Today, Mark Shuttleworth sent an e-mail on ubuntu-announce, kubuntu-devel and ubuntu-devel mailing list where he is inviting the Kubuntu and KDE community to join Ubuntu at LinuxTag on 6 May in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt to chart the future course of Kubuntu.
This is an invitation for the Kubuntu and KDE community to join us at LinuxTag on 6 May in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt to chart the future course of Kubuntu. We will hold a series of meetings and presentations on the structure of Kubuntu and Ubuntu, the goals of the project, and an open discussion on how Kubuntu can come to represent the very best example of KDE in action. I believe that the KDE community does phenomenal work, and having a community-driven distribution to showcase that work will help attract users and developers to the project. Our overall goal in the Ubuntu project is to further the adoption of free software on the desktop and the server, and we recognise that KDE is an essential part of the mix of desktop environments that allows people to find the best environment for their needs. During the course of these discussions I would like us to nominate a core leadership team for Kubuntu which can take overall technical responsibility for the desktop, as well as teams to drive artwork, documentation, quality assurance, translation, marketing and distribution. Canonical underwrites the Kubuntu project, which gives us just enough resources to make a regular release of Kubuntu. But if KDE is to gain the same sort of audience that Ubuntu gives the Gnome project then it will need to be done in close partnership with you, the real creators of KDE. So I hope that many of you will come and participate in these discussions so we can create real teamwork and set real goals to ensure that Kubuntu really shows off the best of KDE. The LinuxTag event is a perfect opportunity for us to engage directly with the KDE user and developer communities. Germany is in many ways the heart of the KDE community, so we have been looking for a way to pull together a summit of leaders, users, developers and translators from that country and this event is hopefully going to be just that. I will be in LinuxTag for the day and addressing the conference as a whole on the future of the Ubuntu project. Kubuntu and KDE are very much a part of that future, and it would be great to use this opportunity to demonstrate that we can create healthy collaboration between desktop environments at the same time as giving people room to explore the particular environment that works best for them. If we have sufficient uptake of this idea in the KDE community, we will be able to provide enough additional resources that in due course we can separate out the release cycles of Kubuntu and Ubuntu to the point where Kubuntu can release when KDE releases - though of course if KDE can adopt a regular release cycle then our efforts to use the best server-level work in the Ubuntu project as a stable core for Kubuntu will be greatly enhanced. The next release of Kubuntu, due on June 1st, will be the first release for which we will be shipping CD's from shipit.kubuntu.org to the world. This represents an opportunity for you to help new users gain access to a KDE desktop that Just Works. Help us make sure that their KDE experience is as good as it should be given all the work being done in the KDE community. This is also, therefore, a call for testing the beta release, available at: <http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/6.06/> Please file bugs on Kubuntu where you think it doesn't live up to the high standard you would set if you were personally responsible for presenting KDE in its best light. <http://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+filebug> Even better, publish patches! Regards, Mark