Read it and give me your comments.

It’s rewritten, shorter and I think stronger then the first version. Enjoy reading!

Read it here:


For the people reading the from last weekend ( already noticed what was posted by mail:

No, I don't think we are ready for a beta release and the API + Feature Freeze that goes with a beta release.

I think we should tag an Alpha3 on 25 July and extend our freeze dates forward another month.

Then try again for a Beta1 on 25 Aug.

This probably means delaying KDE 4.0 for at least 1 month, ie. 23 Nov.

So I don’t want to say “I knew ahead of time” but that just how it was. Hopefully this time is used to produce real stable code and help people out like the Ark developer: “I’m afraid I won’t be able to write any more plugins before the feature freeze – mostly because the API for plugins is not ready yet, and there’s still some very basic features, such as removing entries from an archive, that aren’t implemented yet. File Manager integration also remains undone. Any help would be really appreciated.

4.0 still seems to look risky to me but I my hopes are up when I watch some nice little Plasma screencasts by Aaron Seigo. Thank you Aaron.

I was gone for some days. Nothing happened here. Well there was a storm over the blog when the 100% guide appeared and I’m going to continue this project.

For now there is something ahead what I want to touch first: the (100%) Kubuntu Review. I’m probably going to start with Kubuntu, Ubuntu maybe to follow. Just to show which issues are there and what really needs to be fixed. This will include touching the bcm43xx issue, the KDE basic install (that is ugly, yes!!!) and other problems that are just there and could be fixed easily.

I’m getting impressed with KDE 4. Finally some media coverage is appearing around this awesome project and day by day new facts appear on the edge of the KDE 4.0 release. I’m still not convinced that there should have been a fixed date and I still think that the .0 release will lag somethings that shouldn’t follow in .1 but I hope that the project will more and more be a success right from the beginning. I hope with my Kubuntu review I might be able to support KDE development. I want to help so much but the only thing I can do is GUI work and how the user wants to see the desktop. I think an important thing because the user is what counts at the end. Lets see what will be released in October. Hope is there.

I think I did put good points in the 100%-Linux-success-guide but I know that it needs more work to be more representable for the Linux as it is now and to be accepted by more people. I still think it was an awesome example for the Linux world and the world today. Put it online, got some PR, somehow read – some liked it some didn’t, forgot!? I want to work hard not to make it just some waste in the net-universe. I will take all the comments I received and work them in the guide. I will rework the whole thing to make it more reality-close then before and more precise on what to do!

Linux. Open. Forever.

Dear readers!


Welcome to the readers coming over through StumbleUpon, Digg, VistaSucks and LinuxToday and everybody else!

With the guide I started a rough draft for a way to get Linux mainstream and I would love to develop this idea further so at the end there could be a complete roadmap.  What do I need? I need a lot of comments and I of course have to keep on writing and changing the text because the first draft was just written and released. No readthrough and check everything once again. I can give more details and we could start changing the Linux world as of today! 

The first idea: “The Fund Open Source/Linux projects website”

What does Linux need? An official website from the Open Source Labs that lets users create paid tasks that they want to get done and are willing to pay for. The only rule is: you pay and share it with the whole community because if others pay you get their code aswell. This could create a wild community that could put a lot of work into Linux! Even this idea has to be thought through before it can go online or so but well maybe get the official Linux groups a mail?

Well this just popped up in my head a few hours ago and here it is online. Do what you want with it! It has no patents on it ;)…

Well I promised it somehow… here it comes: (or click on the top the tab “the guide to”)

Well worth a read and yes it’s long but it includes a lot of ideas so read it and comment on it and spread the word! Thanks!

I’ve been researching the backgrounds around the current KDE 4 development and I’m missing the existence of a vision for the 4.0 desktop. It doesn’t seem to me that the innovation that was promised to arrive with 4.0 is going to be in the 4.0 release. One of the reasons is probably that there is no general plan that puts all the pieces of KDE together and completes to something Leopard-vision like!

No vision and no breakthrough release for the Linux desktop?

This is the question that keeps my mind going these days. The hope that is in this release is huge but no we probably won’t see the spotlight-like search engine integrated deep inside and the timemachine-like backup function or how about the new idea behind the desktop that is really reinventing the desktop and not like Leopard just moving around a few things. I’m saddend.

The worst part is that we are looking at a crucial roadmap and that there are already features being set back to 4.1… so 4.0 a prerelease?

I’m confused. The Linux desktop in evolution or is the evolution being broken?

Rumor has it that Ubuntu/Canonical might be next in line for an “exclusive” (haha) deal with Microsoft. Rumor. It seems that the Canonical people are keeping up the good fight for now together with Red Hat but you never know. Therefore I would like to express that I want all these cooperations to know that I support the coompanys that stick with the open source world and don’t sign things like patents because as long as Microsoft hasn’t claimed anything on paper Linux doesn’t have to care a bit about Microsoft patents.

I’m really wondering how quiet it is about the whole patent thing. How can it be that so many people seem to just accept it and every few dasy/weeks another company falls into the hands of Microsoft!? If developers of the signed-companies develop new software do they start to use patented technology? And if they do can they release it under the GPL afterwards? I don’t thing so and I don’t thing that a signed contract solves the troubles behind GPL-licensed software and releasing it to costumors… no if Microsoft would really like to tackle the problem they would attack Linux directly and question it before a court. The problem is that all the companies who try to put a price-tag on Linux can be bought and are somehow bought and some point of time like it happened with these ugly Microsoft deals. They are just looking for financial support. Take a look at Novell. This company is far away from being well. They are far from creating real good software but have the potential. In the business world you would talk about an unused potential and therefore count this company as not well and not worthy an investment. Who stops by? Father Bill and drops off some coins. Get well soon, no, die tryin…

I don’t seem to gasp the issue yet or how the hell can the community be so quiet about it? Are there some lines I haven’t read yet that say “just a joke, its all fake and the contracts weren’t signed at all”.

Help me out. I need your comments on that one. If we get a loud discussion about open vs closed-drivers I want an even bigger one about patents because – it’s the same and diggs even deeper!!! 

It has bugged me from the beginning that KDE was going to be the little sister of big brother GNOME in the Ubuntu distro. That’s why I began to state the whole issue by just referring to the website of both of the projects. A reader commented on this post and made me feel even stronger about this point. Thanks for this post. It is really important to point out that KDE is much more promising then GNOME at the moment and that KDE 4.0 will probably start a new era of Linux Desktop computing but at the same time GNOME keeps on playing with 2.20 and some plans for 2.22, nothing for a 3.0 yet. The only thing I found so far on that is that some years ago some people were thinking about forking GNOME 2.x to create a 3.x that would bring new technology into GNOME. These plans later on changed so the project put new technology in the 2.x line but never started to think about bringing new concepts on the desktop. Most of the new Linux Desktop ideas made their way through KDE like SuperKaramba was long before the GNOME-thing, styles and themes became hot around the KDE-look community, KDE-apps is popping up lots of apps, … but most of all next to having all these awful dialogs in KDE, the KDE project started with Guidelines to create much more likeable GUIs and continued to improve its desktop despite I still think it is messy in 3.x but I hope and might even get involved to ensure that KDE 4.0 will be a charm for the user.  KDE is also going for the cross-platform award and will bring hopefully some apps to the Win/Mac world with 4.0 including ones like amaroK and the KOffice suite.  Amarok is one of the first apps I really consider in the killer-app section and could actually take on the iTunes market if well planned. Together with new promising technology in KDE 4 like Plasma, Solid, Decibel and so on, we can expect a desktop with the potential to blow away some peoples mind and line the KDE desktop up with a Mac OS X Leopard – if well done – but only, and here comes my point, TOGETHER with distros and there we are looking right now at distros like Kubuntu and not at openSUSE because openSUSE is crap. Yast? Not for real, not for users. We need a distro that gives KDE the basic it needs and the possibility to control everything with one tool that is damn easy for everyone but can be expanded to make even professionals happy. I’m URGING all the KDE developers to keep that in mind and I might join them in a few days. I have some concepts and ideas in my mind floating around but need to be thought-through before anything “goes live”. There is a vision for KDE in my brain that can unite distros and users together to bring up a KDE experience that joins a Mac experience. And I want to see people have fun with computers (again) because when I see someone in an Apple Store on a Mac and he or she has never used it before in his life, I see them smiling and joy all over their face and thats what KDE should bring to the user: a real experience. Think different. Think open. Think easy.

Just an interesting note. A lot of people who enter this blog and find it with google, … come here with the terms “ubuntu broke kvm feisty” or “bcm43xx issue” or something similar. I haven’t checked the situation lately but this makes me seem that they put out an release that had two significant problems and didn’t take care of them?

Does this mean both issues got into the final releases? Come on… tell me!

Okay, I have to admit I love the word drop in my latest blog entrys so here we go again:

Ubuntu went to 7 like Kubuntu and the other ones too and was turned into a shiny new website (well I don’t like it that much and I don’t think it gets the user to the information he wants really fast but… well is was new and looked somekind of appealing). So the Ubuntu distro got a new website to show of but who didn’t get a new website? Kubuntu and probably the other Yubuntu (haha can’t use X here) distros too. Why? It shows that KDE is still some kind of little sister of Ubuntu and doesn’t get the appreceation it should get.

Despite the fact that Gnome is running into no direction KDE 4 is really promising but really needs people to work for it and supporters that might be able to put some supporting money/developer power behind it. Hello Cannonical!? They do sponsor some developers and begin to show up on KDE shows but I think there is still room for a whole lot more.

I guess this is just a space filler because I just had that idea with the website and it was bothering me so… come on get the Kubuntu team a damn good website too.

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