Difference between revisions of "KDE/Mission"

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= Draft for KDE's Mission =
 
= Draft for KDE's Mission =
  
To fulfill our [[../Vision | Vision], KDE has taken on the mission to create products which give users control, freedom and privacy
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To fulfill our [[../Vision | Vision], KDE has taken on the mission to
* convince them - through excellent user experience - to switch away from products which don't give them that
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* create software products which give users control, freedom and privacy
* reach them where they are
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* provide users with excellent user experience and quality which convinces them to switch to these products
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* reach users where they are
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* do our part to promote Free Software development
  
  
 
To provide control, freedom and privacy, KDE's products
 
To provide control, freedom and privacy, KDE's products
* allow users to "tinker" with them
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* allow users to adapt them to their needs (being simple by default and powerful when needed)
* apply open standards to prevent "lock-in"
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* strive to make it easy for people to modify our products' source code and build their own adaptations
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* build on open standards to prevent "lock-in"
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* store data in easily accessible formats
 
* integrate well with existing online services sharing the same values, or create their own where those do not exist
 
* integrate well with existing online services sharing the same values, or create their own where those do not exist
* never collect or transmit information about users without their explicit consent ("opt-in")
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* give users full control over which information about them or their behavior is ever collected or transmitted, and collect information for our own purposes (e.g. for improving our products) only with explicit consent (opt-in)
 
* strive to provide usable security and privacy features to protect against surveillance and data theft
 
* strive to provide usable security and privacy features to protect against surveillance and data theft
  
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To create a convincing user experience, KDE's products aim to
 
To create a convincing user experience, KDE's products aim to
 
* have consistent, easy to use human interfaces
 
* have consistent, easy to use human interfaces
* provide users with _at least_ the features and quality they expect coming from non-free products
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* meet or exceed user's expectations regarding feature set and quality
* be at the forefront of emerging trends like mobile/desktop convergence
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* be at the forefront of emerging trends (e.g. mobile/desktop convergence, conversation-based user interfaces, ...)
 
* integrate well with other Free products to complete the experience
 
* integrate well with other Free products to complete the experience
  
  
 
To reach users where they are, KDE  
 
To reach users where they are, KDE  
* strives to make our products available on major Free but also proprietary operating systems and platforms, mostly by applying Qt as a technology that allows easy portability
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* strives to make our products available on major Free and proprietary operating systems and platforms, for example by applying Qt as a technology that allows easy portability
 
* aims for a presence on all relevant device classes (desktop, mobile, embedded)
 
* aims for a presence on all relevant device classes (desktop, mobile, embedded)
* continues to offer a "classic desktop" product which makes the switch from proprietary operating easy
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* offers a "classic desktop" product which makes the switch from other popular operating systems easy
* offers products that also inter-operate with proprietary software, formats and services in order to ease the transition to Free alternatives
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* offers products that also inter-operate well with proprietary software, formats and services
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To promote the development of Free Software, KDE
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* provides frameworks and libraries which facilitate the development of high-quality Qt applications
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* participates in and maintains mentoring programs to empower people to contribute to Free software or create their own
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* collaborates with other organizations which share our values for mutual benefit

Revision as of 15:54, 9 May 2016

Draft for KDE's Mission

To fulfill our [[KDE/Vision| Vision], KDE has taken on the mission to

  • create software products which give users control, freedom and privacy
  • provide users with excellent user experience and quality which convinces them to switch to these products
  • reach users where they are
  • do our part to promote Free Software development


To provide control, freedom and privacy, KDE's products

  • allow users to adapt them to their needs (being simple by default and powerful when needed)
  • strive to make it easy for people to modify our products' source code and build their own adaptations
  • build on open standards to prevent "lock-in"
  • store data in easily accessible formats
  • integrate well with existing online services sharing the same values, or create their own where those do not exist
  • give users full control over which information about them or their behavior is ever collected or transmitted, and collect information for our own purposes (e.g. for improving our products) only with explicit consent (opt-in)
  • strive to provide usable security and privacy features to protect against surveillance and data theft


To create a convincing user experience, KDE's products aim to

  • have consistent, easy to use human interfaces
  • meet or exceed user's expectations regarding feature set and quality
  • be at the forefront of emerging trends (e.g. mobile/desktop convergence, conversation-based user interfaces, ...)
  • integrate well with other Free products to complete the experience


To reach users where they are, KDE

  • strives to make our products available on major Free and proprietary operating systems and platforms, for example by applying Qt as a technology that allows easy portability
  • aims for a presence on all relevant device classes (desktop, mobile, embedded)
  • offers a "classic desktop" product which makes the switch from other popular operating systems easy
  • offers products that also inter-operate well with proprietary software, formats and services


To promote the development of Free Software, KDE

  • provides frameworks and libraries which facilitate the development of high-quality Qt applications
  • participates in and maintains mentoring programs to empower people to contribute to Free software or create their own
  • collaborates with other organizations which share our values for mutual benefit

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