Future of the KDE Development Model
Speaker: Sebastian Kügler and Dirk Müller
During the past years, the landscape of code collaboration in the Free Software world has changed considerably. KDE has traditionally used a centralised system to manage source code for the community. Distributed systems are becoming more widely used and provide exceptional flexibility for communities such as KDE. At the same time, the requirements of KDE's release cycle and the scalability of the development model shift away from each other.
"The Future of the KDE Development Model" outlines the new challenges and proposes a way for KDE to adopt new this new technology and collaboration model. The presentation combines social and organisational aspects and drafts a way for leading KDE into the future by means of 'updating the development model'. The purpose of the talk is to create awareness for recent developments in this field, and to foster discussion how KDE could benefit from them.
Sebastian Kuegler has been contributing to KDE since 2004. He started coding on the system administration tools "Guidance". In 2006, with others, he set up the Marketing Working Group. Sebas got elected into the KDE e.V. Board of Directors in 2006. In 2007, he started working on Plasma and joined the KDE Release Team to help out on the PR side or release management. Sebastian is currently employed to work on the SQO-OSS project on behalf of KDE.
Dirk Mueller is a KDE contributor since 1999. He's active in several areas of KDE including libs and was a frequent contributor to KHTML in the past. He's also maintaining the KDE.org server infrastructure and was a KDE release coordinator during KDE 3.0 and KDE 3.1 times. He's currently a member of the KDE release team and is involved in release planning for KDE4. Dirk is employed by Novell to work for KDE on SUSE.