Last year we already discovered that Kate is truly the only holy text editor* (again thanks to rms for making us aware of it)! (and btw, xkcd is totally wrong). And now we even have yet another proof: The holy Kate maintainer and the naked woman! Enjoy
(*) this is an insider from the joint KDE and Gnome conference (gcds) in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, 2009.
My first Akademy was the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced. I remember I was quite unsure a month ago, wheter to come or not, but finally decided and booked my flight and hotel. In my first day, I was very shy and didn’t know what to do, but people came and talked to me and everything got better. The talks had very interesting topics and the speakers did their job professionally. I also want to congratulate the organization team, for making everything happen as scheduled.
The BoFs at Demola were even more interesting. You go there, find a place to sit, and start hacking with many other KDE developers. I never did this before and it is simply amazing. You can’t believe the things that can come out from these hacking days/nights :).
I have never thought that KDE is such a great community, but now I am convinced. Akademy gave me a lot of confidence ( especially “Highlights on KDE Women” talk 😛 ) and now I really feel I can bring something to KDE. I am a little sad because I couldn’t attend the whole Akademy, but I think that more Akademies are to come :).
As always, the KDE conference has its funny sides, as you can see on the photo: 4 Kate developers shaping the future of the (as you all know) most awesome application: Kate
Since several years, we have lots of small developer meetings in the KDE project, gratefully supported by the KDE e.V. There, developers of a certain project (e.g. KMail/kdepim, Plasma, you name it) meet to discuss further plans and to push the project further. From experience we can tell that those meetings are really beneficial in several ways:
- Social aspect: You get to know the other developers involved in the project in real life, which is a great motivation factor. This also happens at KDE’s annual conference Akademy, although there are a lot more people.
- Productivity: Since you are sitting next to each other discussions about how to do what are very focused. It’s amazing how quickly a project can evolve this way. (I haven’t seen such focused work in companies, yet. I guess the variance in the knowledge of people involved is higher. And the motivation is usually very different).
- Knowledge Transfer: Since participants are experts in different areas, discussions lead to knowledge transfer. This is essential, as sometimes developers have very few free time to contributes to a project. Spreading the knowledge helps a lot to keep the project alive.
- Steady Contributions: We are always open for new contributors. Just send a patch, get commit access and join development. Experience shows that participants of a developer meeting usually contribute for years to come.
Enough said, here is what happened the last three days in Kate:
There are even more changes I left out. Most of those changes will be in KDE 4.4.1. If you want to help, join #kate in irc.kde.org!