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Hands-on: KDE 4.3 delivers a Social Desktop

Aug 06, 2009, 15:34 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"KDE 4.3 is the first version of the desktop environment to include integration with the KDE community's Social Desktop initiative. This project was largely conceived by Frank Karlitschek, the developer behind the openDesktop.org network--including the popular theming community sites KDE-Look.org and GNOME-Look.org.

"Karlitschek has created an API that allows desktop software to interact with his Web sites, making it possible for applications to dip into the community-oriented social networking features and content that he hosts. The openDesktop.org services include friend and identity systems, a microblogging component, private messaging, desktop theme hosting and search, event tracking, and several other features.

"He hopes that his Web APIs will gain cross-desktop acceptance and serve as a generic, vendor-neutral standard that can be implemented by third-party Web services. He has documented the API, which he calls the Open Collaboration Services (OCS) specification, at the FreeDesktop.org wiki and is actively looking for feedback from application developers. The OCS APIs can be used today to interact with his Web sites, but there are no third-party server implementations yet."

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