Me & Kubuntu
- First tried Kubuntu Hoary on my old notebook (HP Omnibook 6100) - impressed with how good laptop support can be out-of-box
Switched my work notebook (HP nw8240) completely to Kubuntu Breezy (using VmPlayer for remaining Win stuff I need)
- Started testing with Kubuntu Flight 2 and got hooked into improving it even further
- With Flight 5 switched to Dapper completely
I have attended UbuntuDeveloperSummitMountainView which was great to meet others from great community.
- Always having my laptop with dual-boot: current stable + current development.
Kubuntu Laptop Support
I am very interested in great laptop support in Kubuntu. Kubuntu is already best debian-based distribution in that regard, but there are some development that we need to follow closely to keep up-to-date.
I have worked on KubuntuLaptopButtons spec for Edgy and as part of that effort I am collecting info about various laptops in KubuntuLaptopKeycodes sub-page. For Feisty, we want to even further refine this as defined in KubuntuFeistyLaptop.
Ubuntu power management is based on hal, acpi-support scripts and powernowd. This is then controlled with gnome-power-manager (GNOME) and guidance-power-manager (KDE), which has replaced older klaptop solution. I have worked on multi-battery support on guidance-power-manager and various fixes.
There is work going on on powersave & kpowersave solution: see KubuntuPowersave for details (from Dapper times). As KPowersave is also switching to HAL and is more complex that we would like it is not used by default.
I am working on Guidance Power Manager upstream (KDE SVN) for multi-battery support and CPU frequency handling.
For mobile users, good network management is key. Kubuntu is currently lacking in wireless management tools (wifimonitor, knemo). During Dapper, I have helped to get latest knetworkmanager into the product, but it looks like Feisty will be first release to finally support knetworkmanager by default - see NetworkRoaming specification for details.
Since other networking stuff is changing, I plan to work on further improvements in Kubuntu networking as specified in KubuntuFeistyNetworking.
KubuntuLaptopButtons: implementation for Edgy
KubuntuFeistyLaptop: spec on UDS-MTV and implementation for Feisty
KubuntuFeistyNetworking: spec on UDS-MTV and help with implementation for Feisty
As my main interest is KDE and laptop support, these are also the area where I have contributed regarding packages:
knetworkmanager - worked on required patches for inclusion into Dapper, sync with upstream
kdeadmin - patched knetworkconf in order to stabilize it for Dapper
kdebase - patched for Kubuntu laptop support, Logout dialog changes for Suspend/Hibernate
kde-guidance - one of developers of Power Manager application (developed for Kubuntu)
Other packages of interest are:
- digikam, digikamimageplugins, kipi-plugins, libkipi: I am also contributing as developer
basket: keeping it up-to-date with upstream
eqonomize: keeping it up-to-date with upstream
soundkonverter: keeping it up-to-date with upstream
Complete list of packages from Launchpad
Kubuntu on my notebook: LaptopTestingTeam/HPNW8240/Kubuntu
- Kubuntu on my desktop
- Kubuntu Live CD Installer (Ubiquity)
I do bug triage for Kubuntu specific bugs with focus on laptop support, networking and live CD installer:
Worked on Edgy SRU
more laptop & networking greatness
- help with KDE 4 migration.