KDE at the LinuxDay Vorarlberg

Kai Uwe Broulik kde at privat.broulik.de
Mon Oct 15 17:09:12 BST 2018

Hi all,

on Saturday Myriam and I attended LinuxDay Vorarlberg [1], which is 
together with Chemnitzer Linuxtage one of the oldest Linux gathering in 
the German-speaking region.

We had with us a laptop wired up to a fancy ultra-widescreen monitor, a 
Nexus 5X, and the Pinebook, all running the latest and greatest Plasma. 
Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly positive, people love what we're 
doing! Plasma, Kate, Krita, KDE Connect, ... all received lots of praise 
from visitors stopping by the booth.

In past years when I showcased our software suite I often heard "I last 
used KDE 10 years ago but this looks amazing, I have to try", this time 
around it was mostly "I recently switched [from Gnome, from Windows, 
from KDE 3, from Trinity, even] to Plasma 5 and I love it"

OpenSUSE had a booth where they had a notebook running Gnome 3 and one 
running Plasma and I was quite surprised by how poorly Gnome performed 
on it while Plasma just flew. They surely weren't the newest devices, 
and I don't know how comparable their specs are and whether Gnome was 
running Wayland, but I observed similar behavior on the "try out" 
computers they had in the leisure area. It shows that our hard 
performance work pays off.

Our look and feel these days, providing a unified look across all 
applications and toolkits was also prasied a lot; and those few who 
disliked Breeze (mostly those that came from KDE 3) are glad we still 
maintain and ship the Oxygen widget style and icon set.

To sum it all up, you all did a fantastic job and can be very proud! :)

Cheers and have a great KDE birthday aftermath week
Kai Uwe

[1] https://www.linuxday.at/

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