kio and frameworks 5

Casper Clemence maninalift at
Sun May 13 11:32:46 BST 2012

In short it is a virtual file system. However it takes the concept further
in several respects (for a fuller answer read the "about" page):

* it mounts lots more than an ordinary VFS - including XML documents (so
the tree of the document can be browsed), databases, X (so that window
position and size for example can be read and modified as if they were data
in the filesystem), web browser bookmarks...
* it extracts useful metadata from all of these things and treats it in a
consistent way, it also allows the user to add meta-data.
* an interesting feature it has is "agents" who will intelligently tag
items (files etc) giving a certain confidence that they are such a thing,
the user can then accept or reject these tags. I can imagine this
interacting very usefully with the whole "activities" thing, where
intelligent suggestions as to what should be a part of your activity could
make the whole experience much more useful.
* ... much more (I mentioned before it works on maemo, can talk to Nepomuk,
has a REST interface)

.. all of which leads to the "uniform method of access" I mentioned where
all sorts of document data, document structure and metadata becomes
available in a a uniform way.

As to the previous question about MS Windows support, I am having a look at
what would be required to compile on that platform.


On 13 May 2012 10:53, David Faure <faure at> wrote:

> On Friday 11 May 2012 21:33:35 Casper Clemence wrote:
> > Libferris is an awesome piece of technology. It provides not just the
> > traditional features of a VFS but a uniform method of access for
> > applications and users to a large and expanding range of things
> What does it do exactly, and how?
> --
> David Faure, faure at,
> Sponsored by Nokia to work on KDE, incl. KDE Frameworks 5
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