Disclaimer: An exceptional post in french, likely the last one for a while though... Et voilà... C'est déjà passé, la keynote du vendredi soir s'est bien déroulée, j'ai plutôt eu de bon retours à son sujet. Le cocktail qui a suivi était très réussi grâce aux volontaires sur place. Keynote Le samedi après-midi nous avons simplement été pris d'assaut. Les salles étaient pleines, et la piste contributeurs a eu plus de succès que prévu! Nous avons même dû permuter les salles pour pouvoir caser tout le monde. Plein de monde Nous avons eu d'excellents retours des orateurs qui sont visiblement content de l'accueil. Je gage que le repas de cloture le samedi soir a aidé pour cette opinion: Repas de cloture Quoi qu'ils en soit, c'est très encourageant et motivant pour recommencer. Maintenant nous allons faire notre possible pour essayer de mettre les vidéos des conférences en ligne le plus vite possible... stay tuned. Et bien sûr, je tiens encore une fois à remercier nos sponsors (Capgemini, KDAB et Qt) ainsi que les bénévoles de l'association Toulibre sans qui cet événement n'aurait pas vu le jour.

Posted on 21 Mar 2011
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Disclaimer: Yet another of those somewhat exceptionnal post in french. :-) Et voilà, le grand jour est enfin là... La journée va doucement (en fait plutôt "rapidement", elle est bien remplie) vers la conférence d'ouverture de ce soir. Pour ceux qui n'auraient pas suivi: Centre Culturel Bellegarde, Toulouse, 20h. Soyez là! Plus que quelques flyers à récupérer, les petit four pour le cocktail, transporter le merchandising et le matériel de démo voilà ce qui va occuper une partie de ma journée. Les autres tâches sont sous la responsabilité de bénévoles de l'association Toulibre qui font un boulot formidable. L'autre partie de ma journée, je vais la passer à l'Université, il se trouve qu'aujourd'hui tombe aussi la dernière réunion projet avec mes étudiants. Ils vont défendre le travail réalisé, qui je dois le dire a été de bonne qualité cette année. Mais je ne pourrai pas m'attarder cette année, je devrai repartir au plus vite vers Bellegarde pour notre conférence. Les autres orateurs sont en chemin, et demain samedi ils prennent le relai pour une après-midi de conférences. J'ai hâte de voir ce que cela va donner! Pour plus d'informations sur l'événement: http://www.toulibre.org/kde46 Et pour le programme complet du samedi:http://www.toulibre.org/kde46programme_19mars_2011  

Posted on 18 Mar 2011
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Disclaimer: Again, an exceptional post in french and again, my apologies to non-francophone Planet KDE readers. ;-) Nous y sommes, plus moyen de revenir en arrière (et franchement qui le voudrait??), tout est en place pour demain. La KDE Release Party 4.6 à Toulouse démarre dans environ 28 heures (au moment où j'écris ces lignes). Les premiers orateurs vont arriver demain après-midi (pour ceux qui ne vivent pas sur Toulouse), il me reste quelque détails à régler pour ma keynote, et j'ai reçu quelques petites choses par transporteurs que nous nous ferons un plaisir de distribuer demain soir juste avant de passer au cocktail. ;-) KDE T-Shirts Pour plus d'informations sur l'événement: http://www.toulibre.org/kde46 Et pour le programme complet du samedi: http://www.toulibre.org/kde46programme_19mars_2011 Et bien sûr, je tiens encore une fois à remercier nos sponsors (Capgemini, KDAB et Qt) ainsi que les bénévoles de l'association Toulibre sans qui cet événement n'aurait pas vu le jour.

Posted on 17 Mar 2011
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Disclaimer: As an exception this post will be in french since it's mostly relevant to people understanding french. Still, it's pretty much relevant to the KDE community. Expect a couple more such posts before friday, my apologies in advance to non-francophone Planet KDE readers. ;-) Nous sommes donc à seulement quelques jours de la KDE Release Party 4.6 à Toulouse! Les préparatifs vont bon train, et à part quelques détails mineurs tout est prêt pour tenir deux jours de conférences. J'ai vraiment hâte d'y être, je vais tenir la keynote le vendredi soir, et le samedi nous aurons des conférences pendant l'après-midi... Nous avons la chance d'avoir la crème des contributeurs français présents le samedi, avec un excellent programme, il y en aura pour tous les goûts aussi bien pour les contributeurs que pour les utilisateurs. De plus, toutes les conférences seront filmées, et nous espérons les mettre en ligne assez vite après la fin de l'évènement. Enfin, en marge des conférences il sera possible de rencontrer et de discuter avec les contributeurs français de la communauté. Nous aurons la chance d'avoir des piliers toulousains de la communauté comme Jean-Nicolas Artaud (Calligra) et Anne-Marie Mahfouf (KDE Edu) qui ont déjà annoncés leur présence. Pour plus d'informations sur l'événement: http://www.toulibre.org/kde46 Et pour le programme complet du samedi: http://www.toulibre.org/kde46programme_19mars_2011 Et bien sûr, je tiens à remercier nos sponsors (Capgemini, KDAB et Qt) ainsi que les bénévoles de l'association Toulibre sans qui cet événement n'aurait pas vu le jour.

Posted on 14 Mar 2011
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Once again I didn't blog in a while... In particular I didn't blog about this year project students even if they got covered once in the commit digest. Now we're two weeks away from the official end of those projects, so I thought it might be a good idea to show some of their accomplishment.

Kapman

This year we experimented with a project starting from scratch, and apparently we had some demand for a copy of an old famous game... hence why now we have Kapman! It's kicking and alive, it's in a pretty good shape already so maybe it'll be able to enter kdegames in 4.1. Of course it's all SVG based so you can freely resize it (artists wanted!).

Kapman!

Kscd

We also poked the good old Kscd... Our team made quite a lot of improvements in there. In particular it's now fully themable using SVG (artists wanted!), and uses MusicBrainz to identify discs. Of course it also got the expected KDE4 refactoring: it got ported to Phonon and Solid.

Kscd with SVG support

Ksirk

Ksirk is one of those games we have in playground for quite some time. One of our team has been working on it to improve its quality and make it releasable... It's definitely getting there. They mainly worked on improving its usability and that shows in my opinion. At least now I feel like I could play with it for hours. :-)

Ksirk improved

Kopete

Last but not least, this year we got a team working on Kopete. They did an awesome job, it's harder to demo or to make a screenshot for it, but they mainly focused on integrating support for UPnP and for the new live messenger protocol. On the UI front it looks less impressive, but I'm very proud of this team, they definitely had the hardest project to work on and learned a lot. Since I had no screenshot to offer, here is a picture of today's "Kopete Gang of Four" who attended the hacking session:

Kopete Gang of Four
From left to right: Maximilien Verdier, Michel Saliba, Romain Castan, Kevin Kin-Foo.

A few words on the hacking sessions...

Of course, after last year projects we kept the good habit of having KDE Hacking Sessions in Toulouse, we even have now a few people who are coming regularly... the community is definitely growing here. And during the student projects we have an unusual amount of my students showing up. ;-)

KDE Hacking Session March 2008
From left to right: Sylvere Lestang, Kevin Kin-Foo, Romain Castan, Michel Saliba, Maximilien Verdier, Stanislas Krzywda, Anne-Marie Mahfouf.

Missing on the picture: Thibault Normand who arrived later, and Alexis Menard who is unfortunately sick today.

Posted on 08 Mar 2008
Tags: Community  KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Last week-end we had the release event in Toulouse, it has been the only french event and that's why I decided not to go to Mountain View. On friday evening we had a long user oriented talk with some bits of Aaron's keynote, followed by a cocktail and a merchandising booth. It's been a real success, I expected not more than 20 or 30 people... but it turned out that the room was full, some people had to stay outside. Also I was the one giving the talk, and I think I didn't screw up from the questions I had after the talk and people reactions. Of course, I played our first KDE Commercial, especially since it's been secretly done by a couple of people in Toulouse. They really did a great job in my opinion.

On saturday, we had technical conferences for the whole day. We had a really nice bunch of speakers. Aurélien Gâteau, David Faure and Lauren Montel travelled in Toulouse just for this event and give talks. We also had our local gems: Anne-Marie Mahfouf and Alexis Ménard. I also gave a couple of talks. The atmosphere was quite nice, people had interesting questions and David even implemented a feature request almost in realtime (after screwing up his desktop).

We (the speakers) ended up the saturday evening in a restaurant, Aux Fils de l'Aligot, were we had an excellent regional food. Laurent and David didn't knnow what aligot is so we had to help them discover it. Too bad Aurélien had to leave in the afternoon... next time Aurélien you'll have your share of food too. ;-)

Finally, I'd like to thanks all the people who made this two days event possible:

  • our sponsors, C&S and KDAB;
  • all the speakers who made this event possible;
  • all the people from Toulibre who were really supportive;
  • Michel Saliba who spent hours coordinating the necessary work to subtitle Aaron's keynote;
  • and a special thanks to Alexis who really did a great job organizing this, he was so active I didn't have much left to do. :-)

It's really nice to see how the Toulouse community pulled such an event almost from nothing... I think it was a good test run for us, maybe next time we can try something bigger. Akademy 2009 or 2010 anyone? :-p

Posted on 29 Jan 2008
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse 

Past week I've done some KDE promotion. It was interesting because I did this using two radically different methods.

On monday and tuesday, I gave two talks in my university about Qt and KDE as a development platform. I gave Kubuntu CDs to the students and since they are in computer engineering they'll hopefully install it. It seems that they enjoyed the topic. They started to wonder why they had to suffer with other non-free toolkits when I showcased Qt and QtDesigner. Then they were impressed about the niceties provided by kdecore, kdeui, and DCOP. After that, I explained them how to use the KParts and their jaw dropped when I showcased the small browser George Staikos wrote for OSDW. And finally having network transparency in their applications using KIO finished to convince them. I also took some time to present what will hopefully be in KDE4

The result? Several amazed students, that will surely want to experiment with Qt and KDE in the future. It even looks like some of them are really hooked and I had the opportunity to discuss more with them on friday answering some late questions.

On saturday, I participated in an event organized by Toulibre. I showcased a laptop running Kubuntu, there was also some boxes running Ubuntu. A talk took place, but I didn't attend since I was involved in the booth with the rest of the team. People were really interested in the topic and we even had a journalist from the local press that came and asked questions for a paper. I think we were all impressed by the age diversity of the attendees (the youngest was under 10 and the oldest surely over 70). I find nice to be able to propose KDE to people that could be your grandparents for their daily use.

Really a nice week, I'd love to have more occasions to do this kind of things... I'll surely try to invest more of my spare time for promotion.

Posted on 19 Feb 2006
Tags: KDE  Toulibre  Toulouse