4.2 Release Parties in Brazil

We are organizing release parties for KDE 4.2 at different locations in Brazil: São Paulo, Salvador and Aracaju are confirmed, with more to come. If you want to organize one, add it here, and announce it at the kde-br mailing list.

Estamos organizando festas de lançamento do KDE 4.2 em diferentes lugares no Brasil: São Paulo, Salvador e Aracaju já estão confirmadas, e tem mais vindo por aí. Se você quiser organizar uma, adicione aqui, e anuncie na lista kde-br.

CampKDE is over


I am back in Brazil, after 5 wonderful days at Negril. CampKDE surpassed every expectation I had, and it was probably the best conference (KDE or not) I ever attended. There was something really special about the location, the relative small number of people and the timing that made it very easy to connect with others. Even with the ones that stayed for fewer days, like Guillermo (respect man!) Maybe it was something they put in the food 🙂 The e.V. was present and QtSoftware/Nokia as well: I look forward for more opportunities to work with Adriaan, Sebas, Thomas and Alexandra, among others. And the organizers did a wonderful job: thanks to Jeff, Wade, Roger, Dmitry… I am not going to talk about everyone, but this was a conference where we could get to know and interact with people in meaningful ways, and the effects of this will be felt on KDE for years to come, as the projects and ideas nurtured there mature into reality. Not to mention the babies, right Marcus and Louise?
I want to highlight that KDAB’s training was unexpected, and really, really good. If we had something like this at the next Akademy I am sure the quality of code in the project will instantly reach a new level. So, Akademy organizers, please consider it!
I can see this conference’s effects already rippling through our region: people are talking about official representations organized as KDE Mexico, and KDE Jamaica, inspired in part by the great job done by KDE India and Pradeepto. I am sure us brazilians will not stay behind: I can see two 4.2 release parties already at the wiki, and I know a few more are going to be announced soon. Our local community has grown increasingly during 2008 , and I am motivated to help it continue this trend in 2009. Hope to see lots of KDE people during this year, at OpenBossa, FISL and LatinoWare.

Estou de volta ao Brasil, depois de 5 dias maravilhosos em Negril. O CampKDE ultrapassou todas as minhas expectativas, e foi provavelmente a melhor conferência entre todas as que participei, KDE ou não. Havia algo realmente especial no lugar, o número relativamente pequeno de pessoas e o momento atual the fizeram com que fosse muito fácil se conectar com os outros, mesmo com os que ficaram por menos dias, como Guillermo (respect, man!). Talvez tenha sido algo que eles colocaram na comida 🙂 O pessoal da e.V. estava presente, bem como a QtSoftware/Nokia: espero ter mais oportunidades de trabalhar com Adriaan, Sebas, Thomas e Alexandra, entre outros. E os organizadores fizeram tudo certinho: valeu Jeff, Wade, Rogger, Dmitry… Eu não vou falar sobre todo mundo, mas esta foi uma conferência onde a gente pode conhecer e interagir com as pessoas de maneira bem significativo, e os efeitos disso vão ser sentidos com certeza no KDE nos próximos anos, à mediada que os projetos e as idéias gerados e nutridos ali maturem. Isso sem mencionar os bebês, certo Marcus e Louise?
Quero também destacar que o treinamento ministrado pela KDAB foi inesperado, e muito, muito bom. Se tivéssemos algo como isso na Akademy tenho certeza que a qualidade do código no projeto vai instantaneamente melhorar. Então fica aqui a sugestão para os organizadores!
Eu já posso ver os efeitos da conferência se espalhando pela região: o pessoal está falanda a respeito de organizar a representação no KDE México e KDE Jamaica, inspirados em parte pelo trabalho feito na KDE India, e por Pradeepto. Eu estou certo que nós brasileiros não vamos ficar para trás: já posso ver duas festas de lançamento do KDE 4.2 no Brasil no wiki, e sei que algumas mais vão ser anunciadas. Nossa comunidade local cresceu bastante durante o ano de 2008, e eu estou motivado para ajudar este crescimento a continuar em 2009. Espero ver todo mundo durante os eventos do ano: OpenBossa, FISL e LatinoWare.

Food and exercise

Note to the organizers: thank you for providing lunch, this helps us keep focused on the event and not having to roam around to get something to it. And a special thanks to the cookers: we are getting home-cooked Jamaican stuff, which is great and very similar to Brazilian (rice and beans, and a lot of fruit.)

Till’s second part of training is starting right now, and he will cover QConcurrent. At the end of the room, Jos seems to be practicing some sort of writer’s yoga, from what I can tell:

@ Jamaica

Camp KDE is going well, and Jamaica is amazing. Lots of action yesterday, and today I am going to share a presentation slot with Marcus to talk about KDE Edu and KDE Games. Everything is prepared, hope it goes out well. Videos will be available later at the web, according to the organizers.
I did not have time yet to go to the beach, but today I woke up before the sunrise, and took some photos there, including a failed attempt to do a Camp KDE logo at the sand 🙂

Anyway, it will be interesting to share ideas about KDE Edu and Games with people that know much more than I do about the project! I am hoping to get a lot of feedback that we can use in 4.3 and for the future, and maybe do a BoF tomorrow to learn a bit more.

2008 in review

While reviewing my involvement with KDE in 2008 I realized that 2009 is starting in a similar way: I spent the last week or so making sure we had kdegames translated 100% to pt_BR, much like in the first days of 2008. Of course, not all things are equal. We now have several new games, and the pt_BR translation team is stronger than ever, with huge efforts driven by Boaglio mostly, and epic commit logs by Luiz Fernando Ranghetti. So we are still maintaining 100% for releases, even with several new games available, among them Kapman, bomber, Kblocks and some big ones, like KsirK!
Speaking of KBlocks, this is the first application I wrote from scratch for KDE. It is a nice exercise in using the newer kdegames API and QGV as well, and it is shaping up nicely. It still does not replace everything ksirtet had, but it is more customizable, and hopefully ready for additional expansion. It made its debut in 4.1.
At the beginning of the year I was also contacted by the guys at LTIA, at the state university (UNESP) headquartered at Bauru. They did a wonderful job in KBruch, remodeling the application almost entirely, after attending Akademy. Results are now part of the kdeedu package in KDE 4.2, and I hope this will mark only the beginning of this collaboration.
In Akademy it was great to finally meet Niels Slot, which is keeping the KTurtle app afloat while I am very busy and Cies is doing his world tour. Still we all managed to collaborate a bit and incrementally improve the application: I think the version shipped in 4.2 is better than the one in 4.1, which was better than the one in 4.0, and so on. I think this is the beauty of having a team that can take turns developing the same code, and sharing ideas.
Speaking of Akademy, in 2008 I traveled a lot representing KDE, kdegames and kdeedu. In February I had a presentation at Campus Party Brazil, which ended up putting me in contact with Fausto from the Brazilian Ministry of Education. This contact was reinforced during the first Brazilian KDE Meeting at FISL, which generated several initiatives. I also got interested in the ProInfo effort by MEC, and ended up visiting their team in Brasilia in May. Recently I have not heard much from them directly in the last couple of months, but apparently they have a new release and the project is on track. I will keep you guys posted.
Continuing the trip summary, I went to Akademy to talk about ProInfo, and then also did a talk at Bauru concerning KDE graphics and designers. To close the year we had our first Latin American KDE Forum, at LatinoWare. KDE had a huge presence there, with Helio Castro, Boaglio, Frederico, Tomaz, Sandro, Cristiano, Roberto and Alvaro. We are looking forward for the second edition! Huge thanks to the organizers for sponsoring the travel and accommodations for all involved.
Speaking of sponsorship, I also want to thank the KDE e.V., which sponsored partially my Akademy air ticket. For the oher trips I took during 2008 I was able to fund my expenses, but without their help I would not be able to be there. They will also help me go to Camp KDE, where I will co-host a talk slot with Marcus Hanwell. We will try to step in Eugene’s shoes and cover KDE Games and Edu, mixing Avogadro, graphics, community and development in a 1 hour slot. Let us see
Development-wise I did not do so much this year, other than KBlocks. I helped polishing a lot of games and kturtle for 4.1 and now in the final 4.2 sprint, and even managed to do some simple artwork for kapman at the end. I hope I will have more time in 2009 to continue working on the project. The 4.2 release is really inspiring, I am using it as my main desktop for a while now and all of the rough edges have been trimmed significantly.
So, to finish this long post, I hope to see some of you guys and girls tomorrow in Negril. After all…