Dear $ALL,

As stated in the subject line, X2Go: The Gathering 2021 - AKA "Over
9000!" - will be an entirely virtual event and will take place from
Friday afternoon, 2021-12-03, to Sunday afternoon/evening, 2021-12-05.

If you're wondering what the “Over 9000!” is about, take a look at
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especially the box titled “COVID-19-Fälle” (active Covid-19 cases),
which is way over 9000.

Under normal conditions, X2Go: The Gathering would be the annual event
where users, admins, and developers (including the i18n volunteers) of
X2Go, as well as members from the Arctica project and the orca e.V.
nonprofit meet face to face, to discuss current X2Go-related issues, fix
open bugs, and have a good time getting to know each other.

Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year's X2Go: The
Gathering will have to remain entirely virtual.

Due to various reasons, we were unable to schedule the event earlier in
the year, where Covid-19 infection numbers were lower and where meeting
outside or keeping the windows open all day might have worked, so we're
stuck with this late event date, which sadly coincides with the fourth
Covid-19 wave here in Germany.

This means we will be meeting via Jitsi and we will be live-streaming
the event via YouTube. Links to the streams will be posted on
<> each day
before the stream begins.

You can join in any time, even on short notice, no sign-up required.

We will be updating the Wiki page
<> as more
information becomes available - especially the schedule, which is
currently still in the works.

We plan to release (at least) three new features for X2Go at or at least
shortly after this year's X2Go: The Gathering, namely:
- the HTML5 client
- server-side X2Go-KDrive support, and
- X2Go support in Remmina.

The former two are currently already available via nightly builds, but
we intend to declare them stable and turn them into a proper release.
The latter should become available with the next Remmina release.
Also, we intend to present the current state of X2Go-TCE on the
Raspberry Pi.

If time permits (and the individuals required for this are available for
it), we will also attempt to move our bugtracker and git to our own
gitlab instance (at least for new bugs).

As this year's event is an entirely virtual event, there is not really a
need for event sponsorships.

However, if you're a company that had planned to sponsor the event, we'd
appreciate it if you'd redirect the money to some paid work on X2Go

A list of companies/individuals available for this can be found
here: <>

If you're not sure what to sponsor - while the features already
mentioned above are ready to be included in a stable release, they could
still use some more love and affection.

For example:
- The HTML5 and Remmina clients don't support file and printer
  sharing yet
- The HTML5 client also lacks sound support
- The HTML5 client only works with KDrive, not "classic" X2Go-NX
  (to be honest, NX inside HTML5 doesn't really make sense since we are
  about to release KDrive as stable, but if you feel you have a good
  reason for it, let us know ...)
- Remmina only works with "classic" X2Go-NX, not KDrive, and only on a
  client that still supports X11 (even though Remmina in general also
  works on a Wayland-only client) -> KDrive support would require a
  shared library for KDrive, either written in GTK or with more low
  level rendering toolskits (e.g. Glib-2.0 and Cairo, etc.).
- KDrive probably needs some more work on the Windows (and possibly
  macOS) Client side.
- X2Go-TCE on the Pi, while functional in general, still has some
  untested areas and is a little rough around the edges.
- Also, we have been contacted once again regarding USB forwarding
  support in X2Go, so anyone interested in co-sponsoring this feature
  should speak up or at least contact me off-list - maybe we can get a
  co-sponsoring going, lowering the cost for all parties involved.

And of course, you can also make donations, either in general or
specifically earmarked for X2Go, via orca e.V.

The entire schedule, save for the time and date of the orca e.V. meeting
on Sunday, is still in a state of flux. We may move some presentations
to a Saturday slot, depending on the availability of the speakers
involved. If you would like to present something, please contact me via
E-Mail (<>) and let me know the title of
your presentation/talk, the expected duration and the times you would be
available. Of course, you can also pre-record your presentation/talk if
you want, but you will have to upload it to YouTube yourself and let us
know the link (it may be unlisted, but must not be marked "private").

Stefan Baur, "X2Go: The Gathering" event organizer

PS: Please heed the "reply-to" when replying, and make sure your reply
gets sent only to <>, as this message is
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not subscribed to all of them, so your replies would clog up the
moderation queue for the others).
BAUR-ITCS UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Geschäftsführer: Stefan Baur
Eichenäckerweg 10, 89081 Ulm | Registergericht Ulm, HRB 724364
Fon/Fax 0731 40 34 66-36/-35 | USt-IdNr.: DE268653243

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