KDE-Apps.org Applications for the KDE-Desktop 
 GTK-Apps.org Applications using the GTK Toolkit 
 GnomeFiles.org Applications for GNOME 
 MeeGo-Central.org Applications for MeeGo 
 CLI-Apps.org Command Line Applications 
 Qt-Apps.org Free Qt Applications 
 Qt-Prop.org Proprietary Qt Applications 
 Maemo-Apps.org Applications for the Maemo Plattform 
 Java-Apps.org Free Java Applications 
 eyeOS-Apps.org Free eyeOS Applications 
 Wine-Apps.org Wine Applications 
 Server-Apps.org Server Applications 
 apps.ownCloud.com ownCloud Applications 
 KDE-Look.org Artwork for the KDE-Desktop 
 GNOME-Look.org Artwork for the GNOME-Desktop 
 Xfce-Look.org Artwork for the Xfce-Desktop 
 Box-Look.org Artwork for your Windowmanager 
 E17-Stuff.org Artwork for Enlightenment 
 Beryl-Themes.org Artwork for the Beryl Windowmanager 
 Compiz-Themes.org Artwork for the Compiz Windowmanager 
 EDE-Look.org Themes for your EDE Desktop 
 Debian-Art.org Stuff for Debian 
 Gentoo-Art.org Artwork for Gentoo Linux 
 SUSE-Art.org Artwork for openSUSE 
 Ubuntu-Art.org Artwork for Ubuntu 
 Kubuntu-Art.org Artwork for Kubuntu 
 LinuxMint-Art.org Artwork for Linux Mint 
 Arch-Stuff.org Art And Stuff for Arch Linux 
 Frugalware-Art.org Themes for Frugalware 
 Fedora-Art.org Artwork for Fedora Linux 
 Mandriva-Art.org Artwork for Mandriva Linux 
 KDE-Files.org Files for KDE Applications 
 OpenTemplate.org Documents for OpenOffice.org
 GIMPStuff.org Files for GIMP
 InkscapeStuff.org Files for Inkscape
 ScribusStuff.org Files for Scribus
 BlenderStuff.org Textures and Objects for Blender
 VLC-Addons.org Themes and Extensions for VLC
 KDE-Help.org Support for your KDE Desktop 
 GNOME-Help.org Support for your GNOME Desktop 
 Xfce-Help.org Support for your Xfce Desktop 
openDesktop.orgopenDesktop.org:   Applications   Artwork   Linux Distributions   Documents    Linux42.org    OpenSkillz.com   

- News . 
click to vote up

a release

Published Feb 6 2013 via RSS

a brief reflection on balance

Contemplating things that are in a state of balance evokes serenity. It can also provide wonder and enjoyment, such as when watching someone walk a tightrope high above the ground or execute a particularly tricky bit of gymnastics in a game of sport. There is also an inherent sense of tension within systems in balance: the sweet spot that is neither too far one way or the other; a counterpoint found for every force that pulls or pushes.

Not only physical objects can be in balance, of course. Systems can be in balance, communities can show balance in their dynamics and people can demonstrate balance in their thoughts, actions and intentions. From such balance, great things can come forth.

on the morning that a release is made

Today the 4.10 releases of KDE's Platform, Workspaces and Applications were announced. People started sharing the link online and users of KDE software began downloading the anticipated release. I visited the release announcements and found myself staring at this gorgeous shot:


.. and it was only a few more minutes until I stumbled upon this funny bit of Onion-style satire: "Arch 

Servers Went Down As KDE 4.10 Is Released" which caused me to, quite literally, laugh out loud. 

We'd just put out a great release (after which one tends to feel something like this), I had been looking through a really well done set of release notes and then I was laughing along with others in our community ... which reminded me of something I love about KDE, something that keeps so many of us around through the years, something that powers the engines that make these releases and something that is really easy to forget because it's always there ...

counterpoints using "and"

KDE is often serious, and it is also often light-hearted. We're confident in decisions we make, and we're also keen for input from others. We love what we make, and we are never so satisfied as to think we're done. This gives us the drive necessary to keep pushing forward and improving.

We embrace the future in our plans and products, and we respect our roots and the present we live in. We have "big vision" projects that have equally large aspirations, and we also have stuff that's just plain fun and geeky. This allows us to build a future for KDE without losing touch with what we have.

We value and practice collaboration, and we encourage personal responsibility. We share successes and failures, and we highlight individual achievements. We cheer each other on, and we provide critical feedback. We support our successes loudly, and we acknowledge our failures. We're consistent on politically tinged issues that matter to us such as Freedom, and we maintain a pragmatic focus on technology. This grants us momentum and direction.

We've been a leader in the Free software ecosystem in terms community governance, and we're also a bit organizationally chaotic. We invent what we need, and borrow good ideas from where ever we can. We have large numbers of volunteers, and we have lots of entrepreneurs. We have people with lots of experience, and people who are looking for it. We celebrate diversity, and we value unity. This provides us with a rich melting pot of ideas and motivations to draw from.

the way you make me feel (and other 80s music)

None of the above are things I wish KDE did, or KDE should do, or KDE could do .. they are things KDE has been doing. KDE is not perfect nor perpetually in a state of unnaturally precise balance .. but it's hard to miss that 15 years on, through all sorts of maturing and meandering, we've just released a fantastic set of software with a shiny 4.10 sticker on it, we're working on a 5.0 inspired by where we see ourselves going and reflective of lessons we've learned, and we still manage to have a good laugh with each other, still ask and answer questions of each other, and still find reasons to come back and make another commit.

After all these years we're still one cohesive (meta-)community interacting with each other and working on an increasingly diverse set of projects that hold together thematically.

.. and that is what it meant to me when I saw "The KDE Community proudly announces the latest releases of .." appear on my laptop's screen this morning. You know, just another day at the office. :)

Thank you to everyone who made this release possible with efforts great and efforts small. I can't wait for the next one!

BackRead original postSend to a friend

Add comment

Add comment
Show all posts

 Who we are
More about us
Frequently Asked Questions
Updates on identi.ca
Updates on Twitter
Content RSS   
Events RSS   

Add App
Public API
About GTK-Apps.org
Legal Notice
Spreadshirt Shop
CafePress Shop
Sponsor us
Report Abuse

Copyright 2007-2016 GTK-Apps.org Team  
All rights reserved. GTK-Apps.org is not liable for any content or goods on this site.
All contributors are responsible for the lawfulness of their uploads.