What makes
KDE tick?
A look behind the scenes of a large Free
Software project
Lydia Pintscher @Nightrose COSCUP 2013
This is KDE
and this is KDE
and for some this is KDE
But really, this is KDE.
And this!
Some numbers
nearly 17 years old
over 200 individual projects
more than 5000 people
contributed code + countless
contribut...
Some KDE programs
Why are these people doing this?
skills fame
freedom friends
job
opportuities
sharing ...
What do people work on?
code
translation
artwork
quality
assurance
community
management
marketing
documentation
accessibil...
Why is KDE important?
Innovation
Education
Freedom
2 Central Documents
Code of
Conduct
Manifesto
kde.org/code-of-conduct
Be considerate
Be respectful
Be collaborative
Be pragmatic
Support each other
manifesto.kde.org
Open Governance to ensure engagement
in our leadership and decision processes
Free Software to ensure the result of our
work is available to all people
Inclusivity to ensure that people of all
origins are welcome to join us and participate
Innovation to ensure that new ideas
constantly emerge to better serve people
Common Ownership to ensure that we
stay united
End-User Focus to ensure our work is
useful to all people
Benefits (shortened):
1. Technical and social support by the
community
2. Support and representation by KDE e.V.
3. Increa...
Principles (shortened):
1. Support of KDE's Code of Conduct
2. No mandatory contributor license
agreement
3. Staying true ...
How KDE is set up
Where does the good stuff happen?
mailing
lists
Planet
KDE
meetings
IRC
wikis
Where is KDE heading?
Frameworks for Qt developers
Umbrella organisation
Your first steps
1. Find something you are
interested in
2. Hang around a bit and get to
know the people
3. Try to find a ...
Email me if you have questions:
lydia@kde.org
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What makes KDE tick?

  1. 1. What makes KDE tick? A look behind the scenes of a large Free Software project Lydia Pintscher @Nightrose COSCUP 2013
  2. 2. This is KDE
  3. 3. and this is KDE
  4. 4. and for some this is KDE
  5. 5. But really, this is KDE.
  6. 6. And this!
  7. 7. Some numbers nearly 17 years old over 200 individual projects more than 5000 people contributed code + countless contributions in other areas
  8. 8. Some KDE programs
  9. 9. Why are these people doing this? skills fame freedom friends job opportuities sharing ...
  10. 10. What do people work on? code translation artwork quality assurance community management marketing documentation accessibility ...
  11. 11. Why is KDE important? Innovation Education Freedom
  12. 12. 2 Central Documents Code of Conduct Manifesto
  13. 13. kde.org/code-of-conduct
  14. 14. Be considerate Be respectful Be collaborative Be pragmatic Support each other
  15. 15. manifesto.kde.org
  16. 16. Open Governance to ensure engagement in our leadership and decision processes
  17. 17. Free Software to ensure the result of our work is available to all people
  18. 18. Inclusivity to ensure that people of all origins are welcome to join us and participate
  19. 19. Innovation to ensure that new ideas constantly emerge to better serve people
  20. 20. Common Ownership to ensure that we stay united
  21. 21. End-User Focus to ensure our work is useful to all people
  22. 22. Benefits (shortened): 1. Technical and social support by the community 2. Support and representation by KDE e.V. 3. Increased visibility
  23. 23. Principles (shortened): 1. Support of KDE's Code of Conduct 2. No mandatory contributor license agreement 3. Staying true to established practices common in KDE unless forced to deviate 4. Direct write access to all software for all contributors 5. Trademark continuity
  24. 24. How KDE is set up
  25. 25. Where does the good stuff happen? mailing lists Planet KDE meetings IRC wikis
  26. 26. Where is KDE heading? Frameworks for Qt developers Umbrella organisation
  27. 27. Your first steps 1. Find something you are interested in 2. Hang around a bit and get to know the people 3. Try to find a small task you can do (or ask for one) 4. Success!
  28. 28. Email me if you have questions: lydia@kde.org
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