First view of KDE's Social Desktop
At last year's KDE Akademy saw the first presentations on a vision for a KDE social desktop and now the first application for that desktop are being shown. In a posting on dot.kde.org, the Social Desktop developers have now shown a Social Desktop plasmoid, the KDE term for an application embeddable in the desktop, and are aiming for it to be incorporated in KDE 4.3 due this Summer. More functionality is then planned for the plasmoid in KDE 4.4.
The Social Desktop plasmoid allows KDE users to interact with an Open Collaboration Services compliant servers, and through those servers, with all the other users also using the services. This interaction includes micro-blogging, maintaining knowledge bases, messaging and social networking "friend" management. The Social Desktop plasmoid uses a geolocation plasma service to show not only your friends but other users in the same geographical area. It is hoped that the Social Desktop will help build the KDE and open source community by allowing easier, more integrated, collaboration.