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Evolving KDE: Lehman's Laws of Software Evolution In The Community #kde #freesoftware #opensource
The board of KDE eV has launched a new initiative to ensure that KDE remains awesome and relevant for the foreseeable future. Unlike previous approaches it is not a point-in-time solution, it is a ...
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The Pillars of KDE "Now" #freesoftware #opensource #kde
Who here remembers the "Pillars of KDE 4"? Who here remembers the "Pillars of #KDE 4?" What are the pillars of KDE "now"? #freesoftware #opensource — Paul Adams (@therealpadams) December 6, 2014 As...
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Whether or not I or anyone else agrees with every detail of your conclusion, much respect for attempting to confront what is clearly a challenging problem.
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KDEPIM: Any More Guesses? #OpenSource #FreeSoftware  
Yesterday I posed a somewhat cryptic question: what happened in KDEPIM in late 2010 that might have caused such a dramatic spike in an unnamed (but real) metric? I want to leave the conversation ru...
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Blog Post: The Great GNOME/Groupon Spat of 2014 #FreeSoftware   #OpenSource  
If you have had your head in the sand today you might well have missed the story that the GNOME Foundation and Groupon are is a disagreement over the use of "GNOME".  I already shared my thoughts i...
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They backed down. :) Hurray!
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Blog Post: Parsing GIT Logs With Files #opensource #freesoftware
So things have been a little quiet on the GIT log analysis front. Various out-of-bounds activities were in my way but, more importantly, so was a directly-related technical issue... Just how do you...
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Akademy 2014: What I Plan To See #kde #freesoftware
So... ...and here's the talks I'm most looking forward to! Day 0: Friday, September 5 OK, so the day before Akademy is set aside for the AGM of KDE eV. "The eV" is the organisation that orchestrate...
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Akademy CfP: Deadline Approaches #kde #freesoftware #opensource
Another year, another opportunity to annoy Nuno Pinheiro with some terrible "engineer art" that I produced many moons ago (see header image). This, my friends in KDE, is why you should be going to ...
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Who here remembers the "Pillars of #KDE 4"? What are the pillars of "KDE Now"? #freesoftware #opensource
“Who here remembers the "Pillars of #KDE 4?" What are the pillars of KDE "now"? #freesoftware #opensource”
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KDEPIM: What Happened In Late 2010? #OpenSource   #FreeSoftware  
Sometimes you crunch some numbers on a  particular metric and the result simply causes you to stare at your screen, slack-jawed, wondering "why did nobody notice this at the time?" Well... maybe so...
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My family in #KDE and #OpenSource in general... Our friends in the #GNOME project are under attack from a corproation that should know better. Even if you cannot help financially, please take time to read, understand and spread the news.
"GNOME" has been a familiar name in software for the past 17 years, and a registered trademark since 2006. The GNOME project has been a staple desktop for GNU/Linux and BSD desktops. It was the default desktop for Sun Microsystems workstation class machines, continues to be the default desktop ...
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That's horrible. I hope they can succeed in court.
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The colors haven't faded yet so the dark colors are still too dark and the yellow still too yellow but... ping +Àlex Fiestas +Björn Balazs +Heiko Tietze +Thomas Pfeiffer and +Andrew Lake 
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As someone who used to study software quality extensively, I really find it hard to agree with much of this article. The only form of testing that should be kept away from developers is end-user acceptance testing. There are plenty other forms of testing that /must/ be in the developers' hands.

"Developers tend to test the things they wrote the software to do". Agreed. But this is why you need to have well-written test plans (and automated testing) which offer as much coverage as possible. This /forces/ developers to test properly. This is also the reason for having end-users do end-user testing.

But what about other forms of testing?

Now you are obviously looking at this not just from a development perspective but also (I assume, with your position at ownCloud) from a commercial one. Well, I learned a thing or two at my time at +Kolab Systems... Sure, we could always rely on the +Kolab.org Community to do plenty testing for us... But Kolab Sys still had to do the bulk-load of it... Why? Because we were (and still do) release a /product/. Products come with expectations. Now this is very important in the case of ownCoud, just as it is with Kolab... You provide a warranty! Look at clause 4 here, if you do not believe me (https://owncloud.com/licenses/owncloud-commercial/) :) If you are not doing thorough testing to a plan within the 4 walls of ownCloud Inc that warranty is going to end up costing you big-time in the long-run.

I'm glad to see that you have testing documentation... Excellent. However, please tell me that you have plenty evidence from inside the company that your own engineers are following these plans and producing reproducible results showing those tests passing. Because, if you're not, that warranty ain't worth much.
Short answer: because you should. When somebody asks about their missing pet feature in KDE or ownCloud software, I always trow in a request for help in the answer. Software development is hard work and these features don't appear out of nowhere. There are only so many hours in a day to work on ...
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Awesome response :) Whereas the +2.
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Trained as a software engineer and specialising in process management, Dr. Paul J. Adams has worked in both academia and industry as a researcher and project manager, covering a variety of Free Software-related topics. In 2009 he worked for Zea Partners conducting research on behalf of the commercial community involved in Zope and Plone development and services. Prior to this he worked as a research and project manager for Sirius Corporation in the UK. Paul graduated in 2004 as a Software Engineer, from the University of Durham, UK. His subsequent doctorate was conducted between 2005 and 2009 from the University of Lincoln.
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Stirling, Scotland, UK - Dollar, Scotland, UK - Lincoln, UK - Dewsbury, UK - Weybridge, UK - Durham, UK