Monday, May 13, 2024

KDE Goals April 2024 sprint

A few weeks ago I attended the KDE Goals April 2024 sprint

I was there as part of the Automation & Systematization sprint given my involvement in the release process, the "not very automatized" weekly emails about the status of CI about KDE Gear and KDE Frameworks, etc. but I think that maybe I was there more as "person that has been around a long time, ask me if you have questions about things that are documented through oral tradition"

I didn't end up doing lots of work on sprint topics themselves (though I participated in various discussions, did a bit of pair-programming with Aleix on QML accessibility issues, inspired DavidR to do the QML-text-missing-i18n check that he describes in his blog); instead I cheated a bit and used the sprint to focus on some of the KDE stuff I had a bit on my backlog, creating the KDE Gear release/24.05 branches and lots of MR reviewing and more!

Group photo

Thanks KDE e.V. for sponsoring the trip, if you would like such events to continue please we need your continued donations

And remember Akademy talk submission period ends in 10 days, send your talk now!

Saturday, May 04, 2024

Send your talks for Akademy NOW!

Akademy 2024 (the annual world summit for KDE) is happening in W├╝rzburg, Saturday 7th – Thursday 12th September. (I hope you knew that)


First of all, if you're reading this and thinking, "Should i go to Akademy?" 


The answer is [most probably] YES! Akademy has something for everyone, be it coders, translators, promoters, designers, enthusiasts, etc.


Now, with this out of the way, one of the many things that makes Akademy is the talks on the weekend, and you know who has something to say? *YOU*


Yes, *YOU*. I'm sure you've been working on something interesting, or have a great idea to share.


*YOU* may think that your idea is not that great or the things you work on are not interesting, but that's seldomly the case when someone explains me their "boring" thing they've been working on, i always think "Wow that's great".


Ok, so now that I've convinced you to send a talk proposal, when better than *TODAY* to send it?


Yes I know the Call for Participation is open until the 24 of May, but by sending it today you make sure you don't forget sending it later and also [more important for me] you help those of us in the Program Committee not to worry when the final date starts approaching and we don't have lots of talks yet because you all prefer sending talks on the very last minute.


So stop reading and send your talk today ;-)

Sunday, April 21, 2024

KDE Gear 24.05 branches created

Make sure you commit anything you want to end up in the KDE Gear 24.05
releases to them

Next Dates
  • April 25 2024: 24.05 Freeze and Beta (24.04.80) tag & release
  • May 9, 2024: 24.05 RC (24.04.90) Tagging and Release
  • May 16, 2024: 24.05 Tagging
  • May 23, 2024: 24.05 Release

https://community.kde.org/Schedules/KDE_Gear_24.05_Schedule

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Plucker/Palm support removed from Okular for 24.05

We recently remove the Plucker/Palm support in Okular, because it was unmaintained and we didn't even find [m]any suitable file to test it.


If you are using it, you have a few months to step up and bring it back, if not, let's have it rest.

Thursday, January 11, 2024

KDE Gear 24.02 branches created

Make sure you commit anything you want to end up in the KDE Gear 24.02 releases to them

Next Dates:

  •    January 31: 24.02 RC 2 (24.01.95) Tagging and Release
  •   February 21: 24.02 Tagging
  •   February 28: 24.02 Release


https://community.kde.org/Schedules/February_2024_MegaRelease

Friday, October 20, 2023

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2023

This past weekend I attended the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2023 as part of the KDE delegation.

 


 

I have been a mentor for GSOC almost every year since 2005 but this was my first time attending the mentor summit.

 

There were sessions about the typical things you'd expect: how to get more diverse folks as students, how to make sure we onboard them correctly, sustainability, funding, etc. All in all nothing groundbreaking and sadly no genius solution for the issues we face was given, but to a certain degree it helps to see that most of us have similar problems and it's not that we're doing things particularly wrong, it's just that running a Free Software project is though.


Carl Schwan and me ran a Desktop Linux session together with Jonathan Blandford of GNOME (check his Crosswords game, seems pretty nice) and basically asked folks "How happy are you with the Desktop Linux", you can find the notes about it at https://collaborate.kde.org/s/HKn6BoNCRNezn3K Nothing we don't know about really, Wayland and flatpak/snap are still a bit painful for some folks even if there's a general agreement they are good ideas.


I also organized a little session for all the attendees from Barcelona (it was about 6 of us or so) to sell them talk about Barcelona Free Software


One thing that always pops up in your mind when going to events is "How useful was it for me to attend this" since traveling to California from Europe is not easy, it is not cheap and it means investing quite some time (which in my case included taking vacation from work). 

 

Honestly, I think it's quite useful and we should attend more similar events. We get to know key people from other projects and we make sure other projects know about us. One of the most funny interactions was me sitting in a table, someone joining and saying "Woah KDE, you guys are super famous, love your work" and literally seconds after another person joining us and saying "Uh, KDE what is that?"

 

There's not much pictures because Google forbids taking pictures inside their buildings, the few exceptions include the chocolate table, it's quite a large quantity of chocolate we got to try, thanks Robert from Musicbrainz for pushing people to bring it :)


I'd like to thank Google and KDE e.V. for sponsoring my trip to the Summit, please donate at https://kde.org/fundraisers/plasma6member/

Thursday, October 19, 2023

KDE February Mega Release schedule (the thing with Qt6 on it)

The next release for the big three in KDE land (KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma and KDE Gear) is going to happen at the same time.


This is because we are switching to Qt6[*] and it helps if we can release all the products  at the same time.


If you want to help us with the effort, make sure to donate at https://kde.org/fundraisers/plasma6member/


The agreed schedule is:


8 November 2023: Alpha

KDE Gear 24.01.75 / KDE Plasma 5.80.0 / KDE Frameworks 5.245.0

29 November 2023: Beta 1

KDE Gear 24.01.80 / KDE Plasma 5.90.0 / KDE Frameworks 5.246.0

20 December 2023: Beta 2

KDE Gear 24.01.85 / KDE Plasma 5.91.0 / KDE Frameworks 5.247.0

10 January 2024: Release Candidate 1

KDE Gear 24.01.90 / KDE Plasma 5.92.0 / KDE Frameworks 5.248.0

For KDE Gear that want to ship with Qt6 for this release they need to be switched to Qt6 (and obviously stable) *BEFORE* this date.

31 January 2024: Release Candidate 2

KDE Gear 24.01.95 / KDE Plasma 5.93.0 / KDE Frameworks 5.249.0

21 February 2024: Private Tarball Release

KDE Gear 24.02.0 / KDE Plasma 6.0 / KDE Frameworks 6.0

28 February 2024: Public Release

KDE Gear 24.02.0 / KDE Plasma 6.0 / KDE Frameworks 6.0 

 

You can see that Alpha is less than 3 weeks away! Interesting times ahead!

 

[*]  some KDE Gear apps may remain in Qt5 if we have not had time to port them