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Kat Continues to Purrrr

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Kat is purring louder than ever, and folks are hearing. Not long ago Kat was a new technology brought to my attention by being included in a beta of the last Mandriva release. Not much later I interviewed Roberto Cappuccio and found out much more about him and his exciting project. Recently an article by Roberto was published in one of the largest Linux magazines in existence today. Now Robert Cappuccio celebrates a new site, a new logo and fund raiser.

Recently Mandriva.com began hosting the Kat Desktop Search project. Mandriva, formerly Mandrake, has frequently been known to help out and give back to the open source community from which their bread is buttered. In this case, they have given server space, associated bandwidth, and manhours (in the form of Laurent's coding wizardry) to this wonderfully deserving project. It is contributions such as this that keep Mandriva in touch with the community that supported it during its time of need. It warms our hearts to hear of such, especially this time of the year. Please visit the new Kat site to keep abreast of the latest developments and newest releases.

In other news, Kat is sporting a new icon/mascot. This kool kat is hip, modern, and in-step with the image of today's bleeding edge technology. It was designed by David Vignoni in order to match the Nuvola icon set. This new mascot will find its way into the application as an icon and featured in the splash and other graphics. In addition, the soon-to-be recognized icon has already found a new home on the above mentioned Kat website as well as the Kat wiki. It's a wonderful addition to an already great package. If for no other reason, visit the new Kat site to see this great new graphic in action.

Last but not least, the Kat project is launching a fundraising effort. Although Mandriva has given of their hearts and purse, other expenses abound. "These costs include fast internet connection, the setup of a server for nightly builds and regression tests (the results of which will be presented online on a daily basis), development hardware, participation to conferences and also developer meetings." Their goal is 5,000 Euros by 31 March 2006. Any donation of any size is much appreciated. If not for the caring donations from community members such as yourself, many open sourced projects would soon see an early demise. Please, don't let this happen to Kat. Visit the fundraising page for more details, and even some trendy Kat merchandise!

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