Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Last push! Let's get KDE fundraising over the line

Hello folks,

As you know, fundraising is sometimes difficult. Enthusiasm is high in the beginning, then interest lags, and it is possible to limp over the finish line without meeting the goal.

But we don't have to end this way! As in a marathon, after a period of slower running, we can get a second wind, take a drink of some energy-fueling stuff, and put on a burst of speed to finish in style! Please share on twitter, G+, Facebook and on your own blogs, and let's finish our KDE summer fundraiser in a generous way. The Randa Meetings were a huge success, and Qt.con is coming up.

We need your help! https://www.kde.org/fundraisers/randameetings2016/



Friday, June 24, 2016

Akademy! and fundraising


Akademy is approaching! And I can hardly wait. This spring has been personally difficult, and meeting with friends and colleagues is the perfect way to end the summer. This year will be special because it's in Berlin, and because it is part of Qt.con, with a lot of our freedom-loving friends, such as Qt, VideoLAN, Free Software Foundation Europe and KDAB. As usual, Kubuntu will also be having our annual meetup there.

Events are expensive! KDE needs money to support Akademy the event, support for those who need travel and lodging subsidy, support for other events such as our Randa Meetings, which just successfully ended. We're still raising money to support the sprints:


Of course that money supports Akademy too, which is our largest annual meeting.

Ubuntu helps here too! The Ubuntu Community fund sends many of the Kubuntu team, and often funds a shared meal as well. Please support the Ubuntu Community Fund too if you can!

I'm going!

I can't seem to make the image a link, so go to https://qtcon.org/ for more information.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rest in peace, Ted Cowan 1926-2016

I've been a bit quiet online lately. A few weeks back, my father had a stroke, from which he seemed to at least partly recover. However, last week we found that he could not recover, and was in fact dying.

He died 12 May 2016. I wrote about that a bit here: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/rest-in-peace-ted-cowan-1926-2016.html . I was holding his hand as he passed, as was my sister. We're both happy that he is free of his pain, but are both grieving that both our parents are now dead.

Grieving is strange. Sometimes life seems normal, but sometimes not. So I will help out when I have the energy and interest, and at other times, withdraw and recharge. Talking about this is fine in open channels or privately, if you want. This is not a sensitive subject; we'll all die in the end after all.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

KDE has been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2016 mentor organization

Welcome, all interested students!

Students, please read https://community.kde.org/GSoC before beginning to create your proposal. KDE works in teams; find a team working on software you would love to help create, get to know them, familiarize yourself with the codebase, and start fixing some bugs.

Don't forget to join the Student list.

Mentors are presenting their ideas for students here; remember this is only a starting place for your proposal. Most of your communication should be in the team's preferred channels, but ask general questions in #kde-soc on freenode IRC, or KDE-Soc Telegram group.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Recently a user asked about getting Samba working in the Kubuntu IRC channel #kubuntu. The excellent Darin Miller (DarinMiller in irc) helped:

DarinMiller: This website has a good samba overview: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Samba

Do the following: `sudo apt install samba samba-common system-config-samba python-glade2`

After installing, the user still could not get Samba working, even after creating shared folders and setting  up smdb.conf.

DarinMiller: Add a smb group:  `sudo addgroup smb`, then add yourself to the group: `sudo adduser $USER smb`. Then add yourself as a samba user: `sudo smbpasswd -a $USER`

Enable the user:  `sudo smbpasswd -e $USER`

For the next part, either use the GUI: sudo system-config-samba or, manually edit the smb.conf file: kdesudo kate /etc/samba/smb.conf, and change: workgroup = workgroup to workgroup =

Also, change the resolve order as follows:
name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins. Order is very important!

The user asks, "do I have to change the network group name?"
DarinMiller: No, you can leave it as work group.
User: do I have to add that to the config?
DarinMiller: Also,  ensure the "name resolve order" is under the [global] section

User: Ok, let me check my smb.conf
DarinMiller:  Yes, typically "name resolve order" must be manually added to the file. To enable anonymous access to windows machines: remove the ";" (semi-colon) from beginning of line "security = user" and below the "security = user" line add a new line:
 map to guest = Bad User
Specific Folder share example (add at the end of the file): i.e. [Downloads] path = /home//Downloads
 comment = "Some comment"
User: can I pastebin my config file? [ed. Good for User! always pastebin rather than flooding the chan]
DarinMiller: writeable = yes

 DarinMiller: valid users = name1, name2, ....
 browseable = yes
 When the you finish editing the smb.conf file, restart samba: sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

DarinMiller: Ensure to add: name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins in the [global] section...
 And, do you have a /samba/anonymous directory on your box (that's not a default folder)


  • added the smb user group and your username to the group.
  • Added and enabled your username to the samba group using smbpasswd: `sudo smbpasswd -a``sudo smbpasswd -e`
  • Then, restart samba: `sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart`


DarinMiller: A couple other good links: http://www.jonathanmoeller.com/screed/?p=2941
My personal notes I keep here for a community Ed class I occasionally teach: https://sites.google.com/site/bcelinux/classroom-news/basicsambaconfigurationfilesharingincludingwindowspcs

Folks, this is the awesome support people get in #kubuntu and elsewhere in IRC when they ask their question and wait for an answer.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Upon returning home from Akademy: thoughts

Akademy is long over, you say? Yes, but I've been traveling almost constantly since flying home, since my husband is on the home leg of his long hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, which he is chronicling at http://bobofwashington.blogspot.com. While driving about the state to meet him, I've not been online much, therefore unable to create blogposts from my thoughts and impressions written during and right after Akademy. Fortunately, I did scrawl some thoughts which I'll post over the next week or so.

Please visit https://akademy.kde.org/2015 for more information about Akademy. Click the photo for a larger version and add names if someone is left unlabeled.

First: A Coruña where Akademy 2015 met, is beautiful! Galicia, the region of Spain is not only beautiful, but serves delicious food, especially if you love fresh seafood.

The local team, working in conjunction with the e.V. Board and the amazing Kenny Duffus and Kenny Coyle created a wonderful atmosphere in which to absorb, think, and work. One of the best bits this year was the Rialta, where most of us lived during Akademy. Scarlett and I flew in early, to get over our jetlag, and have a day to see the city.

The journey from Seattle began very early Monday morning, and Scarlett set out even earlier the previous day via Amtrack train to Seattle. Our connections and flights were very long, but uneventful. We caught the airport bus and then the city bus 24 and walked to the Rialta, arriving about dinner-time Tuesday. Although we tried to avoid sleeping early, it was impossible.

Waking the next morning at 4am with no-one about, and no coffee available was a bit painful! Breakfast was not served until 8am, and we were *not* late! Rialta breakfasts are adequate; the coffee less so. I found that adding a bit of cocoa made it more drinkable, but some days bought cafe con leche from the bar instead. That small bar was also the source of cervesa (beer) and a few whiskys as well.

One of the beautiful things about the Rialta was their free buses for residents. Some were called Touristic, and followed a long loop throughout the city. You could get off at any of the stops and get back on later after sight-seeing, eating or shopping. So we rode it a loop to figure out what we wanted to see, which was part of the sea-side and the old town. Scarlett and I both took lots of photos of the beautiful bay and some of the port. After visiting Picasso's art college, we headed into the old city. On the way in, we saw a archaelogical dig of a Roman site, I guess one of many. This one was behind the Military Museum. As we walked further into the city, we heard music from Game of Thrones, and a giant round tent covered in medieval scenes. As we walked around the square trying to figure out what was happening, we saw lancers on large horses, dancing about waiting to enter the ring!

Some of the Akademy attendees were inside the tent watching the jousts, we later found out. I stopped in to the tourist info office to find out why the tent was there, and found out there was a week-long celebration all through the old city. It was delightful to turn the corner and see a herd of geese, or medieval handicrafts, or.... beer! A small cold beer from a beer barrel with a medieval monk serving us was most welcome as we wandered close to Domus. The Rialta bus was a great way "home."

A day of play left us ready to work as the rest of the attendees began to arrive.
Oh by the way: give big! Randa Meetings will soon be happening, and we need your help!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Support Randa 2015

Weeeee! KDE is sponsoring Randa Meetings again, this time with touch. And you can help making KDE technologies even better! This exciting story in the Dot this week, https://dot.kde.org/2015/08/16/you-can-help-making-kde-technologies-even-better caught not only my attention, but my pocketbook as well.

Yes, I donated, although I'm not going this time. Why? Because it is important, because I want Plasma Mobile to succeed, because I want my friend Scarlett* to have a great time, and because I want ALL the devels attending to have enough to eat! Just kidding, they can live on Swiss chocolate and cheese. No, really: the funds are needed for KDE software development.

So dig deep, my friends, and help out. https://www.kde.org/fundraisers/kdesprints2015/

*(And somebody hire Scarlett to make KDE software!)