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KDE Leftovers: digikam, KDevelop, Kate, GSoC, and Akademy

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  • [digikam] Call to Test the Pre-Release of 5.6.0

    Once again a lot has been going on behind the scenes since the last release. The HTML gallery tool is back, database shrinking (e.g. purging stale thumbnails) is also supported on MySQL, grouping has been improved and additional sidecars can now be specified. Therefore the release of 5.6.0 will be (is already) delayed, as we would like to invite you to test all these features. As usual they are available in the pre-release bundles or obviously directly from the git repository. Please report any dysfunctions, unexpected behaviour or suggestions for improvement to our bug tracker.

  • KDevelop runtimes: Docker and Flatpak integration

    On my last blog post I discussed about how some assumptions such as the platform developed on can affect our development. We need to minimize it by empowering the developers with good tools so that they can develop properly. To that end, I introduced runtimes in our IDE to abstract platforms (much like on Gnome’s Builder or Qt Creator).

  • Kate 17.04.1 available for Windows
  • GSoC - Community Bonding Period with Krita
  • First month report: my feelings about gsoc
  • My Akademy Plans

    The Akademy programme (saturday, sunday) is actually pretty long; the conference days stretch into feels-like-evening to me. Of course, the Dutch are infamous for being “6pm at the dinner table, and eat potatoes” so my notion of evening may not match what works on the Mediterranean coast. Actually, I know it doesn’t since way back when at a Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla it took some internal-clock-resetting to adjust to dinner closer to midnight than 18:00.

KDE Leftovers

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  • Getting Free Software into our users’ hands

    In KDE we cover a mix of platforms and form factors that make our technology very powerful. But how to reach so many different systems while maintaining high quality on all of them?

  • Plasma 5.11 Wallpaper Production – Part 1

    Today I streamed the first half of the Plasma 5.11 wallpaper production, and it was an interesting experience. The video above is the abridged version sped up ~20x, heavily edited to the actual creation, and should be a fun watch for the interested.

  • Randa Meetings 2017 – Registration goes live
  • https://blogs.kde.org/2017/05/20/simon-0490-beta-released

    The second version (0.4.90) towards Simon 0.5.0 is out in the wilds. Please download the source code, test it and send us feedback.

  • Correcting mistakes from the past

    Not only, but to a large extent I worked in the last few months on foundational improvements to KWin’s DRM backend, which is a central building block of KWin’s Wayland session. The idea in the beginninng was to directly expand upon my past Atomic Mode Setting (AMS) work from last year. We’re talking about direct scanout of graphic buffers for fullscreen applications and later layered compositing. Indeed this was my Season of KDE project with Martin Flöser as my mentor, but in the end relative to the initial goal it was unsuccessful.

KDE and GNOME News

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GNOME
  • Kwin Wayland High DPI Support

    The current world of high DPI works fine when dealing with a single montior and only dealing with modern apps.
    but it breaks down with multiple monitors.

  • My adventures on Crafting PT II

    I copy&paste the script used on Kate and adapted for AtCore situation. So far everything is working, so I just need to have an icon done and submit the diff for approval and have it inside Craft.

  • A proposal to move GNOME to GitLab

    The GNOME project has, after a period of contemplation, put forward a proposal to move to a GitLab installation on GNOME's infrastructure. "We are confident that GitLab is a good choice for GNOME, and we can’t wait for GNOME to modernise our developer experience with it. It will provide us with vastly more effective tools, an easier landing for newcomers, and lots of opportunities to improve the way that we work. We're ready to start working on the migration."

  • Fractional scaling goes east

    When we introduced HiDPI support in GNOME a few years ago, we took the simplest possible approach that was feasible to implement with the infrastructure we had available at the time.

Plasma 5.10 Beta, Slicker Desktop

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Monday, 15 May 2017. Today KDE has made a testing release of our desktop Plasma 5.10 with new features across the suite to give users an experience which lives up to our tagline: simple by default, powerful when needed.

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New Neptune Linux Plasma 5 ISO Snapshot Lands with KDE Applications 17.04, More

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Neptune Linux developer Leszek Lesner proudly announced this weekend the availability of a new ISO snapshot for the Neptune Plasma 5 edition of the Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution.

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Also: It's Now Possible to Access Your Google Drive Account on KDE Plasma 5 Desktops

KDE Frameworks 5.34.0 Released for KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Users with 83 Changes

KDE Frameworks 5.34 Released

Release of KDE Frameworks 5.34.0

Leftovers: KDE

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  • A ‘ittl bit on th’ kde.org work

    Earlier this week the decision was made to switch from Drupal to WordPress as the CMS used for the KDE.org main website. While Drupal is certainly a fine system, the decision to switch was borne when my quick work to update a WordPress asset turned into a serious venture much more successful than my work with Drupal. Prior to my contributing to KDE I used to develop on WP, and I was surprised to find out my experience largely held in this new version. In hindsight, WordPress was the obvious option considering this.

  • Release of KDE Frameworks 5.34.0

    May 13, 2017. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.34.0.

    KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

  • KDE Frameworks 5.34 Released

    The latest monthly KDE Frameworks 5 update is now available for KDE/Qt developers.

    This month's KDE Frameworks 5.34 release brings new/updated Breeze icons, the KAuth fix for the root exploit vulnerability reported a few days ago, KAuth integration in document saving for KTextEditor, KWayland does some additional surface validation, Plasma Framework updates, an Arduino extension in the syntax highlighting, and various other changes.

  • Introduction and plans for GSoC
  • GCompris- Changes made in roman_numerals activity
  • Latte Dock v0.6.2
  • Latte Dock v0.6.1

    Latte Dock v0.6.1 (bug fix release) is out and you can get its source from our release page at github. Those that dont want to build it by themselves should wait their distro's repos/channels to provide it. Many distros are already providing packages for v0.6.0 and we update that list at our main page in github.

  • A sandbox for the screen locker
  • Plasma bugfix releases, Frameworks, & selected app updates now available in backports PPA for Zesty and Xenial

    Plasma Desktop 5.9.5 for Zesty 17.04, 5.8.6 for Xenial 16.04, KDE Frameworks 5.33 and some selected application updates are now available via the Kubuntu backports PPA.

  • Telegram desktop client for flatpak #3
  • Cutelyst benchmarks on TechEmpower round 14
  • Finishing started activities
  • Craft: Time for a Beta
  • My adventures on crafting PT I
  • Okular – An eye for an eye

    Documents, documents, documents. Didn’t Steve Ballmer shout that at some expo some time ago? No? Never mind. Let’s talk about Okular instead, then. This is a document viewer for Linux and THE document viewer available in the KDE/Plasma desktop environment. It’s been around for a long time, it’s survived quite a few seasons of ever-changing desktop versions and tool, and its name doesn’t even begin with the letter K, which tells you how robust it really is.

    Having embarked on a journey of leaving no stone unturned in the Linux desktop world, it is time for me to take a deeper look at Okular. We started with the rather comprehensive State of Plasma report, we talked about Amarok and whether it will ever see revival, and now we will do this. After me.

  • The second QDQuest Krita game art course is out!

    The second premium Krita game art course, Make Cel Shaded Game Characters, is out! It contains 14 tutorials

  • LaKademy 2017

    I’m here for the first time to talk about my first participation in a sprint event and try to keep coming out of my shell. To clarify this, I have to back in time…

  • Google Drive integration in Plasma

    It took longer than expected (many pieces to fit together), but now it’s ready: KDE Plasma is going to get Google Drive integration! Just add your Google account once, in the System Settings “Online Accounts” module, and you will be able to browse your Google Drive files from Dolphin or Plasma Folder View applets.

Kdenlive 17.04.1 released

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With the ongoing refactoring at full throttle a minor bug fix released with the ability to use VAAPI in transcoding and rendering by inserting a pre-parameter in you encoding profile (refer to commit and bug report for more info), a performance improvement and some Windows version fixes.

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Also: KDE Applications 17.04 Gets First Point Release, Adds More Than 20 Bug Fixes

KDE Plasma 5.10 Will Let You Install Snaps and Flatpaks, Support GNOME's ODRS

Qt Creator 4.3 RC1 released

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We are happy to announce the release of Qt Creator 4.3 RC1.

Since the Beta release we have kept ourselves busy fixing bugs, so please take this last opportunity to test and give us feedback. Take a look at the Beta release blog post or the more detailed change log for an overview of what has changed in 4.3.

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Also: Qt Creator 4.3 RC1 Now Available For Developers

Qt 5.9 To Be An LTS Release, Qt 6 Planning On Radar

Xubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zorro - Vigorous

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Reviews

Xubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus is a pretty good release. It comes with a fully functional live session, and even the installed system offers a foxy, fair and balanced experience. You have your codecs, media support, printing, great performance, stability, and whatnot.

On the down low, the Bluetooth stack is one big disappointment, and the default looks can be improved. There were a few small issues throughout, but nothing major. What makes Xubuntu less glamorous than it should be is its brother, Kubuntu. I was so impressed with the Plasma release that I just don't have sufficient fanboyase - that's the enzyme that makes nerds go wild - in my noob glands to feel all giddy. It's a case of not being able to fall in love on the account of already being taken, so to speak.

Well, if you ignore me and my mood swings, as a standalone product, Xubuntu Zesty is a nice free offering. It's mature, robust and fast. Battery life can be better, it sure can shine more on its own without extra pimping, and Bluetooth, we go back to Bluetooth. Anyway, as far as Ubuntu and its kin go, the spring season is a pretty good one. This one gets a very juicy 9/10. And that would be all. Off you go. Play play, test test.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE FreeBSD CI

    The next-generation of KDE CI is nearly here. Ben Cooksley from the KDE Sysadmin team has announced that it is nearly ready to go. On the FreeBSD side, Ben has done the heavy lifting on the CI side and I’ve done a little futzing around to get the build node in working order by installing system-wide dependencies.

  • KDE dinner in Berlin – 13th May

    In a few days (May 13th-14th) the KDE e.V. board will be having an in-person board meeting in Berlin.

  • LaKademy 2017: expanding horizons

    On May 1, another edition of LaKademy, the Latin American KDE Summit, came to an end. This was the 5th edition of the event, which continues to attract new people interested in being part of the community. This time we had 6 beginners, which is a great number, considering that the event itself is small, since it is not an event of talks or courses, but a concentrated one, in the contribution sprint style.

  • Plasma 5.9.5 by KDE now available in Chakra

    The Plasma 5.9.5 update provides another round of bug-fixes and translations to the 5.9 release, which will probably be the last one before 5.10 is out by the end of May.

  • KIO will get Polkit support this summer

    Hello world! For those who don't know me, I am Chinmoy, a first year undergraduate student studying computer science at Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India. I am one of the 1,318 students selected for this years Google Summer of Code. I will be working with Arnav Dhamija and Elvis Angelaccio (my mentors) on the KDE project "Polkit Support in KIO".

  • The Craft Cache

    In the last days we created a stable Craft branch which builds Qt 5.62 and KDE Frameworks 5.33.0 (KF5), and backported all important patches for the 5.33.0 release.

    This is the branch you should use when ever you want to provide an application installer. Providing builds of unstable KF5 git versions isn't really a good practice, but was done never the less.

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icons and Themes: Vamox , Ashes, and DamaDamas

  • Vamox Icons Offers Three Color Variants for Linux Desktop
    Vamox icons were designed as a university thesis project by Emiliano Luciani and Darío Badagnani in 2008. The objective was to design a interface of a distro that the university could use for learning about design thin free software, From start these icons were developed for Ubuntu. Now these icons has three variants blue, orange and red, which are compatible with most of the Linux desktop environments such as: Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. We have added these icons to our PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint and other related distributions, If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint/its derivatives then download icons and install it in one of these "~/.icons" or "/usr/share/icons/" location. If you find any missing icons or problem with this icon set then report it to creator via linked page and hopefully it will get fixed soon.
  • Ashes Is A Light Theme For Your Linux Desktop
    Ashes theme is based on Adapta and Flat-Plat theme but it includes the mixture of blue and pink color scheme with gray search entity. Usually derived themes always try to make better and enhanced version by the person who forked it, to make desktop much perfect and elegant, same thing goes for this theme, it looks and feels great on almost every desktop. Mainly it is designed to work in Unity and Gnome desktop but it can also work in other desktops such as Cinnamon, Mate, and so on. For the Gnome desktop creator have added the dark title-bar/header-bar support, so you can enable Global-Dark-Theme using Gnome-Tweak-Tool, if you prefer dark title-bars. If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint/its derivatives then download theme from here and install it "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes/" location. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator and since this theme is in active development hopefully it will be fixed soon.
  • DamaDamas Icons Looks Great And At The Same Time Give Windows Flavor
    If you have been searching for Windows icons for your Linux desktop then you are at the right place. The DamaDamas icons are from Pisi GNU/Linux and available for every Linux distribution, these icons give Windows look and feel to your desktop. There isn't much information available for these icons but the icons are SVG format and there are almost 4000+ icons packed in very fairly sized archive. We have added these icons to our PPA and these icons are compatible with almost every desktop environment such as: Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Xfce, Mate, KDE Plasma and so on. If you find any missing icons or problem with this icon set then report it to creator via linked page and hopefully it will get fixed soon.