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[News] A Look at Small Desktop Environments for GNU/Linux and New KDE SC Picks

  • Subject: [News] A Look at Small Desktop Environments for GNU/Linux and New KDE SC Picks
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 May 2010 07:08:22 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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One of these things is not like the others

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| Having a faster machine in the house means 
| I have the luxury of trying out some of 
| the bigger, heavier distros without 
| feeling like Iâm having my brain pressed 
| through a bowl of mashed potatoes. I 
| consider it homework, making sure I keep 
| up-to-date on what the bulkier versions of 
| Linux can do, and at what cost.


Plasma Netbook 4.5

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| Some of those changes are quite visible at 
| a UI level, some other are more under the 
| hood, but contribute to give to it a more 
| "finished" look and feel to it.


Going where no gearheads have gone beforeâ 

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| Thomas Jensch from the FSFE initiated our 
| presence at the event and is networking with 
| church representatives, something I could 
| not do, since I know way too little about 
| internal church organization (and probably 
| donât want to know either). I guess he 
| will report more about that. What we (that 
| is the KDE folks) talk about with people 
| coming to our booth is free software in 
| general and KDE in particular, depending 
| on the interest of our visitors and their 
| knowledge level. People here come with 
| very varying backgrounds, we get the 
| occasional Linux power user, but mostly 
| itâs down to the basics. There is often an 
| understanding why open standards are 
| important and from there on we can talk 
| about the freedoms (of free software) or 
| drift off to how great KDE is. Sometimes 
| it was interesting to see people running 
| away when we ask them if they knew about 
| free software. Typically they would mumble 
| something about not knowing much about 
| computers. But those are only very few 
| people, most visitors are very interested. 
| Sometimes on the other hand, people donât 
| want the philosophical talk and are happy 
| instead to just play with our shiny KDE 
| demo machine. This event we have different 
| apps running, Palapeli worked quite well 
| as eye-catcher, running on a big monitor. 
| Of course we are happy to show more apps 
| and give some introductions to how KDE 
| works. Some teenagers enjoyed the puzzle 
| and completely ignored our lecturing about 
| philosophy behind it :) We gave away quite 
| some Linux dvds and FSFE handouts to the 
| people that are actually interested. For 
| the next time I hope weâll have a one page 
| âwhat is KDEâ handout. That would be niceâ


Rekonq: A Quick Glance At Kubuntu Next Default Browser

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| The talk of the town is that the next 
| version of Kubuntu (10.10, codenamed 
| Maverick Meerkat) will have a new default 
| browser, replacing Konqueror, the longtime 
| KDE favorite. The replacement browser may 
| very well be Rekonq, a browser that could 
| be viewed as a next-generation approach to 
| Konqueror.


Yet Another GSoC update : libface gets Face Recognition

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| To those who do not know: As part of my 
| GSoC work, Iâm committing to libface , an 
| open-source face recognition library made 
| by me and my mentor Alex Jironkin. libface 
| shall be used for the upcoming Face 
| Detection and Recognition support in 
| digiKam.
| [...]
| And tagging. Iâve just checked out a fresh 
| copy of Adrian Bustanyâs nepomuk-peopletag 
| project, which has been abandoned since 
| about two years or so. Iâll be modifying 
| it â actually it involves removal of code, 
| not much actual coding. Iâll be removing 
| the nepomuk-specific code from it (no 
| offense to the Nepomuk people), as digiKam 
| shall talk to Nepomuk through itâs own 
| interfacing.



Akonadi Meeting and the KDE SC 4.5 release

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| We are at the Akonadi meeting at the KDAB
| offices in Berlin right now, which was
| quite nice so far. We had the first round
| of API review of new methods in KDEPIMLIBS
| for 4.5, and already cleaned up quite a
| bit. Having multiple eyes look at the API
| is a nice way to improve the overall
| quality of the API. We met with Andrey
| Moiseenko and Alvaro Manera of Nokia, who
| work on calendaring for the next Meego
| phone from Nokia. They use our KCal
| library, which they have forked/extended
| for some special requirements they have.
| Weâre now making plans with them to
| integrate their changes back to our
| version of KCal, so that both sides will
| profit from changes and have a single
| point of maintenance.

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