[kde-community] Why were there no talks about Ubuntu Mobile at Akademy?

Michael Zanetti mzanetti at kde.org
Fri Aug 16 14:04:33 UTC 2013

On Friday 16 August 2013 10:12:29 Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
> On Friday, August 16, 2013 01:49:56 you wrote:
> > Anyways, the question is why Canonical didn't have any talks about Ubuntu
> > Touch. I personally found it a bit weird and wouldn't have expected that
> > this years akademy was so much about mobile phone platforms *not* related
> > to KDE. Actually I would have hoped to see some Vivaldi prototypes or
> > demos
> > instead of all those other platforms. Looking from that point of view, it
> Vivaldi is a hardware product to put Plasma Active on. It does not have a
> monopoly on KDE interests, and I (and others involved) have no desire nor
> expectation for exclusive interest and attention from KDE. Plasma itself
> was, of course, represented in talks at Akademy.

Yet you expect Canonical to have those interests... 

> There is no reason that there can not be multiplicity of mobile efforts
> around KDE and Qt, and so I think it makes perfect sense to see all those
> other platforms.

Sure. I just wouldn't have expected that.

> In fact, if we can manage to attract multiple platforms there will be more
> sources of input and support to our shared core technologies. We may even be
> able to break through some of the more baseless conceptions about
> competition and be able to cooperate more on non-differentiating
> technology.
> If we want any hope of any of these minority platforms thriving we have to
> start looking at it as both/and and pull in as many camps working on
> relevant technologies as we can.
> So I think it makes perfect sense that there were these other platforms
> there.
> Also, just as Ubuntu Phone is quietly using KDE Technology, I understand
> Jolla is as well. We also share efforts on Mer. With Blackberry we have the
> least in common, but we are collaborating on packaging formats with them
> and they are a big supporter and contributor to QML these days. We have
> commonalities and if Akademy can be the Big Tent we meet under, all the
> more power to KDE.
> p.s. The main reason there wasn’t anything more about Vivaldi (or, for that
> matter, Bodega) is that I did not attend Akademy this year due to the birth
> of my second child being expected around the same time. The others who work
> on the project either do not usually attend Akademy or gave talks on Plasma
> this year.

All fine with me. I just don't understand why it is a problem if Canonical 
doesn't give a talk at akademy but its no problem for everyone else.


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