AUG
20
2004

Frankfurt

A couple of weeks ago I was waiting at the Frankfurt airport for a connection flight to Nürnberg. I had three hours to wait and so I was sitting at the gate hacking on Plutimikation. At some time a guy waiting at a table nearby for another flight came to me and asked if I would be a KDE developer. I was surprised. It turned out that he was a greek translator and recognized me because of the KDE logo on my bag. It's amazing that the KDE community now seems to be big enough so that you can meet KDE people by accident at some random place in the world. The project world domination seems to proceed well ;-)

AUG
14
2004

Boston

When going to Boston for the USENIX conference I started to read Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson in the plane from Frankfurt to Boston. I didn't know much about about the setting of the book, so it came as a surprise that the book starts with the execution of a woman at the Boston Common. Ten hours later I was standing at the place where Enoch the Red watches Jack Ketch doing his job.

AUG
12
2004

Karlsruhe

The last months have been a busy time. Some special things like the USENIX conference, the KDE Free Qt Foundation agreement, the final phase of the KDE 3.3 release cycle or the preparations for the upcoming KDE conference aKademy took a considerable amount of my time in addition to the usual having a job and a family. But it was fun and still is.

JUL
24
2004

Kontact Bug Squashing Day on Sunday

We will have our second Kontact Bug Squashing Day on Sunday 25th July. As CVS is feature and message frozen for the 3.3 release we are all in bug-fixing mode and want to intensify our efforts to get a Kontact 1.0 which is as stable as possible. If you want to become part of this venture you can join us on IRC and help with reviewing bug reports, creating patches, testing fixes or generally cheering up the developers.

JUN
13
2004

Experimenting with KBlog

I'm experimenting with KBlog. I have no idea if this will work, post embarrassing texts or delete all my data. But it's worth a try. It at least looks like it could once become a useful tool.

It doesn't seem to be able to correctly set a category and the as-you-type spell-checking is missing, but it is able to post a blog, so that's not bad after all.

JUN
12
2004

Planet KDE

I just discovered Planet KDE and immediately got addicted. Planet GNOME was one of my favorite readings on the web the last months, but I think I have to switch now. ;-)

APR
14
2004

Icecream gets a star

While compiling KDE once again I found some time to work a little bit on icecream and revived Frerichs star view. This is a cool thingy, especially when there are many hosts, where the 'gantt' view reaches its limits. Have a look by yourself and enjoy the hypnotic effect of looking at colored bubbles. You will perceive compilation as faster than ever before ;-)

JAN
28
2004

We need to embrace freedesktop.org

What's up with freedesktop.org? Daniel says KDE people don't care about it, Ian says we have to abandon it. I say let's embrace it and make it what it's meant to be, a common building block for all desktops, KDE, GNOME and whatever else.

JAN
18
2004

Release Fever

We are approaching the 3.2 release. That's exciting. I just collected what's new in KOrganizer for 3.2 and was impressed. I didn't remember that it was so much cool stuff we implemented in the year it took since KDE 3.1.

JAN
10
2004

Amazing KDE

This week brought a couple of new exciting things to KDE. Having a closer look at what was announced these days I'm pretty amazed.

It started with kde-apps.org on Monday, the followup to the highly popular kde-look.org. On Tuesday we got KDEPIM on Mac. Wednesday brought integration of native KDE widgets in OpenOffice. On Thursday we saw a nice interview about Qt styles for Gtk apps and the announcement of KDE ioslaves for FUSE which basically means that they are now accessible by any non-KDE program, OpenOffice only being one of them. On Friday Zack released his QtGtk library which allows to use all the fancy stuff of KDE like the file dialogs or DCOP in Gtk apps. KDE seems to become the integrative desktop. That's good news. Let's see what will happen on the weekend...

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