Since 2015 I and other people have been talking about Evolving KDE – meaning reflecting on where we are, where we want to go and how we will get there. We have made great strides with defining our vision and mission since then. It has not been an easy exercise but a necessary one because it gives us focus and clarity about our purpose.
Our vision is: “A world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy.” We stand behind this. We want to fill this vision with life now. We came together at Akademy to discussed how to do that. How can we give the whole KDE community the opportunity to express what they think we should all be working on right now? How can we find all the creative ideas and ambitions that are hidden in so many of our community members? And how can we talk about them all together? I believe we have found a way.
Starting today all of KDE is invited to propose goals to work on for the next 3 to 4 years. We will then discuss and refine them. Finally we will have a vote for the goals we should pursue together. Goals can be about anything you consider important – it doesn’t have to be about writing code. The top 3 proposals will get supported in various ways for example with sponsorship of a sprint and presentation slots at next year’s Akademy. This way we will shine a spotlight on the most important things we are working on and together support that work in the best way we can. The plan is to do this every year and add one or two goals to the mix every time.
The timeline looks as follows:
Today until beginning of October: work on the proposals
All of October: talk about the proposal
First two weeks of November: vote on the proposals by everyone with a KDE contributor account
Middle of November: publish the results
To make it more concrete, here are some examples of potential goals that could come out of this:
Improving the Developer Story: a new contributor should be able to create his first patch to any KDE application in 15 minutes or less;
Big in Asia: users in Asia should be able to write in their writing system in any of the software produced by KDE;
Appeal to All our Senses: a visually impaired user should be able to use all the software produced by KDE;
Virtual Reality Painting: artists should be able to paint in 3D straight from a VR world using software produced by KDE;
Speaking Your Language: 90% of the computer users worldwide should be able to use the software produced by KDE in a language in which they are fluent.
Do you have an idea for a goal for KDE? Get a small group of people together and propose it today by adding it here.
Thank you to Kévin Ottens, Mirko Boehm, David Faure, Frederik Gladhorn and everyone who helped flesh this idea out.
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