Stephanie’s Blog

February 15, 2011

Less than 1 month and counting

Filed under: KDE — Tags: , — steph @ 9:07 pm

Less than 1 month until! There is still much to do! The posters have been sent out to contributors and will be posted at many Engineering colleges all over India! :-)

There is so much still to do! Buy new shoes, prepare my talk (oh, no!!) and just get prepared in general! :-)


Right now registration is ongoing! You can register, here. The cost is Rs 900 ($20USD) for Professionals,teachers Rs 700 ($15.50USD) and students Rs 500 ($11USD).

The discount codes are :

  • Student discount: KDEIN_DIS_STU
  • Teacher discount: KDEIN_DIS_TCR

Make sure if you take advantage of these offers to carry your student / teacher ID card with you to the conference, because without these you’ll have to pay the normal fee amount.

You can register and pay your fee online, or you can pay offline, at the location but that includes late fees (Rs 200 or $4USD for students and teachers, and Rs 300 ($6USD) for professionals).

There are discounts available for those who order more than 10 tickets (Rs 50) which will also be applicable with the student and teacher discounts.

Registration closes online on February 25th, after that you can still register but will have to register at the venue and pay applicable fees.


We have plenty of interesting talks happening. I will be speaking myself, as well as Anne-Marie Mahfouf, about KDE-edu and how to contribute.

I will be speaking about how to contribute more India specific content to the KDE-edu apps, mainly Parley, KWordquiz, and KGeography in the forms of vocab and maps. There is a major lack of Indic language vocab in KDE. So, if any of you are interested in helping do please let me know!

Anne-Marie (annma) is giving 2 talks, titled How To Start Contributing to KDE-Edu: Practical Hints and Users Do Read Manuals (Doc and Wikis Revealed). I am looking forward to hearing her speak.

Also, there will be talks on numerous other subjects, as you can see here.

I am planning on learning as much as I can while I am there!

Oh yeah, see this!

KDE IN Badge

January 26, 2011

Conf.KDE.IN is coming!

Filed under: India, KDE, KDE-edu, KGeography — Tags: , — steph @ 1:32 am

Well…exciting news! Come March 2011, India will host the country’s first KDE conference. It will be held in Bangalore at R V College Of Engineering. The 9th-11th is the conference, and then a coding sprint will be held on the 12-13th.

The list of talks came out yesterday. The speakers come from around the globe, including India, Sweden, Germany and many other countries. The topics range from KDE-edu, Plasma, the KDE e.V., python, Qt, PyQt, and many other interesting topics.

They are still looking for sponsors, the information can be found here.

All are invited to come, students, teachers, KDE contributors, FOSS enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to come.

Next time, I promise, I’ll have a snazzy button ;-) I promise we’ll have tons of fun! So come join us!!

I am attending, are you?!?!

October 5, 2010

Software Freedom Day 2010

Filed under: India, KDE, KDE-edu, KGeography, Kolkata, maps — Tags: , — steph @ 10:00 pm

I was recently invited to speak at Software Freedom Day in Kolkata. I was very surprised to be invited to speak, until I saw the topic, FOSS in Education. I was initially invited to speak about Kgeography, but when I informed the coordinator that it would be almost impossible to speak about that for a whole hour, so I offered to speak on KDE-edu and Kgeography.

The event was held on Saturday, September 18, at DPS India. It consisted of 4 speakers, who spoke about Alfresco, digitization of printed books with FOSS tools, setting up networking for school/small businesses, and my topic.

First I went through a brief introduction of KDE-edu, and the programs. I followed that up with demonstrations of each program. Also, a detailed demo of Kgeography, and how to add maps. There were many people interested in it.

All in all it was a good talk, and surprisingly enough I found this time around taking 1 hour was not a problem. =]

February 25, 2010

Getting more Indian States into Kgeography

Filed under: GIMP, India, KDE, KDE-edu, KGeography, maps — Tags: — steph @ 3:40 pm

I have been working on getting more India specific content into kde-edu. The first program I decided to work on was Kgeography.

At first the maps would just work in Kgeography while choosing and showing the State names and capitals, but not the placing the districts into the state. After many failed attempts to get this working, Albert told me:

PNG images need to be 8-bit colormap, yours are 8-bit/color RGB.

I finally learned how to make the maps using GIMP into 8-bit color maps after being told by Patrick Spendrin. Using 8-bit colormap enabled the maps to use the placing option.

After the maps I was working on worked correctly I emailed them to Albert. He committed all 4 district maps into KDE svn. Since then I have been even more motivated to get the remaining political state maps of India completed. Most of the maps have now been traced and colored. I am working on the corresponding KGM files before sending them to be committed.

The states that have been put into Kgeography are: Assam, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, and Jharkhand.

District Map of Assam Get the PNG file Assam KGM file
District Map of Goa Get the Goa PNG file Goa KGM file
District Map of Himachal Pradesh Get the Himachal Pradesh PNG file Himachal Pradesh KGM file
District Map of Jharkhand Get Jharkhand PNG file Jharkhand KGM file

Jammu and Kashmir, was not accepted by Albert, because people would start debating about the actual state borders.

December 28, 2009

KDE update

Filed under: India, KDE — Tags: , — steph @ 2:28 pm

Its been some time since I have been in the KDE world…but now, I am back!

I am currently working on maps of India and her states for Kgeography and getting more India specific content out into the programs.

I look forward to contributing more as the days go on, and maybe, just maybe (blauzahl read the double maybe! ;-]) help bug triaging.

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