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  • Turn Your Smartphone Into An Open Source Hacking Device With KDE Plasma Mobile OS
  • KDE Plasma Mobile — The Linux Phone You’ve Been Waiting For?

    While Ubuntu Phone continues to stew, bereft of new devices and little developer interest, other efforts to create a fully-fledged Linux* smartphone are picking up pace. Chief among them is KDE Plasma Mobile. KDE itself needs little introduction. It’s one of the most popular Linux desktop environments around, and recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

  • Qt 5.8 Enters Beta, Implements New Configuration System, Graphics Architecture

    The Qt Company, through Tuukka Turunen, was pleased to announce that the upcoming Qt 5.8 major update of the popular, open-source and cross-platform GUI toolkit for building Qt apps for mobile and desktop platforms entered Beta stages of development.

    And a first Beta build is now available for download, and testing, for early adopters, bringing a bunch of exciting new features, among which we can mention a brand-new configuration system, an all-new graphics architecture containing Qt Quick 2D Renderer for devices without OpenGL support. For improved startup, Qt 5.8 Beta ships with built-in QML (Qt Meta Language or Qt Modeling Language) cache.

Netrunner Desktop 16.09 "Avalon" Linux OS Is Out with Kernel 4.7, KDE Plasma 5.7

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Two weeks after the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 "Avalon," the development team behind the Debian-based operating system proudly announced the availability of the Desktop Edition of the Netrunner 16.09 "Avalon" series.

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  • An Example in Using KOrganizer (Plus Sample .ics File)

    Just recently, I have been very interested to KOrganizer, a calendar scheduling program from KDE. It is awesome in scheduling my personal tasks, it has calendar with categories and colors, and also it has reminders. This article gives a personal example from my own calendar, with some little reviews, and you can use that calendar file and edit it to suit your needs. And I'd like to say big thanks to Azzam Syauqi Azis to inspire me about how awesome KOrganizer was. Enjoy!

  • KStars Lite 1.0.0 is released on Google Play!

    A couple of days after the release of KStars 2.7, the KStars team is happy to announce the availability of KStars Lite for Android, now available on the Google Play Store.

  • Meet Qt à Lyon – le 1er Décembre
  • KDAB at ECS, Stockholm, Nov 22-23
  • Interview with Laura

    My friend Amelia Hamrick was doing commissions to help raise money to donate to Krita, and I love her work as well, so I thought I’d try it out!

  • San Francisco Bay Area KDE birthday party

    Since several KDE folks were in town for the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit they decided to come visit us as kind of an impromptu KDE 20th birthday party, and to meet KDE's newest/youngest disciple. She might still be a bit young to write code, but we'll see how long it'll take to change that. One of the reasons neither me nor blauzahl have been very active in KDE lately...

  • Wiki, what’s going on? (Part16 – Where have you been?)
  • Now Dock Panel & Plasmoid v0.4...
  • How to Setup KDE Activities

    The classic Linux desktop -- a workspace, a panel, and a menu -- remains the most popular design for a graphical interface. Unfortunately, however, modern computers include too many applications to fit on a single desktop. Many users respond by launching applications from the menu, often drilling down several levels and sometimes even relying on incomplete menus to reduce clutter. However, KDE offers a more elegant solution in Activities, or multiple desktops, each with its own set of icons.

    Activities were introduced with the KDE 4 release series. For some reason, they have never caught on, partly because the project has rarely emphasized or explained them, and partly because how they are different from virtual workspaces has never been clear. It doesn't help, either, that from the virtual workspace pager on the panel, you can set virtual workspaces so that each can have its own icons, widgets and settings, just as Activities can.

    Usually, however virtual workspaces are sub-divisions of a desktop, extending workspace without the trouble of setting up multiple monitors. Using virtual desktops, for example, you can keep your browser or email reader open full-screen all the time.

    By contrast, Activities are usually organized by tasks or project. By setting up different Activities, you can place all the necessary resources for a task or project in the workspace, a single click away. In effect, they make the classic desktop practical again.

Plasma Mobile is a Fully Open-Source Smartphone OS from KDE e.V.

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If you’ve dabbled with Linux distros in the past, then you’ve likely heard of KDE before. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment and it’s one of the main desktop environment options (next to GNOME) that can be used on Linux distros. KDE e.V. is a registered non-profit organization that represents the KDE community when in legal and financial matters. The team behind this organization has just announced a new, open source smartphone OS called Plasma Mobile.

The team describes Plasma Mobile as a way to turn your smartphone into a “fully open hacking device, just like a PC.” Those of you who have used KDE in the past might be familiar with the Plasma workspace by the name “KDE Plasma”. KDE Plasma is available for desktops, netbooks, media centers for TVs, tablets and now mobile devices. If offers an adaptable user interface and in the future it will also offer a rapidly-maturing software system that is developed with an open life cycle.

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Qt 5.8 Beta Released

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I am pleased to announce that Qt 5.8 Beta is now released. Containing all-new configuration system, new graphics architecture with integrated Qt Quick 2D Renderer for devices without OpenGL, build in QML cache for improved startup and many other new features, Qt 5.8 will be a very interesting release. I hope many will take the Qt 5.8 Beta release, test it and provide feedback for us to complete Qt 5.8. For the big picture of the release, see the alpha release blog post.

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Also: Qt 5.8 Now In Beta Form

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety and Kubuntu 16.10

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  • Kubuntu 16.10 - obey and not destroy

    The times changed, and my best friend is now Xubuntu 16.04, whereas my latest attempts to try Kubuntu back in 2011 and 2012 were not so nice.

    I tried more recent versions of this operating system when I got orders for DVDs through the BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk site, but they impressed me so little that I didn’t bother to write anything about them.

    Kubuntu 16.10 was released few weeks ago, and I decided to give it a go. The results were more impressive this time.

  • 5 Reasons Why Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Is Worth a Look

    The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution is here, and it’s called Ubuntu 16.10. This release comes six months after its predecessor. The user-friendly desktop doesn’t offer any substantial new features this time around. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, views the existing experience as largely complete.

  • Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak - Cue in Benny Hill music

    Benny Hill's music makes everything better. Fact. Now, I most strongly recommend that you hit Yakety Sax on Youtube, and let it play for the duration of this review. Your reading experience may be improved. Anyhow, it is time to test Ubuntu again. It's only been six month since the rather underwhelming Xerus LTS, and only a few days since I tested it the second time around, with only marginal improvements.

    I am really angry, because I feel that the Linux desktop is dying, and Canonical is slowly spearheading this effort, the same way it once led Linux out of the basement and into the mainstream awareness. But let's see what gives. Maybe Yakkety Yak is a good release. Maybe it will behave nicely on my G50 box. Let us.

KDE Plasma 5.8.3 LTS Desktop Released with Lots of KWin & Discover Improvements

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Today, November 1, 2016, the KDE project was proud to announce the release of KDE Plasma 5.8.3, the third maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment.

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  • Plasma 5.8.2, Applications 16.08.2 and Frameworks 5.27.0 available in Mageia

    Mageia KDE Team just finished to push in Mageia cauldron :
    – Plasma 5.8.2 ( the Plasma LTS version )
    – KDE Applications 16.08.2
    – KDE Frameworks 5.27.0

  • Akonadi EWS Resource – first bugfix release

    In the initial release announcement I have promised to focus on calendar support. Unfortunately I haven’t had that much time for development as I initially anticipated. In the meantime some early adopters have uncovered a number of issues that have since been fixed. In order to deliver those fixes I have decided to issue a bugfix release (0.8.1).

  • Kdenlive packages available for testing

    Getting the correct dependencies and up to date version of required libraries has always been a challenge for Kdenlive users. So we are pleased to announce that we now provide binary packages for download. These packages contain the latest Kdenlive development version (git master), as well as current development versions of MLT, Frei0r, OpenCV. The GPU movit library is not included at this stage. There might be some performance hit due to the nature of the formats, but these packages will be most helpful to debug and test the alpha/beta versions so that we can provide better releases. It will also help to identify issues linked to missing dependencies or outdated libraries on your system.

  • Mobile IMG 20161025-140532
  • GammaRay 2.6.0 – a major new release
  • Global Menu’s Returning!

    With Plasma 5.8 LTS out the door it’s time to look ahead at future Plasma releases. In our first long term support release we introduced “modifier only shortcuts” that allow you to open the application launcher with just the Meta key. Judging from feedback on the Internet this is one of the best features introduced in all of KDE’s history Wink I was quite surprised to find that the global menu is a close second.

  • KStars 2.7.0 is released

    I'm very glad to announce the release of KStars v2.7.0 (Menkab)! This new version brings improvements all over the board, from speed improvements, better cross-platform support, and Android mobile/tablet support is now finally merged into mainline KStars!

  • My QtCon + Akademy 2016

    From August 31th to September 10th I was em Berlin attending two amazing conferences: QtCon and Akademy.

    QtCon brought together five communities to host their respective conferences at a same time and place, creating one big and diverse conference. Those communities were Qt, KDAB, KDE (celebrating 20th birthday), VLC and FSFE (both celebrating 15th birthday).

  • digiKam Recipes 5.0.1 Released and digiKam AppImage Package Coming
  • Your most wanted icon set for KDE
  • KDE Applications 16.12 Schedule finalized

    Dependency freeze is in 2.5 weeks and Feature Freeze in 3.5 weeks, so hurry up!

  • Automotive, what an opportunity for KDE!

    Putting the effort on having KDE well supported in Yocto would provide the project a third life, landing on an industry that is heavily investing in Open Source with a key piece of software, with no clear competitor today in the open.

    It would revamp the interest of many KDE developers in porting their apps to embedded/mobile environments and would bring attention to the project from Qt professionals all over the world. Currently KDE is significantly better than anything else that is open in automotive. It would just require the effort to include it and maintain it in Yocto, which is not small, and adapting Plasma a little initially, not much.

    GENIVI launched a Challenge Grant Program that might help to put some funding in the equation Wink

Qt Creator 4.2 Beta released

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Qt SCXML is a new module in Qt that allows you to create state machines from State Chart XML and embed them into Qt C++ and Qt Quick applications (Overview). It was released as Technical Preview in Qt 5.7 and will be released fully supported with Qt 5.8.

Qt Creator 4.2 now supplements the module by offering a graphical editor for SCXML (experimental). It features editing states and sub-states, transitions, events, and all kinds of properties. The editor is experimental and the plugin is not loaded by default. Turn it on in Help > About Plugins (Qt Creator > About Plugins on macOS) to try it.

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  • Improving Storage Performance with Ceph and Flash
    Ceph is a storage system designed to be used at scale, with clusters of Ceph in deployment in excess of 40 petabytes today. At LinuxCon Europe, Allen Samuels, Engineering Fellow at Western Digital, says that Ceph has been proven to scale out reasonably well. Samuels says, “the most important thing that a storage management system does in the clustered world is to give you availability and durability,” and much of the technology in Ceph focuses on controlling the availability and the durability of your data. In his presentation, Samuels talks not just about some of the performance advantages to deploying Ceph on Flash, but he also goes into detail about what they are doing to optimize Ceph in future releases.
  • Ceph and Flash by Allen Samuels, Western Digital
  • Red Hat Opens Up OpenShift Dedicated to Google Cloud Platform
    When businesses and enterprises begin adopting data center platforms that utilize containerization, then and only then can we finally say that the container trend is sweeping the planet. Red Hat’s starter option for containerization platforms is OpenShift Dedicated — a public cloud-based, mostly preconfigured solution, which launched at this time last year on Amazon AWS.
  • Volatility Numbers in View for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)

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  • Rhizome is working on an open-source tool to help archive digital content
    "The stability of this kind of easy archiving for document storage, review and revision is a great possibility, but the workflow for journalists is very specific, so the grant will allow us to figure out how it could function." Another feature of Webrecorder that journalists might find appealing, and one of the software's core purposes, is to preserve material that might be deleted or become unavailable in time. However, the tool is currently operated under a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown policy. This means any individual can ask for a record of their web presence or materials to be removed, so Rhizome will be working to "answer the more complicated questions and figure out policies" around privacy and copyright with the latest round of funding.
  • An ode to releasing software
    There is one particular moment in every Free and Open Source Software project: it’s the time when the software is about to get released. The software has been totally frozen of course, QA tests have been made, all the lights are green; the website still needs to be updated with the release notes, perhaps some new content and of course the stable builds have to be uploaded. The release time is always a special one. The very day of the release, there is some excitement and often a bit of stress. The release manager(s), as well as everyone working on the project’s infrastructure are busy making sure everything is ready when the upload of the stable version of the software, binaries and source, has been completed. In many cases, some attention is paid to the main project’s mirror servers so that the downloads are fluid and work (mostly) flawlessly as soon as the release has been pushed and published.
  • Diversity Scholarship Series: My Time at CloudNativeCon 2016
    CloudNativeCon 2016 was a wonderful first conference for me and although the whirlwind of a conference is tiring, I left feeling motivated and inspired. The conference made me feel like I was a part of the community and technology I have been working with daily.
  • WordPress 4.7 Content Management System Provides New Design Options
    WordPress is among the most widely used open-source technologies in the world, powering more than 70 million websites. WordPress 4.7 was released Dec. 6, providing a new milestone update including new features for both users and developers. As is typically the case with new WordPress releases, there is also a new default theme in the 4.7 update. The 2017 theme provides users with a number of interesting attributes including the large feature image as well as the ability to have a video as part of the header image. The Theme Customizer feature enables users to more intuitively adjust various elements of a theme, to fit the needs of websites that use will upgrade to WordPress 4.7. In addition, the new custom CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) feature within a theme preview lets users quickly see how style changes will change the look of a site. As an open-source project, WordPress benefits from participation of independent contributors and for the 4.7 release there were 482 contributors. In this slideshow eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the WordPress 4.7 release.
  • Psychology Professor Releases Free, Open-Source, Preprint Software
    The Center for Open Science, directed by University of Virginia psychology professor Brian Nosek, has launched three new services to more quickly share research data as the center continues its mission to press for openness, integrity and reproducibility of scientific research. Typically, researchers send preprint manuscripts detailing their research findings to peer-reviewed academic journals, such as Nature and Science. The review process can take months or even years before publication – if the research is published at all. By contrast, “preprinting,” or sharing non-peer-reviewed research results online, enables crucial data to get out to the community the moment it is completed. That, said Nosek, is critical.
  • Integral Ad Science Launches Open Source SDK to Drive Mobile Innovation for the Advertising Industry
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  • Integral Ad Science Partners with Google, Others for Open Source Viewability
  • DoomRL creator makes free roguelike open-source to try and counter Zenimax legal threat
  • DoomRL Goes Open-Source in Face of Copyright Claims
    Earlier this week, ZeniMax Medi hit DoomRL, a popular roguelike version of the original first-person shooter, with a cease-and-desist order. This order instructed producer ChaosForge to remove the free downloadable game to prevent further legal action. Instead of taking it down, co-creator Kornel Kisielewicz turned the game open-source.
  • This Indian software company just partnered with the world’s biggest open source community
    In what can be called a major motivation for Indian tech firms, Amrut Software, an end-to-end Software, BPO services and solutions provider has become a GitHub distributor for India region. GitHub hosts world’s biggest open source community along with the most popular version control systems, configuration management and collaboration tools for software developers. It has some of the largest installations of repositories in the world.
  • Python 3.6 released with many new improvements and features
    Python,the high-level interpreted programming language is now one of the most preferred programming language by beginners and professional-level developers.So,here Python 3.6 is now available with many changes,improvements and of course the ease of Python was not left in the work list.

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