GSoC 2011 applications open

Students who wants to apply for GSoC 2011: You can now submit your application at google-melange.com.

Please don’t wait with this until the deadline (April 8th 19:00 UTC). Submit now and ping your potential mentor and other team members to get feedback.

For questions you can always come to our IRC channel #kde-soc on freenode and of course the IRC channel and mailing list of the team you want to work with.

Mentors: If you are not yet signed up in Melange please apply now and subscribe to kde-soc-mentor@kde.org. After that ping the admins in #kde-soc to approve your requests. Thanks! 🙂

only 2 days left for talk proposals for the Desktop Summit in Berlin

Just a quick reminder: There are only 2 days left to submit talk proposals for the Desktop Summit in Berlin. Do not count on a deadline extension. Submit your talk proposal now at http://desktopsummit.org/cfp. Make the program committee’s life miserable by submitting lots of awesome talks making it hard for us to chose from 😉

PS: While we list a number of topics we are especially interested in we are also very much interested in talks outside these topics if they fit the conference. If you are unsure if your talk would fit please find me on IRC or email me to talk about it.

scientific papers at the Desktop Summit

At previous Akademys people could, in addition to the normal talks, submit scientific papers. We want to do this again. Are you doing research around Free Software and particularly the free desktop? We’d like you to submit a scientific paper on it. We are especially interested in the topics also relevant for the talks at the Desktop Summit:

  • Closer collaboration between GNOME, KDE and related projects
  • GNOME, KDE and the mobile platform
  • The free desktops and social networks
  • Search, meta-data and the semantic desktop
  • The Desktop and the OS
  • Relationship with distributions and platforms
  • Optimizing power, memory and disk I/O usage
  • Designing and writing applications with strong user interfaces
  • Supporting non-technical contributions (e.g. documentation, visual design, marketing, project management, etc.) and attracting new community members
  • GNOME beyond the 3.0 release: the GNOME OS
  • Powerful foundations, elegant interfaces: Improvements in KDE applications
  • Government use of the free desktops; Free Software and non-governmental organization
  • Attention for Free Software software in education and participation of students

If you would like to submit a paper please send an email to all the reviewers listed below to figure out the details.

Papers will be reviewed by Celeste Lyn Paul (celeste@kde.org), Kevin Ottens (ervin@kde.org), Helio Castro (helio@kde.org) and me (lydia@kde.org).

NOTE: This is not connected to the call for participation that closes on 25th. If you want to give a talk you need to submit it via the Desktop Summit website.

halfway around the world and back

As predicted conf.kde.in was indeed pretty damn amazing – great people, conference, country and food (even if my stomach kinda disagreed with the last part but whatever). Pradeepto and his team did an amazing job in making sure everyone had a great time starting with picking us up at the airport. Many people were interested in GSoC and I hope we get a lot of top-notch proposals.

If you ever go to Bangalore you must not miss two things: the city market (especially the amazing flowers in the lower parts of the main hall – see pictures above – thanks Lennart for the tip) and a ricksha ride with at least 3 other people + the driver.

I’m thinking a lot lately about how we can get away from what is happening to a lot of Free Software projects: You recruit who you are unless you actively do something about it. Meaning whatever people you already have you will get more of them if you don’t actively reach out to other groups in some form or another. In this regard conf.kde.in was a huge success. There were a lot of people who were really not your average Free Software hacker (yay!) and comparatively many who were not very familiar with KDE and its software yet but still traveled quite far for the conference. I will have to pick Pradeepto’s brain a bit for all the reasons for this. Whatever the reasons were: It was really really cool and we should have more of it. We need more events where new people can get a feeling for our community. Akademy definitely isn’t it at the moment since the talks are not entry-level and we don’t advertise it much as an event where people can come to who don’t contribute to KDE yet but are thinking about it. The release parties could be it but my feeling is that only some of them really draw in new people (well ok Step has a new maintainer since the last release party here in Karlsruhe – how cool is that?). So dear reader: Suggestions? Ideas for world domination? Silly jokes? Keep it coming.

PS: Thanks a lot to KDE e.V. for sponsoring my travel. Want to see more of that happen? Join the Game!


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KDE accepted for Google Summer of Code 2011

I’m thrilled to be able to announce that KDE once again will be taking part in GSoC this year. This is our 7th year in the program. Also check out the other 174 orgs – great projects! Let’s make this a rocking summer once again.

If you are a student now is the time to start working on your proposal. You can either come up with your own idea or get inspired by the ones on our ideas page. Once you know what you want to work on start investigating and write your proposal. Get feedback from the team you want to work with regularly. If you want to write a proposal for your own idea I urge you to get in contact with the team very soon to make sure it is something they want and to get input. If you have questions you can always come to our IRC channel #kde-soc on freenode or join the mailing list kde-soc@kde.org. For details about specific ideas try to contact the respective team directly first via their IRC channel or mailing list please. For more general information about GSoC please visit http://www.google-melange.com – pay special attention to the timeline.

If you are a mentor your next steps are: 1) subscribe to kde-soc-mentor@kde.org  2) sign up on http://www.google-melange.com and apply as a mentor for KDE  3) contact one of the admins to approve your requests. For questions you can reach the admin team in #kde-soc or email them at kde-soc-mentor-owner@kde.org. And of course you’ll have students approach you with questions about their proposals 😉  Below you can find a flowchart with the most important steps of the program. Please check the timeline of the program.


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Desktop Summit 2011 CfP opens

The program committee of the Desktop Summit, the joint conference of GNOME and KDE, is happy to announce the Call for Participation. We are looking forward to your excellent submissions on a number of exciting topics, among them:

  • Closer collaboration between GNOME, KDE and related projects
  • GNOME, KDE and the mobile platform
  • The free desktops and social networks
  • Search, meta-data and the semantic desktop
  • The Desktop and the OS
  • Relationship with distributions and platforms
  • Optimizing power, memory and disk I/O usage
  • Designing and writing applications with strong user interfaces
  • Supporting non-technical contributions (e.g. documentation, visual design, marketing, project management, etc.) and attracting new community members
  • GNOME beyond the 3.0 release: the GNOME OS
  • Powerful foundations, elegant interfaces: Improvements in KDE applications
  • Government use of the free desktops; Free Software and non-governmental organization
  • Attention for Free Software software in education and participation of students

Find more details on the Desktop Summit website. Deadline for abstract submission is March 25th but submit today – don’t slack off – wow us! 😛

PS: I would offer cookies for the next 3 submissions but I still owe some to steveire for an Akademy 2010 submission. Better not make new offers before I gave him his well earned cookies 😀