Fedora 21 Release Party, Bangalore

Fedora 21 got released on 9th December 2014 targeting desktops, servers, and cloud. To celebrate this release, Fedora Release Party was organized at Red Hat, Bangalore on 10th Jan, 2015.

This was my first Fedora event which I attended and no doubt it was very nice experience. Around 40 people appeared for this event which included students from local colleges, employees from local Companies and few from Red Hat as well. Among them few were already using Fedora while some of them were using Ubunutu/Windows as primary desktop. It was good to see different people who came to celebrate Fedora 21 release party!

All talks were lined up in a very well fashion. It started with  introduction to Fedora by Archit ,  followed by what all new cool features Fedora has by Ratandeep . Fedora 21 has new flavour i.e cloud and this was covered in more detail by Neependra Khare who talked about Project Atomic. Now, its time for talk about how you can contribute to Fedora like as a Packager, Content Writer, Designer, Translator, Administrator, etc and it was well covered by Sayan .

              

I also got an opportunity to give a talk on Basic RPM packaging in Fedora. Now a days, I am learning Fedora packaging and wanted to contribute to Fedora as a Packager. I thought this is a great place to talk about it because most of attendee would be new to packaging. I enjoyed giving talk because everyone was quite interested in knowing about how packaging is done. It was well taken by audience and I hope they will learn more in details from awesome Fedora wiki pages.

In between, to make Release Party more awesome there was a beautiful and delicious Fedora cake. Everyone participated in cake cutting and had lots of fun 😀

     

(Copyright Ratnadeep Debnath)

At the end, there was Open House session where everyone participated and did fruitful discussion. All attendees also got Fedora 21 live CD which they will try at home.

      

Overall, event was great, organizers did very good job, everyone enjoyed Fedora 21 release party. Looking forward to be part of other Fedora events in future.

During Akademy 2014

I came back from Akademy last week and would love to share my experience with you all 🙂 This year also Akademy was great with lots of fun, shared/gained information, met old  friends and made some new.

Pre-registration

This year, pre-registration was at the shiny new Red Hat office in Brno on 5th September. Most of my friends whom I know and going to attend Akademy were present there. It was very pleasant and happy feeling to meet everyone after an year.

       

The Talks

Akademy was two days of main conference which were on 6th and 7th september.  This year our keynotes speakers were Sascha Meinrath and Cornelius Schumacher .

    

Sascha Meinrath                                                        Cornelius Schumacher

This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are:

  •  Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt.
  •  Paniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi
  •  Martin Gräßlin gave  an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans.
  •  Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better.
  •  Kai Uwe Broulik  talked about current status of  Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013.

Among all long duration talks, an interesting talk which I attended was A Tale on ELFs and DWARFs by Volker Krause . He explained about:

  •  How to understand linker errors which we come across while compiling an application
  •  How to debug weird runtime behaviours which may occur while running application
  •  Way symbols are mangled for C++ created binaries on different platforms like windows, iOS, linux
  •  Tools which can help us to read and understand binaries file like readelf, objdump, nm from binutils on Linux, otool on Mac and Dependency walker on Windows
  •  gcc options like -g[0-3] to add level of  debug information into binaries which can be further used to solve program issues using tools like gdb.

Akademy conference ended with sponsors presentation followed by Akademy 2014 awards

   

GCompris talk by Bruno Coudoin                           Akademy awards

Workshops

I loved attending workshop on visual design and QML by Andrew Lake .  I have already seen awesome mockup design which Andrew created for Plasma Media Center. It was fun to be in his workshop and learning the way mockups can be created using QML. You can also try that by following this wiki.

I say “send email” and kmail opens mail compose for me, interesting right? This is what  Peter Grasch did in speech recognition workshop. He showed how easily you can configure rules in simon to make your application voice controlled.

BoFs

BoF is one of the the main part of every Akademy which continues for  5 days after main conference gets over. Anything which needs discussion, help or feedback gets sorted out by scheduling a BoF for that particular topic.

     

Plasma Media Center BoF                                          KDE edu BoF

(Image CC by Sujith Haridasan)                                  (Image CC by Sujith Haridasan)

  •  Plasma Media Center BoF:  Every year PMC team schedules a  BoF which helps us to get feedback on how application looks currently, what should be done next to make it more better.  This year we discussed on
    •  Vision of Plasma Media Center which we finalized to “To offer an immersive, rich and easy-to-use media experience crafted by KDE for you”.
    •  We discussed on PMC integration workflow with plasma 5
    •  Repository structure i.e whether to split  PMC into libs and backends as two separate repository or keep it in same repo. Finally, we agreed on keeping into single repository.
  •  KDE Edu use in India : This BoF was about FOSS community in Hyderabad, India which  have started to use KDE Edu apps for teaching children in government schools with the help of ThoughtWorks. They are creating an interesting app called Human-atlas which will help children to learn about body parts in interesting way and can take Quiz to test what they already know.
    •  KDE India Future Plans: This BoF was to give an overview of  what all KDE events happened in India, what problems organizers faced, what all fruitful results came out of various events. Suggestions on how we can improve to attract more people to attend conference and bringing them to FOSS world.
  •  KDE Windows: This BoF was for asking questions and help regarding KDE on windows. I attended this because I was curious to know what all KDE apps work on KDE windows and if Plasma Media Center could be run on windows. It was great to see efforts KDE Windows team have done to compile various KF5 modules. Kudos to them from my side!

Fun!

Being around with KDE  people is always fun. I also find fun in collecting different FOSS related goodies. Oh, yes! This year too I collected some of them from different sponsors booth including Red Hat.

        

Lots of goodies                                                  KDE logo by 3D printer @ Red Hat booth

Akademy day trip is always fun intended. This year we went to see Brno Reservoir. We explored surrounding for sometime and further we went for Ferry ride which was amazing. Through Ferry, we reached to Veveří Castle . After seeing castle, to re-energize we took some rest and light snack/drink. After that we returned back to reservoir via bus and further headed to restaurant for dinner.

    

While writing this blog, I felt like I revisited Akademy. These are awesome moments which will get remembered throughout life. You can find some awesome pictures taken during Akademy here . Thanks to KDE eV for sponsoring my travel and accommodation. Also many thanks to all sponsors and volunteers with the help of which this year also  Akademy was superb.

Cheers!

I am going to Akademy 2014

Akademy is one of the awesome conference which I always love to attend. This year, it will take place in Brno, Czech Republic from 6th to 12th of September. Schedule for conference is already available, which consists of 2 days of talks followed by workshops and BoFs.

Similar to previous years Akademy, I am pretty sure it will be rocking this year as well.  It gives us chance to meet lots of kool, awesome, geeky, friendly and lovely people. You will find folks from different countries from all over continents with experience in different areas like development, usability, testing, user interface, marketing and yes users who love using KDE.

Akademy is always very useful for Plasma Media Center project as we organize BoF and discuss about project status, take feedback and discuss about its future. This year also, we have scheduled PMC BoF on 9th September. Usability discussion thread for PMC next UI is already in progress on KDE usability forum . Be there for BoF, if you have  feedback and want to help us in making Plasma Media Center more awesome and reachable to more larger mass.
Looking forward to meet you all awesome people during Akademy!

Plasma Media Center 1.3 beta release!

We are pleased to announce Plasma Media Center 1.3 beta release!
Whats new?
  • Support for fetching media from Baloo. As a result, your media will load almost instantly!
  •  A conflict between GStreamer0.10 and GStreamer1.0 in some distros will no longer break playback (Launchpad Bug)
  • More details in All Music mode
  • MPRIS support – so that you can control PMC from your favorite MPRIS controller
  • (Experimental) support for a simple filesystem based media scanner – when you don’t have Nepomuk or Baloo installed
  • Replaced side panel with full-screen panel
  • For the source code, we now have tests for the PMC core libs
  • Numerous bug fixes and UI polish
Screenshots
              
      MPRIS in action                                                        Videos time duration
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-XX4kr5PPUMA/U4y67P0KyzI/AAAAAAAACKQ/ySlucC5x61A/s800/YnLYH9W.jpg      https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TCA4EhZQUXU/U6COGfrIpFI/AAAAAAAACO4/OWxD6qQV8U8/s800/All_music.jpg
       Picasa login screen                                              Detailed Music information
Install
Follow instructions to install Plasma Media Center on your machine.
Wiki
To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Plasma_Media_Center
Bugs
 Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? file a bug to  https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=plasma-mediacenter&format=guided
Cheers!

Rocking conf.kde.in 2014!

conf.kde.in happened 2nd time in India after huge success in 2011.  conf.kde.in 2014 was a 3-day conference held in DA-IICT college was even more successful, rocking, inspiring and motivational for all attendees. Attendees were very active and enthusiastic throughout the conference which was proved by asking as well as answering different questions with speakers.

One of best things was that there were  no parallel talks, all talks including Qt workshop  were scheduled in one conference room. This way all attendees were able to attend all talks without any rush for switching places.

tl;dr: If you missed the talks, you can find some slides here http://conf.kde.in/accepted-talks and photos

       

Day 1

Conference started at 2 pm with opening talk by Pradeepto with warm welcome to everyone to KDE family! Later, Qt workshop started by Prashanth Udupa (from our sponsor VCreate Logic ). He taught basic Qt programming to attendees, followed by Shantanu  who taught some cool stuff with QML. Other speakers and volunteers were helping attendees in solving  their doubts and weird errors. This workshop helped students with getting familiar with how Qt and QML code look like and proved useful for next two days talks.

Day 2 and 3

Day 2 started with keynote by Smit Shah on KDE unlike a Coconut. It was very interesting listen his story from college till now. At the end of his talk he got questions that were very interesting, curious and quite innocent – pretty much expected from college students.

Later different KDE related talks started. There were variety of talks from different KDE projects like Mer, Baloo, Artikulate, Localization, Simon, Plasma Workspace 2, Digikam, Kstars, Khipu etc. Some talks were also which gave generic idea of what KDE is and how to contribute to KDE.  There were also a great talk on C++11 explaining what all nice features new C++11 has.

And yes, this year I also gave a talk on my most favourite KDE project  Plasma Media Center to which I contribute to. This was first time when I was giving talk to a large conference. It was very amazing experience talking about what this project is and what all features it has, how easy to contribute into this project. Shantanu already showed demo of Plasma Media center many times in between different talks, so people were already familiar with it which increased their interest in listening to my talk too 🙂

Result of this conference was amazingly more than what we expected. Attendees were listening to each and every talk with great interest and feel of learning new stuff. They had so many curious questions at the end of talk. Sometime, we had to request them to take questions offline due to time limit. More than 30 people (dunno exact count) built Plasma Media Center during conference itself and we helped them with errors and issues. Some people came with useful feedback and ideas as well. It was great talking and seeing interest in different KDE project from newbies. Many people also join kde-india Mailing List and posted questions.

        

This conference was one of the awesome and productive KDE conference which we had in past!

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, gave talk, sponsored, etc. I am pretty sure, we get few awesome new KDE kontributors from this conference 🙂
Cheers!

conf.kde.in is going to be amazing!

I am very happy to share the news that after huge success in 2011, conf.kde.in is going to happen again from 21st – 23rd February, 2014. This year, the conference will be in the splendid campus of DA-IICT which was also venue for KDE-meetup, 2013.

indexI have submitted a talk on my favourite KDE project which I work on – Plasma Media Center. It is exciting to share what the project is, and welcome new contributors. I am sure that there are many more people who would be interested in giving talks and share their stories about KDE projects and community.

If you are one of them, submit your awesome talk before the CFP deadline which is 16th December, 2013.

See you all at conf.kde.in 2014!

Plasma Media Center 1.2 Beta is here!

We are happy to announce the 1.2 Beta release for Plasma Media Center (PMC). This release comes with nifty new features and an improved media experience for your device!

New Features

  • Even easier to use All Music mode
  • Automatic Artist and Album cover download
  • Folder previews for Browse Pictures mode
  • Multiple Playlist support
  • Keyboard support for media controls [Mute, (Z)Prev, Next]
  • Refactored common components for media browsers (for developers)

In addition to these, there were bug fixes to ascertain consistency in behavior

Screenshots

    

Artist Image                                                                         Album cover

     

Folder previews                                                              Multiple Playlists

Install

Wiki

To know more about Plasma Media Center, check out the wiki http://community.kde.org/Plasma/Plasma_Media_Center

Bugs

Found any bug in PMC or want to have your favourite feature included in future release? file a bug to  https://bugs.kde.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=plasma-mediacenter&format=guided

We want you!

Please try out Plasma Media Center and let us know what can be improved or added in order to make final release more cool and awesome!

Cheers!