2005 Edition Free and Open Source Software Developer's European Meeting


KDE developers' room News

[ Schedule ]

News [ 25-02-2005 ]
Welcome to the KDE developers' room

Please check the times on the schedule of the talks which will be held in the KDE developers' room. Also we sell some KDE merchandise at our stall.

If you have questions about KDE and KDE development be sure to pay us a visit!

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The follow talks are scheduled to be given in the KDE developers' room:

KDE 4: Beyond Hierarchical Data - The Desktop as a Searchable Web of Context
by Scott Wheeler

Data and its abstractions are constantly becoming increasingly complex. Setting, files, networks layouts and online resources have traditionally been organized into similarly increasingly deep and wide hierarchies. At the same time the growing pervasiveness of computing technology is constantly producing a less technical target audience. At a certain point a threshold is reached -- traditional data hierarchies become incomprehensible to users. This talk suggests one potential approach to dealing with this issue.

KOffice - Desktop Integration and Workflow Automation
by Raphael Langerhorst

Integration of Desktop Environments and Office Applications is an important aspect. In my talk I will give a brief overview of recent development activities in the KOffice project and the upcoming new components.
An office suite is often only one stage of data flow. This consideration brings us to the focus of this presentation. We will look at workflow automation with KOffice, by utilizing DCOP and scripting. This way of automation is especially effective because it can easily be combined with the rest of KDE. This will reveal many possibilities to automate constantly repeated tasks, which is especially interesting for business workflows. Also it is a quite interesting approach to office suites in general.

KDE application development using Python
by Simon Edwards

An introduction to what KDE application development using the Python programming language has to offer. KDE development has traditionally been based around C++, although it has been possible for quite some time now to use other languages. This talk discusses the advantages of using Python, what is possible, and when best to use it over other languages. This talk is aimed at people who want to begin programming KDE applications but don't know how to start, and also at seasoned C++ hackers.

FOSS and the Commercial Print World
by Peter Linnell and Craig Bradney

The talk will feature Scribus Team members, Craig Bradney and Peter Linnell. They will demo the latest Scribus version, showing selected KDE desktop features which enhance productivity for end users. KDE enhances Scribus in many subtle but important ways as we will see.

The main part of the talk will be to discuss the increasing maturity of the underlying components of OSS desktops. This includes issues like font technology, Unicode, printing and highlight ongoing work which will enhance FOSS as a print publishing platform.
The talk will also highlight news about the use of Scribus for production of commercial newspapers and other magazines. Scribus now is supported commercially by some members of the team for companies and institutions which wish to migrate to an open print publishing platform.

Academic Research on Software Engineering in KDE
by Gregorio Robles

Take your (favorite) software engineering book from college and it will tell you that developing software as the KDE community does is impossible. Thousands of geographically distributed contributors without following strict design phases and without having detailed documentation and procedures? You'll never see something useful from it they'll tell you. And you know it's possible, because it's on your desktop; and, of course, you use it every day.

But how does this happen? This talk wants to give an idea of how the academia looks at and learns from KDE (and not the other way round!). It will give some insight about several studies that have been performed on KDE and on the libre software community to answer questions such as the distribution of contributions, the composition of the communities, the integration of developers, etc. The tools that have been used for the analysis and some results will be shown and discussed.

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