Plasma Next Accessibility

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KDE

I’ve been wondering for quite some time though how the state of Plasma Next is when it comes to accessibility. In this case accessibility is mostly how the applications and desktop shell expose semantics to the accessibility framework via an API (on Linux the beast is called AT-SPI, a DBus API). The goal is that assistive technology such as a screen readers (Orca), the screen magnifier, or Simon can pick up what’s going on and assist the user. This allows for example blind people to use the software. The big thing here is that while Qt never had good support for QGraphicsView accessibility, we plowed away at making things work well with Qt Quick. This afternoon I finally got around to looking at the next iteration of the KDE desktop for real. In fact I’m writing this in a running Plasma Next session on top of the frameworks 5 libraries. It feels a bit like the porting from KDE 3 to 4, except that most things seem to just work so far.

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Linux's DistroWatch site stumbles

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Linux
Web

It appears that DistroWatch went down because of some kind of account issue with its web-hosting provider. This would not be the first, nor last, time an important site went down because of a simple payment problem. The website's last update, a listing for the new version of Scientific Linux, was posted on July 4th.

The one thing we know for certain is that DistroWatch's dropping off the net at this point is not because its domain registration has expired. DistroWatch's domain doesn't expire until July 3, 2018.

It appears that DistroWatch went down because of some kind of account issue with its web-hosting provider. This would not be the first, nor last, time an important site went down because of a simple payment problem. The website's last update, a listing for the new version of Scientific Linux, was posted on July 4th.

The one thing we know for certain is that DistroWatch's dropping off the net at this point is not because its domain registration has expired. DistroWatch's domain doesn't expire until July 3, 2018

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Linux 3.16-rc4 Kernel Brings More Fixes

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Linux

Linus Torvalds has done another traditional Sunday afternoon development release of the Linux kernel. We're now just a few weeks out from seeing the release of Linux 3.16.

Released just a few minutes ago was Linux 3.16-rc4. Merged over the past week was just the usual assortment of bug/regression fixes with nothing too major standing out from my Git watching of the code; Linus has yet to send out his official 3.16-rc4 announcement with his few remarks. The 3.16 activity to point out though from the past week for Phoronix readers would be Radeon DRM going for BAPM by default.

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Calligra 2.8.5 Released

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KDE
Software

This is the last but one update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update.

Why is 2.8.4 skipped? Shortly before 2.8.4 release we discovered bug that sneaked in 2.8.2 version and decided to skip the 2.8.4 entirely and quickly release 2.8.5 instead with a proper fix. The bug is related to not showing file formats in Save dialogs.

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What’s up with Open Standards?

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LibO
OOo

It is hard enough for people to understand what protocols such as TCP/IP do. These open standards however are invisible to most of them, even if they’re using them on a daily basis. Other open standards, such as OpenDocument Format, are probably not conceivable by some people, who think that an office document is “an extension of Microsoft Office”. I have even heard of teachers, here in France, who refused to even mention ODF because such a thing “could not possibly exist”. The conceptual distinction between a file and an application has not permeated much, even in the twenty first century.

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Android Circuit: Samsung's New Galaxy Smartphones, Android Is The Top OS In The US, And The Home Screen On The Front Line

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Android

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit focuses on Samsung’s new Galaxy handsets; Android tops the US market share; the Android ‘L’ changes; Google Play Services’ update for Android Wear support; Android Wear apps arrive in the Play Store; the battle for the home screen continues with Aviate; and what happens next in the smartphone world.

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Deepin 2014 Release——Hold Your Dream and Move Forward

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Linux

Linux Deepin Project has been officially renamed as “Deepin Project”.

Deepin is a Linux distribution that aims to provide an elegant, user-friendly, safe and stable operating system for global users. Based on HTML5 technologies, Deepin team has developed a series of new special software, such as Deepin Desktop Environment, Deepin Music Player, DPlayer, Deepin Software Center etc.

In recent years, Deepin developed rapidly and has got support of users from more than 40 countries or regions in the world. The operating system has been downloaded tens of millions of times and ranks first on DistroWatch among Chinese Linux operating system distributions.

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Mobile Phone Management Made Easy

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Software

Mobile phone users should not regard their computer only as the means of recharging their phone, or transferring files to and from the phone's storage. There's a lot more than you can do with your Linux box. This article illustrates some good open source tools that let you manage your mobile phone.

Whilst there is a scarcity of open source mobile phone management software, there are still some excellent tools available for Linux.

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Pixman 0.32.6 Finally Updated

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Graphics/Benchmarks

The last Pixman stable release happened in November of 2013 while out this weekend is finally a new Pixman release.

While it's been more than a half-year since the last stable Pixman release, the changes for the new v0.32.6 release aren't particularly compelling but still worth pointing out.

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Google Now Is The Killer App For Android Wear

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Android
Google

In the next few months, Google will get some competition from Microsoft, Apple and a few startups in this space. For better or worse, none of them know as much about you as Google does, so it’ll be hard for them to replicate the Google Now experience. That should give Google a bit of an edge against the competition — unless the iWatch turns out to be so amazing that people will buy it even if it just shows the time and phone notifications.

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Build the best Linux desktop

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GNU
Linux

Like all things Linux and open source, users are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a desktop environment (or DE). But this choice that many perceive as freedom, others may also see as a little bewildering and confusing.

Right after making the soul-shaking decision of switching operating systems and installing an unknown system – by hand no less – a new Linux user is then greeted with weird sounding desktops to choose from with names like Gnome (a mini-desktop perhaps?), KDE (Isn't that a double-glazing firm?) and Xfce (No idea). What veteran users herald as Linux's crown jewels, to the innocent newcomer it's like stumbling into a sci-fi convention where everyone is discussing a new TV series that you've never heard of but apparently it's been around for years.

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Build Android, Chrome apps from the Chromebook

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Android
Google

The app allows you to code through HTML, JavaScript and Dart - Google's JavaScript-like language, so there is no Java at this time, but you do get Git support.

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Linux Mint 17 KDE Overview & Screenshots

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GNU
KDE
Linux
Reviews

Linux Mint 17 ‘Qiana’ KDE and Xfce editions were released late last month, just a few weeks after the main editions (Cinnamon and MATE) were put out. This release will have the same lifespan as the distribution which is based on, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, so it will be supported until 2019, for no less than five years.

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Leftovers: Gaming

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