Divisive Leadership

Mark says that Jonathan is being a divisive leader.

So, Mark, let us take a step back and look at what actually happened.

Kubuntu has always taken pride in being the link between the Ubuntu and KDE communities, and looking out for each’s best interest in order to facilitate the creation of exciting and revolutionary free software products. Jonathan personally has been a great advocate of the Ubuntu way even at times when KDE did not find it appealing; right now appears to be such a time.

Recently members of the Ubuntu community raised concerns about the path we are on as a project and Ubuntu Desktop as a product that Canonical has a great interest in. Not because they were being melodramatic, or because they disagreed, but because presenting divisive software after 8 months of development as a new key part of the software stack is nothing more than infantilizing the community.  Jonathan as a result suggested to join a different part of the Ubuntu project rather than leaving altogether.

You may think that KDE and other upstreams failed to deliver what is necessary to succeed in taking down the proprietary operating systems, however that does not make it true. Our colleagues creating flavors of the Ubuntu base, as well as the Kubuntu team, are part of the broader Ubuntu project, we are part of the Ubuntu community and we all share the common goal of bringing free software to all the people. Suggesting that only the Ubuntu products Canonical holds a stake in are part of the broader Ubuntu project is outright insulting to all the great community members pouring their passion into a flavor of the Ubuntu vision. Perhaps you think that what we do does not matter, but I say it does.

Phonon VLC 0.6.2

With a bit of delay the Phonominals today released the second maintenance release for the Phonon VLC backend 0.6. It features overall improvements to efficiency and behavior.

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  • Major reduction of power and CPU consumption
  • Correct HTTP user-agent identification
  • Fixed a seek regression introduced in 0.6.1
  • A vlc-style config can be supplied at $HOME/.config/Phonon/vlc.conf to configure VLC’s behavior

Enjoy your multimedia!

Phonon VLC 0.6.1

The Phonominals are proud to announce the immediate availability of Phonon VLC 0.6.1. In this maintenance release for the 0.6 series we addressed some minor annoyances for music players based on Phonon.

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  • aboutToFinish() signal has been corrected to only be emitted when the source is actually about to finish
  • A paused-play mechanic was implemented to enable pausing as initial playback state
  • Audio output selection on Microsoft Windows was improved
  • Desktop file now passes freedesktop validation

Enjoy your multimedia!

Kubuntu Council Elections – 2012

The Kubuntu Council is a group of 6 Kubuntu Members who get to vote on membership of Kubuntu Members and occasionally other decisions regarding Kubuntu.

Half the council is nearing the end of their 2 year appointment so we need to hold elections for the open positions to the council. This could be you! If you are a Kubuntu Member and are willing to turn up to Kubuntu meetings as much as possible for the next couple of years do consider putting your name forward.

We are particularly encouraging non-developers to put their name forward, as we feel that a less development focused council is beneficial for the Kubuntu community.

To put your name forward make sure you update your wiki page and then post to the kubuntu-devel email list (you will have to subscribe first).

To nominate someone else also write to the kubuntu-devel list. It might be a good idea to first have a chat with the affected person. Please note that everyone who was nominated by someone else will have to verify their nomination.

Closing date for nominations is June 9 at 23:59 UTC.

The poll will start on June 10. Voting instructions will be sent to members of the kubuntu-members team with public email addresses on Launchpad directly. If you do not have a public email address in Launchpad and wish to vote, email me privately with the address you’d like used you will get a ballot as well.

Harald for the Kubuntu Council

Phonon VLC 0.5.0 and GStreamer 4.6.0

It is release day in Phonon land and the Phonominals are singing in joy of the new releases of Phonon VLC and Phonon GStreamer.

Phonon VLC 0.5.0 may be obtained from KDE’s servers as usual.

For more information on Phonon GStreamer 4.6.0 head on over to Trever’s amazing blog post.

by su-lin@flickr

Phonon VLC 0.5 is the most stable release yet to see the light of day!

Almost the entire code base was redone to be faster, more efficient, more maintainable and of course more reliable. Additionally this release introduces compatibility with the upcoming VLC 2.0 release as well as improved support for more advanced video features such as subtitle and audio channel selection.

Enjoy your multimedia!

Harald and the Phonominals.


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