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[News] Best Desktop Environment in the World (KDE 4.3.2) is Out, Akademy 2010 Coming, Interview

  • Subject: [News] Best Desktop Environment in the World (KDE 4.3.2) is Out, Akademy 2010 Coming, Interview
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 22:29:53 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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KDE 4.3.2 Release Announcement

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| KDE Community Ships Second Translation and Service 
| Release of the 4.3 Free Desktop, Containing Numerous 
| Bugfixes, Performance Improvements and Translation 
| Updates
| October 6th, 2009. Another month has passed since the 
| release of KDE 4.3.0, so today the KDE Community 
| announces the immediate availability of KDE 4.3.2, a 
| bugfix, translation and maintenance update for the 
| latest generation of the most advanced and powerful 
| free desktop. KDE 4.3.2 is a monthly update to KDE 
| 4.3. It ships with a desktop workspace and many 
| cross-platform applications such as administration 
| programs, network tools, educational applications, 
| utilities, multimedia software, games, artwork, 
| development tools and more. KDE's award-winning tools 
| and applications are available in more than 50 
| languages.


ROSE Blog Interviews: KDE Project's A. L. Spehr

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| Q: You're speaking to a group of high school 
| students. Why should they consider exploring career 
| options in open source?
| A: Working with open source projects means that 
| you'll always be on the cutting edge of using new 
| technologies. You'll find this is good for your 
| resume. But doing Free Software is volunteer work â 
| you get to pick your own projects based on what you 
| are interested in. So take advantage of that and 
| follow your interests. Meet as many people as you 
| can. You'll find it might turn into paid work, either 
| in or outside of open source.
| People are one of the strong points. In a large 
| project like KDE, you'll find people from all over 
| the world. It's neat to be able to say that you know 
| someone from Iran, and to get an eyewitness account 
| of current events there. And it's fun to travel to 
| conferences. I've met all kinds of great folks, and 
| some have turned into close friends. 


Akademy 2010 Dates Announced

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| The representatives visited the Openmind Conference 
| as part of the trip, which gave them a chance to find 
| out about FLOSS in Finland and to meet and talk with 
| government representatives and people from local 
| companies. The conference was an interesting event 
| with more of a focus on FLOSS in business than 
| development. At Openmind Adriaan gave a talk on 
| software licensing issues for the Free Software 
| Foundation Europe's Freedom Task Force.



So you want to know how important KDE 4 is?

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| Iâve followed and written about the development of
| the KDE 4.0 project on the old version of this blog.
| Until now however, Iâve never addressed the criticism
| that some sections of the Linux community have heaped
| on it. So Iâll just start with this post in the
| blogosphere that caught my eye.


How Important is KDE 4?

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| So, how important is KDE 4?  To the KDE project, it
| is absolutely crucial.  I hate to say it, but it
| looks as if KDE 4 has become KDEâs âVista.â   The KDE
| reputation has been tainted with a divided community,
| mediocre products, and a seeming lack of solid
| direction.  I can only hope KDE becomes stable at
| some point in the near future, perhaps by choosing to
| make their â4.5â release their stable release fit for
| refinement and development, much like with KDE 3.5.
| Perhaps creating that stable environment for people
| to improve upon could lead to the creation of a new,
| thriving community, one just as influential as the
| one when KDE 3.5 was around.  Otherwise, they may
| lose the market they have fought so hard to gain.

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