KDE-FreeBSD catching up

After a long struggle with digiKam (mostly because of the libmediawiki plugin), a brief struggle with KDevelop (it is well-behaved), and a careful struggle with CMake (because lots of other ports depend on it), official ports have been updated (by Tobias Berner and Raphael Kubo da Costa) with the state-of-the-art for KDE4 from the unofficial area51 repository. That means:

  • digiKam 4.14.0
  • KDevelop 4.7.3
  • CMake 3.5.2

Other bits and pieces have been updated as well; what hasn’t been added are zanshin and simon. Those are waiting on a next round of updates. As far as KDE Frameworks 5 are concerned, those work very nicely in area51, but are not yet candidates for downstream (official ports). There are a few steps to go:

  • Another round of KDE4 infrastructure updates so that it is compatible with what has been developed in the plasma5 branch for the new KDE Frameworks 5, KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications.
  • Merging plasma5 branch into area51-trunk and double-checking that KDE4 and KDE Frameworks 5 can co-exist.
  • .. then sending KDE Frameworks 5 downstream to the official ports.

I have two things on my “that’s what I’d like to do” list; one is preparing a Zanshin 0.4 with Frameworks port and the other is sorting out the branding of the desktop.

Akademy+ Call for Papers / Participation / Presentation

This year, Akademy is being held together with other Free Software conferences, all rolled up into one. The umbrella we all live under is QtCon, and it will bring KDAB‘s Qt Training Day, the Qt Contributor Summit, Akademy, as well as the FSFE Summit and VideoLan Dev Days under one roof (well, multiple roofs; one umbrella). The call for papers is now available.

Because of this wide range of events at one time, there is unprecedented opportunity for presenting your work to a broad audience. I’ll be there; maybe “Keeping Qt going on non-tier-1 operating systems” is a useful talk to give. I really want someone to submit an “Optimizing Qt scene graph through algebraic geometry” talk, too. And a “Biggest video wall in Amsterdam with Qt and VLC”. And “Estimating proprietary development through observation of Free Software development”. And .. gosh, the list goes on and on.

Deadline is may 15th!