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.
Together with kaol, I maintain a nice game called Endgame: Singularity (Debian’s package is singularity, in case you want give it a try ;)).
After a year or so in silence, the upstream team has started to work again actively in the game, and they have even relicensed some parts of the game with a license DFSG-compatible, which allowed move the game from non-free to main :) But the game is lacking of people contributing with translations, it currently is only translated to spanish, and imho, the spanish translation could use of some help… It is a very literal translation from english.
So, if you are interested in translate Singularity to your language, read this mini-howto. The game has a mailing list, where you can send a mail in case you have any doubts and the translation once you have done it.
Aug 06 Archive Adminis ( 20) Processing of kde4libs_3.92.0.dfsg.1-1_i386.changes
Aug 06 Debian Installe ( 74) kde4libs_3.92.0.dfsg.1-1_i386.changes is NEW
Finally, the first component of KDE4, kdelibs has been uploaded to experimental. And it is waiting at NEW at this moment. Hopefully, kdepimlibs will be uploaded soon.
About the rest, sorry, I have not idea :)
Tras mi periplo por UK estoy al fin de vuelta en casa. Las semanas que he pasé en Inglaterra se me hicieron muy, muy largas, y la semana y pico de la Debconf7 que pasé en Escocia, se me hizo muy, muy corta. Tengo pendiente escribir un post contando mi ruta de viajes por Inglaterra, aunque yo diría que Ana Isabel y yo hemos visto lo más representativo que podías ver sin tener que empeñar un riñón para pagar los viajes.
Definitivamente, la Debconf7 también se merece otro post, pero creo que ese lo escribiré en inglés :)