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Polishing of KDE and Adding Git Support to Kate

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  • This week in KDE: fixing all the things

    Plasma 5.17 was released this week to glowing reviews! As with most new releases, our loyal users wasted no time in finding all the bugs we missed! So you know what that means, right? We all burned the midnight oil fixing the problems you found, and Plasma 5.17.1 will be released in just a few days with everything we’ve knocked out so far (detailed below) so never fear!

  • KDE Continues Seeing A Lot Of Bug Fixes, Continued Tweaks Around System Settings

    KDE developers remain busy this autumn on addressing bugs in the recent KDE Plasma 5.17 release and tackling early feature work for Plasma 5.18. Plus work on KDE Frameworks 5 and KDE Applications is as busy as ever.

  • Working around the Wrong Cursor bug

    This is a long-known bug with countless Reddit/Forum/… posts with often the correct answer how to fix it.

  • RFC - Git Client Integration

    At this year’s KDE conference Akademy we discussed how to evolve Kate over the next years. One of the areas we want to improve is better git integration out of the box. Currently, Kate ships the Projects plugin, which automatically detects and loads your file structure from your git repository. If a project is loaded, then the Search & Replace plugin allows to search&replace in all project files. In addition, the Quick Open feature also supports opening files from the currently active project - all explained here.

    However, the Projects plugin does not provide any real git integration: You can neither pull nor push, commit, diff, etc. If at all, additional git functionality is available only via external tools like gitk or git-cola (e.g. available in the context menu).

    This is something we would like to change by having really nice git integration.

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Raspberry Pi 4 BCM43455 NVRAM Addition Hits Linux-Firmware Git

The Raspberry Pi 4 continues seeing better mainline kernel/software support as we approach 2020. With the forthcoming Linux 5.5 kernel there is Broadcom BCM2711 SoC support and Raspberry Pi 4 DeviceTree in place. With Linux 5.5 due out in late January or early February is the start of that mainline board and SoC support though expect it to continue to be revised over the coming cycles. On the graphics side, the already mainline Broadcom "V3D" driver stack continues to be improved upon especially on the Mesa side with its Gallium3D driver and nearly at OpenGL ES 3.1 support. Read more

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