[kde-community] Looking for new doors to open for KDE

Thomas Pfeiffer thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org
Mon Apr 11 23:19:12 BST 2016

On Montag, 11. April 2016 23:39:57 CEST Agustin Benito (toscalix) wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was unsure if this is the the right list for this since I a not
> subscribed to plasma ML.. If not, apologies.
> The last few months I have been working on a project that could be an
> interesting experiment for KDE. It is called GDP[1] (GENIVI Demo
> Platform).
> GENIVI Alliance[2] is a group of 140 companies that design, spec and
> develop Open Source middleware for automotive. GDP is GENIVI's
> integration and delivery effort to ease the adoption, test and
> development of those Open Source middleware components, specially
> IVI[3] ones. To build the platform, Yocto project is being used. We
> are currently working on porting GDP-ivi9 to QEMU, Renesas Porter and
> RPi2 boards.
> Why this project might be of interest for KDE?
> In the coming days the GDP delivery team will release GDP-ivi9, which
> includes Qt 5.3.2. In May we will start working in the new version,
> which will hopefully bring a newer Qt version..The coming weeks we
> will be collecting requests and discuss them, so this could be the
> perfect time to evaluate Plasma on GDP..
> GDP is being used by many companies as a platform to demo applications
> and other software components for the automotive sector, specially in
> R&D environments .
> Automotive is a sector that is currently moving from consuming Open
> Source to producing it. This initiative would provide KDE a potential
> new market for applications and it would reinforce KDE project in the
> embedded world, beyond mobile, increasing Qt ecosystem interest in our
> community.
> What do we need?
> My team is in charge of the integration and delivery of GDP. We can
> work with KDE contributors to bring Plasma 5 into GDP. But first KDE
> experts needs to evaluate if it is feasible and make sense.
> How to get GDP?
> Check the Download page[4] for the GDP-ivi9 RC1 for QEMU. If you know
> about YOCTO, you can build GDP from scratch. The new version will be
> available next week with easier to consume images.
> I would love to find a way to promote KDE in a new industry:
> automotive. Drop me an e-mail or answer here if you think you can help
> to evaluate this possibility.

Hi Agustin,
this does indeed sound like a great opportunity for us!
I cannot give any feedback on the technical side, of course, but if there is 
any way I can help with my area of expertise, I'd be glad to!

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