The Open Web
Oct 29, 2009

The Social Desktop Integration of Web Communities into Desktop Applications

By Frank Karlitschek.


At last year’s KDE conference "Akademy" the vision of the Social Desktop was born. The idea is to bring the power of online communities and group collaboration to desktop applications. One of the strongest assets of the free software community is our worldwide community of developers and users who believe in free software and who work hard to bring our software and solution to the mainstream. The idea is that the free software world can create a huge "Unique Selling Proposition" by combining our community with our software.

The idea is to create an open standard for exchanging data between different online services and desktop applications. This standard is call open collaboration services and is hosted on freedesktop.org.

Ideas for the Social Desktop are:

  • Show other KDE users near me.
  • Show what my KDE friends are doing at the moment.
  • Become a fan of an application or a developer
  • Search an online knowledge base directly from the application or your desktop without a browser.
  • and more.

This talk gives an overview of the current state of the Social Desktop. Which features are already implemented, which features are a work in progress. I will also give hints how developers and users can get involved and would like to start a discussion to develop the social desktop concept even further.


Frank Karlitschek was born 1973 and lives in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a KDE contributor since 2001. Frank worked in the artist team and is the maintainer of KDE-Look.org, KDE-Apps.org and the openDesktop.org network. At Akademy 2008 he presented the vision of the Social Desktop.

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