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The Social Desktop idea describes how online communities and web collaborations can be integrated into Desktop Environments such as KDE and GNOME and how they could directly accessed by desktop applications such as a Plasmoids.
A core idea of the Social Desktop is to connect and to improve the communication in the free software community between the user. Its main pillars are user generated contents such as applications, artwork, an event database and a common knowledge base. Integrating this kind of information and data to the desktop and to be accessible for everyone is the main goal of the initiators.
The idea was presented for the first time on Akademy 2008 by Frank Karlitschek.
 Parts of the Social Desktop
Highly personalised newsfeed with specific user-selected data and news.
 People and Groups
Finding new people with the same passion, connecting with and meeting them, sharing of interesting topics and knowledge in groups is possible.
Informs users about their friends' activities, e.g. a friend posted a new blog entry or a friend of mine is looking for a new job.
An event database which informs people about open source conferences or Linux User Group meetings nearby them is also part of the Social Desktop. Every user is allowed to create and to enregister new events, to take part in them and to comment the event.
 Knowledge Base
Questions concerning applications can be posted and their responds are viewable for everyone. Tips and tricks and short guidances from project owners or users can be posted.
Many of this features are already visibly and usable via the site openDesktop.org. A first realisation of the concept is now implemented as a plasmoid (a desktop widget) for the KDE desktop. The release of KDE 4.3 in July 2009 is going to have a so called Social Desktop Plasmoid integrated. Furthermore the official KDE community forum is also working on integrating the Open Collaboration Services API in the platform.
- ↑ "Article about the Social Desktop Plasmoid for KDE 4.3". http://dot.kde.org/2009/05/01/social-desktop-starts-arrive.
- ↑ "Presentation of the Social Desktop as keynote of the aKademy 2008 from Frank Karlitschek". http://akademy2008.kde.org/conference/presentation/40.php.
- ↑ "Official OCS API website". http://www.open-collaboration-services.org/.
- ↑ "KDE community forum admin on OCS/Social Desktop". http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/social-desktop/2009-March/000011.html.