FreeBSD on the desktop is a whole stack - X11, Qt, KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma and KDE Gear, and Wayland, and Poppler and GTK - o my!
A dozen or more people work on various parts of the FreeBSD desktop
stack. Together we’re
desktop@, and in various sub-constellations
x11@ and the like. We collaborate via the ports tree and
via bugzilla, but it’s also good to see each other sometimes. The
team is spread out across the world, so most effective is
video call. We’ve recently started to stealthily use KDE’s
meeting infrastructure for this, rather than proprietary
solutions. As you can see, I’ve quickly introduced KDE e.V. board
best practices which means taking a screenshot of the doodles
(that’s beastie in a purple top hat) at the end of the meeting to
document our effectiveness.
I really need to sort out my headset issues on FreeBSD (massive audio feedback in Logitech USB headset) so I can stick to one platform.
Upcoming or ongoing issues in the
kde@ corner are:
- Qt 5.15 WebEngine (python build, updates in general)
- Qt6 (Loïc has a build, but it’s crashy)
- Plasma 5.21 (systemsettings is crashy unusable, as is systemmonitor)
- CMake 3.20.1 (in exp-run)
- Plasma Wayland
So it seems we’ll be keeping busy for the foreseeable future.