Do you want to be a chair?

Ever had the urge to be a chair? Not the wooden kind with 4 legs. I’m talking about session chairs for Akademy. The program committee is still looking for session chairs and this is your chance to help out and do your part to make Akademy rock. (If you don’t have anything to help out with yet you should feel guilty right about now ;-))

What would you need to do? Easy enough. You pick a track you want to chair. At Akademy you’d help the speakers of your track get set up, introduce them to the audience and make sure they finish on time.

Sounds like something you could do? Awesome. Leave a comment, email me or ping me on IRC.

let’s move that source code so it doesn’t get lazy

So as you might have heard KDE is going to host its own git infrastructure. This means that the projects currently on gitorious will have to be moved one by one. Amarok and Konversation made the move yesterday to once again test the waters and make sure it is good to go for everyone else.

To quote Jeff’s email to the Amarok lists:

Amarok, along with Konversation, is trailblazing, and today the new official location of the repository is at git://

If you already have an existing checkout, simply edit the .git/config file and change “” to “” for the main repository (not any personal clones you may have in remotes).

If you are a committer, the clone URL is SSH keys have been migrated from those used for your KDE SVN server account.

You can browse the repository via cgit at or via Redmine at the Project page on — both are still a work in progress (there is e.g. no KDE theming, and accounts on redmine have yet to be set up for all but a few of the KDE sysadmins), so please keep in mind that this is still a test infrastructure.

Thanks to our rocking sysadmins (especially Eike and Jeff) for setting everything up so quickly.

Please let us know if there is still any docu left to update due to this move that we missed so we can update it quickly.

Akademy is (not so) far away

Last year around this time everyone was getting ready for the Desktop Summit. I couldn’t make it and I could still kick myself for it tbh. Watching it remotely was rather painful as the information flow wasn’t as good as it could have been. So I promised myself two things for this year’s Akademy: 1) I’m soooooo going to be there. 2) I’m going to help make it easier on the people who can not go for whatever reason.

So here is the run-up of resources you will need to keep up-to-date on all things Akademy while it is happening in 2 weeks:

Most of them have RSS feeds you can subscribe to – use them 🙂

If there is anything else that would be helpful please leave a note in the comments.

Now if you are going to be in Tampere and going to make the world rock more, spread the coolness:

  • join the !akademy group (you can’t post without joining)  and post about what you’re doing
  • poke me, Claudia or Kenny to get useful stuff posted to @akademy
  • twitter: tweet about cool stuff and tag it with #akademy
  • twitter: poke me, Claudia or Kenny to get useful stuff posted to @akademy
  • flickr: upload photos and tag them with #akademy and #akademy2010
  • write blog posts and have it aggregated to planetKDE
  • ping jefferai to get etherpad set up for your team for live meeting notes if your team doesn’t have one yet (I know at least promo and edu do)
  • if you’re a speaker: get your slides to the program committee, the friendly folks who sent you your talk confirmation

And you might have guessed it already…

(Special thanks to my employer ontoprise and the KDE e.V. for paying travel and accommodation. It would not be possible without you. *hint* individual supporting membership *hint*)

Hmmm and while I’m at it I might as well create some buzz for my talks, right? So I’ll be doing 3 talks it seems:

Be there! You know you want to 😉  I’ll also be doing 3 BoF’s on git, community and wikis for those interested. Oh and I’m writing on a paper on mentoring to accompany my community talk. I’ll post it here when it’s published.

CU in Tampere! 😀