The other side of the winter

Its been some time since my last blog; I've been quite busy and didn't have a whole lot of time for KDE/KOffice and other fun things. I have been following Norwegian courses in the evenings and the little spare time I had left went to doing non-computer things. (Snowboarding is even more fun if its just an hour travel)
I'm slowly getting back to having time again for fun computer things, and I've been working out some ideas, among others a human-friendly front-end (not graphical for now) to Git.

One question I've had from several people was where they could actually find this Kids-Office stuff I blogged about a little while ago.
The thing is; KOffice2 is very modular and you can take away the default dialogs and dock-widgets and enable alternatives on a per-user basis.
In practice this means that if you have run any alpha version of KOffice you would have already had the kids-office components on your computer, just not on screen.
So, here the 3 step list of how to turn your KWord into a kids-friendly-KWord;
1) Start KWord from a KOffice2-alpha release (or current svn).
2) Go to the Settings menu, submenu 'Dockers' and disable all dockers.
3) In the same menu; enable the "Format" docker.

I am fully aware this is not really user-friendly and could do with some usability features. I'd love to have a kids-kword icon that started KWord with the above configuration. But, yeah, there are a lot of things I'd love to see ;)

I have not been the only one that has been off the web for some time; and I was very happy to get back in touch with Evangelia Berdou. She graduated late 2007 with, which to me is some successstory of how FOSS affects real lives. Some may recall that she conducted research a few years ago on certain aspects of KDE, including a survey of KDE e.V. members. Her thesis, which is titled: 'Managing the bazaar: Commercialization and peripheral participation in mature, community-led F/OS projects' is now available online. The thesis used GNOME and KDE as the primary case studies.
You can download a copy  either from the MIT F/OS paper repository (PDF) or from her website . The latter provides some more details on the overall context of the research. The chapter that presents the analysis of the data from the survey of the KDE e.V. members is Chapter 6.
I mostly read the paper some time ago, and I already realized how fast KDE moves, the research uses a lot of data that after the KDE4 cleanups are not really accurate anymore. I have the suspician that the core argumetns are not really affected by that, though. I understand she is really interested in hearing what the community thinks of her research.

I promise more coherent rambling for a next blog ;)

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