Towards a location-aware desktop

Speaker: Henri Bergius

Making applications context-aware is an important part of usability, and user's current location is an important part of the context. As laptops and netbooks have made traditional desktops mobile, location-aware desktop can help users in many ways:
* Changing time zones automatically as user travels
* Reminding user of important tasks when arriving to a place
* Helping user to find documents based on where they were made
* Finding and displaying relevant local content like news, weather and events

The basic technology for making this happen exists in GeoClue, the D-Bus based geolocation framework that is already shipping in many Linux distributions, and is used as the positioning system in the MeeGo mobile Linux environment.

Making GeoClue part of the desktop experience would enable KDE to take important steps towards usability and mobility.

Henri Bergius