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Qt and KDE: Qt 5.9.2, Kube, Plasma Convergence, KRunner and Elisa

  • Qt 5.9.2 Released With Bug Fixes
  • Qt 5.9.2 Released

    I am very happy to announce that Qt 5.9.2 is released today. It contains all the latest bug fixes and improvements from Qt 5.9 branch. Among multiple other improvements, Qt 5.9.2 also contains all the bug fixes released with Qt 5.6.3 earlier. We have also included the new Qt Creator 4.4.1 in the Qt 5.9.2 offline installer packages.

    As a patch release Qt 5.9.2 does not add any new functionality, focus is in bug fixes and performance improvements. Compared to Qt 5.9.1 the new Qt 5.9.2 contains XYZ bug fixes and the total amount of changes since Qt 5.9.1 is ZZZ. For details of the most important changes, please check the Change files of Qt 5.9.2.

  • Kube: Finding our Focus

    Over the past two years we’ve been laying the ground work towards the first goal of a simple and beautiful mail client.
    By now we have the first few releases out, and the closer we get to our goal, the less clear becomes what the next goal on our roadmap is.

  • Plasma Convergence, technically

    Convergence plays a role at different levels of the whole software stack. In this, more technical article, I’ll look at different layers of the software stack, from boot/kernel and middleware to UI controls and overall layout and input methods. After reading this article, you’ll understand how Plasma allows to use the same software on a range of devices, which parts are different, and where code sharing makes sense, and thus happens.

    Keep in mind that Convergence, at least for Plasma, doesn’t mean that we ship a lowest-common denominator UI so it “kind of” runs on all things computer, but that it provides a toolbox to build customized UIs that allow taking advantage of specific characteristics of a given target device.

  • Cross-process Runners

    KRunner, the framework, is the backend behind the ‘krunner’ UI, as well as being used for search operations within the Plasma shell. Backends (or ‘runners’) are written as plugins, which can come from a range of sources and loaded by both the plasmashell and krunner process.

  • Last Week Activity in Elisa

    Elisa is a music player designed to be simple and nice to use.

    Last week, I have worked on focus handling and keyboard navigation. It is now possible to only use the keyboard to do everything possible with a mouse at the exception of filtering by ratings.

    A very nice side effect of those modifications is that it is also quite easy to use with a touchscreen like the ones commonly found on laptops.

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