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QtCon brought together five communities to host their respective conferences at a same time and place, creating one big and diverse conference. Those communities were Qt, KDAB, KDE (celebrating 20th birthday), VLC and FSFE (both celebrating 15th birthday).
Main conference hall of QtCon at bcc
That diversity of themes was a very interesting characteristic of QtCon. I really appreciated see presentations of Qt and KDAB people, and I was surprised about topics related with VLC community. The strong technical aspects of trends like Qt in mobile, Qt in IoT (including autonomous cars), the future of Qt, Qt + Python, contributing to Qt, and more, called my attention during the conference.
On VLC I was surprised with the size of the community. I never imagined VLC had too much developers. In fact, I never imagined VideoLAN is in fact an umbrella of a lot of projects related with multimedia, like codecs, streaming tools, VLC ports to specific devices (including cars through Android Auto), and more. Yes, I really appreciated to find these persons and watch their presentations.
I was waiting for the VLC 3.0 release during QtCon, but unfortunately it did not happen. Of course the team is improving this new release and when it is finished I will have a VLC to use together with my Chromecast, so, keep this great work coneheads!
FSFE presentations were interesting as well. In Brazil there are several talks about political and philosophical aspects of free software in conferences like FISL and Latinoware. In QtCon, FSFE brought this type of presentation in an “European” style: sometimes the presentations looks like more pragmatically in their approaches. Other FSFE presentations talked about the infrastructure and organizational aspects of the foundation, a nice overview to be compared with others groups like ASL.org in Brazil.
Of course, there were a lot of amazing presentations from our gearheads. I highlight the talks about KDE history, Plasma Desktop latest news, Plasma Mobile status, KF5 on Android, the experience of Minuet in mobile world, among others.
The KDE Store announcement was really interesting and I expect it will bring more attention to the KDE ecosystem when software package bundles
(snap/flat/etc) be available in the store.
Other software called my attention was Peruse, a comic book reader. I expect developers can solve the current problems in order to release a mobile version of Peruse, so this software can reach a broad base of users of these platforms.
After the end of QtCon, Akademy had place in TU Berlin, in a very beautiful and comfortable campus. This phase of the conference was full of technical sessions and discussions, hacking, and fun.
I attended to the Flatpack, Appstream, and Snapcraft BoFs. There were a lot of advanced technical discussions on those themes. Every Akademy I feel very impressed with the advanced level of the technical discussions performed by our hackers in KDE community. Really guys, you rocks!
The Snapcraft BoF was a tutorial about how to use that technology to create crossdistro bundle packages. That was interesting and I would like to test more and give a look in Flatpack in order to select something to create packages for Cantor.
Unfortunately I missed the BoF on Kube. I am very interested in an alternative PIM project for KDE, focused in E-Mail/Contacts/Calendar and more economic in computational resource demand. I am keeping my eyes and expectations on this project.
The others days basically I spent my time working on Cantor and having talk with our worldwide KDE fellows about several topics like KDE Edu, improvements in our Jabber/XMPP infrastructure, KDE 20th years, Plasma in small-size computers (thanks sebas for the Odroid-C1+ device ) WikiToLearn (could be interesting a way to import/export Cantor worksheets to/from WikiToLearn?), and of course, beers and Germany food.
And what about Berlin? It was my second time in the city, and like the previous one I was excited with the multicultural atmosphere, the food (<3 pork <3) and beers. We were in Kreuzberg, a hipster district in the city, so we could visit some bars and expat restaurants there. The QtCon+Akademy had interesting events as well, like the FSFE celebration in c-base and the Akademy daytrip in Peacock Island.
So, I would like to say thank you for KDE e.V. for funding my attendance in the events, thank you Petra for help us with the hostel, and thank your for all the volunteers for work hard and make this Akademy edition a real celebration of KDE community.
Some Brazilians in QtCon/Akademy 2016: KDHelio, Lamarque, Sandro, João, Aracele, Filipe (me)
Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust) : Plasma 5.8.2, Applications 16.08.2 et Frameworks 5.27.0 sont disponible dans Mageia Cauldron23 de Outubro de 2016, 10:29 - 0sem comentários ainda
L’équipe KDE de Mageia vient de terminer la mise a jour de Plasma ( 5.8.2 ), KDE Applications ( 16.08.2 ) et Kde Framework ( 5.27.0 ).
L’équipe KDE travaille actuellement à corriger quelques soucis de migration mageia 5 -> Mageia 6.
Si vous testez et rencontrez des soucis lié au « packaging » de Plasma c’est ici que ça se passe. Par contre si vous rencontrez des bugs dans Plasma ou Kde Applications il faut aller sur le bugtracker Kde. ( cela permet que les devs principaux soient avertis du bugs et que les autres distributions aient le correctif rapidement).
Nicolas Lécureuil (neoclust) : Plasma 5.8.2, Applications 16.08.2 and Frameworks 5.27.0 available in Mageia23 de Outubro de 2016, 9:35 - 0sem comentários ainda
Mageia KDE Team just finished to push in Mageia cauldron :
– Plasma 5.8.2 ( the Plasma LTS version )
– KDE Applications 16.08.2
– KDE Frameworks 5.27.0
If you find packaging bugs don’t hesitate and come in Mageia Bugtracker
And if you want to join KDE Team and help you can mail us or find us on IRC ( freenode : #mageia-kde ).
It is with a heavy heart that we address our warmest thanks to our friend Thomas Spuhler for his Mandriva and Mageia contributions over the last decade. After fighting colon cancer for over a year, he finally had to surrender on Saturday September 17, 2016, at the age of 68. He leaves behind his beloved wife, sons and grandchildren, to whom our thoughts go in this difficult time.
Thomas had been contributing to Mageia, and Mandriva before that, since 2009 as a packager, and much earlier already partaking in email discussions and bug reports. His packaging interests were mostly web and server-related components, for which his contributions were invaluable. He had to step back from his Mageia responsibilities in early August due to his health condition.
He was a lively fellow and we will sorely miss him. He was particularly fond of the Oro Valley in Arizona, USA, where he had been living for the last 20 years, and which gave him his IRC nickname (Oro_Valley).
Again, thanks a lot for everything Thomas, it was great having you around for all those years!
Magnux77 with Daniel were there representing Mageia. He reports:
It was hot, in all the meanings of the word, a real jolly atmosphere, noise everywhere and nicely sunny. With Daniel, we laid out the T-Shirts, pens, USB sticks, two laptops for Mageia demonstrations, a 2002 antiquity running Mageia to prove that if it no longer works with Windows, it can with Mageia, and a 24–inch screen for a Mageia LibreOffice Impress exhibition on Raspberry-Pi. Our booth was next to La Mouette and l’Autre Net. Behind us was April, Framasoft, The Ordis Libres.
Admittedly, many people walked past us without even seeing us, there are so many things to see, to read or to hear, not to mention savour. But the ones who did stop and wonder already have the idea that GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) isn’t just for their good only. A little vignette, amongst others:
Madam and Sir, holding each other up to support themselves in the face of adversity, have a quick look at all the booths, but none of them really catches their eye. They talk together, hesitate, look here and there again, are ready to go away, discouraged, when suddenly, Madam gets worked up, stands and says a little louder:
“But I am still eager to know!”
“To know what, Madam?”
“Well, computing, it pisses me off (with a wide smile). I bought a pair of shoes on the Internet, and now I got advertising everywhere for shoes, on my screen, in my messages and that pisses me off even more (no more smile)”
“Then, I would like to know why, how is it possible”
After a small discussion, they don’t look ready for me to talk about Mageia right way, then I decided to take them to our friends from Framasoft so that they can start to defend themselves against the GAFAM.
But for many people who were sensitive to our arguments, and likely to adopt Mageia, the difficulty was the installation with backup and partitioning. Of course, we gave our e-mails, MLO address (the French forum), the GUL (Linux user group), but it is not enough, of course… To all of you with whom we exchanged details, don’t hesitate to contact us again for help, to get an idea on how to, or to find help in your area of France.
– dtux in Lyon, in his workshop Libre PC
– magnux77 in the East of Paris or on the French-speaking forum MageiaLinux-Online (MLO).
For International users, we have many other support forums available.