My 2020 Akademy talk: Visions of the Future

This year I gave a talk at Akademy about my vision for how to get KDE’s software onto more hardware, and therefore more easily into the hands of our users. If you’re interested, here’s a recording! my talk begins at 1:44. Hope you enjoy it. đŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “My 2020 Akademy talk: Visions of the Future

  1. Hey Nate,
    I think that is a great vision you presented there and I’m personally looking forward to it!
    Also a very good talk, in which you nicely shrunk the elephant in the room (“KDE is not a distributor!”) to a midge. I wish you all the support you can get!

    And when you are through with your negotiations with KDE e.V., I would like to nominate Chakra ( as the KDE Distro. đŸ˜‰

    Joking aside (this will not be decided on a simple nominate/vote), I do think that the half-rolling release approach of Chakra – latest version of Plasma and applications with periodically updated system core (kernel, mesa, etc.) – gives the best user experience. …and they do share the KDE love <3.

    All the best


    1. Is Chakra even still alive? The webpage is full of old screenshots and lists Plasma 5.10 as the latest shipping version. It isn’t mentioned on DistroWatch either.


  2. I agree that there is space for an official KDE OS that is stable, up to date and with certified hardware – KDE OS for the masses.

    Netrunner, KAos and Neon all three offer a slight different approach to KDE plasma.
    – KAos rolling release is slick and updated –
    – Neon official release of KDE.. However, only KDE software out of the box.
    – Netrunner slick and stable but it almost changes with every release.

    I suspect consumers want a stable OS with up to date apps, at least this is what I want. POP_OS! seems to go for this idea too. However, they use Gnome which has an unnatural workflow for me.


  3. And there is Mageia, agnostic distro, which ships Plasma (and Gnome 3.38, Xfce,…). Currently in our Cauldron (dev version) we have qt 5.15.1, KF5 74, Plasma 5.19.5 and Plasma Applications 20.08.1. Under-the-hood we have Kernel 5.8.9, Mesa 20.1 (20.2-RC4 available) latest stack (even Nvidia nonfree drivers), Firefox and Thunderbird 78-ESR, LibreOffice 7.0.1, some server applications like Apache,… for a community-driven distribution!


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