Código de Conducta de la comunidad KDE

Comunidad KDE

Invito a todos los hispanohablantes, miembros de KDE, a leer nuestro Código de Conducta. Esto es muy importante para mantener una buena relación entre todos los miembros de esta maravillosa comunidad internacional.


Si perteneces a KDE o alguna otra comunidad de Sofware Libre o código abierto, por favor, difúndelo.



The KDE LaKademy 2014 experience – São Paulo, Brazil.

Long time without posting :)

Well, from August 27th to 30th, KDE contributors met in LaKademy (Latin American Akademy).  We got together in São Paulo, Brazil and the meeting took place in the Free Software Competence Center (CCSL) at University of São Paulo (USP).

It was my third time in Brazil and was great to meet again with my KDE Brazilian friends and learn more about the KDE community. Besides discussing about KDE applications, frameworks, technologies, projects… we had some really interesting talks and hacking sessions of course.

KDE - LaKademy

KDE - LaKademy

As usual, we enjoyed some beers everyday and visited the Garoa Hacker Clube, one of the most important Hacker Spaces in São Paulo. These guys use full Open Source, software and hardware… Continue reading “The KDE LaKademy 2014 experience – São Paulo, Brazil.”

KDE Connect: Connecting your devices to KDE

KDE Connect

KDE Connect was initially developed as part of a KDE GSoC project in 2013 and is one of those exciting KDE projects that makes you love more this awesome community.  KDE Connect aims to communicate and connect all sort of devices to KDE and vice versa. The objective of KDE Connect is to make your devices interact with each other in a simple and efficient way. Some examples:  Imagine, with a single click, send a document/picture/video from your desktop to your Android phone or control your desktop media player from your mobile. KDE Connect, at the moment, support the following features: … Continue reading “KDE Connect: Connecting your devices to KDE”

Lakademy 2014 – KDE América Latina

Lakademy 2014 - KDE

Del 27 al 30 de agosto se realizará el 2do  LaKademy – Akademy de América Latina, el encuentro de usuarios y colaboradores latinoamericanos de KDE, una de las comunidades de software libre y código abierto, más grandes del mundo.

El evento se realizará en São Paulo – SP – Brasil, en las instalaciones del CCSL – Centro de Competência em Software Livre do IME-US. La región es de gran importancia para el proyecto, pues cuenta con una gran comunidad de desarrolladores y usuarios. Diversas empresas y gobiernos utilizan, desarrollan y adoptan políticas para el uso de software libre, y mucho de este software es desarrollado por KDE… Continue reading “Lakademy 2014 – KDE América Latina”

KDE Applications 4.11 released

Today,  KDE Applications 4.11 has been released. Besides all the new features added, it’s nice to see that one of theses features are KMail supporting themes and that now we have a new theme editor for email headers.

You can see my full report of the Google Summer of Code project in which I worked in the past. In this post I talked about all this stuff.

You can get these themes from KMail -> View – > Headers -> Download New Themes.  And you can create your own ones using the KMail Header Theme Editor and upload them to KDE-Look.

At the moment, there are a couple of email header themes that look beautiful (Kudos to the authors):

KMail header theme

KMail header theme

Thanks to all the KDE Community for the new release, the new features added in applications, workspaces and the platform.

Presenting KDE 4.10 in Cusco, Peru

This friday, March 15 at 10:00am I will be presenting KDE 4.10 at the “Universidad Andina”  in Cusco, Peru.  I’ll talk about the KDE community and,  of course,  the Plasma Workspaces,  applications, as well as the new features added in this impressive release.

Joins us!!!

My beautiful KDE 4.10:

KDE 4.10 - Desktop
KDE 4.10 – Desktop
KDE 4.10 - Desktop
KDE 4.10 – Desktop
KDE 4.10 - Marble
KDE 4.10 – Marble
KDE 4.10 - Gwenview
KDE 4.10 – Gwenview
KDE 4.10 - Dolphin
KDE 4.10 – Dolphin
KDE 4.10 - Dolphin MTP Devices
KDE 4.10 – Dolphin MTP Devices
KDE 4.10 - Dolphin
KDE 4.10 – Dolphin
KDE 4.10 - Kate
KDE 4.10 – Kate

Lakademy, Porto Alegre – Brasil

Del 27 de Abril al 1 de mayo se realizó en Porto Alegre-Brasil el primer Lakademy, la reunión de desarrolladores y colaboradores de KDE en LatinoAmérica. Fue una gran experiencia y sumamente interesante haber participado del encuentro, conocer más el trabajo de la gente latina en KDE, principalmente de Brasil y Argentina.

Me quedo con todo lo aprendido, el desarrollo, el conocer más a fondo detalles del proyecto, compartir y por supuesto trabajar aún mas para hacer crecer a KDE en esta parte del mundo.  Mi trabajo se basó en portar un juego al nuevo framework de KDE-Games y ahora queda pendiente terminar el port a QML, actualmente la tecnología hot en Qt y por supuesto seguir difundiendo y promocionando en Perú a KDE y sus herramientas/frameworks.

Aquí fotos del Hostel donde fue el encuentro, todo el grupo de KDE-LATAM y algunas fotos de la hermosa Porto Alegre.

LaKademy – The first KDE Latin America meeting


Finally, I am ready. As you probably have read in various blog posts, the first KDE Latin America meeting, will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  This will be a great opportunity to return my work on KDE coding.

It definitely would be awesome to meet all developers and contributors from other LA countries, I already met some KDE Brazilian developers in Latinoware 201o, which was my first KDE event outside Peru.

I’ll work on KDE-Games, on porting a game to the new graphics system available in the KDE Games and Qt Quick porting too. Another project that interest me a lot is KDE Telepathy, I follow the project development some time ago,  so if there is enough time will take a look on this.


I continue spreading the word about KDE in many FOSS events here in Peru, but I think we need more partcipation and contributions, so working in promo and learning from other KDE communities will be valuable. Thanks a million to the KDE e.V  for supporting this event.

See you in Porto Alegre.

KDE talk at LinuxWeek – Lima, Peru

LinuxWeek is a well-known event here in Lima/Peru organized by the PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). The event consists of one week talks about Free and Open Source Sofware, Linux (Well GNU/Linux) and tendencies/new projects in the FOSS world.

I gave a talk that was divided in three parts: An introduction to KDE Community, the power of Qt and an overview of the KDE Games along with the new interesting Game project called Gluon.

You can see all the program here. There are slides and videos available. It was a pleasure to be there and talk about the coolest community and software project in the world :)


I uploaded the slides to my Slideshare account. Various points in this talk are still valid today:


KDE 4.2 “The answer”

kde 4First of all: I always prefer and love KDE for his elegance, customization, easy-usage, great applications and now because is really  interesting for programming. I use KDE in my everyday work: Konqueror (now Dolphin), konsole, k3b, Amarok, kate, Konversation, Kopete and other ones.

When KDE 4.0 was published many people criticize it very hard: A lot of bugs, different look and concept of desktop, different panels, new applications menu, widgets, etc, etc were some features that made most KDE users unhappy. However, KDE developers always said in the announcement page, blogs and mailing lists that KDE 4 is a work in progress and they will be working, coding hard to release new versions of KDE (4.1, 4.2… ) with a lot of improvements.

KDE 4.1 was much better than KDE 4.0(many bugs killed and improvements,more stability, applications,speed), but KDE 4.2, in my opinion, is a version, that give us a stable desktop  with cool, interesting, features not only for users but also for developers. This KDE version was named: “The answer” because it minimize negative, destructive. comments and people who didn’t believe in the KDE community and team. I consider these people don’t know appreciate the innovation and great effort.

Congratulations to the all KDE Team for the hard-work they made. I am really impressed about how can you customize your desktop, add new features and the KDE 4 development way.

In this video you can see the KDE 4 presentation in Google Campus where Aaron Seigo a famous KDE hacker member of the core-team talk about the KDE 4 technology and how KDE innovation can make current desktops obsolete.

Nepomuk, Decibel, Plasma, Oxygen, Solid, Phonon, Akonadi are some parts of KDE 4 that introduce new behaviours and will make a big change in KDE. I am particularly interested in Plasma and Nepomuk for development and deciding in which project participate for this Google Summer of Code. But I need more reading and practicing about how these work. If you  make a Gsoc proposal without researching, reading, practicing and talking to mentors you probably will fail.  In this page, you can see the initial process to start your KDE 4 development environment.

In general KDE 4  has as main goals: Improve the desktop user experience, have better applications and development platform and make our desktop a central place to be more productive. That is my impression and for now on I will continue researching and folowing the KDE development process.

Blogging once again

Wow.  Almost 4 months since my last post, sometimes it’s too hard to update my blog. However, I continue exploring and learning new technologies about my passion: Open Source/Free Software.

Here are some things that happened in the last months:

I started learning Python and Django and I have to admit that since the first moment I tried them that I like it very much. On the other hand, I got tired about how slow rails is and the error messages whenever you upgrade some gems and plugins. Conclusion: I switched to Python-Django for web development. Now I am re-writing an application, written in Rails, with Django.

My boss acquired a dedicated server hosting to run a lot of web services for his company use and proposed me to manage it. Now I am maintaining the server and it was fun to learn SSH and Fedora commands (I use Debian). SSH takes part of my everyday freelance work.

Last week, I finished the development of an e-commerce site for an American company called Misti International Inc. I used the Magento e-commerce platform to develop it. Which at the beginning seems beautiful with a lot of cool features, but you need some patience to understand it deeply, because has a complex structure with too many folder and files and it is kind of difficult to customize it. But, I worked hard on this site and my client is really happy about it. I strongly recommend to learn PHP5 and take a look at the Zend Framework to learn more about the Magento code.

I installed KDE 4.2 in my Debian machine. (Here is a quick tutorial ). The only thing I want to say is: THANKS to all the KDE team for give us this great technology that is so well created and designed. But I will talk about KDE in other posts, because I am really interested in developing for KDE.

Google Summer of Code 2009 was announced and I am going to apply this year again.  I already got in contact with a mentor to work in his proposal and received good feedback about it.