gothicVI: So ukuu now completely turned into a closed source project?
Tony George: Yes. Older versions are still open-source. Somebody can develop that version further if they have the time and interest. I may open the source again if I stop working on it (it won’t happen anytime soon).
So, unfortunately Ukuu has gone closed source, and now requires a paid license. If you check my laptop setup post now, I have removed reference to Ukuu due to this, as I just cannot support that. I understand that Tony wants to sustain himself, but there are ways to do that without closing the source and forcing payment:
Make the donate button more prominent.
Make a donation pop-up to remind people.
Set up a Patreon and direct people there to support you (which he had last year, but now seems gone).
Lock certain features behind a “premium” version of the app, but leave the core open source.
Moving to closed source is the wort of the options, and it is a shame to see that happen.
This is a good time to mention to my readers, if you enjoy an app or distro, please donate. Over the years I’ve done exactly that over the years for dozens of projects, even if it is just a few bucks. Especially try to donate using recurring methods such as Patreon if you can. Any little bit helps, and ensures we continue to have a rich open source ecosystem.
I hope everyone has had an enjoyable holiday season! The KDE Bugsquad is back in 2019, almost 50 members strong! How awesome is that? We have 11 months left in 2019, and will be continuing our every-other-week schedule as last year, with one event on a Tuesday, one on Saturday, with one project per month. Hopefully that provides you some opportunities to fit it into your schedule.
Our first project this year will actually be a variety pack of smaller projects, each with less bugs than the usual targets. I wanted to start out with some easier ones, while still targeting some important utilities most KDE users use. So, without further delay:
We will be holding a Bug Day on February 12th, 2019, focusing on ark, kcalc, and Spectacle. Join at any time, the event will be occurring all day long!
This is a great opportunity for anyone, especially non-developers to get involved!
Check out our Bug Triaging guide for a primer on how to go about confirming and triaging bugs.
The following are my notes on how I like to set up my Linux systems, specifically my primary laptop (Dell XPS 13). These are notes more for myself, for future reference. But others may find it useful for their systems as well. Part 1 covers the software I like to install for various purposes. Part 2 will cover configuration file changes, including for power and performance.
This is currently based on running KDE Neon. Other distros will be slightly different based on pre-installed packages and installation methods available.