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KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta Release

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This release brings an all-new login screen design completing the Breeze startup experience we trialed in Plasma 5.6. The layout has been tidied up and is more suitable for workstations that are part of a domain or company network. The Air and Oxygen Plasma themes which we still fully support for users that prefer a more three-dimensional design have also been improved.

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  • KDE e.V. Joins Advisory Board of The Document Foundation

    Today we are delighted to announce that KDE e.V. is joining the advisory board of The Document Foundation, the foundation backing LibreOffice and the Document Liberation Project. The Document Foundation also joins KDE e.V.'s group of advising community partners as an affiliate.

    The KDE Community has been creating Free Software since 1996 and shares a lot of values around Free Software and open document formats with The Document Foundation, and brings the experience of running a Free Software organization for almost two decades to their advisory board. Both organizations are working in the OASIS technical committee for the OpenDocument Format. We also collaborate on common aspects of development of office software, such as usability and visual design. The affiliation of KDE e.V. and The Document Foundation on an organizational level will help to move forward with the shared goal of giving end users control of their computing needs through Free Software.

  • KDE Doing a Survey for Input on our Mission
  • KDAB, Qt 3D and the Release of Qt 5.7

    Some of you may know that Qt 3D is going strong almost entirely due to the work of the KDAB team, led by Dr. Sean Harmer and Paul Lemire. You can read all about its near demise and ultimate rescue here – it’s quite a story, and started with the release of Qt 4.

    Now we are approaching another major chapter in the Qt 3D story, as Qt 5.7.0 is released along with a fully supported stable Qt 3D module. Qt 3D offers a high-level facility for 3D graphics, paving the way for making 3D content a first class citizen in Qt applications. This is big news!

Qt 5.7 released

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I’m very happy to announce that Qt 5.7 is now available. It’s been only 3 months since we released Qt 5.6, so one might expect a rather small release with Qt 5.7. But apart from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, we have managed to add a whole bunch of new things to this release.

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Also: Qt 5.7.0 Officially Is Out

KDE Plasma 5.6.5 Is the Last in the Series, KDE Plasma 5.7 Coming July 5

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Today, June 14, 2016, KDE has released the fifth and last maintenance update of the KDE Plasma 5.6 desktop environment series.

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KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 Adds Many KWayland and Plasma Framework Improvements

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Today, June 13, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of this month's KDE Frameworks 5 maintenance update, version 5.23.0.

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Also: KDE Frameworks 5.23 Released

Leftovers: KDE

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KApiDox (or api.kde.org): I need your input !
  • Watching Digital TV Via Kaffeine

    Kaffeine is a media player application that uses the KDE libraries. As part of my work maintaining the Linux Kernel media subsystem I needed some tools to test whether or not the digital TV core support works properly and to test Linux drivers for new devices. So, I’ve recently been working to improve Kaffeine to offer the necessary features for such tests. As part of this, I recently created a major Kaffeine version (2.0) that uses the latest version of KF5 (KDE Frameworks 5), and to use Qt5 library. I also started helping with upstream Kaffeine maintenance.

  • Finally: Umbrello works on MsWindows

    One of the tasks in my Google Summer of Code project was build Umbrello using KF5 in MsWindows and see if had any problems.

  • Interview with Sara Tepes

    My name’s Sara Tepes, I’m 17 years old, I was born in Romania but grew up in the U.S. and I live super close to Washington D.C. I love roses, rabbits, tea, and historical movies.

  • Dear Planet KDE readers...

    Here's a handy tip for you - if you see a post that you don't want to read, use your mouse/touchpad scroll thingy with direction "down", keep using it until you don't see the post anymore.

  • Why planetkde needs to have political posts
  • The Purpose of Planets

    Planet KDE and similar sites exist to show the people in the communities, what they are working on and what their interests and characters are. It’s not an official news site like KDE Dot News and it’s not even on the kde.org domain which I find disappointing. Posts on topics outwith KDE are encouraged as that gives insight into our friends we work with and builds community.

  • KDE neon User Edition 5.6

    Polishing is important but after a while you need to put a fork in it and decide it’s done and so we’ve announced KDE neon User Edition 5.6, our first edition which we advocate for our target audience.

  • Let's wait a bit longer

    I recently learned that the guys at Openmandriva camp are working hard and are going to release a release candidate soon.

    Mageia is doing the same. That means that two of my favorite distros will have a new version to offer.

    What makes me uneasy is KDE 5. I am not a big fan of this desktop environment.

    Oh, and I read yesterday that PCLOS is releasing a new iso... also with KDE 5! My reaction was that of Julius Caesar: "Et tu, PCLOS! Then, fall, Mechatotoro!"

    But the PCLOS devs understand that not everyone is crazy about KDE 5, so they kindly and wisely state that "you can keep your KDE 4 if you want to because nobody is going to force you to use KDE 5."

  • Kdenlive Café and News

    In the last weeks, we worked to improve the timeline preview (pre-rendering) feature, and added a few UI improvements, like a progress bar in the Render button, see screenshot.

  • And done!

    But not all was laziness! Yesterday, all Kickstarter backers got their surveys, and over half have already returned them! Today, the people who backed us through paypal got their surveys, and we got a fair return rate as well!

  • The 2016 Kickstarter

    This year's kickstarter fundraising campaign for Krita was more nerve-wracking than the previous two editions. Although we ended up 135% funded, we were almost afraid we wouldn't make it, around the middle. Maybe only the release of Krita 3.0 turned the campaign around. Here's my chaotic and off-the-cuff analysis of this campaign.

  • Building of Minuet Application on Android- Part 1
  • Building of Minuet Application on Android- Part 2
  • Refreshing MUP

    MUP, my markup previewer, was starting to show its age, being based on PyQt 4 and Python 2. I spent a bit of time last week to port it to PyQt 5 and Python 3.

  • events?(Kolab)

    I joined Kolab Systems just over 1.5 years ago, and during that time I have put a lot of my energy and time into working with the amazing team of people here to improve our processes and execution of those processes around sales, communication, community engagement, professional services delivery, and product development. They have certainly kept me busy and moving at warp 9, but the results have certainly been their own reward as we have moved together from strength to strength across the board.

  • New IMAP filter/proxy release: guam 0.8, eimap 0.2

    Over the last few months I have been poking away at a refactoring of the IMAP library that Kolab's IMAP filter/proxy uses behind the scenes, called eimap. It consolidated quite a bit of duplicated code between the various IMAP commands that are supported, and fixed a few bugs along the way. This refactoring dropped the code count, makes implementing new commands even easier, and has allowed for improvements that affect all commands (usually because they are related to the core IMAP protocol) to be made in one central place. This was rolled as eimap 0.2 the other week and has made its way through the packaging process for Kolab. This is a significant milestone for eimap on the path to being able to be considered "stable".

  • My thoughts on KDE

    Some weeks ago, I was criticized on KDE Cafe group on Telegram because, when I see that after months of inputs some people still have a very enormous misconception of EU, I insisted on informing them.

  • Randa Meetings 2016 will start soon – please support us
  • I’m going to Randa!

    While most of the participants seem to be going to the meeting for the purpose of getting more KDE applications on Windows, MacOS or Android — indeed platforms where our technology can make a difference for developers and where our applications can make a difference for Freedom — I’m going with a slightly different purpose. I’m there for our traditional niche platforms: the BSD’s. But also for packaging in a traditional sense, and for building our software effectively and efficiently.

  • Randa Meeting 2016 – Tomorrow on Tour ;=)
  • KDE on Flatpak in Randa

    I talked about KDE on Flatpak before (called xdg-app then). Lots happened since: new name, fancy new website and a couple of releases shows it’s getting quite stable.

    [...]

    Also we need to compile the applications, start using them and see where’s the limitations, especially regarding the sandboxing. In the end, we also want to bring KDE applications to our GNU/Linux users who cannot reach our stable releases.

  • How I met our Algorithm!

    So I have successfully completed the community bonding period and it was 23, May 2016 when Davide, Alessandro and me decided to dig deeper into our Google Summer of Code project WikiToLearn:Ratings.

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part 4-Participation Sprint)
  • #26: GSoC with KDE – 4

    In the past week, I worked on the code reviews I got. Hence, I changed the classes’ design all over. The way it works now, is that there is a central dispatcher, the daemon, that handles all the jobs. I chose this design, since it was how originally KIMAP jobs, was supposed to be managed. My mentor and Daniel Vratil helped me in deciding this.

  • Gsoc 2016 Neverland #3
  • Let's modify your FITS files

Leftovers: KDE

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  • Randa Meetings 2016 Fundraising Campaign
  • Krita 3.0: The Animation Release

    Krita 3.0 is finally here! Releasing round version-number releases is always exciting for any kind of project. It’s like the start of a new beginning! And 3.0 presents a lot of new beginnings to us as well: First, we have now our own repository, for our code, as well as our own wiki, for the manual! So we started this release with a Spring-cleaning: Porting to Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5, necessary to keep Krita easy to maintain in the future. But also cleaning out the code. We removed lines of dustbunny code and reorganized all the files. We also started work on making OSX a first-class platform for Krita, but though we’ve already done lots of work, that is still a work in progress.

Q&A: Jonathan Riddell on the release of KDE neon User Edition 5.6

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I’m thrilled to be part of the first project to bring KDE’s flagship desktop software to our users direct from the KDE community. We had to fill in a few gaps in what Plasma offers its users to complete the experience but we did that by working in Plasma rather than doing our work separately. So we added bootup themes for Grub and Plymouth and we’ve worked to make sure the app store, Discover, covers the whole archive. But the most important feature is what Neon is intended to be, a Plasma 5.6 desktop as the developers intended it.

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Leftovers: KDE

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  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Launches Based on Latest Stable KDE Plasma 5 Desktop

    Ex-Kubuntu leader Jonathan Riddell announced the general availability of the KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 operating system, based on the latest KDE technologies.

    Finally! There's now a user edition of the KDE Neon project, an open source initiative that promises to bring the latest KDE software to PCs, always. KDE Neon is known for being both a layer on top of any Ubuntu or Kubuntu-based operating system, as well as an operating system distributed via installable ISO images.

  • KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 Is Released So You Can Easily Experience Plasma 5.6

    The first User Edition release is out for KDE Neon, which allows you to easily experience the latest Plasma stable experience and other updated KDE components.

    KDE Neon continues to be based off of Ubuntu but with packaging the very latest KDE components. KDE Neon Developer Edition packages up all of the latest KDE Git code while this KDE Neon User Edition 5.6 release is riding on the Plasma 5.6 stable series.

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  • Goodbye QWERTY: BlackBerry stops making hardware
    BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hinting at this move for almost a year now: today BlackBerry announced it will no longer design hardware. Say goodbye to all the crazy hardware QWERTY devices, ultra-wide phones, and unique slider designs. Speaking to investors, BlackBerry CEO John Chen described the move as a "pivot to software," saying, "The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital." The "Outsourcing to partners" plan is something we've already seen with the "BlackBerry" DTEK50, which was just a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. Chen is now betting the future of the company on software, saying, "In Q2, we more than doubled our software revenue year over year and delivered the highest gross margin in the company's history. We also completed initial shipments of BlackBerry Radar, an end-to-end asset tracking system, and signed a strategic licensing agreement to drive global growth in our BBM consumer business." BlackBerry never effectively responded to the 2007 launch of the iPhone and the resulting transition to modern touchscreen smartphones. BlackBerry took swings with devices like the BlackBerry Storm in 2008, its first touchscreen phone; and the BlackBerry Z10 in 2013, the first BlackBerry phone with an OS designed for touch, but neither caught on. BlackBerry's first viable competitor to the iPhone didn't arrive until it finally switched to Android in 2015 with the BlackBerry Priv. It was the first decent BlackBerry phone in some time, but the high price and subpar hardware led to poor sales.
  • Oracle's 'Gamechanger' Evidence Really Just Evidence Of Oracle Lawyers Failing To Read
    Then on to the main show: Oracle's claim that Google hid the plans to make Android apps work on Chrome OS. Google had revealed to Oracle its "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) setup, and it was discussed by Oracle's experts, but at Google I/O, Google revealed new plans for apps to run in Chrome OS that were not using ARC, but rather a brand new setup, which Google internally referred to as ARC++. Oracle argued that Google only revealed to them ARC, but not ARC++ and that was super relevant to the fair use argument, because it showed that Android was replacing more than just the mobile device market for Java. But, here's Oracle's big problem: Google had actually revealed to Oracle the plans for ARC++. It appears that Oracle's lawyers just missed that fact. Ouch.
  • Understanding Android's balance between openness and security
    At the 2016 Structure Security conference, Google's Adrian Ludwig talked about the balance between keeping Android as open as possible, while also keeping it secure.
  • Google's Nougat Android update hits the sweet spot: Software 'isn't flashy, but still pretty handy'
    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life. Nougat is starting to appear on phones, including new ones expected from Google next week.
  • How to change the home screen launcher on Android
  • Andromeda: Chrome OS and Android will merge
  • Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
  • Android boxes: Middlesbrough man to be first to be prosecuted for selling streaming kits

Endless OS 3.0 is out!

So our latest and greatest Endless OS is out with the new 3.0 version series! The shiny new things include the use of Flatpak to manage the applications; a new app center (GNOME Software); a new icon set; a new Windows installer that gives you the possibility of installing Endless OS in dual-boot; and many bug fixes. Read more

Expandable, outdoor IoT gateway runs Android on i.MX6

VIA’s “Artigo A830” IoT gateway runs Android on an i.MX6 DualLite SoC and offers HDMI, GbE, microSD, numerous serial and USB ports, plus -20 to 60° operation. As the name suggests, the VIA Technologies Artigo A830 Streetwise IoT Platform is designed for outdoor Internet of Things gateway applications. These are said to include smart lockers, vending machines, information kiosks, and signage devices that run “intensive multimedia shopping, entertainment, and navigation applications.” The outdoors focus is supported with an extended -20 to 60°C operating range, as well as surge and ESD protection for surviving challenges such as a nearby lightning strike. Read more

Mercedes and Kia add new Android Auto models

Buying a new car comes with myriad of considerations. Is it fuel efficient? Is it safe? Will it play nicely with my phone? People sometimes neglect the last one, but you're going to be carrying the phone literally every time you get in the car, so why not make sure? Mercedes and Kia seem to get that. They've added support for Android Auto to a ton of new cars today. Read more