. But Free Software doesn't like to quietly disappear and I've been spending the last year getting back what went missing. Read More

Mataro Sessions II

Saturday, 4 May 2013
The Ubuntu Developer Summit should have been this week but got cancelled in order to increase transparency. But you wouldn't want to let an expensive hotel booking go to waste so there seems to have been a meeting of Canonical engineers this week anyway just without the community. Read More

13.04 Testers Needed!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
We need you to test candidates for the 13.04 Kubuntu release. ISO tracker has the tests needed and links to the images. Chat in #kubuntu-devel to coordinate. Happy testing!

100 things that are great about Kubuntu?

Thursday, 18 April 2013
Google+ topic to name 100 things that are great about Kubuntu "Community involvement." "I like KDevelop, KDE and Debian packages combined with the fast update service of Kubuntu." "I have to hand it to the Kubuntu package team, they really get the updates out fast" Read More

Slick New Artwork and call for testers

Thursday, 18 April 2013
Some slick new artwork has arrived in Kubuntu 13.04. 13.04 is due for release a week today so all hands on deck for testing, join us in #kubuntu-devel to help out. Read More

Formidable! Un Planet Francais

Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Bienvenue au Planet KDE Francais, un grand planet pour tout la monde francophone. "C'est cool ça un planet en français pout KDE!" Cédric Bellegarde "Une planète en français s’il vous plait! Read More

NHS Hack Day Judgement

Monday, 25 March 2013
Myself and Paul and Nicky and Carry judged the entries. They were all winners. They all showed what could be done when you put people with ideas together with people who can hack. Read More

NHS Hack Scotland day 2

Sunday, 24 March 2013
Linux geeks The judge and the organiser The Ambulance Massive

NHS Hack Scotland starts

Saturday, 23 March 2013
NHS Hack Scotland is starting here in Edinburgh brining coders and medics together for the weekend Morning wake up The pitches get written Introductions

Big request

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Sometimes I get the best e-mails... From: "Przemek (cojack)" Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:42:19 +0100 Subject: Big request To: jr@jriddell.org Hello, I have big request to you, please don't ever stop working on/for Kubuntu. Read More

NHS Lothian Tech Managers' Ignorance to be Saved by NHS Hack Scotland

Thursday, 14 March 2013
There’s been chat that my NHS Hack Scotland post implies there’s no point in going to the event, that in light of the NHS Lothian FOI request anything created at the weekend has no chance of being used in the NHS. Read More

Hack Scotland weekend to Save the NHS

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
NHS Hack Scotland is a weekend event to bring together geeks and developers with medics and manager from Scotland's lovely health service. Like the equivalent NHS Hack Days in the equivalent (but endangered) health service in England is it planned to end up with open source prototype programmes to solve interesting problems. Read More

Re-post: David Edmundson KDE, LightDM and the Mir Kerfuffle

Wednesday, 13 March 2013
A re-post of David Edmundson's blog KDE, LightDM and the Mir Kerfuffle for Planet Ubuntu With Canonical's decision to make a new display server, there's been some questions as to how this affects LightDM and the KDE front end I've spent a long time working towards. Read More

I Agree with Canonical

Monday, 11 March 2013
Really I do, dunno why some people think I unfairly critisise them. They want to fix bug number 1, "Microsoft has a majority market share". The obvious way to do that was with the existing community made desktop software but after many years that still had minimal traction. Read More

Re-blog: Martin Gräßlin Reply to “All the faces of Ubuntu”

Friday, 8 March 2013
A repost of elite KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin from Planet KDE Dear Mark Shuttleworth, so you “have absolutely no doubt that Kwin will work just fine on top of Mir”. This is great and I totally appreciate that you think Mir is a great system. Read More

Re-blog: Pau Garcia i Quiles, Mark’s divisive leadership

Friday, 8 March 2013
A repost of elite KDE contributor Pau Garcia i Quiles' blog for Planet Ubuntu Mark Shuttleworth recently critized Jonathan Riddell for proposing Xubuntu and others join the Kubuntu community. I thought I could make a few amendments to Mark’s writing: Read More

Ubuntu is Many Communities

Thursday, 7 March 2013
Some people mis-read (or I mis-wrote) my previous blog as critisising Ubuntu for not caring about its community any more. That's not what I wanted to say and it wouldn't make any sense, Ubuntu is a large community, it can hardly stop caring about itself. Read More

13.04 to go Ahead

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Of all the nutty things Canonical has done in the last week wanting to drop 13.04 four months into development and two months before release is one of the more anti-social to the community who have been working on it. Read More

An Ubuntu Community that is a Community

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
If like Martin Owens you're feeling the lack of Ubuntu community and wanting an Ubuntu community that cares about everyone's contribution, doesn't make random announcements every couple of days that have obviously been made behind closed doors and cares about a community made upstream desktop (and err. Read More

Gnome Founder Leaves

Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Planet Gnome is headed by a curious blog today, Miguel moving to Mac. "To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl. Read More

Cool KDE Users

Saturday, 23 February 2013
I get nice comments on IRC occationally, here's an especially nice one recently: Can I thank all the Kubuntu Ninjas for their superlative efforts with Raring (amazingly stable for Alpha 2), KDE SC 4. Read More

Sony Pirates KDE Artwork

Thursday, 21 February 2013
Sony, the company who created Audio CDs which installed a rootkit on Windows computer to try to stop people copying music has pirated KDE artwork. The preferences-system.png icon from Oxygen is on their Choose your Vaio webpages (next to configure) but impressively is also on the UEFI firmware should you boot up into Assist mode. Read More

A Morning with Windows 8

Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Microsoft have decreed that every new Windows 8 computer has to come with UEFI, a new firmware to replace the old 80s BIOS. They've also decreed that every new Windows 8 computer has to come with SecureBoot which means it'll only boot an operating system signed by MS. Read More

How to Type Kubuntu in Japanese

Monday, 18 February 2013
Oriental and other input methods have long been fiddly in Kubuntu. I'm very pleased to see that ace Kubuntu ninja Michal Zajac has fixed the language packs to set up the input methods correctly when installing a language that needs it. Read More

nice Kubuntu comment

Monday, 18 February 2013
Aaron's grumpy discussion of how Unity doesn't currently use Qt on the desktop made it to Slashdot got this nice comment in the /. discussion: 'I have been using Kubuntu -- the semi-official KDE Ubuntu -- for years. Read More

Wow with 4.10

Friday, 15 February 2013
A nice e-mail I received about KDE SC 4.10... Hi there, Wasn't sure where to send this email but wanted to send a huge thank you to the Kubuntu team. I have no idea what happened in 4. Read More

Kubuntu Ninjas

Tuesday, 20 November 2012
It's Kubuntu Ninja time! We have the tars for the next KDE Software Compilation beta and now we need to package them up. There's an awful lot of them so do come and help. Read More

Kubuntu at Ubuntu Developer Summit

Tuesday, 30 October 2012
It's UDS time again and we're in sunny Copenhagen. You can join in by looking at the sessions and look up on the schedule when to join, then you can listen in to the audio and type into the IRC channel which is projected into each room. Read More

Kubuntu Not Released Yet

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
My head trauma showing itself with a pre-ticked publish box on the Kubuntu release story that just escaped long enough to make it onto Planets KDE and Ubuntu. We're still testing and will be needing more CD testers tonight, come and join us in #kubuntu-devel

Kubuntu Quantal Final Testers Needed

Friday, 12 October 2012
Less than a week until Kubuntu 12.10 is due out and the candidate images are needing testing. Join us in #kubuntu-devel and get the images from the ISO tester, run them in a range of configurations and report the results on the tester. Read More

It's a Beta

Thursday, 4 October 2012
Two weeks until the final thing and we need lots of testing of the beta, now featuring the latest and greatest KDE Platform and Applications 4.9.2. Beta release page lists the new features and the download and upgrade instructions. Read More

Kubuntu got Donations, KDE needs Donations

Friday, 21 September 2012
There we were starting discussions for the Ubuntu Developer Summit at the end of October in Copenhagen and wondering who we could afford to send when I got a nice e-mail asking what it would cost to send everyone who wanted to go. Read More

Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?

Monday, 3 September 2012
A fun thread on independent website kubuntuforums.net asking why use Kubuntu rather than the multitude of competition. Some answers: (1) I prefer the KDE look (2) The friendly community I just like KDE and Kubuntu seams to give the best KDE I have tried I use it because I like Ubuntu, but but want customization options. Read More

Help out Kubuntu

Wednesday, 22 August 2012
It's never too late to help out Kubuntu in the cycle Here's our work items for this cycle. Some of the easier ones: track down and update install docs everywhere for having a USB/DVD image but no CD image review kubuntu active for app selection and good experience Kubuntu Quantal Docs - carry on where top contributor LittleGirl had to leave off Update ubiquity to match GTK frontend (the GTK frontend is getting a load of features which will mean the alternate images can go away like LVM partitioning) ensure OwnCloud juju charm works (we like owncloud here at Kubuntu) deal with Kubuntu unique strings now we aren't using Launchpad (should be translated separately either in KDE or in Launchpad). Read More

Kubuntu Banner

Monday, 20 August 2012
Posted today to the kubuntu-devel mailing list, this handy image for your website

Calligra's Second Release

Monday, 13 August 2012
Calligra has made a second release. Packages are aviailabe for Kubuntu. With this release I'm confident Calligra is ready for bigger exporure and we're evaluating it for Kubuntu 12.10.

Planet Qt

Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Danimo started a Planet Qt as a sign of the project's increased open development model. It uses the same Rawdog setup I made for Planet KDE. Favourite Microblog of the day "Kubuntu, nice addition to being more independent, now works better than ever" Read More

Rekonq 1! Akademy Videos

Monday, 23 July 2012
Rekonq, the web browser shipped with Kubuntu, has reached 1.0 congratulations Adjam and friends. It's pleasingly stable and thanks to WebKit it supports almost all the modern fancy stuff in websites. Read More

Akademy Group Photo

Sunday, 15 July 2012
Mega Akademy Group Photo, who can you name?

Akademy BoFs

Thursday, 12 July 2012
A week in Estonia, the lovely sunshine, the magical forest and all the BoFs you could want. Qt Quick Training The main event of the Monday was KDAB running a Qt Quick training session. Read More

Akademy Week Continues

Wednesday, 4 July 2012
A whole week of KDE goodness here at the IT College in Tallinn. Favourite talks: Jeroen van Meeuwen gave a talk about bug management, something we're often not very good at in free software due to lack of manpower. Read More

Akademy 2012 in Pictures

Sunday, 1 July 2012
A life reaffirming gathering of KDE contributors is happening this week in sunny Tallinn in Estonia. Here's some pictures for those stuck at home Pre-Akademy Hacker beer Some KDE developers arrived by lunar module Read More

Kubuntu 12.04 LTS is out

Friday, 27 April 2012
A shiny new Kubuntu release all for you. You can install it safe in the knowledge that the Kubuntu community will make security updates and major bug fixes for 5 years along with Canonical's lovely resources doing the same on much of the rest of the Ubuntu packages. Read More

Planet KDE Categories

Friday, 27 April 2012
I've had some questions about Planet KDE recently. Planet KDE is intended for personal blogs of KDE contributors blogging with a KDE focus. All KDE contributors are welcome to add their feeds to planet by editing the file in svn or filing a bug. Read More

Non-stop testing

Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Ubuntu release date is set for Thursday so it's non-stop testing until then. All helpers needed - Kubuntu team will test everything in all permutations but it's never a good thing to be the only tester on software for which you are responsible for, third parties always needed. Read More

Calligra Released

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Calligra has been released, KDE's document suite of applications. It has applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing and much more. Congratulations Calligra team. Install the packages from kubuntu-ppa/backports or direct from 12. Read More

Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems

Wednesday, 11 April 2012
A while ago I had to announce that Canonical weren't going to sponsor Kubuntu any more. 'Fair enough' I thought, Canonical needs to make money and after dropping support for Gnome support for KDE couldn't be far behind. Read More

Ubuntu and VNC on EC2

Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Lots of KDE SC 4.8.2 packaging and testing today. But some folks can't test it easily because they have small bandwidth or they don't want to install experimental packages on their local computer. Read More

Kubuntu and the state of free consumer software

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Since I had to announce that Canonical was dropping support for Kubuntu from 12.11 (and then had to announce two days later they were dropping support for 12.04) I've been getting lots of people asking "is this the end of KDE? Read More

Kubuntu Active on ARM

Tuesday, 20 March 2012
I've been playing with getting Kubuntu Active on ARM. Getting a working ARM setup is a lot like getting a working Linux desktop setup when I started in 1999. It's unclear what computer you need, it's unclear what install image you need, it's unclear how you install it and then it doesn't work and it's unclear how you debug it. Read More

Kubuntu Active is Activated

Thursday, 15 March 2012
The first Ubuntu flavour for tablets is now making daily builds. We even got our first bug reports from our localy Plasma Active upstreams. Images are for i386 only for now, ARMv7 should be added when we know it's a bit more stable and have testers. Read More

CeBIT 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012
"CeBIT is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to CeBIT. Read More

Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 1

Thursday, 1 March 2012
This week I've been on Ubuntu release driver duty for Beta 1. Ubuntu has lots of flavours there days and they all need to be nudged to ensure they get their testing and announcements done in time. Read More

12.04 Feature Freeze This Week

Wednesday, 15 February 2012
This week is feature freeze in Ubuntu land and the Kubuntu community have been working hard to get in as many as possible before the deadline. Telepathy-KDE is working nicely. We're still deciding if it's better to go with the new-but-not-much-tested Telepathy-KDE or the old-but-unmaintained Kopete by default. Read More

KDE at FOSDEM 2012

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
At the end of a long day here are some photos from KDE at FOSDEM 2012. Pradeepto says "3.24 AM here, am in office, those pictures made my day/night/whatever itis now". Read More

Kubuntu Status

Tuesday, 7 February 2012
From my kubuntu-devel posting. See also Jason's posting. Today I bring the disappointing news that Canonical will no longer be funding my work on Kubuntu after 12.04. Canonical wants to treat Kubuntu in the same way as the other community flavors such as Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu, and support the projects with infrastructure. Read More

Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8 on Kubuntu

Friday, 27 January 2012
Kubuntu has packages for 4.8 bringing updates to Plasma workspaces and a load of KDE Applications. To quote a nice user posting on kde-devel "I upgraded to Ubuntu's Precise Alpha 1 a few days ago. Read More

Ageing Gracefully

Saturday, 24 December 2011
Earlier this year Jono mused about getting older. Ah bless, I remember him when he was just a whippersnapper promoting KDE at a warehouse in Birmingham. Today is my turn to reach my 30s and I had it all planned out. Read More

Kubuntu Outcomes from Precise UDS

Monday, 14 November 2011
Hacking between sessions, Quintasan, fregl, afiestas The Ubuntu Developer Summit was in Florida again for a week of sessions, specs, work items, discussions and mouse burgers. We had a lot of useful Kubuntu sessions and came up with a long list of things to do over the next six months. Read More

What I Did on my Rotation

Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Canonical has a company scheme where after working there for a few years you can rotate to work at another part of the company for 6 months. Having worked on the desktop team for over five years I decided to do a rotation to Bazaar. Read More

Precise Ubuntu Developer Summit

Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Ubuntu Developer Summit is happening in cloudy Florida. The Kubuntu team have been busy talking about how to make a rock solid LTS release for Precise Pangolin that can be supported for 5 years. Read More

KDE is 15, Kubuntu is 11.10

Friday, 14 October 2011
Kubuntu 11.10 is out and ready for download. This is the first Kubuntu release were I haven't had much involvement in putting it together and I'm immensly proud of the team who put in so much work. Read More

qbzr with curves

Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Nice little visual change to qbzr, curves on the diff view.. Before: After: Thanks to Iwata Hidetaka. Being bored of the IRC poll on blogs.kde.org I made a new poll for revision control systems. Read More

42,000 schools running Kubuntu derivative

Friday, 16 September 2011
An LWN article from a few weeks ago talks about Userful Corporation's deployment of Linux in Brazillian schools. "The Brazil deployment has been rolling out in phases since 2008, and currently includes more than 42,000 schools in 4,000 cities. Read More

Tu Parle Bazaar?

Friday, 16 September 2011
Bug 83941 Bzr doesn't speak my tongue has been closed. Bzr can now be translated. If you want to help bring bzr to those who prefer to work in non-English languages please help translate at Launchpad (you will need to be in the appropriate Launchpad translations team). Read More

Falkirk LUG Talk Tonight

Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Yesterday's App Developer Week talk on Bazaar Explorer went well. See the logs if you missed it. Tonight I'm giving a real life talk at my old user group Falkirk LUG about Kubuntu and Bazaar. Read More

Bazaar Explorer Talk in 2 hours

Monday, 5 September 2011
I'm giving a talk on Bazaar Explorer as part of Ubuntu App Developer Weeks. Starts at 17:00UTC in #ubuntu-classroom on freenode IRC.

Desktop Summit 2011 Group Photo

Monday, 22 August 2011
These are the people who make your computers free! Still 145 to name, additions welcome.

245 Desktop Summit Names to Find

Wednesday, 17 August 2011
The Desktop Summit 2011 Group photo needs your help! Please find all the unnamed people (most of them Gnomers) and add their names, irc nicks and affiliations to this etherpad document. Read More

Dolphin Bazaar Integration

Friday, 12 August 2011
At the Desktop Summit it was pointed out that Bazaar lacked integration with Dolphin. Of course Bazaar's main GUI is the cross platform Qt based Bzr Explorer. But there is also value in integrating with the tools that are natively part of a desktop. Read More

Desktop Summit

Wednesday, 10 August 2011
I went to the Desktop Summit in Berlin where more than 700 people from Gnome, KDE and elsewhere met for talks and beer. Canonical has a sensible policy of needing a report back from any conference we go to so here's mine. Read More

Launchpadding, bzr --verify-signatures, Desktop Summit

Friday, 1 July 2011
Bazaar developers like to play against the odds, whatever the odds This week I'm in Dublin for Canonical's mid-cycle meetup where our Ubuntu developers work on their normal projects but with the advantage of face to face contact with colleagues. Read More

Joining the Bazaar

Friday, 27 May 2011
I've always been a fan of Bazaar. A revision control system that lets you work however you want and without needing to be Linus Torvalds to understand it. So it's a big privilage to be taking a sabbatical from Kubuntu and rotating to work with the Bazaar community. Read More

Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
This cycle's Ubuntu Developer Summit is in Budapest. The Qt 5 summit was rather exciting and unexpected. The good news is it's not a big Qt 3 -> 4 style transition, it will remain source compatible, it's simply a break in ABI to tidy things up and allow for modularisation. Read More

Qt 5 Coming...

Monday, 9 May 2011
Several hundered Ubuntu and related people at UDS in Budapest. Qt talk going on now. Just announced is Qt 5 is going to be released expected next year. It'll focus on Qt Quick 2 and use Lighthouse and we saw some fun effects happening in the demo. Read More

Kubuntu 11.04 for the Upgrade

Thursday, 28 April 2011
A new release is out. The 11.04 release page shows what's new. Samba is a theme with working file and printer sharing, however did we let that stay broken for so long. Read More

Natty Narwhal Nearly Here, On Rotation

Thursday, 21 April 2011
11.04 is nearly here. If you haven't tried the beta yet you only have a week to go to make sure you catch any last beasties in this release. KDE Platform 4 is now in a pleasingly stable state so if you haven't tried Plasma or KDE Software for a while and are finding the alternatives a bit too different in their UI changes do give Kubuntu a try. Read More

Ubuntu App Developers Week

Monday, 11 April 2011
Ubuntu App Developers Week has IRC talks on developing /on/ Ubuntu (rather than developing bits of Ubuntu itself. Of interest to Kubuntu and KDE folks is "Widgetcraft: The Art of Creating Plasma Widgets" by Harald Sitter today at 19:00UTC and "Creating a KDE app with KAppTemplate" Jonathan Thomas tomorrow Tuesday at 19:00UTC. Read More

usb-creator in suse; accessibility in Qt, it speaks!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
For reasons I haven't worked out, Ubuntu needs a specific tool to write its ISO CD images onto a USB disk. This is fine if you're on an Ubuntu distro or on Windows where we have usb-creator available to install, but is a problem for users of other distros. Read More

conf.kde.in Slides II

Saturday, 12 March 2011
Here are the slides to my conf.kde.in talk Kubuntu: Friendly Computing. They're more images though so they don't make much sense without me talking. India is a lovely country with lovely people. Read More

conf.kde.in Slides

Thursday, 10 March 2011
Having a fabulous time at conf.kde.in in Bengaluru. I've just given a tutorial on writing a programme in PyKDE, then releasing it to the wide world, then packaging it and releasing it for Kubuntu. Read More

Owncloud Packaged - Free Trial! Samba Support - At Last

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Not infrequently people ask what's the best cloud "solution" for KDE. This is not a very useful question since "cloud" is woefully overloaded as a term. But now there's a simple answer, I packaged OwnCloud, the file storage web app from KDE. Read More

Thinkpad T410 and Kubuntu

Sunday, 30 January 2011
Thinkpad T410 Laptop refresh time is here, thanks Canonical. Faced with the prospect of finding a computer to spend a grand on I took the bus trip to Fry's in Dallas. Read More

4.6 Release Supper

Thursday, 27 January 2011
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o' the desktop-race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, Coder, tester, or usability expert: 4.6 Release Supper in Edinburgh tonight had haggis, neeps, tatties and finest Burns poetry. Read More

KDE's 4.6 Release Day

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Today is KDE's 4.6 release day. Shiny new versions of KDE Platform, KDE Applications, Plasma Workspaces plus Digikam and KDevelop are available for installing. See kubuntu announcement for details. ColinG says he's bringing "amber coloured drinks" for this evening's release supper. Read More

Burns Supper and KDE Release Party

Friday, 14 January 2011
Me and Colin and Tomas are having a Burns supper at my place in Edinburgh to celebrate 4.6, let me know if you want to come

Cloud Packaging, CD Download Page Bling, Texas Weather, Choqok Message Indicator

Thursday, 13 January 2011
Upstream KDE used to give distros a week to package releases, including beta releases. This meant we had plenty of time to package and test and find problems in releases before they go to users. Read More

FOSDEM Accommodation

Wednesday, 8 December 2010
If you are coming to FOSDEM, one of the largest gathering of free software developers you probably want some accommodation. Claudia will be booking beds for KDE people next week, if you want to stay with the KDE spods put your name on the KDE at FOSDEM wiki page before Thursday. Read More

Call for Talks at FOSDEM 2011

Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Talks wanted for Cross-Desktop room at FOSDEM. Doing something interesting in KDE? Tell the world of developers about it. Submissions by 22nd December 2010 to: crossdesktop@lists.fosdem.org

Qt Talk at Techmeetup Edinburgh

Tuesday, 16 November 2010
I was asked to give a talk at TechMeetup Edinburgh about Qt. Techmeetup is an occational event with free beer and pizza and talks. I told them why they want to use Qt, how to write a basic programme in it then introduced the exiting world of Qt Quick. Read More

Kubuntu Todo

Wednesday, 10 November 2010
UDS in Florida is over, we flew home and left the sun behind. The main outcome from the conference is a long Kubuntu Todo list. In the packaging section we naturally want the latest bits of KDE and Qt. Read More

Ubuntu Developer Summit: Dropping KDE Desktop

Thursday, 28 October 2010
The Ubuntu Developer Summit is in full swing here in Florida. There have been a load of important decisions taken. For example today I dropped KDE from our desktop. I know this may be controvertial with some parts of the community but we can have unity in our new desktop. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week

Monday, 11 October 2010
Ubuntu Open Week is a week of talks about how to get involved in the many parts of Ubuntu. I'm doing a talk at 16:00UTC today which is titled "Kubuntu is Awesome". Read More

10:10:10 10/10/10 It's Kubuntu 10.10

Sunday, 10 October 2010
The date and time are set, Kubuntu 10.10 is out. Highlights include all the latest KDE Software, an application focused software installer, combined Desktop/Netbook images, new installer layout (MP3 ready during the install! Read More


Saturday, 9 October 2010
It's the nicht afore release day. Announcements need to be tidied up, upgrades need final testing, release notes need completing, web pages readied. I'm in for a long evening. All going well, tomorrow morning you should find the internet successfully choked as everyone downloads 10. Read More

Kubuntu 10.10 candidate testing

Friday, 8 October 2010
Today it's all hands on board for the final candidate testing. Upgrades need testing too. Join us in #kubuntu-devel to help.

The Ubuntu Font, now with added Rupee

Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The Ubuntu Font has finally had its licence sorted out and been released to the masses. It has also been uploaded to the archive and set as default in Kubuntu. Read More

Early Kubuntu Release Party

Sunday, 3 October 2010
A couple of weeks ago Thomas McGuire realised his name wasn't very German sounding and came to Edinburgh where it would fit in better. He is spending the next six months taking a bit of a break from maintaining KMail and instead programming robots to play football. Read More

10.10 RC Candidate CDs Needing Testing; App Developer Week Talks with Steven Kelly and Harald Sitter

Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Candidate CDs for our RC need testing see the ISO tracker for what needs testing, download (or upgrade) and report back. Ask on #kubuntu-devel or #ubuntu-testing if you have questions. Read More

Kubuntu Translations QA Day

Wednesday, 18 August 2010
This Friday (20th August) me and Ubuntu translations man David Planella want to spend the day making sure translations in Kubuntu are in tip top shape. Do join us on IRC in #kubuntu-devel if you want to help out. Read More

Planet KDE Update

Sunday, 15 August 2010
Planet KDE is your insight into the lives and activities of KDE, a community making lovely free software. Occasionally I get asked to add feeds to Planet KDE which aren't KDE contributor blogs. Read More

New Kubuntu Website, Canoeing in Prague

Thursday, 29 July 2010
After many months kubuntu.org got a new look, complete with new logo. Many thanks to Ofir for his patience in seeing this through. During the Platform sprint in Prague I took Aurelien Gateau, doko and a couple of nice chaps from SuSE Prague canoeing on the awesome whitewater course near the city centre. Read More

Akademy 30 second interviews, Eben Moglen, Helsinki, Prague

Sunday, 18 July 2010
Interviews I did some 30 second video interviews at Akademy in Helsinki. You can download them to get a feel for the people and place of Akademy. Unfortunately I've been unable, in the limited time I've devoted to it, to convert them to Oggs, ffmpeg doesn't want to do it. Read More


Thursday, 8 July 2010
Finland, Finland, Finland, The country where I want to be, Eating breakfast or dinner, Or snack lunch in the hall. Finland, Finland, Finland. Finland has it all. Akademy has been lovely. Read More

Kubuntu Tutorials Day this Wednesday

Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Coming live from Akademy over IRC later today (Finnish today anyway) is Kubuntu Tutorials Day. Alan Alpert from Nokia will teach you about Qt Quick and QML. You will need to download and install Qt Creator binaries before the tutorial. Read More

Akademy is Here!

Friday, 2 July 2010
Akademy started with a pre-conference welcome drinks evening today. Lots of KDE developers old and new. There is a Flickr group for Akademy 2010 but it seems I can only post 6 photos to it, which is a strange restriction. Read More


Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Finland, Finland, Finland, The country where I want to be, Pony trekking or camping, Or just watching TV. Finland, Finland, Finland. It's the country for me. as in previous years we are proud to sponsor Read More

Kubuntu Tutorials Day

Monday, 21 June 2010
Kubuntu Tutorials Day is back, and this time it's with special guest star speakers. Incase you missed it in previous years (check out the logs, there's some interesting sessions in there), Kubuntu Tutorials Day is a few hours of interactive IRC sessions on topics around Kubuntu and KDE development. Read More

Qt 4.7 Beta in experimental PPA

Saturday, 22 May 2010
If you want to try out Qt 4.7 and the interesting new world of Qt Quick ("from now on /the/ way to make GUIs"), Kubuntu 10.04 users can try it from the experimental PPA. Read More

Kubuntu Maverick All Planned Out at UDS

Thursday, 20 May 2010
Ubuntu Developer Summit is over, we emerged from the deepest darkest Belgian forest full of plans for the next six months of Kubuntu. The specs are written and we have a lengthyTodo list. Read More

Ubuntu Developer Summit in Waloonia

Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Politics politics. Here in Waloonia we have to spreak French, walk half a kilometre north and you are barred from speaking French and have to speak Dutch. Go a further kilometer north and you're in Brussels where you have to speak French but in practice everyone spreaks English. Read More

Kubuntu 10.04 LTS, Here for the Long Term

Friday, 30 April 2010
Today we released Kubuntu 10.04 LTS. This is the first Long Term Support release to feature KDE 4 Platform and Applications. It's very exciting that the long journey to KDE 4 has come to the level of stability where we can call it LTS. Read More

Plasma Desktop Scripting IRC Session

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Aaron Seigo did a session yesterday with distro packagers on Plasma Desktop Scripting. Here are the logs in HTML and plain text. Something exciting happening tomorrow

ISO Testers Needed

Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Candidate images for the Kubuntu 10.04 LTS release have started to appear. We needs as much testing as possible to make sure these can be given the golden stamp of LTS approval. Read More

Plasma Scripting IRC Session

Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Aaron Seigo will be hosting a session on Plasma Desktop Scripting in #plasma on Freenode IRC network at 16:00UTC on Tuesday (today). It's intended for distro packagers but all welcome.

Cool Kubuntu Users

Monday, 26 April 2010
On the kubuntu.org front page we list a few interesting Kubuntu users of various shapes and sizes to give a feel for how diverse use is. One rather cool user which is missing is Weta Digital. Read More

Kubuntu RC Candidates Need Testing

Monday, 19 April 2010
Kubuntu 10.04 Release is nearly upon us. This Thursday sees the Release Candidate with final release due a week on Thursday. So we need ISO testing (and upgrade testing) pretty solidly between now and then. Read More

4.4 Release Party in Washington DC and Glasgow

Thursday, 18 February 2010
Last week I went to Washington DC where I was meant to be giving a talk at CALUG. However the whole city was buried in a metre of snow so it got cancelled. Read More

Portland Ubuntu Platform Sprint

Thursday, 4 February 2010
The Ubuntu Platform team (the people Canonical employs for Ubuntu) is having a sprint in Portland. Portland is a nice city where you can be wandering down the road and come across 100 tweed wearing cyclists coming the other way. Read More

libxml, FOSDEM

Sunday, 3 January 2010
libxml2 is compiled without thread support in Ubuntu 9.10 due to an oversight from upstream. This causes issues with Strigi which recently added a check for it. You can get packages from my PPA with thread support. Read More

Fashion News: Kubuntu Knitware

Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Winter is here, the snow is falling, the frost is crisp each morning and it get progressively harder to break the ice for the day's canoe. Fortunately Kubuntu has just the thing to keep you snug in these cold months. Read More

Kubuntu Lucid, LTS on its Way

Tuesday, 1 December 2009
The Ubuntu Developer Summit happened in Dallas last week with 200 developers from every part of Ubuntu as well as upstreams and hardware vendors around. Naturally the best looking of the lot was the Kubuntu contributors who turned up to discuss the next six months in the world's finest KDE distribution. Read More

How are you? Kubuntu in Dallas

Thursday, 19 November 2009
The Ubuntu Developer Summit is happening this week in Dallas. The theme of the discussions is LTS and what it will take to have a release in six months which can be supported for three years hence. Read More

KDE Licensing Policy Changes

Thursday, 19 November 2009
Today I updated the KDE Licensing Policy with a couple of changes following requests from folks. Most notably Creative Commons is now allowed. This is only for standalone media files (such as an image for a splash screen) and not for anything which might want to be mixed with GPL material such as icons. Read More

Linux Desktop Ready for the Users

Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I often say that my hypothetical user for Kubuntu is my non-technical girlfriend. Unfortunately I'm between girlfriends at the moment but the intent is still there. Someone who uses the computer for everyday tasks of web browsing, chatting, watching videos, listening to music, writing some documents, storing photos. Read More

Kubuntu 9.10

Thursday, 29 October 2009
9.10 is out. KDE 4 is really taking shape now with more of the important gaps getting filled. We ported OpenOffice integration to KDE 4, the installer got some beautiful love from Nuno, social apps integation in various places, there's a handy message indicator and notifications work cross desktop. Read More

Testing Dance Again

Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Once again we need testers, this time for the candidate images for Kubuntu 9.10. CDs, DVDs, netboot and upgrades all need going through their paces in triplicate. Join us in #kubuntu-devel to coordinate and log your results on the ISO testing site. Read More

Kubuntu Release Candidate and Shipit CDs on Pre-order

Friday, 23 October 2009
Kubuntu 9.10 CDs are now available for pre-order on the Kubuntu Shipit site. Can't wait a month for the CD to be delivered? Download the release candidate now for one last round of testing. Read More

CD Testers Needed

Wednesday, 21 October 2009
All hands on deck for the release candidate CD (and DVD and USB and upgrades) testing day. See the ISO tracker for what needs tested (duplicates tests always welcome) and join us in #kubuntu-devel to coordinate. Read More

20 Days Until Kubuntu 9.10

Friday, 9 October 2009
Kubuntu 9.10 is on the final lap with freeze coming next week followed by the release candidate and then the final thing. I'm pleased to say it's shaping up to be a decent release. Read More

Kubuntu Beta Candidate Testing Needed

Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Nearly Beta time for Kubuntu. We need testers to grab the ISO images and test them. Also upgrade testing is needed. See the ISO tester for what needs tested and join us on #kubuntu-devel to help out. Read More

Plasma Tutorial at Ubuntu Developer Week

Monday, 31 August 2009
Ubuntu Developer Week is under way with a whole week of IRC sessions on a range of development topics. Me and Aurelien are running a Write-Your-First-Plasmoid session at 20:00UTC today. See you in #ubuntu-classroom

Message Indicator in KDE

Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Recently Aurelien Gateau of the Canonical Desktop Experience team implemented the Message Indicator for KDE and Konversation. Now if you get messages when you're away from your computer or not looking at IRC it'll put them into the message indicator when you can happily not get distracted by them (unlike popup notifications) but can easily find them when you want to. Read More

Launchpad.net is Free Software

Friday, 31 July 2009
Incase you missed it, the whole of top project hosting site Launchpad.net is now available and accepting contributions. Complaints about it not having source code available always confused me, I never heard them about the once-open-now-closed Sourceforge. Read More

Kubuntu Translations Love Day

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Ubuntu's new translations coordinator David Planella is holding a Kubuntu Translations Love Day in #kubuntu-devel tomorrow (Wed 29th). Do drop by at any time and let us know all your i18n problems. Read More

Using Oxygen Icons Outwith KDE

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Occationally people ask if they can use Oxygen icons on their website or in their (non-KDE) application. The answer is that of course you can, it's all lovely free software, you just need to include the LGPL and credit the Oxygen dudes. Read More

Shared Desktop Notifications from Canonical

Friday, 24 July 2009
Aurelien Gateau and the rest of the Canonical Desktop Experience folks have been working super hard to get the visual notifications on KDE and Gnome united as part of their Project Ayatana. Read More

Akademy 2009 Group Photo

Saturday, 11 July 2009
International Freedom Fighters of KDE. Full photo with names poke me (Riddell) on IRC with additions and corrections.

Gran Canaria and Akademy

Wednesday, 8 July 2009
The main talks are over for Gran Canaria Desktop Summit and Akademy. Glyn Moody wins the prize for best keynote, I always did admire him as the only writer worth reading in Computer Weekly and he proved himself to be an inspirational but thoroughly grounded speaker. Read More

What Hot Tub Magazine

Monday, 6 July 2009
What Hot Tub Magazine, the magazine for the discerning Kubuntu contributor. The things you find in airport lounges...

Life in the Gran Canaria Penthouse

Sunday, 5 July 2009
KDE's conference opened today after the Canonical sponsored party last night. The location is superb, the auditorium is massive and right next to the beach. The people as always are the highlight with more than twice as many as usual. Read More

Tutorials Day Logs

Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Tutorials Day rocked and logs are now available for those who missed it. Talks covered Ruby, Amarok Scripting, Artwork, Packaging and Kubuntu Karmic.

Tutorials Day in a Few Hours

Monday, 29 June 2009
See you in the IRC channel in a few hours for interesting tutorials on a range of topics.

Kubuntu Tutorials Day

Friday, 26 June 2009
Time for another Kubuntu Tutorials Day. Learn about KDE and Kubuntu development in a helpful atmosphere next Monday from 19:00UTC in the #kubuntu-devel IRC freenode channel. We have a lineup of exciting speakers on a range of topics. Read More

Packaging Training Session

Thursday, 18 June 2009
Packaging Training Session at 18:00UTC today in the #ubuntu-classroom IRC channel. "Our next Packaging Training Session is going to show Kubuntu a little love. This Thursday (June 18) at 18:00 UTC, MOTU Jonathan Thomas (JontheEchidna) will be leading a session on packaging KDE4 Apps and Plasmoids. Read More

Elite Kubuntu Developers Successful OpenOffice KDE 4 Integration

Tuesday, 16 June 2009
At UDS in Barcelona we again bemoaned that nobody had done the work to integrate OpenOffice with KDE 4. So elite Kubuntu developers Roman Shtylman and Yuriy Kozlov put their heads in their laptops. Read More

Canonical Looking for KDE Developer

Thursday, 11 June 2009
Canonical's online services team wants to hire a KDE developer to work on cool Kubuntu online services integration. Amazing what you find on identi.ca.

The Kubuntu UDS Crew

Friday, 29 May 2009
The Kubuntu spods here at the Ubuntu Developer Summit here in Barcelona went out with a few of the local KDE types. What a good looking bunch. Jonathan Riddell, Aleix Pol, Scott Kitterman, Alex Fiestas, Ken Wimer, Yuriy Kozlov, Roderick Greening, Anthony Mercatante, Albert Astals Cid, Ryan Kavanagh, Mackenzie Morgan, Daniel Chen, [bottom row] Sebastian Krugler, Michael Casadevall, Roman Shtylman Read More

Qt Ubuntu Love

Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Qt loves Ubuntu. To show their love, they gave away t-shirts to everyone at the Ubuntu summit here in lovely Barcelona. We love you too Qt. Qt Ubuntu Love photos on Flickr

Ubuntu Developer Summit, have you seen a Roman Shtylman?

Monday, 25 May 2009
UDS is happening in Barcelona. The hotel is super posh, which means the service is rubbish. I was supposed to arrive on Saturday but they gave my room to some politician instead. Read More

Canonical AllHands

Friday, 22 May 2009
The Canonical AllHands meeting is happening a wee bit outside of Barcelona. It is a requirement of all buildings in Barcelona that they have weird and interesting architecture. This hotel has more floors underground than it has above ground. Read More

KDE Meets in Scotland

Wednesday, 13 May 2009
We finally had a meeting of KDE people in Edinburgh, not quite Akademy but it's a start. Nice tie Paul. A couple weeks later Laura Dragan gave a talk to BCS Glasgow on Nepomuk, nice to see KDE interest going outside the free software crowd. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week

Monday, 27 April 2009
Ubuntu Open Week has just started in the #ubuntu-classroom IRC channel. I seem to be down for doing a Kubuntu Introduction talk in a few hours. Tomorrow Mark Shuttleworth gets quizzed by the community. Read More

Kubuntu 9.04 Out in the Wild

Friday, 24 April 2009
The Kubuntu Team is proud to announce the release of Kubuntu 9.04, the Jaunty Jackalope! With this release, the development team brings you the best KDE distro out there. With its world-renowned Ubuntu core and the KDE 4. Read More

Final CD Testing

Monday, 20 April 2009
Testers are needed for the proposed CD and DVD ISOs for the final Kubuntu 9.04 Release. Upgrades from 8.10 and 8.04 need testing too. Report your results on ISO testing and #kubuntu-devel. Read More

ISO testers needed

Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Testers are needed for the proposed CD and DVD ISOs for the Kubuntu 9.04 Release Candidate. Upgrades from 8.10 and 8.04 need testing too. Report your results on ISO testing and #kubuntu-devel. Read More

Kubuntu 9.04 Beta Ready for Testers

Friday, 27 March 2009
The beta for our forthcoming 9.04 is available for download and testing. It features improved graphics and more slick applications. To see what's new and how to download go to the beta information page. Read More

Help Test Kubuntu Beta Installs

Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Kubuntu Jaunty Beta is in two days time and we need as many people as possible to help test installs. You can get the candidate CD and DVD images from the cdimage server . Read More

After the Nigerian Conference

Thursday, 12 March 2009
We finished the conference with a final marathon Q & A session. The questions had changed from basic "Does Kubuntu run the same apps as Red Hat" to the sort of thing I can't reliably answer "Can you run a pre-installed OS on a virtual server" (probably). Read More

Rockstars of Nigeria

Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Nigeria! What a country, what a conference, what a great bunch of lovely people. We rocked the town. I've never had to have a bouncer keeping people from swamping me at a conference before, but then I've never been mobbed my so many people asking for photographs and autographs. Read More

Going to Nigeria

Saturday, 7 March 2009
A few months ago I got a phone call from Mustapha asking me to come to a conference he was organising in Nigeria. I get these requests occationally and usually can't make it because I go to far too many conferences as it is but Nigeria sounded fun and exciting. Read More

Qt Releases, KDE Hires

Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Qt 4.5 came out today and I've just uploaded it to the archives. Lots of shiny new features and speed. Qt Creator also came out and it's available in Jaunty too as an easy to use IDE. Read More

Nice things in the post

Tuesday, 24 February 2009
"That's not our usual postman at the door, and why is she carrying a plant?" What a fun thing to have delivered in the morning, and whoever the mystery sender was full marks on potted plant over wasteful disposable non-potted one. Read More

In Berlin

Thursday, 5 February 2009
Germany, land of Kinder eggs, regional sausage varieties and underground spaceship themed hacklab-bar community collectives. I'm in Berlin for the Canonical Platform Team (previously called Canonical Distro Team) week long sprint where we have taken over a floor of the very large East Berlin Holiday Inn. Read More

KDE 4.2 Released

Wednesday, 28 January 2009
KDE 4.2 was released yesterday, causing a busy day of last minute package fixes, poking build daemons to go faster, adjusting release announcements and then that the final exciting release moment when I have to update Dot News, Planet (ooh new 4. Read More

Qt to be LGPL

Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Not something I thought I'd ever be posting on the Dot but Qt is relicencing to LGPL. They're also going to open up the development archive to non-Nokia developers. I never did understand why GPL was a barrier but talking to people at conferences it was often their main reason for choosing against using Qt. Read More

UDS Jaunty and Desktop Experience

Wednesday, 24 December 2008
The Ubuntu Development Summit happened at Google the other week. Large numbers of people got together to spend a week discussing the next six months in Ubuntu. Lots of specs got written and you can find the Kubuntu Jaunty specs here. Read More

Kubuntu Gear

Thursday, 11 December 2008
Stylish new Kubuntu gear available at the Canonical Shop. Just the perfect give for that special someone for Christmas.


Tuesday, 9 December 2008
The UDS warmup that is FOSSCamp ended on Saturday. Alex managed to charter an entire bus for the KDE spods just so we could hunt round the Google campus to find the giant android and take a fuzzy photo. Read More

Travels with a Brompton in the Cévennes

Saturday, 6 December 2008
Like Robert Louis Stevenson I live in the world's most beautiful city of Edinburgh. Sometimes I wonder if anywhere can match the splendour of my home town so I decided to travel and see what the world had to offer. Read More

CMake 2.6.2 in backports

Thursday, 13 November 2008
KDE trunk now needs CMake 2.6.2. A few people have asked where it can be found for Kubuntu, fear not friends it's in intrepid-backports. You can enable backports through Adept by ticking the "Unsupported Updates" box in the sources editor. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week

Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Ubuntu Open Week talks are happening all week on IRC. Today includes Kubuntu man Jonathan Thomas on "reinventing QA the resource-limited way" at 18:00UTC.

Kubuntu 8.10 Brings KDE 4 to the Masses

Thursday, 30 October 2008
Kubuntu 8.10 is out! This release is the first fully supported one with KDE 4. If you're the cautious sort and you're not sure if KDE 4 is for you yet then try out the live CD to give it a test. Read More

Are we nearly there yet?

Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Almost! More testers wanted though, join us in #kubuntu-devel for the final sprint.

Help us test the Kubuntu 8.10 Candidate CDs

Monday, 27 October 2008
Kubuntu 8.10 is due out this week. If you want to help make that happen we need people to test the CDs, DVDs and upgrades. Grab the Alternate CDs. Desktop CD and DVDs should appear shortly. Read More

Canonical Hiring KDE Desktop Experience Developer

Monday, 20 October 2008
Are you a KDE developer? Do you want to help improve the KDE desktop experience? Then Canonical's all new desktop experience team is looking to hire you. Let me know if you have any questions. Read More

Variable Width Planet

Sunday, 19 October 2008
You asked, and I deliver. I made an alternative stylesheet for Planet KDE with variable width. View -> Use Stylesheet -> Variable Width. My HTML foo is weak so it has mysterious gaps at below the header and above the footer for no reason I can see, plus the top and bottom shadow effects are semi-transparent and overlap in ways I wouldn't want. Read More

PyKDE WebKit Tutorial

Monday, 13 October 2008
For last Kubuntu Tutorals Day and again at Ubuntu Developer Week I gave a quick introduction to PyKDE creating a simple web browser using Qt's WebKit widget. Now I have put the Python KDE tutorial on techbase so you can learn how to make a web browser too. Read More

Microblogging on Planet

Sunday, 12 October 2008
I added microblogging support to Planet KDE. A surprising number of KDE developers seem to be communicating their lives over Twitter so it seems something that should be opened up for all to read. Read More

Kubuntu 8.10 Beta is Out!

Thursday, 2 October 2008
8.10 beta is out. This is our big switch to KDE 4 so do test out the upgrade and let us know how it works. Read the announcement or go straight to the upgrade instructions. Read More

Duplicate Blog Enties; Beta coming up

Saturday, 27 September 2008
The all new Planet KDE is going well. One hickup was that blog entries would duplicate themselves in RSS readers when anyone edited their post. I've fixed that now by changing to using the URL to the entry as the ID in the RSS feed (before it was using a hash). Read More

How to save the planet in a weekend

Monday, 22 September 2008
This morning KDE is waking up to a shiny new Planet blog aggregator. I'm not sure what caused this, but there are reports the old host didn't want the CPU load on their server any more, many thanks to them for having put up with it for many years. Read More

system-config-printer-kde in KDE

Friday, 12 September 2008
I added system-config-printer-kde into kdeadmin. This is a Kubuntu application that saw a very early version in Hardy and is now usable to do various printer settings. It's always nice to add new applications and fill in gaps in our offering. Read More

Ubuntu Developer Week

Saturday, 30 August 2008
Ubuntu Developer Week happens on IRC next week. I'll be giving my introduction to PyKDE with a WebKit web browser tutorial. There's plenty more interesting talks, see you there.

Between Akademy and Feature Freeze

Saturday, 23 August 2008
Akademy finished, it was great. Next week is feature freeze in Ubuntu land, so we are working hard on filling the distros with the necessary features, if not always beastie-free. Read More

KDE Utils Lineup

Wednesday, 13 August 2008
One of the release process improvements that happened with KDE 4 is the move to have module maintainers. This has ment some of the lesser loved modules now have a greater sense of community which helps a lot for those apps which are otherwise developed all alone. Read More

Akademy in Belgium

Monday, 11 August 2008
We have had a great couple of days talks here at Akademy in Belgium. The energy in the KDE community is brilliantly high as we move from the long KDE 4 development period into having the world beating desktop. Read More

This week in Kubuntu

Thursday, 7 August 2008
Haven't blogged for a while, so here's some of the changes that have happened in Kubuntu recently. I finally found some time for the KDE port of system-config-printer, still far from feature parity with the Gnome version and needs plenty of tidying up but should be usable. Read More

8.04.1 Released, Planet Powers

Friday, 4 July 2008
Two micro blogs while I wait for ibuprofen to stop my wisdom tooth from hurting so much... Kubuntu 8.04.1 has been released, featuring a large bunch of updates. I can now edit the planetkde configuration file. Read More

Team kubuntu-de.org cross 2000. Nightly KDE builds.

Sunday, 29 June 2008
5-A-Day is a simple way for everyone to get involved in helping Kubuntu or other parts of the Ubuntu family, just triage 5 bug reports a day. Today the statistics show Team Kubuntu-de. Read More

Kubuntu Tutorials Day next Sunday

Monday, 9 June 2008
Kubuntu Tutorials Day is back. Join us on IRC for some fascinating chats with Free Software's finest developers. We have five months of development ahead of us for Intrepid, so this is the perfect way to learn how to get involved. Read More

Kubuntu Laptops in Poland

Thursday, 5 June 2008
Fresh from Planet KDE is the news that Polish supermarket Bledronka has an offer on Kubuntu Laptops. Comes complete with Kadu, "killer app in Poland".

Those Kubuntu Specs in Full

Monday, 2 June 2008
The Ubuntu Develpers Summit finnished a week ago in Prague. Unlike conferences, summits have written output in the form of specifications which form the basis for work on Kubuntu for the next six months. Read More

UDS Intrepid Videos from Prague

Friday, 23 May 2008
Ubuntu Developer Summit is winding down here in the tallest building in Prague. You can preview the Kubuntu specs and I'll write more about them when I get back. Now we're off to dance at an Ubuntu music jam. Read More

FOSSCamp in Prague

Saturday, 17 May 2008
I took the train to Prague, much more relaxed and environmentally friendly than flying. Went through Berlin where I found a curious memorial to the Glorious Soviet Union and stopped off for an executive power breakfast at Trolltech's new office, which seems to still be in the process of being built around them. Read More

Qt 4.4, Regular KDE builds from Neon, Cuteness!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Qt 4.4 brings lots of goodness. Packages are now entering hardy-backports. If you want the latest unstable trunk Qt, kdelibs, kdebase and amarok on a regular basis without the hassle of compiling it yourself, project Neon has a Launchpad Personal Package Archive with regular builds. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week

Monday, 28 April 2008
The IRC talks series Ubuntu Open Week is under way now in #ubuntu-classroom. Coming up at 20:00UTC is Kubuntu Development - Richard Johnson. See the timetable for a whole week's worth of talks. Read More

Kubuntu Release Party Radio

Thursday, 24 April 2008
Kubuntu 8.04 is out, upgrade now for rock solid 3.5.9 goodness, or download the CD with a choice of 3.5.9 or cutting edge KDE 4. New stuff includes printer autoconfiguration (coming to the rest of the world in KDE 4. Read More

Open Whitewater Maps

Tuesday, 22 April 2008
OpenStreetMap can get addictive once you discover how easy and powerful the flash editor is. But what, my girlfriend asked, is the point when you can get maps at no cost from Google et al. Read More

CD Testers Wanted

Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Kubuntu and variants Release Candidate is due out this week and next week is the final thing, so its solid install testing until then. We need people to download the daily and daily-live CDs and install them. Read More

Qt 4.4 RC 1

Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Qt 4.4 RC 1 now available in my PPA https://edge.launchpad.net/~jr/+archive for Hardy. Don't run a dist-upgrade when you add the PPA, you'll get other random packages which are in there. Read More

FOSSCamp, Hippy Horse

Wednesday, 2 April 2008
FOSSCamp is happening in Prague next month. This is a general free software get together with sessions on whatever participants want (it happens just before the Ubuntu Summit but is otherwise unrelated). Read More

Hug Day for KDE Bugs

Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Today's Kubuntu Hug Day looks at bugs in Launchpad with comments regarding the KDE bug tracker. Join #kubuntu-devel and #ubuntu-bugs to help out.

Qt 4.4 Beta

Tuesday, 25 March 2008
With our own beta out the way I got a moment to compile Qt 4.4 beta. It adds QtWebKit packages for those who missed it in my last 4.4 packages. Read More

Kubuntu 8.04 Beta

Friday, 21 March 2008
The beta of Kubuntu 8.04 is available for all testers. The supported version comes with the rock solid KDE 3 while a remix features the cutting edge KDE 4. Download or upgrade. Read More

Hug Day!

Thursday, 20 March 2008
Come help triage Network Manager related bugs in today's Hug Day. Join in on #ubuntu-bugs and #kubuntu-devel.

Kubuntu Settings in KDE

Thursday, 20 March 2008
I posted the list of Kubuntu settings to kde-core-devel in the hope of getting as many as possible changed for KDE 4.1. If you have an opinion or any more to add, do reply on the list. Read More

Open Street Mapping

Thursday, 20 March 2008
Went to Wolverhampton LUG the other week (don't ask). Their LUG meetings are divided into two sorts, the loud sort where LUGRadio presenters turn up, and the quiet polite sort where they don't. Read More

Beta Testing Time

Tuesday, 18 March 2008
8.04 Beta is due this week in Ubuntu land. We have two versions of Kubuntu needing testing this time, the plain old KDE 3 one and the cutting edge KDE 4 Remix, so plenty to help out with. Read More

Taking a Look at the Akademy 2008 Site

Monday, 3 March 2008
Akademy 2007 organiser Kenny went to Belgium a few days before FOSDEM to scout out the Akademy 2008 location. I started a poll to see what current thinking is on best application programming language. Read More

Kubuntu-KDE4, Qt 4.4 beta, Earthquakes, FOSDEM

Thursday, 28 February 2008
Kubuntu-KDE4 got its first alpha today. Lots of bits to tidy up but for the most part it works. Qt 4.4 beta is in my PPA for hardy, thanks to fdoving (still liable to break existing compiles of Plasma). Read More

Packaging Tutorial at FOSDEM. Qt 4.4.

Thursday, 21 February 2008
It's FOSDEM this weekend, a huge gathering of free software enthusiasts all in one place with dozens of talk tracks. I'm giving a packaging tutorial on the Sunday at 16:00 in the cross desktop devroom (note different time than advertised). Read More

Why Kubuntu is Good for KDE

Sunday, 3 February 2008
Tsk to marketing types who bring negatives tones to otherwise peaceful Planets. I like to walk cheerfully over the world so here's some top reasons why Kubuntu is good for KDE. Read More

Global Settings

Saturday, 2 February 2008
I got a new laptop recently, a Thinkpad R61, works decently well (no suspend, sound settings are strange but otherwise all good). However now I have three computers (new laptop, desktop and laptop-held-together-with-duct-tape) it leads to the issue of how to move over settings and keep them the same on all three. Read More

Back from Release Event, Printer Magic, Compiz Settings

Thursday, 24 January 2008
The release event went swimmingly with a whole bunch of useful discussions and talks. Since then I've been in Canonical Tower looking down upon London. With feature freeze coming closer for Hardy, exciting things are in development. Read More

Release Event

Saturday, 19 January 2008
Much exciting happenings here at the KDE 4.0 Release Event. Best of which is Trolltech adopting GPL 3 for Qt (and future GPL versions as approved by them and KDE Free Qt Foundation). Read More

KDE's New Licence Policy

Saturday, 12 January 2008
As one of the archive admins for Ubuntu I often get to see programmes which are in some way improperly licensed. Often the licence text itself is missing, and sometimes it doesn't match the header file. Read More

Get Ready for Something Amazing

Friday, 11 January 2008
Busy day today, in a few hours something amazing starts..

The Start of Something Amazing with KDE 4.0 Release

Friday, 11 January 2008
Back when I was attending my first KDE conference there was an interesting talk announcing that Qt 4 was in development. Now 4.5 years later that development has been released to the world in it's full form, KDE 4. Read More

Pine Goes Free with Alpine

Saturday, 22 December 2007
Many a year ago I decided it was worth sacrifising something in the name of freedom and switched from the frustratingly not quite free Pine e-mail app to Mutt. Mutt is free but has the most insane keybindings and is generally not as slick a user interface as Pine. Read More

Bazaar 1.0 Released

Sunday, 16 December 2007
The Bazaar team released version 1.0 of the world's finest revision control system. Congratulations to them all. I think the best explanation of the power of Bazaar is the workflows page, you can use it in the old central repository mode if you wish but there's a number of others ways of doing revision control and bzr's strength is that it works well with all of them. Read More

Kubuntu Tutorials Day Today

Thursday, 13 December 2007
Good Morning Friends, do join us in a few hours for these fine IRC tutorials. And congratulations to Trolltech for including parts of Qt in KDE's svn for the first time. Read More

Tutorial Day Over

Thursday, 13 December 2007
That went well. We even had some of SuSE's finest drop by, were they picking up tips? :) Logs available now.

Kubuntu Tutorials Day

Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Kubuntu Tutorials Day With KDE4 only a month away, now is the time to get involved in becoming a Kubuntu developer. We've set up these IRC sessions below to get you started. Read More

Plymouth and Boston

Sunday, 11 November 2007
Ah, New England in the Autumn. Lets of reds and yellows and greens. It's a desktop art theme waiting to happen. Went canoeing on the river and enjoyed it much. No photos of that but here's some exciting other ones. Read More


Thursday, 8 November 2007
UDS happened with much planning for the next six months in Ubuntu land, resulting in our second LTS release, Hardy. The two explicitly Kubuntu specs are catchup where we look at what's missing in Kubuntu and KDE 4 plan with our packaging expectations. Read More

FOSSCamp, UDS and KOffice Release Schedule

Tuesday, 30 October 2007
This cycle's Ubuntu Development Summit has been preceeded by FOSSCamp, an un-conference. No schedule, no talks, just intelligent people and rooms to chat in. Robert Knight does a good summary of some of the interesting sessions. Read More

Kubuntu at Ubuntu Open Week

Wednesday, 24 October 2007
This week is Ubuntu Open Week, a series of talks and Q&A session on IRC. Yesterday Richard did a top session on Kubuntu and logs are available for those wanting to catch up. Read More

KDE FOSSCamp Meeting

Monday, 22 October 2007
Some KDE people met to discuss next weekend's FOSSCamp on IRC. Reading the logs might be useful if you're going and don't yet know what to expect.

7.10, Awooga

Friday, 19 October 2007
Kubuntu 7.10 was released today. Much jubilation and celebrations all around. I think we can safely say we're the first distro to include KDE 3.5.8 and KDE 4 Beta 3. Read More

Kopete Beastie

Thursday, 18 October 2007
Preparations for Gutsy's release continue apace. #ubuntu-release-party is going a bit nuts. Many thanks to those who have helped test CD candidates, davmor2 gets the prize for most testing this round I think. Read More

KDE Thanks the Sponsors of the Akademy 2007 Conference

Wednesday, 10 October 2007
So says this advert me and the other organisers put in this month's Linux Magazine. Thanks to them all for making Akademy possible and to media partner LNM for the advert space. Read More

Gutsy Beta, Tenerife and How Free Software Saved Akademy

Friday, 28 September 2007
Kubuntu Gutsy Beta is out. The upgrade from Feisty is under-tested so if you are running Feisty please follow the upgrade instructions and let me know how you get on. Read More


Saturday, 15 September 2007
I've spent a lovely week in the English enclave of Costa Adeje in the south of Tenerife with my girlfriend and without internet access. Today I moved north to La Laguna, a city where they actually speak Spanish. Read More

Strigi Applet

Wednesday, 5 September 2007
One of the goals of Kubuntu Gutsy is to have Strigi installed by default. Unfortunately the existing panel app was a line edit embedded in kicker, which took up loads of space. Read More

linux mce, Canonical news, new responsibilities, gpl 3

Thursday, 16 August 2007
LinuxMCE launched their new version 0704 today. It's an addon CD to Kubuntu 7.04 which can set your your computer to serve media around the house or play it with their beautiful bling interface. Read More


Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Being in the area I wandered down to GUADEC, the Gnome conference. I sidled past the registration desk where people were grudgingly paying their entrance fee (in return for free t-shirts) said hi to assorted Ubuntu people (and Hub in his KDE t-shirt) and went to find the talks. Read More

Akademy Rocked

Wednesday, 11 July 2007
Akademy happened in Glasgow and rocked lots. Unfortunately a combination of no internet for the first day and a half and kdedevelopers.org being down meant much of the atmosphere didn't get onto the internet at the time. Read More

Debconf Over

Sunday, 24 June 2007
Debconf finished in Edinburgh. Thursday night saw a ceilidh which went surprisingly well despite the poor ratio of lasses to laddies. msp's talk on the Debian KDE Extras team was interesting and I hope I didn't ramble too much in my comments on why the Kubuntu relationship is the way it is. Read More

Debconf in Edinburgh

Monday, 18 June 2007
Debconf rolled into town and took over Edinburgh university's lovely Teviot building. Makes quite a change being able to cycle for 10 minutes to get to a conference rather than travelling for a day. Read More

Akademy Coming Close

Friday, 15 June 2007
The year's greatest free software conference, Akademy 2007 is only two weeks away. We have some top stuff lined up for you. Keynotes will be from Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical, Lars Knoll of Trolltech and Dan Kohn from Linux Foundation. Read More

Kubuntu Takes Over Georgia; Ubuntu Summit Video

Wednesday, 9 May 2007
When I was 12 we had a question in the school's annual general knowledge quiz "What is Georgia?". The three correct answers were: a country in eastern Europe, a state in the US and the dog of my English teacher. Read More

Kubuntu Development Summit in Sevilla

Tuesday, 8 May 2007
UDS is back underway, this time in the sunny city of Sevilla in southern Spain. As usual we are working on specifications for the next six months of Kubuntu. Areas being looked at include desktop search, dolphin in KDE 3, bluetooth support (it's all going to break apparantly), making sure the user is properly informed of removable media, improving Guidance and moving it to Qt 4, adding an on screen keyboard for accessibility and of course packaging KDE 4. Read More

Text Layout Summit at Akademy; Schedule Your App with Gutsy

Saturday, 28 April 2007
An e-mail out of the blue and within an hour of a reply saying I liked the idea, Akademy is hosting the Text Layout Summit 2007. This will be a really exciting event for the specialist but important area of text layout. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week; D-Link Routers with Kubuntu

Monday, 23 April 2007
Ubuntu Open Week is happening again with lots of interesting talks and Q & A sessions with la creme de Ubuntu developers. Tomorrow at 21:00 UTC (and again on Thursday) imbrandon tells us all about Kubuntu and how you can help out with the groovyest distro around. Read More

You Need a Passport to get to the British Isles

Friday, 20 April 2007
A surprisingly large number of people seem to think that being in the EU means you can wander around everywhere without a passport. This alas is not so with the British Isles. Read More

Kubuntu 7.04 Is Out

Thursday, 19 April 2007
Feisty is available for download. Canonical's servers are going slow so use a mirror or bittorrent. Or, you can use the super new distribution upgrade tool, if you're up to date with edgy-updates you should find Adept pops up a prompt to upgrade to Feisty when you fetch updates. Read More

Registration for Akademy 2007 Now Open

Thursday, 12 April 2007
Registration for Akademy 2007 is now open. This year it's being run by KDE GB. You need to register by the end of the month if you want accommodation with the KDE booking. Read More

Launchpad Relaunched

Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Launchpad today got a shiny new makeover for the 1.0 beta. If you haven't looked at Launchpad yet I highly recommend it for hosting free software projects. Nifty features include linking bugs to different distributions, team management and web based translations. Read More

Kubuntu 7.04 Beta Out

Friday, 23 March 2007
Kubuntu Feisty now has a Beta. We need testers for the Edgy to Feisty update tool, please give it a shot and comment on the bug mentioned. Take a look at the beta release page for what's new. Read More

Akademy Visas

Tuesday, 20 March 2007
As happens the registration for Akademy has been delayed because the one we were looking at didn't work. If you need a visa to enter the UK (UKVisas tells you here) and you are a known KDE dude coming to Akademy then contact me to get your invitation letters sorted. Read More

French Parliament Chooses Kubuntu; oem-installer; docs hero

Tuesday, 20 March 2007
Some people have asked me which of the various Ubuntu distributions the French Assemblee Nationale has chosen to run for all its members. While there seems to be no official press release from the company involved yet, I can point you towards the one site which got it correct as Le Monde who put a K before the name. Read More

Apport Crash Handler

Tuesday, 20 February 2007
I just uploaded support in Adept for Apport, the Ubuntu crash handler. Ubuntu uses a modified kernel which calls a user space application when an application crashes and that writes a report with information including the core. Read More

Akademy Sponsors Call

Tuesday, 13 February 2007
The Akademy 2007 Call for Sponsors is out there. We've contacted our previous sponsors, but there must be companies and organisations out there who depend on KDE and would be willing to help the most important conference out there in return for their logo on a big banner infront of hundreds of computer professionals. Read More

Linspire go Kubuntu; Talk at Akademy; Adept and KDE Debconf

Thursday, 8 February 2007
Linspire have announced that future versions will be based on Ubuntu.In their Canonical partnership FAQ they say that they're sticking with their preferred desktop, KDE, which adds one more to the list of Kubuntu Derived Distros. Read More

Oslo Sprint

Sunday, 28 January 2007
Canonical sent its distro team to Oslo last week, to spend the time locked in a hotel room making sure all the Feisty feature goals got done. I worked on the dist-upgrade tool and the software-properties apt sources. Read More

Akademy Call for Papers; Vodafone 3G Datacard and Kubuntu; Gnome Calendar

Monday, 15 January 2007
The Akademy 2007 call for papers is out. If you are doing something cool that's KDE or cross desktop related, this is for you. Don't think your project isn't important enough to contribute, it is. Read More

Croatia and Qt4 Porting

Sunday, 24 December 2006
Today's my birthday, this makes me happy because I get presents and cards and I get to tick off another successful year on the chart of life. More exciting though was going to Croatia last month. Read More

Ubuntu Open Week

Friday, 24 November 2006
Ubuntu Open Week happens next week and has a plethora of intersting looking IRC sessions on how to develop for Ubuntu. Among talks specific to one of the Ubuntu teams is the Kubuntu talks being done by Brandon, which should be really interesting. Read More

That Last Night Party in Pictures

Tuesday, 14 November 2006
On the final night of our Ubuntu Developer Summits we usually go into town for a posh dinner followed by revelling and merryness. So who was the greatest dancer on the dance floor? Read More

GMail as Spam Filter

Friday, 10 November 2006
A few weeks ago the spam filter at Canonical which was doing a good job of keeping the flood of viagra opportunities at bay was turned off, and I've had trouble keeping up with my e-mail since then. Read More

Kubuntu Developer Summit at the Googleplex

Tuesday, 7 November 2006
The Ubuntu Summit at Google in the US is now underway. The Googleplex is huge and we are only in one of the smaller buildings on the campus. Of course this is America and everything is huge, we shared a salad between three people yesterday and still didn't finish it. Read More

KDE 3.80.2 Packages Available

Thursday, 2 November 2006
Packages of KDE 3.80.2 are available for Kubuntu Edgy. In this second developers snapshot of KDE 4 full sessions seem to be running nicely. Lots of things crash but it's a good start. Read More

Okular package available

Thursday, 2 November 2006
I've now added Okular packages to the KDE 4 archive. Okular is the rocking replacement for KPDF in KDE 4 featuring support for numberous file formats I've never heard of.

Kubuntu 6.10 - Taking You To The Edge

Thursday, 26 October 2006
Kubuntu Edgy has been released, download it now! Thanks to nixternal for the pretty release announcement. With this release our community continues to grow, with great power management work from Sebas and Lure. Read More

Kubuntu Edgy Release Candidate: the Digikam release

Thursday, 19 October 2006
The Kubuntu Edgy Release Candidate is out. After Ubuntu added f-spot we couldn't be outdone and added Digikam to the default CD for camera goodness. We also upped KDE to 3. Read More

Akademy in Glasgow

Tuesday, 17 October 2006
The secret is lifted and Akademy 2007 will be in Glasgow, organised by me and Kenny. We'll be holding it earlier than previous Akademies, hopefully that means we'll be able to get some students from the US who haven't been able to attend before. Read More

10 Years of the Free Desktop

Monday, 16 October 2006
This weekend sees the anniversary of 10 years of the Free desktop. Well done to Tackat for organising what looks like a great stream of talks and party. We've come a long way from that first announcement in 1996, but interestingly the task of ". Read More


Sunday, 24 September 2006
The KDE conference has had a great first day here in Dublin. The buzz here has an impressive atmosphere because unlike last year where we were just hearing the start of what might become KDE 4 one day, now we have all these projects saying what they've done and where they're going. Read More

Kubuntu Icecream at Akademy

Sunday, 24 September 2006
As usual at Akademy we have an icecream cluster here, icecream is the distributed builder for the discerning compiler. Update: David Faure recommended upgrading to Subversion 1.4 for 10 times extra speed, so I've added that. Read More

KDE 4 packages for Edgy

Saturday, 9 September 2006
I put up some packages of the KDE 4 first tech preview for Edgy. i386 only at the moment but they're sitting in Edgy's NEW queue and will be compiled for everything when they pass through that. Read More

Wiesbaden Distro Sprint

Monday, 21 August 2006
This week I'm at the Ubuntu distro sprint in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt. If you're in the area do drop by and say hi.

Chinchilla Wardrobe

Wednesday, 16 August 2006
In the tradition of KDE Developers Sebas and Chris me and Krissy have converted this antique wardrobe into a Chinchilla cage. The chinchilla's like it very much. Eagle eyed readers may spot the two lines near the top on either side where we sawed the top off to get it up the stairs. Read More

Kubuntu HWDB

Wednesday, 16 August 2006
I've made a Qt 4 client to Ubuntu's Hardware Database which lets you anonymously submit details of your machine. You can then attach your given ID to any bug reports and the data is also collected into interesting statistics for the Ubuntu distributions to find out about our user's hardware. Read More

Power Manager Applet

Friday, 11 August 2006
For the Kubuntu Power Management spec I've made a new power management applet. This is a fairly simple frontend to HAL's power management features and replaces the ageing klaptopdaemon (the alternative kpowersave already duplicated much of what was in HAL). Read More

Billie Piper Endorses Kubuntu

Tuesday, 25 July 2006
LUGRadio live happened at the weekend and we had a good number of KDE and Kubuntu people there. Full report coming later but the highlight of the show was when Billy Piper from Dr Who stopped by the stand to say how much she liked her free Kubuntu CD. Read More

UKUUG 2006

Wednesday, 5 July 2006
Last week I went to UK Unix Users Group's Linux 2006 conference to talk about KDE and Kubuntu and watch a bunch of other talks. First talk was from Tethys who tried to convince us that sed was good for more than s/foo/bar, seems not worth the hassle to me. Read More

Kubuntu Paris Developers Summit Wrapup

Wednesday, 28 June 2006
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 . Read More

Kubuntu Developers Summit, Paris

Tuesday, 20 June 2006
The Ubuntu Developers Summit is now happening by Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. We have a bunch of KDE developers here to help with the specs for Kubuntu Edgy in four months time. Read More

Rosetta for KDE and Kubuntu Dapper

Saturday, 27 May 2006
A note to the KDE translation teams: Ubuntu's web based translation tool Rosetta is now complete for Ubuntu and Kubuntu Dapper. https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2006-May/000082.html This is the first release which has KDE imported into Rosetta so KDE translation teams now have the option of using Rosetta for their KDE translations. Read More

Kubuntu Release Candidate, Free Shipit CDs and the Kubuntu Summer of Code

Thursday, 25 May 2006
The release candidate for Kubuntu 6.06 LTS, also known as Dapper, is out now for your downloading pleasure (please use bittorrent). The LTS stands for Long Term Support which means the Ubuntu team and Canonical will support it for 3 years on the desktop and 5 on the server. Read More

Summer of Code 2005 is Here!

Thursday, 11 May 2006
What could DHL be doing delivering me a parcel I wondered early this morning. Well it seems my Google Summer of Code 205 t-shirt turned up, just in time for me to start looking through the 200 KDE applications and just as many Ubuntu applications for Summer of Code 2006. Read More

MEPIS Printer, Flight 7, LinuxTag

Sunday, 7 May 2006
In the interests of making sure KDE works with CUPS 1.2 the lovely people at MEPIS (now based on Kubuntu) bought me an HP printer. Alas it didn't work (foomatic's fault, not KDE) so I guess there's still some issues to be worked out there. Read More

Move Along, Nothing to See (except Amarok packages)

Monday, 10 April 2006
kubuntu.de published a note today that Canonical had not answered their requests. Their article makes everything sound much worse than it is. The problem was that when kubuntu.org moved to a new host the sysadmin request to recreate Amu's account never got answered. Read More

Flight 5, UI Sprint

Wednesday, 15 March 2006
Last week was the Kubuntu and Ubuntu UI sprint in London where kwwii got strict instructions to turn up the bling on Kubuntu's artwork. The Gnome Clearlooks developers were also there to turn Ubuntu orange. Read More

See you in Dublin

Wednesday, 15 March 2006
September 23nd to 30th 2006


Thursday, 2 March 2006
FOSDEM at the weekend was great, there's something really exciting about having all the different Free Software communities together. As well as the KDE talks I went to see mjg59 talking about ACPI (but sadly failed to catch up with him regarding Kubuntu laptop support), the debian-installer talk, Automated Display Configuration for X and making SuSE packages. Read More

Kubuntu: as Seen on TV

Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Linux.conf.au got onto New Zealand news. The clip features Mark Shuttleworth signing one of the >500 Kubuntu CDs that were given away. lca2006_tvclip.xvid.avi (13MB).

Cosmopod's Free Remote KDE Desktop

Monday, 6 February 2006
A while ago I did an article on Cosmopod on KDE Dot News. Cosmopod do remote KDE desktops via NX supported by an advert down the side. Before publishing I asked the Cosmopod man if he was sure he would be ready for the influx of users this would bring. Read More

Kubuntu Distro Sprint

Saturday, 4 February 2006
This last week was the Ubuntu distro sprint, where a bunch of core Ubuntu developers get locked in a bland hotel in a bland part of London (which was overcast for the whole week with no variation in weather) and told to work on things in return for Amarulla. Read More

New versions, Distrosprint, Dragons

Wednesday, 1 February 2006
Both KDE and KOffice decided to release new versions today. Kubuntu has packages for both. Konversation released a new version which was going to be in time for Kubuntu dapper but they delayed to get some last minute bugs out, the good news is that we got an upstream version freeze exception and the new Konversation is now it. Read More


Tuesday, 24 January 2006
Today I published an article pointing to a KlamAV tutorial. I'm not sure how useful klamav is since e-mail viruses don't affect gun/linux but I think the claims that we do not get viruses are wrong. Read More

Zeroconf (and kubuntu CDs)

Wednesday, 11 January 2006
Coming soon to a Kubuntu near you, zeroconf support! Thanks to Jakub for making KDE zeroconf support, now with all Free Avahi. For those who left comments on my last blog asking for Kubuntu CDs, I can't do much without a postal address (and remember you need a good excuse like doing a talk or a KDE stand at an exhibition, this isn't shipit). Read More

Kubuntu Breezy CDs

Monday, 9 January 2006
My, what a lot of Kubuntu CDs. Let me know if you're doing a KDE talk at a LUG, having an install day, running a KDE stall at an expo or otherwise have a good excuse and I'll send you a box. Read More

KDE Hal Device Manager

Saturday, 7 January 2006
To get my Python skills up to scratch I ported hal-device-manager to KDE making KDE HAL Device Manager. Python is so much nicer to code in than C++ in almost all respects. Read More

Hogmanay, Freedom, Music downloads, IRC and Kubuntu in Hawaii

Sunday, 1 January 2006
Edinburgh was busy last night for the worlds largest Hogmanay party and we saw in the new year with enough fireworks to cover the whole of the castle and Castle Rock in thick smoke. Read More


Saturday, 17 December 2005
Having released a few too many Kubuntu flight CDs without testing the powerpc builds I bought a minimac. I did intially think I would keep MacOS X on it since it's always useful and interesting to be able to play with another operating system. Read More

Where To Find KDE Bling

Tuesday, 13 December 2005
Ubuntu Docs Corey was trying to find KDE 3.5 and 4 screenshots on planet KDE. Of course KDE screenshots aren't news to most KDE developers so they don't get blogged about but the KDE 3. Read More


Friday, 25 November 2005
I like fanmail, I get them occationally, it makes me feel loved. This guy might need some guidance in the correct direction though. hey jon.whtz up. i m frm india. i m a IT engineering student. Read More

Montreal and Prizes

Tuesday, 15 November 2005
Cycling around Montreal on the back of a Brompton me and Sladen discovered you can get very very large pumpkins very cheaply after Halloween. Montreal is on an island and has long bridges that take a good while to cycle over. Read More

Kubuntu en Montreal

Friday, 4 November 2005
This week Kubuntu is in Montereal for the Ubuntu Below Zero summit. This is not a conference with lots of people giving talks, although we do have talks each morning and lightning talks in the evening, I took some notes in my usual style and there are videos on that page too. Read More

Kubuntu Below Zero

Monday, 31 October 2005
The Ubuntu developer summit got under way today in Montreal with a community love day. Talks covered the wonders of Breezy, Edubuntu, LTSP, advocacy and Launchpad. I took some rough notes. Read More

dapper, tango, UBZ

Friday, 28 October 2005
Stephan Hermann asks why Mark likes dragons so much yet doesn't use KDE. Seems Stephan wasn't on the IRC channel to spot this [Sabdfl] Riddell: so, I'm thinking of converting my desktop to kubuntu for dapper Read More

Kubuntu Breezy

Thursday, 13 October 2005
Kubuntu Breezy is out. Grab it while it's fresh (and make sure you use a mirror that has synced). http://kubuntu.org/announcements/breezy-release.php There's some fun stuff in this releases, best of all is Adept the package manager. Read More

Go Faster Lights

Sunday, 9 October 2005
This nice machine got dropped off yesterday for some AMD64 goodness and uberfast compiles. But if that wasn't fast enough, turn down the ambient light and it sports triple shades of go faster LEDs through its groovy transparent box. Read More

No Kubuntu Release Candidate Tonight

Friday, 7 October 2005
The Kubuntu Release Candidate won't be available tonight (unless you know the right IP address) due to problems with syncing with the mirrors. Well done to ArkLinux for getting theirs out though. Read More

ScotLUG and Beaches

Tuesday, 4 October 2005
Last week I had the privilage of meeting Ariya at ScotLUG. I introduced him to Irn-Bru and we discussed Speedcrunch, KSpread, Kubuntu and his top secret project (he didn't let on what it was). Read More


Sunday, 24 July 2005
I've been trying out a few distros to see what they offer. MEPIS is in some ways like Kubuntu, a single CD debian derivative that uses KDE. It's not too clear from their website what their policy is with free or payed for downloads nor what the difference between SimplyMEPIS, ProMEPIS and other MEPISs is, but I tried the one with the newest timestamp. Read More


Tuesday, 19 July 2005
Jorge says "there is no Free equivalent to MS Exchange". I recommend Kolab which recently released it's second major version and is in heavy use by various branches of the German government. Read More


Wednesday, 13 July 2005
Appologies to readers of planet.ubuntu.com, the return of kdedevelopers.org has done funny things to the RSS feeds (and planet.kde.org is even more broken). Edinburgh got taken over by anarchists the other weekend. Read More

LugRadio Live!

Sunday, 26 June 2005
LUGRadio Live happened yesterday. At last Britain gets a community run expo/conference for Free Software geeks. Me and some Glasgow LUG geeks took a roadtrip down. Ben Lamb came along to help run the KDE stall and we handed out lots of Kubuntu CDs and showed people the goodness of KDE. Read More

Kubuntu at LinuxTag

Wednesday, 22 June 2005
Kubuntu at LinuxTag in Germany today. Eagle eyed attenders may have seen Amu on the KDE stall handing out limited edition Kubuntu CDs. These have dragons on the cover so are assured to be cool. Read More

Icons, Logo, Amarok

Friday, 20 May 2005
This week I've moved all the KDE application icons from crystal to hicolour. Hicolour is no longer the KDE 2 icon theme, that was renamed to kdeclassic. These days hicolour is the fallback icon theme used by all desktops that follow the freedesktop. Read More

All Over

Saturday, 30 April 2005
The Ubuntu Down Under conference is now closed. Mark gave some closing thanks which I noted down, again completely un-proofread and spellchecked. Finally on the last day I found a fellow KDE coder. Read More

The BoFs

Thursday, 28 April 2005
This conference isn't about talks and it isn't about hacking sessions. Instead it's about small birds of a feather meetings on a lot of topics. Everything from KubuntuRoadmap to GraphicalInstaller to GettingInvolvedInUniverse are discussed with groups of 2 to a dozen people. Read More


Wednesday, 27 April 2005
Most of this morning was spent writing the plan for the next Kubuntu release. It's a very long plan as we have a large number of ideas for making Kubuntu into the finest operating system there is. Read More


Tuesday, 26 April 2005
Today at Ubuntu Down Under I failed to attend GrumpGroundhog (making packges from latest CVS/SVN for developers to be able to get the latest KDE or whatever), and UniverseSecurity (find some trustworthy people who can join the closed security lists and keep universe secure). Read More

Ubuntu Conference

Monday, 25 April 2005
Today was the first day of the Ubuntu conference in Sydney. It opened with Mark Shuttleworth reviewing the last release and looking forward to the next. I took some notes which are not proof read or spell checked in any way. Read More

In Sydney

Thursday, 21 April 2005
Today KDE Everywhere visited Sydney As did some (k)ubuntu hackers. But there's still time to visit the tranquility of the local Quaker meeting

100,000 Kubuntus

Wednesday, 13 April 2005
If I read the Swedish mirror's statistics correctly that's almost 100,000 downloads of Kubuntu. 2TB of Kubuntu is a lot of Kubuntu. It even beats the Ubuntu downloads. that's because it's listed top on the kubuntu. Read More

KDE Brilliant Buttons

Saturday, 9 April 2005
The wee 80x15 website banners have become a popular to show your allegiance and make a much more sophisticated alternative than the old style of banner which started long long ago with "Netscape Now". Read More

KDE 4 Wishlist

Friday, 8 April 2005
Whenever something in KDE has frustrated me in the last month I've added it to a list: Tidy Konqueror. Konqueror has hardly changed since KDE 2 although the settings menu has gained a few extra unnecessary entries (which should be merged into the main Configure Konqueror dialogue). Read More

Kubuntu is out!

Friday, 8 April 2005
The Kubuntu announcement and preparations kept me up until about 5 o'clock last night just in time for a couple of hours kip before the announcement this morning. The feedback has been good and there's been a few sightings of Kubuntu in the wild. Read More

Those Linspire Icons In Full

Sunday, 3 April 2005
With Linspire 5 out and the sources tracked down we can now get to see the new Crystal icon set commitioned by Linspire. Very shiny. They're under a proprietry Linspire licence at the moment so the question of whether KDE will use them hasn't come up yet and just maybe the artists are working on their own super sekret plans in the icons area. Read More

Kubuntu Release Candidate

Thursday, 31 March 2005
The Kubuntu Release Candidate is out. This is your last change to test and complain before our first release next week. Feedback so far has been good and #kubuntu has been increasing in numbers enough that it's hard to keep up. Read More

Kubuntu, Pure KGX

Friday, 18 March 2005
Today we announced this little project I've been working on. Ubuntu has been stealing the lead with the non-business distribution recently so it's time to take it back for KDE. We are the first distribution with KDE 3. Read More

KSpread and Gnumeric to merge

Sunday, 13 March 2005
Here's a fun pipedream overheard on #kde-devel. Very exciting I think you'll agree. Yes you freedesktop.org skeptics, you'll agree too. KOffice developers will agree too even though they don't know about it yet. Read More

Announcing Get Hot New Wallpapers

Thursday, 10 March 2005
Launching today for those of you lucky enough to have KDE 3.4 installed is... Get Hot New Wallpapers! Using the excellent Get Hot New Stuff platform and its KDE library KNewStuff I added Get New Wallpapers button to the desktop configuration module. Read More

Eye Candy Watch

Friday, 25 February 2005
Tonight on KDE eye candy watch... Basse produces a rocking new Konqi image for the logout dialogue: Then follows it up with this cute little number for the About KDE dialogue: Read More


Wednesday, 23 February 2005
Do you own a TV is the poll I've just set up on kdedevelopers. Many geeks, including myself, find little need for mindless entertainment when we're quite busy enough doing useful things. Read More


Monday, 21 February 2005
With IBM selling their Thinkpad division I have to wonder what the best type of laptop to get once my current Thinkpad goes the way of its predecessors (stolen, destroyed by aeroplane cargo men etc). Read More

dot and logo

Saturday, 12 February 2005
Recently I became part of the exclusive invite only club of KDE Dot News editors. It's surprisingly time consuming to proofread and filter all the articles into a constant stream of high quality news for the world to learn about KDE from. Read More

Free Software's Money Problems Solved

Monday, 7 February 2005
The news of a GPled Qt for Windows today let in a round about way to a discussion on IRC about funding Free Software development. Would people pay for easily installable software? Read More


Thursday, 3 February 2005
Today was string freeze day for KDE, over 500 commits were made and lots of people were desperatly trying to make the deadline for i18n(). I was struck down with a cold and couldn't manage much but did add some bits to Kontact's new about screen. Read More


Tuesday, 1 February 2005
Shiney new about:konqueror in CVS today. KControl also updated. Expect the docs to be updated soon too. Is there a right-to-left script user out there who can tell me if this works properly on right-to-left? Read More

Embrace the World

Saturday, 29 January 2005
KDE should work with the rest of the software world as much as possible and not just look within itself. This means having KDE programmes on Windows because that is useful for me and you and all the other people who have to use Windows occasionally. Read More


Thursday, 27 January 2005
Recently I took my first dive into kdelibs. I wanted to make the tabs in Umbrello resize automatically like those in Konqueror and the correct way to do it when several applications want a feature is to put it in kdelibs. Read More

SVG Wallpaper Contest

Sunday, 23 January 2005
The SVG wallpaper contest is over. My favourite didn't win, I really liked KDE Celtic. Some people have queried whether KDE's SVG icon engine is ready for such use, and actually it probably isn't. Read More

PDF programmes

Friday, 7 January 2005
KPDF being merged into HEAD has been the talk of the IRC channels for a while, everyone is impressed. Here's the snazzy presenter mode: Someone must have been watching closely because today has popped up copies of an Acrobat Reader 7 beta for Unix, available to those hand picked by Adobe (or who know where to get it). Read More

Umbrello 1.4

Tuesday, 4 January 2005
Umbrello UML Modeller 1.4 has gained tabbed diagram layout and entity relationship diagrams for databases as well as a tonne of fixes and XMI compatibility from Oliver. The ER diagrams stuff is quite basic at the moment and we could really do with some help, you don't have to be the world's best programmer just willing to spot the missing features (SQL generation please) and add it. Read More

Calling all Linspire insiders

Saturday, 18 December 2004
Linspire 5 will come with a new version of the Crystal icon set. So far nobody knows what this looks like but the icons are part of the Linspire 5 beta which is available to Linspire Insiders (CNR Warehouse subscribers). Read More

Wallpaper Paste

Thursday, 25 November 2004
Today I made desktop wallpapers use .desktop files for their metadata. Hopefully this means the image names will be translated. I also made it possible to use SVG images as wallpapers. Read More

Umbrello Tabs and KDM Themes

Wednesday, 24 November 2004
Last night I made Umbrello use tabs for it's diagrams. KTabWidget does the job but it misses the nice feauture that Konqueror and Akregator have which is shrinking tabs to fit available width. Read More

KDE Radio

Friday, 19 November 2004
10 people have now joined last.fm's KDE station so we now have our own group music stream. Now playing is the very cheerful Slayer's God Hates Us All courtesy of chouimat. Read More


Tuesday, 16 November 2004
last.fm offers personal streaming music stations based on your preferences and those of your neighbours. It doesn't cost anything to join, although they request a donation. You can add Friends etc making it similar to orkut, but good. Read More


Thursday, 4 November 2004
My laptop was Ryanaired. A new screen would be 500 quid so result was a new laptop (same trusty IBM Thinkpad r40e). Lessons: always carry your laptop as hand luggage on an aeroplane and always check your luggage before you leave the airport. Read More


Tuesday, 26 October 2004
That's KDE® now.

Access keys in Konqueror

Friday, 15 October 2004
Today I chanced upon another feature where KDE leads, HTML access keys. a tags can (and should) have accesskey="x" elements. I used them in this website I made last year. Unfortunatly they are almost completely useless because you don't know they're there, that website has to mark them out with span tags and a stylesheet to underline them. Read More


Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Last night I watched a video of a talk from the Swiss Unix Users Conference on the Linux Standards Base. Their aim is to create a standard which binary programmes will just run on. Read More


Saturday, 9 October 2004
I went to University and found the experience really useful even if most of what I learned was outside the lectures. The first semester was HTML, and out of date HTML at that. Read More

Did someone ask for Enterprise?

Wednesday, 6 October 2004
I'm not sure what the definition of enterprise is, it sounds a lot like a meaningless buzzword to me, but I suspect that what I saw last Friday comes into the category of enterprise. Read More

LinuxWorld Expo

Wednesday, 6 October 2004
Everything is set up for the expo tomorrow. Matthias Ettrich will be there, which will be groovy. There are piles of leaflets to give away. We will have news of a 250 (going up to 1000) machine deployment of KDE. Read More

xcompmgr, transset and transparent windows

Friday, 10 September 2004
With the release of Xorg 6.8 I decided I ought to work out how to get the fancy trasparent windows stuff working so I could demo it at the expo in London next month. Read More

Canonical Software: No-Name-Yet Warthogs and Ubuntu

Saturday, 28 August 2004
Canonical Software is the name of a company making a new Debian based distribution. I suspect there isn't much knowledge of this among KDE developers so here is what is known. Read More


Saturday, 28 August 2004
Why is everyone so surprised when I tell them I walk to the youth hostel from aKademy rather than take the bus or shuttle car? Really it's not that amazing. Of course I'd rather cycle (or take a rickshaw) but I don't have one with me. Read More

Unread e-mail

Thursday, 26 August 2004
It's taken me two days solid but I'm down to 1 unread e-mail. It feels so satisfying. Today I went to the impressive KOrganiser on Windows demonstration. KDE programs on Windows would be a great way of introducing more people to Free Software and KDE. Read More

Akademy day 1

Sunday, 22 August 2004
It's been a great day here in Ludwigsburg. Lots of interesting talks and people. I've written up the talks I went to at Talks @ aKademy. Scott's metadata ideas are ambitious but necessary. Read More

A curious thing

Saturday, 21 August 2004
Further to my last entry, I was wandering to the hostel yesterday evening when I passed a woman who said something in German to me. "Sorry I don't speak German" I said as I passed and she replied "Sir sir! Read More

A sign

Friday, 20 August 2004
I was at a train station in a town called Heidelburg at about 4:00 this morning on my way to akademy, having not slept for 20 hours at this point and I'm trying to work out the German train system where one machine charged me €14 and another wanted to charge me €49 when a man wanders up to me and says that "I look poor" and would I like some money. Read More

System Tray Getting Full

Wednesday, 4 August 2004
A quick rant: I don't like the system tray getting full for no good reason. My system tray is getting almost as bad as the ones on a Windaes desktop where device drivers put their company's logos just because they can. Read More

How can a group decision be reached?

Tuesday, 20 July 2004
KDE has had the same splash screen for the last two releases so I think it is in need of a new one. It doesn't matter if the new one is better or worse than the KDE 3. Read More


Friday, 9 July 2004
No Debian CVS packages, my usual way of staying up to date, have turned up for KDE 3.3 so I turned to Konstruct for compiling beta 1 and it's very nice. Read More

Why KDE is K^HCool

Wednesday, 9 June 2004
I did a talk to Edinburgh GNU/Linux Users Group and again to Tayside KGX Users Group this week past. Discussed how to become a KDE Developer, some nice KDE features and software patents (EU elections tomorrow and this weekend, please vote Europeans). Read More

Quakers, laptops, japanese pop and irn bru

Wednesday, 21 April 2004
We got on well with the GNOMEs at the Linux User Expo in London today. Except for when I filled in their missing poster space with a spare KDE logo, they didn't take that too well. Read More

UK Linux Expo ready

Tuesday, 20 April 2004
The good news, Rich, is that the KDE stand at the UK Linux Expo is now ready, cos I just set it up :) Thanks to SuSE for supplying a machine. Read More

KDE artists

Friday, 12 March 2004
KDE artists is an interesting project limited by the number of people who are actually talented enough to create high quality artworks (not me). There isn't much coherency to the group, people who know what they're doing are often too busy to reply to those who don't and posts to the list can go unanswered. Read More

Gwenview now with KPart

Tuesday, 10 February 2004
Annoyed at the lack of directory image browser for Konqueror and the primitive image viewer I turned Gwenview into a Konqueror KPart. You can get it from kdeextragear-1 CVS, all comments are welcome. Read More

Thoughts on Umbrello 1.3

Tuesday, 20 January 2004
Dearest Umbrello and KDE Developers, KDE has been branched for 3.2 and Umbrello UML Modeller 1.2 will soon be released with it. My impression of Umbrello 1.2 is that it is a good release with features that were defiantly lacking in the previous version. Read More

kdedevelopers e-mail feed, thinkpad KMilo plugin, proofreading and top secret KDE groups!

Sunday, 11 January 2004
kde.me.uk has some things of mine on it. kde.com's e-mail feed of KDE dot news died along with kde.com so I set up another one for dot news and added debianplanet. Read More

Why you should use Umbrello UML Modeller

Friday, 25 July 2003
I'm giving a talk next week at the Linux 2003 conference in Edinburgh about UML Modelling with Umbrello. Since I'm not too sure what to say I'm writing notes here in the hope that I'll be struck by inspiration and maybe some useful comments. Read More