Reaffirmed on the Kubuntu Council

I’d like to thank all the Kubuntu members who just voted to re-affirm me on the Kubuntu Council. Scott Kitterman’s blog post has a juicy details of the unprecedented and astonishing move by the Ubuntu Community Council asking me to step down as Kubuntu leader.  I’ve never claimed to be a leader and never used […]

Protocols Plugfest Europe 2015

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at Protocols Plugfest Europe 2015.  It was really good to get out of the bubble of free software desktops where the community love makes it tempting to think we’re the most important thing in the world and experience the wider industry where of course we are only […]

Voted SNP in Edinburgh South

My postal vote has been sent off for the UK general election which is on Thursday. What’s going on? The UK parliament and the government it forms is up for election. What happened to independence? In the last week of the referendum on Scottish independence last year the UK government threw everything it could think […]

Plasma 5.4 Kicked Off

I just closed the Plasma 5.4 kickoff meeting. It was well attended with lots of Plasma devs and VDG members there. Here’s the minutes. The To Do board [public link] has been updated with a load of new cards. If you’re looking for a way to join the team of beautiful desktop developers (you can […]

Kubuntu Beta 2 is Out

Kubuntu Vivid Beta 2 is out.  This is the first major distro to ship with Plasma 5 so it’ll be the first time many people get to see our lovely new desktop.  Scary. We have 24 bugs I’ve milestoned and 1 month to go until release, let’s see how low we can go.  Many of […]

Kubuntu 15.04 Heating up

Kubuntu 15.04 development is in full swing and it’s looking like our 10th anniversary edition will be a classic.  We’re the first distribution to ship a stable version with Plasma 5, the desktop which is getting tech journalists excited.  My new favourite desktop they say.  A masterpiece  in the making they’re calling it.  The most […]

Planet KDE Theme from Season of KDE

Season KDE is KDE’s annual project to give helpers a more structured way to take part in KDE.  It’s inspired by Summer of Code of course. Today I had the pleasure of launching the new Planet KDE website theme done by Ranveer Aggarwal.  It looks very lovely and importantly makes the site a pleasure to […]

Blog Move, Bug Squashing Party in Munich

Welcome to my blog on the updated jriddell.org, now featuring my personal blog (which has existed for about 15 years or at least before the word blog existed) together with my developer blog previously on blogs.kde.org. I’m at the Bug Squashing Party in Munich, the home of KDE and Plasma and Kubuntu rollouts in the […]