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[COSCUP 2012] Lightweight KDE - Will Stephenson

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Published on Nov 13, 2012

Lightweight KDE

Will Stephenson English KDE/openSUSE

openSUSE user feedback reveals permanent demand for a lighter packaging of theKDE workspace.Users want a fully featured, consistent desktop environment, but with thefreedom to easily and completely replace large components such as the PersonalInformation Management stack and browser with their preferred alternatives.Power terminal users desire a minimal desktop that still provides powerfulwindow management and app launcher capabilities, without the overhead of KDE'sadvanced semantic features. Fixed function office workers may need only abrowser to access corporate applications. Administrators and distributionmaintainers wish to fulfil all these needs using one set of packages.KLyDE is a project to customise KDE for these requirements while retaining thefamiliar character of the workspace, while the default full feature set fromupstream is still optionally installable. KLyDE enables a radically stripped-down and customisable KDE that is competitive with well-known 'light-weight'desktop environments. KLyDE also serves as a KDE 4 proving ground for themodularisation underway for the upcoming KDE Frameworks 5. I will presentexample configurations of KLYDE, packaging and configuration techniques usedat openSUSE to achieve this, and the footprint measurement techniques used.ENDS

Will Stephenson is the lead maintainer of KDE at openSUSE. He is a member ofthe openSUSE Board, and part of the openSUSE Boosters team. His personal KDEinterests include PIM and Instant Messaging, NetworkManager support,photography and drawing applications. Will lives in Germany but is fromNorthumberland, England. Outside KDE, Will enjoys time with his growingfamily, cycling, cooking, and taking pictures.

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