For the first time I managed to go to Randa, a beautiful quiet village in the Swiss Alps. Here at Randa we’re currently having a week of intense hacking sessions and cross-platform porting and planning efforts.
One of the lesser-known features in KDE Applications and Plasma is the Kiosk Framework, a means of restricting the customizability of the workspace in order to keep users in an enterprise or public environment from performing unwanted actions or modifications.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t seen much love lately. However, a couple of weeks ago, we received some feedback about the state of Kiosk in “40 classroom installations” of Plasma on our Enterprise mailing list which David Edmundson and I tackled immediately. Within a couple of days we could already remedy the majority of shortcomings revealed.
On Saturday, 16 April I had the honor of representing KDE at the 15. Augsburger Linux-Tag, one of the oldest and largest Linux gatherings in southern Germany.
Next Saturday I’ll be in Augsburg at the 15th Augsburger Linux-Infotag.
Here you’ll have a chance to meet in person, have a look at the latest and greatest Plasma Desktop and try out Plasma Mobile and Plasma Media Center.
Date: Saturday, 16 April 2016
Time: 9:30 – 17:30
Place: Hochschule Augsburg, Fakultät für Informatik, Friedbergerstr. 2
In less than 24 hours more than 40 people, including me, from various KDE projects will gather in beautiful Geneva at CERN to shape the future of KDE.
With Plasma 5.6 Beta out the door, we can now concentrate on Plasma 5.7 and beyond.
My contributions to Plasma 5.6 include Jump Lists, a Supercharged Task Manager, better media controls, and many more. All of this would not have been possible without all the people who support KDE. If you like what you saw, please support us! :)
After having spent a great deal of time improving Plasma, I recently focussed on other ares of our workspace, such as KRunner, and various KDE Applications.
As you may or may not know, Plasma’s mantra basically is “help you get stuff done”. This means it helps you to achieve your goals as easily for you as possible. Plasma 5.6 will be one of those releases where we’ve focussed a lot on getting in your way less and removing obstacles in the way between you and your tasks.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
I’m sure we’ve all had this unpleasant experience where you’ve been immersed into a task up until, boom, you were greeted by this dialog:
Plasma 5.5 hasn’t even been released yet but work on the next version is already commencing.
I’ve seen Plasma setups resembling Unity, or Gnome Shell, or OS/2, but I haven’t seen Windows 8 yet.
This time we’ll celebrate early!
Date: Friday, 4 December 2015 (correct year this time around)
Place: Medocs Cafe am Bismarckplatz, Sofienstraße 7b, 69115 Heidelberg
Who: You! And fellow KDE developers and users
What we’re going to do: Have a few beers, a delicious dinner, talk, have fun, …
Please ping me, if you’re around and planning to come (contact info can be found in the Impressum, or tell kbroulik in #plasma on Freenode), so I can extend the reservation, if needed.