NewsForge: Report from the KDE World Summit

“During the opening day of KDE’s World Summit–aKademy–the idea
that there’s no such thing as a free lunch was easily dismissed
thanks to meal tickets from IBM and a local cafe, though sadly
those who convened to discuss and celebrate free software weren’t
rewarded with free beer. With approximately half a thousand people
currently registered, months of preparation have turned into a day
of frantic setting up and a lively meeting of the KDE Project’s
governing board, the KDE e.V.

“Having arrived in Ludwigsburg at 4 a.m., my travelling friend
and I rose tentatively to a quick breakfast, then sped straight
down to the Filmakademie. A team of around 20 local volunteers was
working around the clock to set up the network, a live video
stream, an administrative office, and a mass install of laptops
being sold at cut prices by HP. KDE contributors were milling
around, receiving identification keychains. But no rest for the
wicked–the KDE e.V. membership meeting began promptly at 10


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