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KDE's First Apps Update in 2021 Brings NeoChat, Better Integration of Remote Files

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The KDE Applications 20.12 open-source software suite launched last month, and it probably already arrived in the stable software repositories of many popular GNU/Linux distributions, brining numerous new features and improvements for fans of KDE’s Plasma desktop environment and applications.

Now, we see the release of the first maintenance update, KDE Applications 20.12.1, which brings a plethora of changes to make your KDE Apps experience better. The biggest change in this point release is the introduction of the first stable version of the brand-new chat client called NeoChat, which uses the Matrix protocol.

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KDE's January 2021 Apps Update

  • KDE's January 2021 Apps Update

    This month, we welcome a new chat app for Matrix, while KIO Fuse brings better integration with files on a local network.


    Some of our projects release on their own timescale and some get released en-masse. The 20.12.1 bundle of projects was released today with dozens of bugfixes and will be available through app stores and distros soon. See the 20.12.1 releases page for details.

NeoChat – KDE Matrix Client For Linux Desktop and Mobile

  • NeoChat – KDE Matrix Client For Linux Desktop and Mobile

    KDE announced a new chat application NeoChat, a Matrix client for Desktop and Mobile, in its January 2021 apps update.

    Matrix is an instant messaging system similar to Whatsapp or Telegram, but uses an open and decentralized network for secure and privacy-protected communications.

    NeoChat is a fork of Spectral, another QML client, and uses the libQuotient library to interact with the Matrix protocol. It features an elegant and responsive user interface allows to adapt to any screen size automatically and gracefully. It works on both Desktop and Mobile, and will be installed by default on PinePhone KDE edition.

Matrix Live about NeoChat

  • Matrix Live about NeoChat

    I was recently interviewed with Tobias by the Matrix folks about NeoChat as part of Matrix Live. You can read the integrality of the Matrix update for this week here.

NeoChat 1.0.1, first bugfix release

  • NeoChat 1.0.1, first bugfix release

    This version fixes several bugs.

    NeoChat doesn’t require a .well-know configuration in the server to work. (Tobias and Kitsune)
    Edited messages won’t show up duplicated anymore. (Carl)
    NeoChat now ask for consent to terms and conditions if required instead of displaying nothing. (Tobias)
    Users avatar in the room list are now displayed correctly. (Carl)
    Fix image saving (Tobias)
    Various graphic glitches have been fixed. (Various authors)

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