Since I started discussing with Aniqa about organizing some events in China to promote KDE in China in April this year, after half a year of hard work and attempts, I helped KDE Network China and Ubuntu Kylin first event to be successfully held on October 23rd at Central South University.

The name of this event is Linux Application Ecosystem Salon, 2021 Changsha marked it as one event in Changsha in 2021. Our goal is to promote the development of FOSS/FLOSS software within Chinese universities and to make it easier for students to understand the development of open source in China nowadays by popularizing KDE software and open-source activities in the other communities.

First, let me briefly introduce the scale of this event.

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We had nearly ten people come to initiate sharing and over 100 students participated in the event, and were shared by the follow people. Thanks to them so much!

  • Han Young, KDE Plasma Mobile developer.
  • Handsome Feng, Debian maintainer.
  • Felix Yan, Arch Linux Developer.
  • Tyson Tan, designer from KDE Community.
  • Houge Langley, volunteer from Yunnan, China.
  • Yacheng Wang, student from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.
  • Mina Liu and me.

Next I will briefly introduce all the things related to KDE in this event. Oh, and before I start, I am not a native English speaker, so please ignore some mistakes. And I will insert the discussion of the relevant topic in the form of a quote between paragraphs.

KDE and the GNU/Linux Real World

As you can see in the title of this section, this is the first sharing by Tyson Tan and me. We would like to introduce people about the current state of KDE and KDE application and more possibilities.

At the beginning, I first introduced what KDE is, how KDE is related to FOSS/FLOSS, and how KDE applied to Linux. The main reason for this is that during the pre-event survey, we found that some people came to the event out of interest and were not KDE users or Linux users.

Have you ever used KDE or KDE application?
                                                                      --- From me

More than half of the people raised their hands to show XD.

This may be somewhat representative of the development of KDE among the Chinese computer science related student population.

As we know, this is a year to remember as KDE celebrated its 25th birthday before this event, we showed a video of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Plasma to the people. Also trying to collect what people say about the video and anniversary edition.

Have you upgrade to Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition?
                                                                      --- From me

No one did :(

Then in my presentation, I showed all KDE application now. In my opinion, by showing people that KDE has close to 200 community software, it fully demonstrates the vibrancy of the KDE community.

A real constraint is that I am not a relatively ordinary user, I am in fact a programmer. I have no idea how the average user would use the Linux desktop environment and other software. So I have only shown my favorite KDE application.

  • Krita
  • Kdenlive
  • Konqueror

For these reasons, I invited Tyson Tan, who was there, to share some insights from a designer’s perspective. He demonstrated how to use Krita for drawing and had a discussion with students about how to use Krita, and the handwriting device on Linux/KDE.

A very kool thing happened at that time, he used krita on the spot and drew Konqi!

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Could Krita instead of Adobe Tool collection? And What is difference with Krita
and latter?
                                                                 --- From student

Krita is not a professional image processing application, so it cannot replace 
Adobe's productivity suite.  But Krita has some advantages that other software 
does not, including designer-friendly key bindings and good integration with the
system. The flip side of this is that Windows Ink after window 10 will always 
cause problems for designers after system upgrades.
                                                                    --- Tyson Tan

Tyson and the students also had a lot of discussion about the Linux compatibility of hand-drawn devices and the performance of hand-drawn devices in the Chinese market. They compared different manufacturers of hand-drawn devices for plug-and-play driver support or automated setup on Linux.

Does your wacom device require additional settings, and likewise for other 
similar devices in China.
                                                                 --- From student

My wacom device can directly use after plug on KDE or GNOME, as I know, many 
chinese device support it, such as hand-writing tablet of Hanwang.  So it is
simple for designer when they try to use GNU/Linux.
                                                                    --- Tyson Tan

At the end of this topic, I introduced the KDE Network Program and the current status, invited them to join KDE Network China, although I did not end up looking for new members to join. :)

Before closing, I wanted to find out more about KDE from users I don’t normally get in touch with, so I launched a question.

What is your favorite KDE application?
                                                                     --- From me
KDE have some killer application like dolphin, I very like it. I have installed
it on all my devices.
                                                              --- From a student
When I first use KDE in 2014, it gives me a terrible memory, it more like the
Windows7 or Windows Vista, but the user interface and stability is very pool. 
Now there is a big improvement.
                                                        --- From another student

I’ve uploaded a preview of this presentation to https://collaborate.kde.org/, you can check out it by click the follow reference, but it is in Chinese.

REFERENCE: KDE Influences the GNU Linux Real World

KDE Plasma Mobile

This session was shared by Han Young from the Plasma Mobile team, who posted some of his stories on his blog a few days ago. (Please excuse my laziness and the delay of a few days :D)

The most exciting thing for me was that Han Young brought two PinePhone for people to experience Plasma Mobile directly. After the session starts, the PinePhone is passed to each person one by one.

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Han Young gave a quick overview of Plasma Mobile, including development history, current status, applications, and more. To be honest, I had never noticed before how fast Plasma Mobile was evolving.

He had some discussions with the students about possible technologies that Plasma could be applied to, on the topic of programming languages such as Rust. From a Rust developer’s perspective, I found their discussion about the future of Rust for graphics applications to be very forward-looking, it looks like he was interested in the future of Qt and Rust in Plasma Mobile. But Rust is such a challenging language that it wasn’t discussed in depth with the students.

Has anyone ever developed with Rust?
                                                                 --- Han Young

Some students say yes!

What do think about Visual family of programming language, runtime and IDE?
Are they available for Plasma?                                --- From student

Despite Microsoft's deep involvement in open source in recent years, the 
visual programming language family is not as usable for Plasma as one might 
expect, and there may be performance issues and other complications. But it
would be interesting to try.
                                                                 --- Han Young

There are also some students showed curiosity about the compatibility of the Android software ecosystem, they are concerned about whether some of the games that are popular in China can be experienced on PinePhone. Such as Honor of Kings, Genshin Impact and other games.

As we know, the performance of the PinePhone of KDE Community edition is not good. Han Young talked about the general relationship between ARM hardware performance and price, and provides a story - about the early stage of Plasma Mobile packaging deb on the Raspberry Pi and then tested on a phone.

PS. I don’t know the exact device info of PinePhone, PinePhone Pro is not included here.

REFERENCE: Linux on Phone - Plasma Mobile

Epilogue

After the event, I was also approached by many students asking me about getting involved in the KDE community. As I write this, another student from Central South University is asking me how to start his first KDE contribution.I think our future will be better and better.

As an organizer and participant of this event, I went on my first outreach trip on behalf of KDE. Through my interactions with the students, I learned that the students were interested in participating in FOSS, either out of interest or in terms of career planning. Perhaps this is the beauty of the FOSS culture that inspires us.