New challenges.

I’ve resigned my job at KDAB last month in a swift move towards more KDE-time. This all came pretty suddenly, but it felt like The Right Thing to do for me personally and for KDE, which I care a lot about. Since May, I’ve been working for Open-SLX, a German company that makes and supports the openSUSE boxed version. My focus in that work is the user experience of the product. The idea is to work upstream (in openSUSE and KDE / Plasma) as much as possible. While Open-SLX benefits directly from my work done in KDE, this is also a nice way to give back to the community, by making sure I get to spend enough time on things that are not directly related to the product. So now I’ve settled into my new job, and up until now, it’s been great. I’ve been able to catch up with a couple of areas in KDE, I didn’t get to spend as much time as I wanted in the past, and I have started working on some ideas I was dragging around in the back of my brain for a while). One of those things is Project Silk, which is a Project to boost and deeply integrate the web into KDE Plasma and applications. Its motto is no less ambitions than "Freeing the Web From the Browser", so there’s lots of work to do. ;-) Others have already shown off their cool creations, so I’ve got some catching up to do. I’ll share more detailed information about Silk in the next weeks, so if you’re interested in that, hang on just a little bit longer.

With this new job, I’m also able to spend a bit more time on KDE e.V. things. I’m a Board Member for some time already. Being able to sneak in a bit more of that structured desk time for things that need doing in the near future is surely a good thing. Regarding the e.V., I’ll travel with Ade to Berlin on Friday to meet Celeste, Cornelius and Frank there for an extended weekend of board work (and fun).

4 thoughts on “New challenges.

  1. Good luck at the new job! Great to hear that you will be able to put in more time with the KDE user experience, it has come a long way but still has some way to go :)

    As an aside (I know you being an openSUSE guy), I would suggest looking at Ubuntu (gnome version) and see what design and user experience things they are doing there. I am not saying to copy or mimic, but they do have some very clean and polished elements in many areas. I want to see kde get just as clean and polished.

    Cheers.
    ~shtylman

  2. I was wondering what you had gone on to do. I’m really glad, this sounds like such a good fit for your skills.

    See you soon man, take care of yourself!

  3. Thanks all on the kind words (as comments on this blog, and as emails I’ve received following up this blog entry)!

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