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Greg Kroah-Hartman posted the thirteen KDBUS patches in their latest form on Friday to the kernel mailing list. This new version rewrites major parts of the meta-data implementation to allow for per-recipient namespace translations, KDBUS_ITEM_CREDS changes, removed KDBUS_CMD_CANCEL, monitors are now entirely invisible, compile warning fixes, and a variety of other changes.
Black Lab Linux, a distribution based on Kubuntu and that uses one of the latest KDE packages, has been upgraded for version 6.0 and is now available for download.
Users might associate the name of Black Lab Linux with a GNOME desktop, but the developer also had a KDE edition of the operating system, which they didn't bother too much to upgrade. Now they have finally got around to it, and backed by popular demand, and they made quite a few improvements.
According to François, “we don’t want to let ourselves be pushed around and make choices that go against our beliefs. This freedom of choice is exactly the advantage that a public institution has over a private school.” All other animation schools in France, fellow members of RECA (the network of French schools of animation), are watching ATI avidly to see how this new methodology works out.
The developers from the KDE project have made some important changes and you might have noticed that it no longer says KDE Applications and Platform, jus KDE Applications. Also, you might have spotted the fact that KDE SC is also gone. The project has been split into KDE Frameworks, KDE Plasma, and KDE Applications and they are now quasi-independent.
We are happy to announce the second beta release in 2.9 series of Calligra Suite for you to test. We are focusing on fixing issues including those that you’d report so please continue to work with us. The next beta (3) is expected in February 2015.
Also: Krita 2.9 Beta 2 is Out!
Qt 5.5 is less than one month away from entering its feature freeze. This half-year update to the open-source Qt tool-kit will bring several new features when its scheduled to be officially released in April.
Heikkinen Jani of Digia / The Qt Company sent out a reminder today that Qt 5.5 feature freeze is coming up. Qt 5.5 is set to go into feature freeze on 9 February and at which point Qt 5.5 will be branched from the Git dev branch. Following the freeze and branching, the Qt 5.5 Alpha is expected on 17 February, Qt 5.5 Beta on 12 March, Qt 5.5 RC1 on 14 April, and if all goes well the final release on 28 April. Given that Qt5 delays have commonly happened in the past, it's possible the Qt 5.5 release could slip into May.
Today I took the plunge into the next-generation KDE desktop, performing a dirty upgrade from Kubuntu 14.04 to 14.10 before installing the plasma-5-desktop package; and this is my first impression of KF5.x and Plasma 5. This is also a bit of a primer, because when Plasma 5.2 enters the stage I’m interested to see the comparison and do a second write-up, using my experience in both 5.1 and 4.x as points-of-reference.