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KDE Launches User Forum

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KDE Community Launches Web-based Bulletin Board Using MyBB

The KDE Community today launches the new KDE Forum. The new forum uses the bulletin board software MyBB offering users, developers and people interested in KDE a place to help each other, discuss KDE-related topics and exchange ideas. The KDE Forum complements KDE's UserBase, the home for KDE users as a valuable support resource.

In collaboration with KDE, the developers behind MyBB have decided to release their forum software under the terms of the GPL Version 3. Chris Boulton, project manager at the MyBB Group "The KDE forum guys have come to us with the wish to use our forum software. In this process, we needed to clear out our licensing, also to make it easier for the KDE community to leverage MyBB. As a result of that, we release the MyBB forum now under the terms of the GPL. This was very well-received by the community around MyBB" Entirely in the spirit of Free Software, the KDE Forum team has already contributed a number of plugins for MyBB, supporting the decision taken by the MyBB team.
Rob la Lau, initiator and administrator of the KDE Forum adds "We've chosen MyBB as it stands out head and shoulders above other candidates we have considered to adopt for the new KDE Forums. We know that a good piece of software makes a lot of difference to the user, after all we want to create a nice place for everybody to chat about KDE and related questions."

Sebastian Kügler, member of the KDE e.V. Board of Directors explains where the new KDE Forum fits into KDE communication infrastructure: "We've come to believe that mailinglist don't cut it for all users. KDE becoming increasingly widely used should also offer those that aren't familiar with the use of email for such discussions a place. The new KDE forum complements KDE's new end-user knowledge base Userbase that has been launched last month. At the same time, we're really happy to see that after our request the MyBB team has decided to release their forum software under the terms of the GPL."

The Forums

The forum offers a number of categories
  • Forum lists announcement and has a section for providing feedback about the forum.
  • In News   Releases you can discuss the latest and greatest KDE news, and even follow commits t o the KDE codebase in real time.
  • The largest category is for Users, different KDE apps and modules are covered in the subfora here.
  • The Operating Systems category gives those seeking to discuss platform-specific issues a place to post to.
  • Want to get feedback about your code? Need to get more detailed explanations of a certain topic? The Developers section is there for you.
  • The Other Languages has pointers to local KDE Forums. These forums are not part of the "KDE Forums" proper, but nevertheless a place you might find answers to your questions and like-minded people.

The KDE Forums admins have set the structure up as a starting point. Sub-communities or interesting parties can request their own subforum. The KDE Forum team is working on integrating the new KDE Forum with KDE's existing infrastructure by means of IRC bots that can announce new threads and posts on IRC channels, by briding forum posts to mailinglist messages and by offering RSS feeds.

So get your account and join the discussion now.

About KDE

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.


Trademark Notices. KDE® and the K Desktop Environment® logo are registered trademarks of KDE e.V. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks and copyrights referred to in this announcement are the property of their respective owners.


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