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Plasma 5.3.1 Fixes Important Bugs

Tuesday 26th of May 2015 11:57:36 AM
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Plasma 5.3

Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.3.1. Plasma 5.3 was released in January with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month's worth of new translations and fixes from KDE's contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important for example:


Full Plasma 5.3.1 changelog

Live Images

The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

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.

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Qt - 20 years leading cross-platform development

Wednesday 20th of May 2015 02:43:24 AM

Today we celebrate 20 years since the first release of Qt was uploaded to sunsite.unc.edu and announced, six days later, at comp.os.linux.announce. Over these years, Qt evolved from a two person Norwegian project to a full-fledged, social-technical world-wide organism that underpins free software projects, profitable companies, universities, government-related organizations, and more. It's been an exciting journey.

From the early days of Trolltech in 1999, through an evolution of licensing (from the original FreeQt, to QPL, to GPL, to LGPL today), corporate cooperation from Nokia and Digia, Open Governance, and leading edge technology refinements, Qt has supported the spirit of free software, thriving communities, and high quality products.

The KDE Community thanks everyone who helps keep Qt rocking; we share our pride in being part of this history. Since 1997, Qt has provided the foundation upon which KDE has developed its workspaces, applications, and development environments. Moreover, Qt has contributed to a fruitful symbiosis where goals, contributions, and discussions blur the boundaries between the Qt and KDE projects. As a result, today KDE is the biggest Qt showcase in the world, and there's evidence that this successful and long-running partnership will continue.

The Qt/KDE partnership

There are several fundamental aspects of this strong relationship.

  • KDE has always worked hard to keep Qt free and open through the KDE Free Qt Foundation. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation makes continuous updates in its statutes, aiming not only at more precise and complete terms but also to accommodate new situations involving Qt's development.
  • KDE people make 40-60% of the weekly commits in the QtBase repository. As in every major transition between Qt versions, KDE had close and active participation during the development of Qt 5, contributing many new features and enhancements which expanded benefits to the whole class of Qt applications. Furthermore, since Qt adopted the Open Governance model in October 2011, contributing to Qt has become even easier, not only for KDE people but for anyone interested in the project's trends, roadmap, and technologies.
  • Conceiving KDE Frameworks 5 as a set of fine-grained and independent Qt 5 add-on modules demonstrates our confidence in Qt's commitment to KDE efforts. In turn, KDE Frameworks 5 contributes to the entire ecosystem of Qt developers by making available many high-quality libraries—based on over 18 years of KDE experience in building Qt applications.
  • Many people interested in Qt development start their efforts in KDE projects with seasoned mentors. KDE offers several opportunities for young people to do real-world work. As a consequence, over time, KDE is the first Qt experience for a growing number of highly skilled Qt developers, who have learned the Qt way of doing things from the beginning.
Congratulations!

Because of all this, we say again with much appreciation: congratulations to all of Qt. Thank you, and keep counting on KDE!

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GCompris Fundraiser

Sunday 17th of May 2015 02:25:41 PM

The work on unified graphics for GCompris was completed in the time allocated by the fundraiser. Here is a video to show the result.

15% of the goal was funded, so not all of the work could be completed in the time proposed. But there are updates to all the core components, the main menu with all the activities icons and a good bunch of activities.

Finishing the remaining activities

Timothée Giet will keep working on GCompris in his spare time. There's still a large amount of work to do. If you want to help, please read the guidelines and take a look at the work already done. Then contact the development team on IRC (#gcompris channel on freenode) for some guidance to get started.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this work possible!

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May Update for KDE Applications 15.04

Tuesday 12th of May 2015 09:46:00 PM

KDE App Dragons

Today, the KDE Community is happy to announce the release of KDE Applications 15.04.1.

This minor update includes a number of bugfixes, focusing especially on Kdenlive, Okular, Umbrello, and Marble. In addition to software bugs, issues with translations have also been addressed in this release.

Beyond the core of KDE Applications, this update includes a long-term support update for the Plasma Workspaces (4.11.19), the KDE Development Platform (4.14.8), and the Kontact Suite (4.14.8).

To learn more about this release, refer to the full announcement.

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Performance and Animation: Krita Kickstarter Kicks Off

Monday 4th of May 2015 12:38:40 PM

Last year, we held the first Kickstarter campaign for Krita. We raised more than €20,000 for Krita development, blowing past the fundraising goal. Thanks to this funding, a year later a dozen new features have been implemented, ranging from transform masks to High Dynamic Range (HDR) painting, from layer styles to improved vector objects. The Krita team did all that was promised...and much more.

It was a great year for Krita all-round, with the Steam release, a booth at SIGGRAPH, and the Artists' Choice award in ImagineFX magazine.

Now, it’s time for another Kickstarter! This year, we're even more ambitious. If there's one thing that's always held back free graphics software, it's raw interactive performance. That's true for Krita as well. So that is what we'll focus on first!

Next is extended animation support. Together with Google Summer of Code student Jouni Pentikäinen, we'll be putting hand-drawn 2D animation right into the core of Krita. That will require many of the optimizations Dmitry Kazakov will be working on.

And if we go over the initial goal—well, there are 24 stretch goals. For every additional €1500 over the initial goal another stretch goal will be added. After the dust settles, the backers will be asked to vote for their favorite goals!

Help us spread the word and make this campaign a big success!

Check out the Krita Kickstarter video. Here's a video of Krita in action (Layerstyles Work in Progress).

https://www.krita.org/kickstarter

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