TechBase Wiki Overhaul at CERN

KDE’s techbase wiki, “the primary place for technical information about KDE targeted at developers, ISVs and sysadmins”, has been gone lost a little during the transition of KDE software to KF5 and Plasma5.
An unsatisfying situation, so a few people including me decided to use the opportunity of the scheduled KDE contributor meeting at Europe’s CERN this second week of March, originally for WikiToLearn, Plasma & VDG, to also meet up for preparing and starting an overhaul of techbase. And there we are already!

It’s great to be here at CERN, a place where Europe feels like the good old late last century Europe. It is exciting to be in an environment where people work together for the good and for more knowledge, and with such excellence. Very inspiring.

A nice sideeffect of doing this big sprint here at CERN is that it also means getting a few talks delivered about the CERN and its activities. Where one can learn that a flying mosquito or big fastfood items are suitable quantification units when it comes to explaining what gets accelerated in the underground here and how šŸ™‚

Once this morning we all had been introduced to our host and the location as well as us to ourselves, the different KDE teams, and our each goals at the sprint, we spread out into the IdeaSquare building and grouped again in the in-door containers or in-door bus decks (“Ceci n’est pas un bus” only by definition, even if it looks, smells and feels like a real 1960 London double-decker bus, that was also said to have been driven all the way from London straight into the building by one of the employees) to start our work.
We TechBase overhaulers got a good run so far, starting with revisiting the purpose of TechBase, collecting issues with the current content on TechBase (or not on it) and sketched first solutions that would help to fix or prevent those issues. And discussed with Plasma and WikiToLearn people about that a little.
No content was touched so far. Soon more about it.

When in the evening the daily recap was done, it seemed all groups had made some good progress today.

Having a rather stiff northern culture as background, it is heart-warming to experience lots of Italian students from the WikiToLearn project occupying and running the kitchen here in the IdeaSquare building for creating lunch and dinner for everyone and vigorously celebrating the joy of food (with ingredients bought right behind the border in the less expensive supermarket in France, small is this continent). One of the terms to be learned is “abbiocco”, left without direct word matches in the northern languages present, interesting.

With the Plasma and VDG people present, somewhen the next days they and me will also take advantage of that and work a little together on both improving the revived Plasma5 AddOns Weather widget and also getting Breeze-style icons for it šŸ™‚

This meeting at CERN is not only made possible by our hosts here at CERN, but also by you, the donators to the KDE e.V., which is forwarding your financial support also to us all who have come here, to cover parts of travel and accomodation.
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