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KDE:Amarok 2.9 Released, Qt for WebAssembly, KaOS 2018.01, KDE Discover, Skrooge 2.12.0, Krita 4.1, GTK Global Menu

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  • Amarok 2.9 Released As The Last Step Before Qt5/KF5

    The KDE developers working on the Amarok music player released version 2.9.0 this week as their last expected release atop the aging KDE 4 libraries and Qt4.

  • Amarok 2.9.0 "Hibernaculum" released

    As it may be customary for the upcoming season the Amarok team did some spring cleaning and is proud to announce the immediate release of Amarok 2.9.0. While we realize that the clock has run out on KDELibs 4 and Qt 4, we wanted to bring 20+ bug fixes from 18 contributors to our users before the next major release will harness all the shiny new things provided by Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5. In fact, the port is already progressing nicely in the Git 'kf5' branch, which is soon to become the new ‘master’ branch. We welcome everybody willing to help out to check out the source code and improve the next major version of Amarok!

  • [Development] Qt for WebAssembly

    As you may have noticed work on Qt for WebAssembly is underway. W

  • Qt Developers Begin Brewing Their WebAssembly Plans

    The Qt Company developers are soliciting feedback from developers and the community about what they would like to see out of WebAssembly support for the tool-kit.

    WebAssembly is now supported by all major web browsers as a binary format for allowing sandboxed executable code in web pages that is nearly as fast as native machine code. Many different projects are figuring out how to make use of WASM or offer support for it moving forward, including the Qt tool-kit.

  • What’s New in KaOS 2018.01

    KaOS 2018.01 is the latest release of KDE-focused Linux distro, KaoS Linux. This release features latest packages for the Plasma Desktop, includes Frameworks 5.42.0, Plasma 5.11.5, KDE Applications 17.12.1. All built on Qt 5.10.0. Also ships ships with an alternative desktop enviornment to KDE Plasma, called Liquidshell, which is a lightweight environment that’s still in development at the moment of writing.

    Powered by the latest Linux 4.14.14 kernel built with Retpoline support, Intel and AMD microcode firmware updates are also present. KaOS 2018.01 also ships with LLVM/Clang 5.0.1, Boost 1.66.0, ICU 60.2, Protobuf 3.5.1, Glib2 2.54.3, Libcdio 2.0.0, OpenCV 3.4.0, Ruby 2.5.0, and the Calamares graphical installer framework 3.2, which features experimental LVM support.

  • This week in Discover, part 9

    We need your help! Consider becoming a KDE contributor, and help make Discover the best Linux app store in existence!

  • Skrooge 2.12.0 released

    The Skrooge Team announces the release 2.12.0 version of its popular Personal Finances Manager based on KDE Frameworks.

  • More comics management: making proper ACBF files.

    Krita 4.1’s comic project management tools now support 90% of all ACBF features.

  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Getting GTK Global Menu Support

    For those relying upon GTK applications like LibreOffice, GIMP, and GNOME programs from the KDE desktop, the integration is taking a step forward with Plasma 5.13.

  • GTK Global Menu

    For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a way to get GTK applications talk to Plasma’s Global Menu feature. I came up with a little helper application called gmenu-dbusmenu-proxy that talks both GMenu and DBusMenu protocols. This way no adjustment on Plasma’s side is needed, it just sees a regular global menu enabled application.

A look at KDE Neon – a minimal mini-distribution

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Overall, KDE Neon is great for minimalists who want to populate their system with packages and applications themselves, rather than deal with the potential bloat of many common distributions. The downside, is that users who want a fully working, prepackaged distro that they can just install and go, will likely find KDE Neon too much for them.

As a whole however, the system runs nicely, using Ubuntu as the base has its obvious benefits and caveats just like other popular Ubuntu based systems; but if you’re looking for the latest and greatest KDE packages from upstream, and you don’t mind (or prefer) building your system up yourself a bit, give Neon a peek.

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Also: Import of Origin and LabPlot projects

Kubuntu, Ubuntu 17.10 Users Can Now Install the Latest KDE Plasma 5.12.3 Desktop

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The KDE Project released earlier this week the third bugfix update to their long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.12 desktop environment, and Ubuntu/Kubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) users are among the first to install it. The update brings an impressive list of improvements for the Plasma Discover package manager.

While Kubuntu/Ubuntu 17.10 users are already receiving the most recent stable KDE Plasma packages, it looks like Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) early adopters will have to wait a little longer for the new updates, as the upcoming operating system is currently in Beta freeze and the repositories are blocked.

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KDE and GNOME: KDE Plasma on Arch Linux, Konsole KDE Store Integration, Call For Improving Cairo Rendering

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  • Install KDE Plasma on Arch Linux

    KDE Plasma Desktop Environment is one of the cleanest, fastest, and polished desktop environments on Linux. KDE 5 desktop needs less memory to run. It is lightweight. It is also very responsive. KDE 5 is my favorite desktop environment.

    In this article, I will show you how to install KDE 5 Plasma desktop environment on Arch Linux. Let’s get started.

  • Konsole KDE Store Integration

    Git master of Konsole recently grew integration for content along with a new category on the store for Konsole color schemes.

    Soon you’ll be able to get a fresh look for your terminal without leaving the window or having to mess with copying around files manually!

  • A Call For Improving Cairo Rendering With Its Own Test Suite No Longer Even Passing

    GNOME developer Federico Mena-Quintero has made a call to action for trying to get some support for improving Cairo, the widely-used 2D rendering library. Its own test suite is no longer passing with interest in Cairo seeming to wane these days.

    From the GNOME side, Cairo is still heavily relied upon for 2D rendering by components such as librsvg. While Federico was investigating some Cairo crashes, he realized Cairo's very thorough test suite isn't even passing itself. It's not even passing with Cairo's pure software-rendered test suite that should theoretically always be working.

Plasma 5.12.3 bugfix updates available for 17.10 backports PPA

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Users of Kubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark can now upgrade via our backports PPA to the 3rd bugfix release (5.12.3) of the Plasma 5.12 LTS release series from KDE.

(Testers of 18.04 Bionic Beaver will need to be patient as the Ubuntu archive is currently in Beta 1 candidate freeze for our packages, and but we hope to update the packages there once the Beta 1 is released)

The full changelog of fixes for 5.12.3 can be found here.

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KDE: Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1, KDE Slimbook II, KaOS 2018.03, and Screen Sharing in Plasma

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  • Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1 Candidate Image Testing

    Candidate images for the Kubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04) Beta 1 are now available for testing.

    The Kubuntu team will be releasing 18.04 in April. The final Beta 1 milestone will be available on March 8.

  • KDE Slimbook II at Scottish Linux User Group 20th Anniversary

    Glasgow’s group of Linux nerds has been gathering for 20 years so I was pleased to eat lots of curry at the Scottish Linux User Group’s 20th anniversary dinner. In the pub afterwards I showed off the new KDE Slimbook II and recorded a little intro. It’s maybe not the most slick presenting skills but it’s my first time making a video...

  • KaOS 2018.03

    KaOS is proud to announce the availability of the March release of a new stable ISO.

  • KaOS Linux Switches to Falkon Browser, March's Release Adds KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS

    The developers of the KaOS Linux operating system announced today that availability of March 2018's ISO snapshot with up-to-date components and latest GNU/Linux technologies.

    KaOS 2018.03 is now available for download and it's the first to ship with the recently released KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment by default. In fact, the new release includes KDE Plasma 5.12.2 LTS, along with the KDE Applications 17.12.2 and KDE Frameworks 5.43.0 software suites built on Qt 5.10.1.

  • Screen sharing in Plasma wayland session

    One of the important missing features in Plasma wayland session is without a doubt possibility to share your screen or record you screen. To support this you need help of the compositor and somehow deliver all needed information to the client (application), in ideal way something what can be used by all DEs, such as Gnome. Luckily, this has been one of the primary goals of Pipewire, together with support for Flatpak. If you haven’t heard about Pipewire, it’s a new project that wants to improve audio and video handling in Linux, supporting all the usecases handled by PulseAudio and providing same level of handling for video input and output. With Pipewire supporting this, there was recently a new API added to xdg-desktop-portal for screen cast support and also for remote desktop. Using this API, applications can now have access to your screen content on Wayland sessions or in case they are running in sandbox. With various backend implementation, like xdg-desktop-portal-kde or xdg-desktop-portal-gtk, they just need to support one API to target all desktops. Screen cast portal works the way, that the client first needs to create a session between him and xdp (xdg-desktop-portal) backend implementation, user then gets a dialog with a screen he would like to share and starts screen sharing. Once he does that, xdp backend implementation creates a Pipewire stream, sends back response to the client with stream id and then client can connect to that stream and get its content. Once he no longer requests content of the selected stream, xdp backend implementation gets information that nobody is longer connected to the created Pipewire stream and can stop sharing screen information and xdp backend implementation is again ready to accept next requests for screen sharing. This is all happening in the background so there is really no cool picture I can show, at least this dialog which you get when you request to share a screen.

  • KDE Plasma Working On Wayland Screen-Sharing With XDG-Desktop-Portal / Pipewire

    With Wayland not enforcing any standard for screensharing, KDE developers are now building off GNOME's approach of XDG-Desktop-Portal and PipeWire for desktop/screen sharing for adding this feature to Plasma on Wayland.

    Red Hat / KDE developer Jan Grulich has been working on screen sharing support for the KDE Plasma Wayland session. For this understandably he's gone with the groundwork laid by XDG-Desktop-Portal/Pipewire to allow for a quick bring-up of this support.

KDE: KDevelop, Latte Dock, KDE Slimbook II, Krita Interview With Johan Brits

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  • KDevelop with Cppcheck Integration

    Starting with 5.1 release KDevelop supports built-in integration with static-analysis tool Cppcheck. Cppcheck provides unique code analysis to detect bugs and focuses on detecting undefined behaviour and dangerous coding constructs. The goal is to detect only real errors in the code (i.e. have very few false positives). Such analysis is very useful for all projects, especially for projects with complex structure and large code volume. Convenient integration with the development environment greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of code checking, as there is no need to study the analyzer documentation, its manual configuration and code navigation when processing the analysis results.

  • Latte bug fix release v0.7.4 and more news...

    Latte Dock v0.7.4 has been released containing many important fixes and improvements! Soon at your distro repos or...

  • First 5 Things to Do After Booting Your KDE Slimbook II

    You unboxed your KDE Slimbook II, posted the pics to Instagram, and logged into the desktop. What you are seeing now is Plasma, a graphical environment created by a worldwide network of top-class programmers. Plasma may look familiar, but it is not Windows or macOS; it’s something much better. It is Free Software for starters — no hidden costs, bloatware and spyware here. Secondly, it is made to be tweaked, letting you adapt it to your precise needs.

  • Interview with Johan Brits

    I’m from South Africa. I’ve been drawing my whole life, mostly with graphite pencil but when I discovered digital drawing I was hooked. I started out just using a standard desktop mouse and GIMP and got kind of good at it. Since then I have improve a lot and plan to keep improving and creating new art for as long as I can.

KDE and GNOME/Gtk Leftovers

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KDE: Plasma, Discover, and Netrunner Rolling 2018.01

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  • Plasma secrets: digital clock

    Pretty simple and straightforward, but then some people might struggle figuring out how to change the clock. The most obvious approach is to tweak the existing one, and indeed, a popular question could be: how to change the vertical height of the clock? But that's a hardcoded widget feature, and you can't do that easily. So you need a new widget - or use Plasma 5.12.1, which you can find in KDE neon. Lots of sweet reading right there.

    I believe Event Calendar, additional features notwithstanding, does a pretty good job, and it gives the system an ever so slightly more professional look. Once you're neck deep in tweaks and loving it, then it becomes an important part of the overall equation. Art can be like that. A blessing and a curse. I hope you like this little guide. More Plasma secrets coming your way soon.

  • This week in Discover, part 8

    This was a week of polish and preparation for Discover. We’ve got some nice new features in the pipeline but we’re not quite ready to announce them just yet. One is implemented but needs more polish, and another is under construction. I think you’ll like ’em once they’re ready!

  • What’s New in Netrunner Rolling 2018.01

    Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 is the latest release of Netrunner Linux Distributions, it first snapshot in 2018 with the latest update and some new features. As KDE-Focused Linux Distribution this relase ships with the KDE Plasma 5.11.5 as default desktop environment, including KDE Frameworks 5.41 software suites, KDE Applications 17.12, and Qt 5.10.

    Based on Manjaro Linux and powered by long-term support of Linux Kernel 4.14, Netrunner 2018.01 also introducing the YaRock Qt music player for streaming online radio, KDE Discover has been pulled back into the default application set, it allow users to install a wide range of packages and it also comes with built-in update capabilities.

KDE: Dolphin, Qt 5.11 Beta, Connecting new Screens

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  • Tips and Tricks for KDE 5 Dolphin File Manager

    Years ago when the KDE team decided to move from Konquerer to Dolphin in KDE4, it was controversial, with some people in support of the move, and others against it.

    Now, it’s widely recognized that Dolphin is probably the most powerful file manager for GNU/Linux, with a number of features and enhancements to make workflow as simple, quick, and informative as possible.

    With that said, I thought I would perhaps share just a few things that people may overlook in their Dolphin setup, that you might enjoy.

  • Qt 5.11 Beta Rolls Out, Multiple Betas Expected

    It's been just one week since Qt 5.11 Alpha shipped while today The Qt Company released Qt 5.11 Beta 1.

  • Connecting new screens

    This week, Dan Vratil and me have merged a new feature in KScreen, Plasma’s screen configuration tool. Up until now, when plugging in a new display (a monitor, beamer or TV, for example), Plasma would automatically extend the desktop area to include this screen. In many cases, this is expected behavior, but it’s not necessarily clear to the user what just happened. Perhaps the user would rather want the new screen on the other side of the current, clone the existing screen, switch over to it or perhaps not use it at all at this point.

  • KDE Plasma 5.13 Getting Friendlier Monitor Hot-Plug Handling

    KDE's KScreen screen configuration tool is getting some nice improvements as part of the Plasma 5.13 development cycle.

    KDE developers Sebastian Kügler and Dan Vratil have been working to improve the behavior of the KDE Plasma desktop during monitor hot-plugging events. Current behavior is that the KDE desktop would be extended to include the new screen as soon as it's attached. With the new KScreen to be part of Plasma 5.13, there is a screen layout selection dialog that will appear on the primary display output when a new monitor/display is attached.

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Games and Wine: Dark Old Sun, Surviving Mars, Wine-Staging 3.4, Wine 3.4

  • Varied shoot 'em up Dark Old Sun adds Linux support, lots of different enemies and upgrades to try
    For those who can't get enough shoot 'em up action, Dark Old Sun [Steam] recently added Linux support and it looks pretty varied. It originally released on March 8th, with Linux support arriving only a few days later on the 16th.  It has three different game modes: An Arcade/Story mode with 6 different stages, a Challenge mode and a Survival mode where you face off against waves of enemies and random events.
  • Surviving Mars already has a fix out for the Linux text problem, plus more thoughts
  • Looking for a Battle Royale game that works on Linux? 2D browser-based is one
    I know, a bunch of you are probably already running away due to it being browser-based, but I find that really quite interesting. is actually not bad at all. Basic of course, since it's a top-down 2D game that runs directly in the browser, but that's also what makes it so interesting. You can play it on basically anything and if you want to team up with someone, it generates a link for you to send them and away you go. You can also play with strangers on a team as well, which also works surprisingly well with the simple emotes system to give them a thumbs up, or a sad face.
  • Wine-Staging 3.4 Released With MS Office Anti-Aliased Fonts, BattlEye Fixes
    Fresh off the release of Wine 3.4 on Friday, the maintainers corralling the Wine-Staging releases have now put out their second modern release. Wine-Staging 3.4 was released minutes ago since Alistair Leslie-Hughes managed to take-over the Wine-Staging maintenance and get out the recent v3.3 release. They have continued re-basing their patches against Wine upstream, more than 1000 in total. They are also working to upstream those patches where appropriate.
  • Wine 3.4 released with more Vulkan support
    Another Wine development release with Wine 3.4 that continues to add in more Vulkan support making another exciting release.