After having had a lazy week in Javea, in the east of Spain, where Nel, Christine’s mother has
been a great host, I arrived in Malaga with a slight delay (thanks, Iberia).
Having gone to bed quite early, I was quite fit to begin the first day [schedule]. We were welcomed by people of
the Andalusian government, the university of Malaga and the people of the Malaga Linux group.
The technical part started with a presentation by Pete Goodall
who would give an overview over the Novell Linux Desktop. Quite obviously, not
everyone was impressed. The software used on the desktop is quite old (running KDE 3.2). Also, Pete
showed a KDE desktop and didn’t make to clear that the standard Novell Desktop is gnome-based. The
rest of the talk wasn’t also to developer-directed, ow well …
Far more interesting was Till Adam’s
talk, who showed off kolab and kontact, the KDE approach to groupware. Pretty fun,
lots of cool features coming up, such as a webclient (which needs more developers, PHP horde people
might be welcome there!). Kolab stores all kind of information in IMAP accounts, which makes it
possible to use a couple of groupware stuff (shared calendars anyone?) with any simple IMAP server.
Kolab however adds management interfaces, user management via LDAP and loads of other stuff.
Shuttleworth from Canonical, the Ubuntu sponsors also did a very nice talk about
collaboration in the Open Source world. He talked about collaborated distributed
working, realtime collaborative editing (imagine working on the same document, at the same time,
discussing what you’re chaning …).
At the moment (uploading the blog might take some time, I forgot my wireless adapter at the
residence), I’m listening to Kurt
Pfeifle’s mind blowing presentation, demoeing NX technology. It’s far more
efficient than standard X11, as he and Fabian just showed by running an xnest session and a freenx
session in parallel and then increasing the lag on the localhost interface artificially. Nice.
… Kurt’s talk is finished, I got hold of a UTP cable and a dhcp lease and am uploading a
couple of photos now, enjoy
Aah … some sponsored social event for tonight has just been announced, is that the free
beer part? :-)
update: Yeah, free drinks.
The talks of Richard Moore
about Scripting with
KDE feel was quite interesting, especially for the power user who wants to enhance his desktop
Stephenson had some interesting news to tell, skype integration into kopete being one of them.