I just sent an email to debian-devel-spanish announcing this year’s edition of DudesConf, a.k.a. the fourth edition of the debconf-es. Thanks to the great people of GPUL, the spanish cabal will meet again this year in Coruña from the 2nd to the 4th of May, for what promise to be an intense weekend.
Last edition was awesome and it will be hard to surpass, the conference was held a week after the Etch release so we had a great reason for partying (not that we need one!). I am completely sure we were the only celebrating the Etch release with a queimada.
Burning the queimada, cool, isn’t?
The inscription and the call for papers are already opened. For more information visit the website at http://www.dudesconf.org/2008/
By the way, although the main goal of DudesConf is gathering the debian spanish community, we had several international guests last year, so if you can speak a little of spanish you are invited to come. :)
One of the million of group photos we took
Dear telephone company:
It is true I am a frequent user of your roaming services, but sending me the same message, with your new special offers for roaming services, 17 times in the last 4 days is not nice.
KDE 3.5.9 was released a couple of weeks ago and it is not yet in unstable. You might think the reason is because the KDE team is lazy, and actually we are, but the true reason is we could not upload it until we fixed some problems with Qt3. It will be uploaded from tomorrow, but in the meantime, if you can not wait like 24 hours, you can find packages of KDE 3.5.9 for both i386 and amd64 at:
deb http://people.debian.org/~ana/kde359/ ./
If you find problems, please send an email to the Debian KDE users list and remember restart KDE after upgrade kdelibs!
These packages are the same packages that will be uploaded to unstable, so you can upgrade safely. Anyway, do not expect big changes out of kdepim.
About KDE 4, 4.0.2 will be released this wednesday, so you will find the development platform in unstable and the rest of the modules in experimental from wednesday morning.
But if you read the latest Release Update, it included a nice sentence There may be a possibility to include KDE4 in lenny. Let me explain this :)
We, the KDE team, are planning start working in packaging the 4.1 branch and if it seems as good as we expect, we will move to package directly KDE 4.1 snapshots/betas/release candidate with the goal of at least shipping KDE 4.1 development platform in Lenny, and maybe whole KDE 4.1 replacing KDE 3.5.X. The details are still undecided, and it all depends of the evolution of KDE 4.1 and Debian release status.
I do not usually to blog when I go to any event, but just for the sake of flooding planet ;)
Before attending to FOSDEM this weekend, I had a nice week visiting Belgium, which was really nice but now I am in kind of tired without all the energy an event like FOSDEM need, there is so many people to greet!
By the way, Tom Alberts, where in the hell are you? ;) I’m just sitting now in the KDE room trying to spot some KDE devels I only know by email/name.
Today is my birthday, a good excuse to have cake :)
Anyway, the motive of this post is to say Happy Birthday to my friend Leo, who happens to be exactly 8 hours older than me and awesome.
Debian KDE Meeting. Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain, 15th December 2007.
Top, from left to right: Modestas Vainius, Sune Vuorela.
Sitting, from left to right: Armin Berres, Ana Guerrero, Fathi Boudra.
P.S: Still pending send a mail about the decisions taken in the meeting :)
We, the Debian KDE maintainers, together with some of the i18n people, are enjoying this weekend one of the sponsored meetings in Extremadura.
The residence where we are staying is ok-ish, we have food, and maybe you already found out from Sune Vuorela’s blog that the network is crap. This is not being very helpful in terms of getting work done, specially since KDE packages are so small :-)
I do need to talk about the food. Yesterday, we had a nice lunch which included ensaladilla rusa, then we had some kind of cocktail dinner which was very nice too. Today, we had lunch in one of the campus cafeterias, and some of us got again ensaladilla rusa. In the dinner, we got ensaladilla rusa again. No surprisingly, the quality of the ensaladilla rusa have been getting worse. So in this moment, we are having some kind of room hacking party while we wait for the pizzas we just ordered :)
I think the problem with this meeting is it is being held at the same time that the X Hispalinux conference, so we are sharing “resources” with them. About the Hispalinux conference, I can not talk too much since we are hiding in one of the University classrooms far from the conference, but I’m kind of disappointed because it is not as crowded as I would have expected from this event.
Group picture coming soon ;)
The first Release Candidate of KDE 4.0 has been released today \o/. The most important and interesting packages are already available from experimental. If you want to try them, point your sources.list to experimental and install kdelibs5 kdepimlibs5 kdebase kdebase-workspace kdebase-runtime extragear-plasma kdegames kdeutils kdegraphics kdeedu. While I write these lines, kdebase-workspace and kdebase-runtime are stuck at NEW, so you can fetch them (actually, all the packages), adding to your sources:
deb http://people.debian.org/~ana/rc1/ ./.
These packages are not co-installable with current KDE 3.5.8, so if you want to test them, do not use your production environment and use instead qemu or virtualbox-ose. Even if the release is named RC1, this is not yet a fully usable desktop, but you have as well the possibility installing KDE4 apps on a your KDE3, i.e. try okular :)
If you are lazy, or not in hurry, you can wait a few days until the Debian KDE4 Beta4 Live is ready!
Finally, please, do not report bugs against KDE4 in the BTS yet, if you find bugs on KDE itself, report them to directly to upstream in the KDE bugzilla, and optionally you can note down it in this wiki page.
In Debian we all love statistics. It is not unusual see people blogging with graphs and stats about several stuff (ie: bugs, active developers), and we have official sites like popcon or this unofficial website bugstats that measures our packaging “karma”. Now there is a page in the wiki http://wiki.debian.org/Statistics where put all the related links.
But I still keep thinking there are some more statistics we could gather, like daily number of the packages in the archive, top bugs reporters, monthly number of maintainers, etc. Some numbers would be interesting to see the “health” of the project, and some just for fun.
So, what about create stats.debian.net? The goal would be list statistics places and host different stats. Some of the existing sites could chose move there, and collaborately, people could submit their scripts.
The first version of the KDE4 desktop series, KDE 4.0 is planned to be release in December, 11th 2007 and our releases managers are aiming to release Lenny in September. Given that there are some months between releases, this seem to lead a lot of people to think Lenny will be released with KDE4, but this is highly improbable. It is true that KDE 4.0 could be delayed again, and almost everybody is expecting Lenny be delayed… :)
The development of KDE4 started more than 2 years ago, and actually the libraries seems to be in a pretty good shape, the next release of the KDE Development Platform is a proof of that, a lot of stuff that is what the end user actually see, like plasma, needs still some work. A lot of improvements that we are hoping see in our desktop won’t be until KDE 4.1 or even 4.2. So the first release of the KDE4 desktop series will be still work in progress in some aspects and not so functional like current KDE 3.5 is.
On the other hand, KDE 3.5 is a pretty mature desktop that has been developed and tested for almost 2 years now, the 8th revision, KDE 3.5.8, was released in the beginning of this week, and we’ll likely have a KDE 3.5.9 revision with more bugfixes. Also there are plans to merge the kdepim enterprise branch into the current 3.5 kdepim branch, so we’ll be getting soon a bunch of bugfixes in kdepim, that have the dubious honour in being the second KDE module in Debian with more bugs after kdelibs.
So even if KDE 4.0 is released in december and lenny is delayed, there is not enough time to push KDE 4.0 or even 4.1, into a Debian stable release.