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Sketchnotes at Akademy 2019

Sunday 8th of September 2019 05:07:00 PM

The conference part of this year’s Akademy is now over. Like last year, I did live sketchnoting of all the sessions I attended.

Obviously, the first keynote from Lars talking about the Qt 6 plans was very important for the community and I think I did an adequate job there:

I don’t think I made the KDE e.V. Board Report shine… sorry about that, but that’s again a very important community landmark:

The second keynote about Open Source in Italian Public Administrations was also interesting and the sketchnotes ended up not too bad:

As far as sketchnoting goes, I think the one I’m the most proud of this year is the one done during the KPublicTransport session (the talk was very interesting as well, good content):

And finally, like last year, the lightning talk session was very challenging. I think it’s in part due to the fast pace of the talks. Since the session was shorter though (it was only 4 talks) I decided to constraint myself to a single page for all of them. I think it was worth it and I’m happy with the result:

If you want to see more (there’s almost 20 of them, I didn’t list them all here), the full list of sketchnotes are in the Akademy 2019 gallery.

I hope you like them and will find them useful. As usual they give a different perspective on the conference content.

Introducing Kirogi: A ground control application for drones

Sunday 8th of September 2019 12:16:16 PM
KDE Project:

Today I'm in beautiful Milano, Italy, where the KDE community has gathered for its annual user and developer conference, Akademy. At Akademy I've had an opportunity to present my new KDE project to a larger audience: A ground control application for drones, Kirogi.

Kirogi's direct flight controls screen

Kirogi aims to enable the operation of drones of all sorts of makes and models in an approachable and polished manner, with both direct and map-based control modes and many more features planned for the future.

The origin story behind the Kirogi project is a classic open source tale. During this year's Lunar New Year holiday, I was paying a visit to family in Busan, South Korea (the name Kirogi is Korean and means wild goose). During the off-days I ended up buying my first drone. I attempted the first flight in my mother-in-law's living room. Unfortunately the official vendor application immediately started crashing after take off - much to my embarassment, I couldn't land the thing! Eventually it slowly drifted towards a very nice armchair (sorry mom!) and crashed on contact with an emergency engines-off.

Turns out the app I was using had been replaced by a newer, seperate app store upload intended for a newer drone - and the app I had wasn't fully compatible with a newer version of the phone's OS anymore. I realized open source can serve drone owners better there and started hacking on this new KDE application a few days later.

Since then I've received a lot of support and help from many people in the fantastic KDE community, including Krita-powered artist L. 'AsmoArael' C., who responded to a request I posted KDE's Artists Wanted forum and helped me realize Kirogi's mascot:

Kirogi's mascot, a farm goose and technology enthusiast

If you want to know more about the project's origins and dive further into the technical details, I invite you to check out the slides for the talk I gave today. It was recorded on video as well; I will add a link once it's been made available.

The project also has a website already. Along with much additional information on the project it features download links for nightly development builds.

Finding the Edge

Sunday 8th of September 2019 11:42:20 AM

Three months of fighting with boost, qt, having a proper plan, multiple individuals to get help from and still unable to hit the target in time. That will be software engineering 101 for me.

KDE e.V. wants you!

Sunday 8th of September 2019 09:20:00 AM

At the moment, the yearly KDE conference Akademy is taking place in Milan. The yearly KDE e.V. meeting will be tomorrow.

KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters.

For example the KDE e.V. is responsible for paying the servers that run our Phabricator/Bugzilla/Gitlab instances and all our web sites. KDE e.V. takes care of sponsoring developer sprints and contributor travel costs, too.

If you are a KDE contributor, consider to join the e.V. to get some vote about its direction.

If you want to join, just take a short look at this guide.

KDE Usability & Productivity: Week 87

Sunday 8th of September 2019 02:51:22 AM

This is the last week in KDE’s Usability & Productivity initiative (next week the blog posts will continue, but under a new name). The voting results are in for KDE’s new goals and the community-selected winners are full Wayland support, UI consistency, and a renewed focus on KDE apps. Read all about it here!

But meanwhile, there’s a ton of stuff to announce right now, so let’s jump right in.

Serendipitously enough, something big landed this week that’s relevant to the first new goal: fractional scaling on Wayland!!!

Check out the complicated dependency tree of patches that were required to make this happen:

Veteran KWin developers Roman Gilg and David Edmundson have been working on this for ages, and all of their hard work–which will land in Plasma 5.17–is much appreciated. But wait, there’s more!

New Features Bugfixes & Performance Improvements User Interface Improvements

Next week, your name could be in this list! Not sure how? Just ask! I’ve helped mentor a number of new contributors recently and I’d love to help you, too! You can also check out, and find out how you can help be a part of something that really matters. You don’t have to already be a programmer. I wasn’t when I got started. Try it, you’ll like it! We don’t bite!

If you find KDE software useful, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the KDE e.V. foundation.

digiKam 6.3.0 is released

Sunday 8th of September 2019 12:00:00 AM

Dear digiKam fans and users, We received a lot of excellent user feedback after publishing the third digiKam 6 release in August 2019. We are now proud to briefly announce the new digiKam 6.3.0, a maintenance version which consolidates this feedback and acts as an important phase of this 3-year-old project. New GMic-Qt plugin for Image Editor Since digiKam 6.1.0, we open digiKam to external contributions with a collection of new plugin interfaces, named “Generic” for album items processing and export to web-services, “Editor” to extend Image Editor and Showfoto post processing, and “Bqm” to add new tools in Batch Queue Manager.

AqBanking and certificates

Saturday 7th of September 2019 07:25:04 AM

It has always been a mystery to me, why the AqBanking/Gwenhywfar library used for online banking in KMyMoney complains about the validity of certificates because it cannot check the signer when all other software on my system has no problem with that, even with the same servers.

Up until now, I simply checked the signer manually using some openssl tools and accepted the certificate within AqBanking. Now that it happened to me that I moved to a new system, the complaints popped up again and I sat down to figure out what the problem really is and how to solve it.

Apparently, each Linux distro has their own way of storing the certificates. Some are based on a single file containing all of the certificates simply concatenated, some others rely on single files in a directory. Also, the location of these files and dirs is different among the distros.

Not knowing where AqBanking is searching for certificates, I ran

strace -e trace=%file -o cert.log kmymoney

and I found the following section in the cert.log file after I saw the dialog with the complaint:

openat(AT_FDCWD, "/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
stat("/usr", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=104, …}) = 0
stat("/usr/share", {st_mode=S_IFDIR|0755, st_size=5498, …}) = 0
stat("/usr/share/ca-certificates", 0x7fff91f0cb30) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)

It seems, that it only looks in two locations and my distro does not keep the certificates in them. So far, so good. Since I build Gwenhywfar with the –enable-system-certs setting, I built it again without that setting just to find out that it does not make a difference with respect to my problem.

Next I studied where the openSUSE distro expects the certificates and found some useful information in /usr/share/doc/packages/ca-certificates/README:

The canonical source of CA certificates is what p11-kit knows about. By default p11-kit looks into /usr/share/pki/trust/ resp /etc/pki/trust/ but there could be other plugins that serve as source for certificates as well.

The next paragraph in that file talks about legacy systems:

update-ca-certificate supports a number of legacy certificate stores for applications that don’t talk to p11-kit directly yet. It does so by generating the certificate stores in /var/lib/ca-certificates and having symlinks from the locations where applications expect those files.

Cool, that is it, but why is it not working for me? Well, the locations that are supported out of the box are not the ones AqBanking is using.

  • /etc/ssl/certs: Hashed directory readable by openSSL. Only for legacy applications. Only contains CA certificates for server-auth purpose. Avoid using this in applications.
  • /etc/ssl/ca-bundle.pem: Concatenated bundle of CA certificates with server-auth purpose. Avoid using this in applications.
  • java-cacerts: Key store fore Java. Only filled with CA certificates with purpose server-auth.
  • openssl: hashed directory with CA certificates of all purposes. Your system openSSL knows how to read that, don’t hardcode the path! Call SSL_CTX_set_default_verify_paths() instead.

Hmm, the contents of /etc/ssl/ca-bundle.pem looks very similar to what is kept in /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt in other distros. I am a bit adventurous today, so I thought a simple

sudo ln -s /etc/ssl/ca-bundle.pem /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

can help. And in fact, it solved the problem of the unknown signer.

Now I have to find out, why AqBanking/Gwenhywfar always wants me to manually accept an institution’s certificate before I can use it. Or is this by design?

I'm travelling to Akademy

Saturday 7th of September 2019 06:00:00 AM

I’m writing this post on the train from Rome to Milan, but I guess better late than never. I’ll be in the city all week and I will host a Dolphin BoF on tuesday.

See you! :)

Sketchnotes at FOSDEM 2019

Friday 6th of September 2019 08:45:00 PM

During this year’s FOSDEM, I continued to practice live sketchnoting of the few sessions I attended (there are so many!!). I posted them on social media as I was working on them, but somehow I forgot to post them on my blog. Better late than never they say, so it’s time to fix that!

I hope you like them and will find them useful.

And it you’re wondering about Akademy… well stay tuned! ;-)

Latte bug fix release v0.9.2

Friday 6th of September 2019 02:34:02 PM

Latte Dock v0.9.2   has been released containing important fixes and improvements!

Go get  v0.9.2   from, download.kde.orgor*

- Win Indicator [youtube] -
- using all new v0.9.2 Indicators API- 
-----* archive has been signed with gpg key: 325E 97C3 2E60 1F5D 4EAD CF3A 5599 9050 A2D9 110E
  • FIX: do not hide contents/icons when qtquick software rendering is used
  • improve: close multiple windows from previews when using middle-click
  • improve: send tasks progress information to latte indicators
  • improve: latte indicators can offset their icons if they want
  • improve: latte indicators can provide different length padding values for applets compared to tasks
  • fix: activate single windows directly with left click in non compositing mode, and do not show the preview window in that case
  • fix: reverse scrolling direction for desktops and activities through empty areas
  • fix: after dragging active windows send a leave event and restore this way applets in normal state
  • fix: autostart Latte earlier in order to catch up with windows global menu activation. You need to reactivate it in order to work.
  • fix: forced solidness for panels has higher priority compared to panel backgrounds in isBusy state
  • fix: disable panel shadow if the user has enabled the corresponding option
  • fix: do not draw the panel background outline if the plasma default behavior was chosen for popups
  • fix: do not draw progress badge if user has disabled it
  • fix: support struts with thickness < 24px.
  • fixes for Clang


You can find Latte at Liberapay if you want to support,    

or you can split your donation between my active projects in kde store.

Kdenlive 19.08.1 released

Friday 6th of September 2019 10:00:27 AM

The first minor release of the 19.08 series is out with usability fixes. The highlights include:

  • When using a resize effect on a video clip, Ctrl + resize allows you to keep the image centered.
  • Fixes for the custom audio effects that were broken.
  • The Encoder Speed in the render panel is working again allowing to set the encoder speed parameters to Slower, Medium, Faster and Ultrafast.

The stable AppImage is available from the KDE servers.

Other fixes:

  • Fix disabling clip only disable audio part of an AV clip. Commit. Fixes bug #411466
  • Fix regression breaking timeline resize. Commit.
  • Fix timelinekeyboard focus on start and grab not correctly ended. Commit.
  • Default effects to video. Commit.
  • Fix disabling autoscroll. Commit.
  • Convert old custom effects to new customAudio/Video naming. Commit.
  • Fix group move sometimes moving clip very far from expected location. Commit.
  • Ctrl resize in monitor effects keeps center position. Commit.
  • Shift resize in monitor effect keeps aspect ratio. Commit.
  • Update appdata version. Commit.
  • Fix effect/composition list filter working on untranslated strings. Commit.
  • Fix custom effects not recognized as audio. Commit.
  • Fix encoder speed ignored. Commit. Fixes bug #411000
  • Late update of version in appdata.. Commit.
  • Use the parameter readable and translatable name instead of its formal name for the color edit widget. Commit.

Join the Linux App Summit in Barcelona!

Friday 6th of September 2019 09:00:53 AM

As many of you will know we, at KDE and together with GNOME, are organising the Linux App Summit (LAS for short). It will be in Barcelona between the 12th and 15th November.

For those of you who haven’t heard of LAS:

The Linux App Summit is designed to accelerate the growth of the Linux application ecosystem by bringing together everyone involved in creating a great Linux application user experience.


If you would like to talk about what you have been working on, you still can send us your talk. We extended our call for papers to the next week-end. You can learn more about it here:


Registration is now open, and it’s open to everyone! Meet leading experts in Linux and have interesting discussions about the future together.

You can register here:

New job, but no Akademy

Friday 6th of September 2019 12:00:00 AM

Since June of this year, I’m working for NLnet foundation. NLnet gives grants to people to improve the internet.

NLnet is growing because it is handling grants for European Next Generation Internet (NGI) programs. This means more funds for new search technologies and privacy enhancing technologies. Typical grants go towards the creation of materials (mostly software) that are made available under free licenses.

I’m honoured to have been asked for this position and will do my best for the success of the projects that we support.

The list of projects that received support from NLnet is very long. In the past I was lucky enough to get grants from NLnet to work on Calligra, WebODF, and ViewerJS.


Akademy starts today, but alas, no akademy for me this year.

I’m celebrating my parents anniversary this weekend and will be at a water park instead of a warm bath of KDE-ers.

Luckily I can attend the new Linux App Summit in Barcelona in November which is back to back with RustFest. So I will not miss out on Free Software desktop conference this year.

My old friend and new colleague Michiel Leenaars is attending Akademy. He will be there to talk about the Next Generation Internet. Michiel will inspire the attendees to come work for an open internet with support from the EU and NLnet. His presentation is just after the Sunday keynote.

OpenUK Meets the Crumbling of UK Democracy

Thursday 5th of September 2019 04:38:54 PM

This week I went to Parliament square in Edinburgh where the highest court of the land, the Court of Session sits.  The court room viewing gallery was full,  concerned citizens there to watch and journalists enjoying the newly allowed ability to post live from the courtroom.  They were waiting for Joanna Cherry, Jo Maugham and the Scottish Government to give legal challenge to the UK Governement not to shut down parliament.  The UK government filed their papers late and didn’t bother completing them missing out the important signed statement from the Prime Minister saying why he had ordered parliament to be shut.  A UK government who claims to care about Scotland but ignores its people, government and courts is not one who can argue it it working for democracy or the union it wants to keep.

Outside I spoke to the assembled vigil gathering there to support, under the statue of Charles II, I said how democracy can’t be shut down but it does need the people to pay constant attention and play their part.

Charles II was King of Scots who led Scots armies that were defeated twice by the English Commonwealth army busy invading neighbouring countries claiming London and it’s English parliament gave them power over us all.  So I went to London to check it out.

In London that parliament is falling down.  Scaffold covers it in an attempt to patch it up.  The protesters outside held a rally where politicians from the debates inside wandered out to give updates as they frantically tried to stop an unelected Prime Minister to take away our freedoms and citizenship.  Comedian Mitch Benn compared it, leading the rally saying he wanted everyone to show their English  flags with pride, the People’s Vote campaign trying to reclaim them from the racists, it worked with the crowd and shows how our politics is changing.

Inside the Westminster Parliament compound, past the armed guards and threatening signs of criminal repercussions the statue of Cromwell stands proud, he invaded Scotland and murdered many Irish, a curious character to celebrate.

The compound is a bubble, the noise of the protesters outside wanting to keep freedoms drowned out as we watched a government lose its majority and the confidence on their faces familiar from years of self entitlement vanish.

Pete Wishart, centre front, is an SNP MP who runs the All Party Intellectual Property group, he invited us in for the launch of OpenUK a new industry body for companies who want to engage with governement for open source solutions.  Too often governement puts out tenders for jobs and won’t talk to providers of open source solutions because we’re too small and the names are obscure.  Too often when governements do implement open source and free software setups they get shut down because someone with more money comes along and offers their setup and some jobs.  I’ve seen that in Nigeria, I’ve seen it happen in Scotland, I’ve seen it happen in Germany.  The power and financial structures that proprietary software create allows for the corruption of best solutions to a problem.

The Scottish independence supporter Pete spoke of the need for Britain to have the best Intellectual Property rules in the world, to a group who want to change how intellectual property influences us, while democracy falls down around us.

The protesters marched over the river closing down central London in the name of freedom but in the bubble of Westminster we sit sipping wine looking on.

The winners of the UK Open Source Awards were celebrated and photos taken, (previously) unsung heros working to keep the free operating system running, opening up how plant phenomics work, improving healthcare in ways that can not be done when closed.

Getting governement engagement with free software is crucial to improving how our society works but the politicians are far too easily swayed by big branding and names budgets rather than making sure barriers are reduced to be invisible.

The crumbling of one democracy alongside a celebration and opening of a project to bring business to those who still have little interest in it.  How to get government to prefer openness over barriers?  This place will need to be rebuilt before that can happen.

Onwards to Milan for KDE Akademy.


Going to Akademy together with MBition

Thursday 5th of September 2019 12:00:00 PM

I will be at Akademy 2019 in Milano, IT for a few days. I am not going alone, Julia JK König. from MBition, will be there with me during the first two days.

MBition is still in the learning phase as organization when it comes to Open Source, but the enthusiasm among my colleagues, including the leadership team, with the posibility of becoming contributors in the near future makes me confident about our Open Source journey.

One of my initial goals is to help the organization to learn about how Open Source communities operate, what are their motivations, what do they do, their governance, etc. As I have written before, I would divide the Open Source communitiesin three big groups:

  • Community driven Open Source projects.
  • Consortium driven projects.
  • Company driven projects.

In order to learn about community driven projects, I think KDE is a great place to start and not just because I am involved in the project. There are several additional reasons. The most obvious ones are:

  • MBition is a C++ and Qt house, just like KDE.
  • KDE has a significant experience in areas were MBition is currently working on.
  • MBition (and Daimler in general) collaborate with Universities in intership programs. KDE is one of the most successfull Open Source projects when it comes to mentoring programs.
  • MBition HQ is located in Berlin, GE, and KDE eV is registered there.
  • I am not the only current or former KDE contributor at MBition. Motivation is king.

MBition decided not just to attend to Akademy but also to become a Supporter, by the way.

See you there.

Qt 5.13.1 Released - Many bugs have been crushed!

Thursday 5th of September 2019 11:02:10 AM

I am pleased to announce that Qt 5.13.1 is released today. As a patch release, Qt 5.13.1 does not add any new functionality but provides many bug fixes and other improvements.

Qt Creator 4.10.0 released - New features added

Thursday 5th of September 2019 11:01:21 AM

We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.10.0!

Change of Plans

Thursday 5th of September 2019 09:04:56 AM

TL;DR; foss-north IoT and Security Day has been cancelled, or at least indefinitely postponed, due to health reasons.

For the past three weeks (from August 11, to be exact) I have had a fever that I couldn’t really shake. At the same time my wife had pneumonia for which she was successfully treated. Antibiotics is treated with care in Sweden, so I basically waited for my CRP tests to return a high enough value for my doctor to be convinced that I had an infection.

On Friday 24th I got my first round of antibiotics. They did not help, so on the morning of the 27th I returned and got another, stronger, antibiotics. I was also told to go directly to ER if I got any worse. I did. On Thursday morning I landed in ER.

It turns out it was not pneumonia at all, but blood clots throughout my lungs – way too close to a proper game over for comfort. It took me four days to stop degrading, and six days before I could leave the hospital. Right now I’m on ordered rest for at least two weeks. Something I apparently need, as I’m super tired as soon as I do the smallest thing. Right now my exercise consists of walking around the block, ~400m, twice a day.

Hence, there is no way I can arrange the foss-north event planned in the end of October. I’d like to thank all the sponsors who signed up, and those which whom I postponed the meetings. I would also like to thank everyone who submitted talks – the line-up would have been amazing. Finally, I’d like to thank the friendly people who helped cancel everything – it really took a heavy load of my chest.

This is a hugely frustrating situation to me as an individual – I want to work and I want to run, but I guess it is time to slow down for a while and then come back stronger. There will be another foss-north, and I will run 10km trail under the hour. Just not this year.


Wednesday 4th of September 2019 10:11:00 AM

We recently did a post about the Nextcloud Mission and Principles we discussed at the previous Contributor Week. I guess it is mostly the easy-to-agree on stuff, so let me ruin the conversation a bit with the harder stuff. Warning: black and white don't exist beyond this point.

Open SourceIn an internal conversation about some community pushback on something we did, I linked to - people often think that 'just' because a product is open source, it can't advertise to them, it has to be chock full of options, it has to be made by volunteers, it can't cost money and so on...

But if you want to build a successful product and change the world, you have to be different. You have to keep an eye on usability. You have to promote what you do - nobody sees the great work that isn't talked about. You have to try and build a business so you can pay people for their work and speed up development. Or at least make sure that people can build businesses around your project to push it forward.

I personally think this is a major difference between KDE and GNOME, with the former being far less friendly to 'business' and thus most entrepreneurial folks and the resources they bring go into GNOME. And I've had beers with people discussing SUSE's business and its relationship with openSUSE - just like Fedora folks must think about how they work with Red Hat, all the time. I think the openSUSE foundation is a good idea (I've pushed for it when I was community manager), but going forward I think the board should have a keen eye on how they can enable and support commercial efforts around openSUSE. In my humble opinion the KDE board has been far to little focused on that (I've ran for the board on this platform) and you also see the LibreOffice's Document Foundation having trouble in this area. To help the projects be successful, the boards on these organizations need to have people on them who understand business and its needs, just like they need to have community members who understand the needs of open source contributors.

But companies bring lots of complications to open source. When they compete (as in the LibreOffice ecosystem), when they advertise, when they push for changes in release cycles... Remember Mark Shuttleworth arguing KDE should adopt a 6-month release cycle? In hindsight, I think we should have!

PrinciplesSo, going back to the list of Nextcloud's Mission and Principles, I say they are the easy stuff, because they are. They show we want to do the right thing, they show what our core motivation was behind starting this company: building a project that helps people regain control over their privacy. But, in day to day, I see myself focus almost exclusively on the needs of business. And you know what, businesses don't need privacy... That isn't why we do this.

Oh, I'm very proud we put in significant effort in home users when we can - our Simple Signup program has cost us a lot of effort and won't ever make us a dime. The Nextcloud Box was, similarly, purely associated with our goals, not a commercial project. Though you can argue both had marketing benefits - in the end, a bigger Nextcloud ecosystem helps us find customers.

I guess that's what keeps me motivated - customers help us improve Nextcloud, more Nextcloud users help us find more customers and so both benefit.

Pragmatism and the real hard questionsPersonally, I'd add an item about 'pragmatism' to the list, though you can say it is inferred from our rather large ambitions. We want to make a difference, a real difference. That means you have to keep focused on the goal, put in the work and be pragmatic.

An example is the conversation about github. Would we prefer a more decentralized solution? Absolutely. Are we going to compromise our goals by moving away from the largest open source collaboration network to a platform which will result in less contributions? No.... As long as github isn't making our work actively harder, does not act unethically and its network provides the biggest benefits to our community by helping us reach our goals, we will stay...

More questions and the rabbit holeWould you buy a list of email addresses to send them information about Nextcloud? No, because it harms those users' privacy and probably isn't even really legal. Would you work with a large network to reach its members, even if you don't like that network and its practices? Yes - that is why we're on Facebook and Twitter, even though we're not fans of either.

Let's make it even harder. How about the choice of who you sell to. Should we not sell to Company X even if that deal would allow us to hire 10 great developers on making Nextcloud better for the whole world and further our goals? Would you work with a company that builds rockets and bombs to earn money for Nextcloud development? We've decided 'nope' a few times already, we don't want that money. But what about their suppliers? And suppliers of suppliers? A company that makes screws might occasionally sell to Boeing which also makes money from army fighters... Hard choices, right?

And do you work with countries that are less than entirely awesome? Some would argue that would include Russia and China, others would say the USA should be on a black list, too... What about Brazil under its current president? The UK? You can't stop anyone from using an open source product anyway, of course... It gets political quick, we've decided to stick to EU export regulations but it's a tough set of questions. Mother Teresa took money from dictators. Should she have? No?

It might seem easy to say, in a very principled way, no to all the above questions, but then your project won't be successful. And your project wants to make the world better, does it not?

Conclusion?We discuss these things internally and try to be both principled and pragmatic. That is difficult and I would absolutely appreciate thoughts, feedback, maybe links to how other organizations make these choices. Please, post them here, or in the comments section of the original blog. I can totally imagine you'd rather not comment here as this blog is hosted by - yes, a Google company. For pragmatic reasons... I haven't had time to set up something else!

There's lots of grey areas in this, it isn't always easy, and sometimes you do something that makes a few people upset. As the Dutch say - **Waar gehakt wordt vallen spaanders**.

PS and if you, despite all the hard questions, still would want to work at a company that tries to make the world better, we're hiring! Personally, I need somebody in marketing to help me organize events like the Nextcloud Conference, design flyers and slide decks for sales and so on... Want to work with me? Shoot me an email!

Akademy App now with BoF info + more

Wednesday 4th of September 2019 01:36:56 AM

Access the app now!

Thanks to Siffer now we have a script to get the BoF info from the Wiki!

If you already downloaded the app, please open it and refresh to get the new info!

Also I would like to thank Ben for setting up Sitter’s project on our beloved Binary Factory!

I’ve added an ‘Extras’ area with buttons to link to some content of the wiki for rapid access. This content isn’t cache like the schedule. At least will save you some time =D

See you all on the welcoming event friday night!

That’s all folks!

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With the rise in IoT use, we are witnessing a demand for ready-made operating systems to support smart device development. Currently, the race is between proprietary versions such as IoT Plug and Play by Microsoft and open source operating systems. One such emerging open source player is Fedora which has a workstation that supports virtualization and containers. Fedora is also slated to release an Internet of Things edition called “Fedora IoT” in future. Here is a review of the open source product’s support capabilities for IoT and relevant installation details. Read more

5 Practical Examples of the Read Command in Linux

With read command, you can make your bash script interactive by accepting user inputs. Learn to use the read command in Linux with these practical examples. Read more