Hope everyone is doing well. :) Last weekend I had the chance to visit San
Diego, California to attend Camp KDE, the largest KDE event in North America
and an awesome chance to meet and connect with KDE developers.
You can see my blag posts about it here:
As the event was a little less of a general convention, and more of an ad-hoc
developer meeting, we had no table or booth, and only the chance to talk with
a bunch of KDE developers and users, and a bunch of people who were new to
Free Software in general. As a result, the posts are a little less "hey here's
what we did at the event" but the team building and hanging out that we did in
There was a large KUbuntu and OpenSuSE presence at the event, so getting
Fedora and the Fedora KDE SIG some much needed PR was a Good Thing, and I
think we were pretty well received at the event. I did however take away a few
things which I will go into details on below. Feel free to dissect the post.
I'm in possession of a KUbuntu 9.10 CD and an OpenSuSE 11.2 DVD. I've noticed
a few things about each.
The OpenSuSE DVD is a dual sided DVD with 32 bit packages on one side and 64
bit on another. This was the only image that they shipped, and the fact that
it was dual sided was also interesting. I think that in the F13 or F14 time
frame, we should look at using DVDs for the Ambassador media. Last I heard,
the Desktop team was going to be producing 1gb live images, which wouldn't fit
in a CD anyways. If we used a DVD for the primary images, we could ship more
software, and have the ability to showcase other spins in the live media
(whether it's as a separate squashfs on the image, or as a single image, with
GDM having the ability to choose between GNOME, KDE, Moblin, XFCE, etc, even
Sugar?) which would, imo, be a Big Win. The Dual Sided-ness is probably a
little bit overkill, but still a cool thing to see.
The KUbuntu CD(? may have been DVD, don't have it nearby) was packaged in a
sleeve that had an extra flap that that primarily keeps the media from sliding
out of the sleeve it is stored in. But what I think is even better is that,
when you open it up, there is information on the inside, answering common
questions... How can I use this CD as a live test? How can I install KUbuntu?
What is KUbuntu? What is free software? How is this software available free of
charge? etc. Something like this is easy to add to our media, and should be
looked at, imo. As it is, if $person picks up a Fedora live image, it's fairly
non-certain what they should do with the disk, how they should run it, etc, if
they have never used a live media before. It's a little intimidating, I think.
A few KDE developers and I spoke with a fellow at the place we stayed at for
about a half hour about these sorts of things, and about Free Software in
general, and it was a good discussion. However, in many cases, we will not
have the chance to engage in such discussion with prospective users, and this
can lead to unfortunate cases of users simply picking up the media and not
knowing how to use it, or doing something even worse (picking up install media
and using it thinking it's live because they don't know any better, or other
such things the IRC support channels have seen)
Fedora from a KDE developer's point of view:
As a whole, the KDE development community represented at Camp KDE has become
increasingly impressed with the Fedora distribution as a whole over the last
few releases and the KDE SIG's work at creating a "well integrated" KDE
distribution. A few were also impressed at the spins.fedoraproject.org
redesign, so major props to the design team and everyone else involved in that
As far as I could tell, there were only one or two folks their running Fedora
on their systems, but one of them was a past employee at Mandrive, so we can't
be doing that badly ;)
[cc'd the KDE SIG list as it has some impact on them too]
Best to all,
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