Sixty KDE Developers Converge on Stuttgard, Germany for
July 8, 2001 (Stuttgart, Germany). More than 60
KDE developers from all over the world gathered at the KDE
LinuxTag 2001. Among them were KDE developers from the United
States, Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Special guest-star from the US was Noatun-developer Charles Samuels, who
will probably release KJetLag (which consists of lots of
sleep() calls) soon after he returns to the US this week
On six TFT
equipped demopoints, KDE developers displayed the latest stable
version of the award-winning KDE
office suite and the KDevelop development IDE. They also
offered a preview of KDE 2.2
Beta 1, KDevelop 3.0 pre-alpha (a/k/a Gideon) and Reaktivate. The latter enables
Konqueror, the KDE web
browser and file manager, to embed ActiveX
controls, such as the popular Shockwave
movies, for which to date no native Linux/Unix solution exists. The
well decorated and overcrowded 24 square meter KDE booth and its
crew enjoyed the feedback and interest of several thousand
visitors, among which remarkably many stopped by to talk to the
KDE women team.
A considerable number of well known representatives of the Linux
community attended the KDE booth, including people from Prolinux, LinuxUser and LinuxMagazin, and
Tuomas Kuosmanen (a/k/a "TigerT"). Rob
Malda (a/k/a CmdrTaco of
Slashdot fame), frequently
popped by the KDE booth and proudly displayed the latest KDE beta
on his laptop.
In addition, on Thursday Margareta Wolf, State Secretary
of the German Federal Ministry of
Economics and Technology, expressed her interest when she
obtained information on current issues concerning Linux and the
KDE project, but also shared here concerns about pending patent
legislation in the EU and its potential impact on the development
of Open Source Software.
Several sets of photos from the event and the KDE booth are
and of course we'd like to thank the people who organized
LinuxTag is the largest Linux and Open Source exhibition in
Europe. This year 15,000 visitors and 110 exhibitors (among them
more than 30 free software projects) attended. The event was hosted
in Stuttgart, Germany from July 5 through July 8.
KDE is an independent, collaborative project by hundreds of
developers worldwide to create a sophisticated, customizable and
stable desktop environment employing a component-based,
network-transparent architecture. KDE is working proof of the power
of the Open Source "Bazaar-style" software development model to
create first-rate technologies on par with and superior to even the
most complex commercial software.
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