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  • Nextcloud Founder Frank Karlitschek awarded 20,000 euros -- Donates prize to promote inclusiveness (KDE)


    Frank Karlitschek, founder of Nextcloud and recipient of this year's Reinhard von Koenig award.

    Frank Karlitschek, the founder of Nextcloud, has won the Reinhard von Koenig award and will be donating the winnings, amounting to € 20,000, to start a fund called "Nextcloud Include".

    The fund, set up in collaboration with KDE e.V., wants to encourage diversity in open source. It aims to help underrepresented groups participate in the global Nextcloud community and foster an inclusive and diverse space where the community can continue to collaborate and develop world-class software. Mentoring, travel support, and internships are provided as part of the program. The program is ran in collaboration with the KDE community under the umbrella of the KDE e.V.

    Margit Stumpp, Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) said:

    Equal opportunities and diversity are very important issues for the future, especially in technical professions. I am pleased that Nextcloud Include is a new important initiative that is focusing on these issues".

    Frank is of course very happy with the prize:

    I'm extremely honored to be awarded this prize as a recognition of the incredible impact privacy issues have on our society and the importance of Nextcloud in providing a solution. By donating the prize money to a diversity goal, I hope it will help catalyze another transformation that society needs".

    Lydia Pintscher, president of KDE e.V.'s Board was equally thrilled:

    We'd like to congratulate Frank on winning this prize and his decision to put the money to a great cause in open source. For us, collaborating with Nextcloud in this way is a bit of a homecoming as it is one of the most successful projects to emerge from our community over the past decade".

    It is worth remembering that Nextcloud started life as a KDE project.

    Nextcloud, Frank and KDE would like to invite community members who want to get involved in Nextcloud but face significant social hurdles to get in touch with our Include team. You can find more information on Nextcloud Include page.

    The Reinhard von Koenig award promotes excellence in progress and technology. Previous winners include notable staff members from Daimler AG and Atlatec GmbH for work on self-driving cars.

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  • LaKademy 2018 Celebrates 22 Years of KDE (KDE)

    LaKademy, or Latin American Akademy, is the annual meeting of the Latin American KDE community - one of the biggest Free software communities in the world. The event takes place since 2012, and is open to all developers, artists, users, and everyone who wants to contribute in any way to the software created or maintained by the community.

    As is tradition since 2012, the Latin American Akademy happened from 11th to 14th of October 2018 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in the city of Florianopolis, Brazil. Members of the local Free and open source software community - mostly Brazilians - gathered at the event. (On a side note, if you are reading this and you are from South America, please join us next year).

    It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to work on KDE projects, but also on other unrelated projects that each person contributes to. The participants strengthened their friendship bonds and shared experiences about creating, using, and maintaining software. Finally, on Sunday (October 14th) everyone celebrated the 22 years of KDE with a cake. Konqui was there, too!

    But let us start from the beginning. LaKademy 2018 officially opened on October 11th. More than 20 participants, including Karina Mochetti and six students of Computer Science from the Federal University Fluminense (UFF, Niteroi) started resolving the issues in translation scripts used by the localization team.

    They also worked on the KDE Edu software - the educational suite for everyone from age 5 to 95. It was the first time that we had this kind of help - from a formal partnership between a university and its students - and also the first LaKademy with so many attendees from all corners of the continent.

    Artists, enthusiasts, teachers... everyone focused on working hard on the projects during the event. The 3D artists created 3D models, translators translated, and developers developed. Many bugs where squashed, too. We would especially like to thank Nicolas Alvarez for breathing in a new life into the official LaKademy website that will be live in its final form soon.

    On Saturday, October 13th, the traditional promo meeting took place, where the future of the Latin American KDE community was discussed. We covered a wide range of topics: from communication tools, our presence at Brazilian events, and the promotional materials to the proposal of migrating the KDE Brasil site to Wordpress.

    We also considered potential host cities for LaKademy 2019, and shared some thoughts on making it happen outside of Brazil as a way of reinforcing the "Latin-American-ness" of the event.

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's LaKademy, and helped make it such a welcoming and productive event. Let's do our best to make it even bigger and better next year!

    List of LaKademy 2018 participants

    UFF students who attended LaKademy with the mentoring of Karina Mochetti:

    Carlos Henrique Domingos Correia Santos
    Fernando Costa Rodrigues
    Hugo Caetano Borges Carneiro
    Luan Simões Cardoso
    Lucas Henrique Tavares Monteiro
    Maria Edoarda Vallim Fonseca

    Other KDE Community members:

    Ângela Cunha
    Aracele Torres
    Barbara Tostes
    Bianca Oliveira
    Caio Jordão Carvalho
    Camila Moura
    Dórian Langbeck
    Eliakin Costa
    Filipe Saraiva
    Frederico Gonçalves Guimarães
    Henrique Sant'Anna
    Jamil Gleice
    Nicolás Alvarez
    Patrick Pereira
    Pedro Arthur Duarte

    Summary of LaKademy 2018 activities

  • Fixed bugs on many different levels of different applications
  • Updated the KDE Timeline
  • Restructured the translation process
  • Created a new Phabricator group for the Brazilian translation team
  • Prepared documentation for newcomers to the translation team
  • Translated various applications and documentation
  • Reviewed and updated tutorials on how to use Lokalize, the KDE CAT (Computer-Aided Translation) tool
  • Revised and updated the content on the LaKademy website
  • Overhauled Atelier Core compatibility and added support for new technologies
  • Added cryptography to Konsole History file
  • Discussed the implementation of new technologies in GCompris
  • Fixed many small papercuts in KDE-Edu software
  • Initiated the discussion about migrating the KDE Brasil website to Wordpress
  • Had many productive discussions about art and promo activities
  • Took photos and videos of the event
  • Google Code-in 2018 is about to start! (KDE)

    After a break in 2017, the KDE community is participating in the Google Code-in contest as a mentoring organization. This means that pre-university students aged 13 to 17 from all over the world will be able to contribute to the Free Software movement by helping KDE develop software products that give users control, freedom, and privacy.

    Google Code-in is a global online contest with the goal of helping teenagers get involved in the world of open source development. Mentors from the participating organizations lend a helping hand as participants complete various bite-sized tasks in coding, graphics design, documentation, and more.

    This year we have tasks from KDE Connect, a project that enables all your devices to communicate with each other; GCompris, an educational software suite; KDE Partition Manager, our disk partitioning utility; and the KDE Visual Design Group, our interface usability experts.

    At the end of the contest, each organization will select 6 finalists and 2 grand prize winners. Students can earn prizes (digital certificates, T-shirts, hoodies) and grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for 4 nights in June 2019.

    Sergey Popov, Kevin Funk, and Ilya Bizyaev in Mountain View, CA
    Sergey Popov, Kevin Funk, and Ilya Bizyaev in Mountain View, CA

    In 2016, the two lucky grand prize winners from the KDE community were Sergey Popov and Ilya Bizyaev. They seized the amazing opportunity to travel all the way from Russia to Google HQ in the US, where they met many students and professional software developers passionate about Free Software, and made new friends!

    Both of them are still involved in KDE. As Ilya says, "contributing to KDE is an incredible opportunity to improve my programming, design and social skills while working on something that really matters".

    This year, you could be the lucky one. To learn more about Google Code-in and register as a participant, visit the official contest website. We are waiting for your contributions! :)

  • KDE e.V. receives a sizeable donation from Handshake Foundation (KDE)

    We are excited to announce that the KDE e.V. received a donation of 300,000 USD from the Handshake Foundation. Quite appropriate for a birthday present, as the KDE project just turned 22 this last weekend!


    The Calligra office suite project will
    be receiving 100,000 USD.

    Of the total donation amount, 100,000 USD will be specifically allocated to pursue the development of the Calligra office suite.

    "Handshake is pleased to be able to support KDE's international community of dedicated volunteers and their continued commitment to a free desktop environment with the current release of KDE Plasma 5 and the Calligra office suite", says Rob Myers from the Handshake Foundation.

    The fruits of this contribution will soon become visible and available to everyone. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to join the KDE Community and be part of our mission to help everyone protect their privacy and control their digital lives with Free Software.

    Stay tuned for more updates, and tell us how you celebrated KDE's 22nd birthday!

  • Plasma and KDE neon Team Visit Deployments in Catalunya (KDE)


    KDE members in the impressive foyer at Escola del Treball


    Meeting with Pablo of Catalan Generalitat distro Linkat

    Last week developers from the KDE neon and Plasma teams visited Barcelona. We were there to meet with some KDE software projects we had heard about in the Catalan government and schools. Aleix Pol lives locally and works on Plasma and Discover. He invited Plasma release manager and KDE neon developer Jonathan Riddell, KDE neon continuous integration master Harald Sitter, and hardware enablement guru Rohan Garg to meet the teams evaluating our software and supporting our users.

    We first met Pablo who runs the Linkat project for the Catalan government. Linkat is a Linux distribution they offer to schools, and it currently runs lightweight, simple desktop environments. As Plasma 5 now tends to use as little or less memory and resources than many lightweight Linux desktops, the Linkat team is interested in trying it. We met with the officials from the education department and discussed accessibility needs, looking at Mycroft for voice control and integrating with phones using KDE Connect.


    The Escola del Treball is looking for
    ways to keep their IT infrastructure
    current, while at the same time
    cutting costs

    The next day we visited the largest technical school in Catalunya, the Escola del Treball (school of the workers). Within their impressive Gaudí-inspired building, they run a few thousand computers on which they are trying to reduce the costs. They showed us the setup they had developed using thin clients with a simple Atom computer or Raspberry Pi. The thin clients use a remote desktop protocol to talk to virtual machines on a central server. The technically-minded teachers can customize what's running on the virtual machine with a range of distributions and operating systems available. Their server has hosted over 3000 virtual machine images just on the trial computers, all for the individual use cases of the teaching staff. Unlike with proprietary setups, this means they do not have to ask for a budget to install software.

    They discussed some problems their virtual machine software was having with Plasma and tested some fixes made by Aleix. Rohan was also interested in finding the best machines they could use for their thin clients.

    In the evening, we met with developer Angel Docampo and talked about the deployment he worked on for the Ajuntament (city council) of Barcelona. The Ajuntament is also interested in moving towards Free Software on their computers. This deployment is based on Kubuntu, and it is currently in trial by about 30 employees. Angel reported that they are happy with the setup; however, taking it further will likely depend on the politicians‘ will to drive the change forward.

    As we were about to leave, we learned about a project called openUAB at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. They are making a KDE neon-based system for their own uses. We expect to find out more about this project after Aleix meets with them in the upcoming weeks.

    This was an exciting trip that opened our eyes to the increasing number and variety of users and use cases of KDE software. The insights we collected will help us deliver better software, and strengthen the bonds between our community and the rest of the world.

  • La vérité sort de la bouche du muet.