Write about KDE

The purpose of this page is to help anyone who wants to write or talk about the KDE community and it's products, be it for a blog or a magazine or anything else. We will give you some general tips and ideas, show you how to find information and help you contact the community with questions.

General tips


Free Software has different ideas and principles guiding it's development compared to the usual proprietary software. Being aware of these differences can make the difference between an uninformed and an informed article. The following tips can help you write a better and more complete article by pointing out the differences in culture between proprietary and free software communities.

Finding information.

As most work in KDE is done over the Internet, 95% of the information can be found there as well. But much of this information is hidden away in mailing lists, chat channels and blogs. It is hard to extract information out of those in an efficient way, so we will give you a few pointers on how to find information about a topic efficiently.

The KDE website

The first source of information about the KDE community can be found on the KDE website. What is KDE and general information about KDE are of most interest.

Release announcements

Often, the release announcements come with a nice, graphical overview of what's new. Based on this, one can quickly write an interesting piece showcasing the newest and greatest features in the latest KDE products.

Websites

Most individual KDE sub-projects have their own website under the kde.org umbrella. For example, the educational project can be found on edu.kde.org and the KDE office team has their webpage on koffice.kde.org. These sites are aggregated on the Projects page. It is a good place to start and find the basic information, but be aware that it can be seriously outdated!

Techbase

Much more technical information can be found on the techbase site. KDE gathers all relevant developer information here. Interesting pages can be:

Userbase

Less technical but more user oriented information can be found on the userbase site. KDE gathers all relevant end user information here. Interesting pages can be:

The KDE news site

A premier source off information about KDE is the KDE news site, the Dot. It offers search functionality, and we can give a recommendation: The 'Road to KDE 4' series by Troy Unrau are an excellent starting point on the many new technologies available in KDE SC 4. Further, just searching for the technology you are looking for, like 'Akonadi' will help you find what you are looking for.

People

For information about the KDE developers, we recommend People behind KDE. It offers interviews with many KDE developers. Further, you can find their blogs mostly on the Planet. Look under subscriptions for individual feeds.

Commit Digest

The Commit Digest is a very valuable source of more detailed information, but it can be hard to extract due to the sheer amount of information. A good tip is to quickly read the 'This Week' section at the top to get a quick overview of "what's hot". Further, you can use the search functionality in your web-browser... The Commit Digest is not being updated anymore but will be picked up in the future again.

Mailing List Archives

The most detailed information generally available online is to be found in the mailing-list archives of the several KDE projects. Links to these mailing-lists can be found on their respective websites (see the Projects site).

An example of the edu mailing-list archives can be found here. Using the search functionality is often required to find anything useful in a decent amount of time!

Contacting the community

If you want to have the latest information, or verify what you're writing, the best place to ask is on the mailing-list or the IRC channels. You can subscribe to the mailing-list (but don't have to, just be sure to mention it if you're not so they include you personally in the replies), information about this can be found on the individual projects' websites. The same goes for IRC, the channel-names and server information.

If you want to get in contact with individual developers, you can send them an email. Names can often be found on the Project website or on People behind KDE, and google-ing often brings up their email address (tip: Google the name + "KDE").


Conclusion

If you want to write about the KDE community or KDE software, it is often advisable to find a specific source of interest, as the whole of KDE is a lot to write about. Picking one of the technologies developed by KDE and writing an article about them is made easy by the huge amount of information available online. The above guide can help you quickly gather the basic information, and it tells you where you can find or ask about the current status.