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Meet KDE at FOSDEM this Weekend

Wednesday 28th of January 2015 07:19:50 PM


KDE will be at Europe's largest gathering of free software developering this weekend, taking over the city of Brussels for FOSDEM. We start with the traditional beer event on the Friday, sampling 100 flavours of beer while we mingle with old friends and new. On Saturday we will have a stall showing off Plasma 5.2, our beautiful desktop launched only yesterday. We will also show off upcoming ideas like KDE software on Android. There will be t-shirts to buy for those who wants to show their support for the original and best free software desktop community. Saturday evening sees the Kubuntu 10th anniversary party in Grand Place to which all KDE friends are welcome (but remember to book on first). On Sunday we'll be running the Desktop devroom with our friends from other projects. Bruno Coudoin will be talking about his port to Qt of GCompris. Hope to see you there!

Plasma 5.2 Is Beautiful and Featureful

Tuesday 27th of January 2015 12:00:20 PM

Today KDE releases Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components, many new features and many more bugfixes.



New Components


KScreen dual monitor setup

This release of Plasma comes with some new components to make your desktop even more complete:

BlueDevil: a range of desktop components to manage Bluetooth devices. It'll set up your mouse, keyboard, send & receive files and you can browse for devices.

KSSHAskPass: if you access computers with ssh keys but those keys have passwords this module will give you a graphical UI to enter those passwords.

Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.

Login theme configuration (SDDM): SDDM is now the login manager of choice for Plasma and this new System Settings module allows you to configure the theme.

KScreen: getting its first release for Plasma 5 is the System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.

GTK Application Style: this new module lets you configure themeing of applications from Gnome.

KDecoration: this new library makes it easier and
more reliable to make themes for KWin, Plasma's window manager. It has
impressive memory, performance and stability improvements. If you are
missing a feature don't worry it'll be back in Plasma 5.3.

Other highlights

Undo changes to Plasma desktop layout


Undo changes to desktop layout

Smarter sorting of results in KRunner, press Alt-space to easily search through your computer


Smart sorting in KRunner

Breeze window decoration theme adds a new look to your desktop and is now used by default


New Breeze Window Decoration

The artists in the visual design group have been hard at work on many new Breeze icons


More Breeze Icons

They have added a new white mouse cursor theme for Breeze.

New plasma widgets: 15 puzzle, web browser, show desktop


Web browser plasmoid

Audio Player controls in KRunner, press Alt-Space and type next to change music track

The Kicker alternative application menu can install applications from the menu and adds menu editing features.

Our desktop search feature Baloo sees optimisations on startup. It now consumes 2-3x less CPU on startup. The query parser supports "type" / "kind" properties, so you can type "kind:Audio" in krunner to filter out Audio results.

In the screen locker we improved the integration with logind to ensure the screen is properly locked before suspend. The background of the lock screen can be configured. Internally this uses part of the Wayland protocol which is the future of the Linux desktop.

There are improvements in the handling of multiple monitors. The detection code for multiple monitors got ported to use the XRandR extension directly and multiple bugs related to it were fixed.

Default applications in Kickoff panel menu have been updated to list Instant Messaging, Kontact and Kate.

There is a welcome return to the touchpad enable/disable feature for laptop keypads with these keys.

Breeze will set up GTK themes on first login to match.

Over 300 bugs fixed throughout Plasma modules.

Plasma modules 5.2 full changelog

Live Images

The easiest way to try it out is the with a live image booted off a USB disk. Images which use Plasma 5.2 beta are available for development versions of Kubuntu Vivid Beta and Fedora 21 remix. We expect Plasma 5 to be picked up as the default desktop in leading distributions in the coming months.

Package Downloads

Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

Source Downloads

You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.

Feedback

You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

Discuss Plasma 5 on the KDE Forums Plasma 5 board.

You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Supporting KDE

KDE is a Free Software community that exists and grows only because of the help of many volunteers that donate their time and effort. KDE is always looking for new volunteers and contributions, whether it is help with coding, bug fixing or reporting, writing documentation, translations, promotion, money, etc. All contributions are gratefully appreciated and eagerly accepted. Please read through the Supporting KDE page for further information or become a KDE e.V. supporting member through our Join the Game initiative.

Akademy 2015 - A Coruña, Spain - 25-31 July

Tuesday 20th of January 2015 04:44:23 PM

For more than 1800 years, the Tower of Hercules has guided ships sailing near A Coruña. Soon it will beckon KDE users and contributors, when Akademy—the annual KDE community meeting—is held in A Coruña (Galicia, Spain) 25–31 July. The conference is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from the global KDE Community to discuss and plan the future of the Community and its technology. Many participants from the broad free and open source software community, local organizations and software companies will also attend.


Free software user group GPUL is the local team What is the local connection?

GPUL (Grupo de Programadores y Usuarios de Linux) is the local organization that is working with the KDE Akademy Team to produce the conference. GPUL is formed by students, professors, IT professionals and people in general who share a passion for free and open software. There is a common view that society should own the software that people use, a practical philosophy that is actively promoted. So GPUL organizes activities to inform people and help them make the change to free and open software. GPUL has produced or helped to produce other free and open technology events, because working with the free software community is quite satisfying. There is always an awesome atmosphere; there have been really great experiences collaborating with free software communities in managing events like Akademy-es 2008 and GUADEC 2012 (the Gnome Users and Developers European Conference). KDE is one of the largest and most effective communities of free software users and developers in the world. Many GPUL members use KDE software. So holding Akademy in A Coruña is something that the Group totally wants to do. GPUL members are honored to be host to Akademy 2015.


Photo courtesy of Triatlon Sin Drafting A Coruña and Akademy

A Coruña is the second largest city in Galicia with about 250,000 inhabitants. Located in the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula, it's a city—surrounded by ocean—that has attracted diverse peoples and cultures for over 2000 years. They have left a legacy of legends, myths and history in every corner of the town. It's a feast for the senses. The city has many sights, such as Tower of Hercules (World Heritage Site), Castle of San Anton, the Promenade, Coruña Museum of Sciences, Maria Pita Square, Garden of San Carlos and San Pedro Park & Ascensor Panorámico (magnifique views of the Rias Altas coast), wonderful beaches such as Riazor and Orzán, and some of the best seafood in the world.

The Venue at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Universidade da Coruña (FIC) is perfectly suited for hacking, presentations, BoFs and working together. Free software events have been held here since 1998. The recommended accommodation near the Venue has enough room for all attendees and free transportation to the city.

The combination of the Faculty of Computer Science, the accommodation, the KDE community, the local free software community and the city itself is a perfect match for Akademy.

About GPUL

GPUL is a Free Software user group based in the Faculty of Computer Science in A Coruña. The group has been working to promote free software in our university and in the local society since 1998 (in fact GPUL is celebrating its 2^2^2 anniversary). There are currently more than 400 members.

About Akademy

For most of the year, KDE—one of the largest free and open software communities in the world—works online by email, IRC, forums and mailing lists. Akademy provides all KDE contributors the opportunity to meet in person to foster social bonds, work on concrete technology issues, consider new ideas, and reinforce the innovative, dynamic culture of KDE. Akademy brings together artists, designers, developers, translators, users, writers, sponsors and many other types of KDE contributors to celebrate the achievements of the past year and help determine the direction for the next year. Intense workshops at the conference bring those plans to reality. The KDE Community welcomes companies building on KDE technology, and those that are exploring possibilities involving free and open source technologies.

In 2015, once again a few hundred Free Software enthusiasts will gather for 2 days of talks and 5 days of workshops and coding sessions. For more information, please contact the Akademy team.

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KDE Commit-Digest for 16th November 2014

Monday 19th of January 2015 08:44:28 AM

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest:

  • Gwenview gains "Recent Files" option
  • Cantor sees multiple backends (R, Lua, KAlgebra/analitza, Maxima, Qalculate) and KLetters ported to Qt5/KF5
  • Refactoring in of the custom defines and includes plugins in KDevelop: the compiler provider is a library now
  • Skrooge adds new advice detecting scheduled operations having date not aligned with the last inserted operation
  • Heavy development including introducting a base class Resource; also bugfixes.

Read the rest of the Digest here.

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Plasma 5.2 Beta out for Testing

Tuesday 13th of January 2015 02:10:04 PM

Today KDE releases a beta for Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components and improves the existing desktop. We welcome all testers to find and help fix the bugs before our stable release in two weeks' time.



New Components


KScreen dual monitor setup

This release of Plasma comes with some new components to make your desktop even more complete:

BlueDevil: a range of desktop components to manage Bluetooth devices. It'll set up your mouse, keyboard, send & receive files and you can browse for devices.

KSSHAskPass: if you access computers with ssh keys but those keys have passwords this module will give you a graphical UI to enter those passwords.

Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.

Login theme configuration (SDDM): SDDM is now the login manager of choice for Plasma and this new System Settings module allows you to configure the theme.

KScreen: getting its first release for Plasma 5 is the System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.

GTK Application Style: this new module lets you configure themeing of applications from Gnome.

KDecoration: this new library makes it easier and more reliable to make themes for KWin, Plasma's window manager.

Work in Progress

These modules have problem which makes it unlikely they will be in the stable release but we welcome testing.

Touchpad settings: feeling left handed? You can use this new System Settings module to set up your touchpad however you like.

User Manager: a module for System Settings to create and administer user accounts.

Other highlights

Undo changes to Plasma desktop layout


Undo changes to desktop layout

Smarter sorting of results in KRunner, press Alt-space to easily search through your computer


Smart sorting in KRunner

Breeze window decoration theme adds a new look to your desktop and is now used by default


New Breeze Window Decoration

The artists in the visual design group have been hard at work on many new Breeze icons

They are have added a new white mouse cursor theme for Breeze.

New plasma widgets: 15 puzzle, web browser, show desktop


Web browser plasmoid

Audio Player controls in KRunner, press Alt-Space and type next to change music track

The Kicker alternative application menu can install applications from the menu and adds menu editing features.

Over 300 bugs fixed throughout Plasma modules.

5.2 beta full changelog

Package Downloads

Distributions have created, or are in the process
of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

Source Downloads

You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE's community wiki has instructions to compile it.
Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.

Feedback

You can provide feedback either via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. Plasma
5 is also discussed on the KDE Forums. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

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