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Chakra-2014.05-Descartes released

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The Chakra team is proud to announce the first release of Chakra Descartes series, which will follow the 4.13 KDE releases.

We are excited to include the new artwork set by Malcer, codenamed Sirius. The whole Chakra experience has been improved in every detail, from the GRUB theme to the KDE Desktop.

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Qt Creator 3.1.1 Lands Alongside Qt 5.3

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Qt Creator 3.1.1 has arrived along with Qt 5.3, as it usually happens, and it shares most of the features that have been implemented by the Digia developers. This is actually just a maintenance release for the more important 3.1.0 version that was made available just a month ago.

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KDE’s Plasma Next gets a new icon theme from Nitrux

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KDE‘s Plasma is one of those few desktops which offer extreme cutomization, giving a user full control over the system. Those who complain that the default icon sets have not changed for ages need to understand that art & design need heavy investment (good designers are expensive) and you can’t expect new icon theme with each release – look at Android, iOS or Mac OSX. iOS just got an icon theme reboot which got mixed reviews from users.

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Qt 5.3 Released

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I’m happy to announce that Qt 5.3 has been released. The main focus for this release was performance, stability and usability. Nevertheless, Qt 5.3 has also gotten a fair amount of new features that help make developers’ lives easier.

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locale changes in plasma next

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In Qt5, the locale support has seen a lot of improvements compared to Qt4. John Layt has done some fantastic work in contributing the features that are needed by many KDE applications, to a point where in most cases, KLocale is not needed anymore, and code that used it can now rely on QLocale. This means less duplication of code and API (QLocale vs. KLocale), more compabitility across applications (as more apps move to use QLocale), less interdependencies between libraries, and a smaller footprint.
This is one of the areas where porting of applications from KDE Platform 4.x to KDE Frameworks 5 can cause a bit of work, but it has clear advantages. KLocale is also still there, in the kde4support library, but it’s deprecated, and included as a porting aid and compatibility layer.

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KDE Frameworks 5 official packages available for Arch Linux

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Developer Andrea Scarpino announced the availability of KDE Frameworks 5 packages for Arch Linux. Currently the packages are available in the extra repository of Arch.

Users can install the under-development version of KDE Frameworks 5 side by side with KDE 4 from the Beta 2 stage. To make this possible the packages are installed under /usr instead of /opt/kf5 as it used to be on the Arch User Repository (AUR) previously. Till date the only exception was the kactivities component because both KDE Frameworks and KDE 4 ship a kactivitymanagerd binary. To make them co-install now both the packages from KDE4 and KDE Frameworks install a kactivities virtual package on the same system under the /usr directory. The packages are grouped into two parts: kf5 and kf5-aids (PortingAids).

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KDE Frameworks 5 Added To Arch, Plasma Next Is Coming

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As of today the KDE Frameworks 5 packages have been added to Arch Linux's "extra" repository. These KDE Frameworks 5 packages can coexist on the same Arch system as KDE 4. Arch Linux users can fetch these new packages from extra via kf5 and kf5-aids.

The KDE Arch contributor working on this, Andrea Scarpino, also hopes to have the current development packages of KDE Plasma Next packaged up in the next few days. Plasma Next initially isn't going into a main/extras repository but initially under kde-unstable and is prefixed from the rest of the system. Those wishing to learn more about these early "KDE 5" Arch packages can read Andrea's blog post.

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Qt 5.3 Will Hopefully Be Released Early Next Week

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If all goes according to plan, we will see the official Qt 5.3 unveiling next Tuesday, 20 May. A new snapshot was released today to encourage last minute testing. If nothing serious is found, today's snapshot will be the final packages otherwise Digia will need to spin new packages and this will push back Tuesday's release.

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KDE Plasma Next packages Oxygen as default font

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The size of many widgets depend on the font as they adjust depending on the space required to fit text. The problem increases with translated versions of the text. Sebastian explains that Plasma relies on sensible font settings and metrics for better support of HDPI displays. There is a stronger emphasis on fontsize-as-rendered-on-a-given screen. The UIs are designed to fit a certain number of columns and rows of text with ample dynamic spacing, so that even translations fit well. The size of the UI elements are roughly the same size on different displays. This design seems to be received well by the users.

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Krita 2.8.3 Released

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The third monthly bugfix release for Krita 2.8 is out! Download your Windows installer now, or get your distribution's updated packages! There are quite a few bugfixes and improvements.

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Screenshots of KDE Plasma Next beta 1

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The first beta of what will become the next-generation KDE Plasma workspace (KDE Next) was released yesterday. The final release is scheduled for release sometime in July (2014), so things should be moving really fast from now on. Here’s an excerpt from the release announcement:

The Plasma team would like to ask the wider Free Software community to test this release and give any feedback . Plasma Next is built using QML and runs on top of a fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack using Qt 5, QtQuick 2 and an OpenGL(-ES) scenegraph. Plasma Next provides a core desktop experience that will be easy and familiar for current users of KDE workspaces or alternative Free Software or proprietary offerings.

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Calligra 2.8.3 Released

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This is the third (and last but one) update to the 2.8 series of the Calligra Suite, and Calligra Active released to fix recently found issues. The Calligra team recommends everybody to update.

Issues Fixed in This Release

General

Add support for line breaks when reading the OpenDocument Format.
Fix a bug in the style manager for filters.
Make the text shape (specifically the dock panel) work on Windows 8.1.
Excel document support: add support for 1904-based XLS files, typically created by Excel on Mac OS X.

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Kdenlive 0.9.8, the stable track

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Movies

v0.9.8 doesn't include big moves like architecture refactoring or GLSL (be patient!), it is mainly fixing bugs and bringing minor changes. Check the release page for more details.

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digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0 released

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digiKam team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.0.0. This version, include many new features introduced by completed GSoC 2013 projects:

A new tool dedicated to organize whole tag hierarchies. This new feature is relevant of GoSC-2013 project from Veaceslav Munteanu. Veaceslav has also implemented multiple selection and multiple drag-n-drop capabilities on Tags Manager and Tags View from sidebars, and the support for writing face rectangles metadata in Windows Live Photo format.
A new maintenance tool dedicated to parse image quality and auto-tags items automatically using Pick Labels. This tool is relevant to another GoSC-2013 project from Gowtham Ashok.

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Plasma Next Is Preparing to Replace KDE, First Beta Now Available for Download

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Plasma Next has been built to eventually replace the current KDE Applications and Platform, which seems to have run its course. The project is still being maintained and new versions will still be released, but the new Plasma project is the future.

To make things more manageable for the developers, the project has been separated in a few smaller ones that in the end will come together in a single, bigger product. This is not only a change of name, but a true evolution of KDE.

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KDE Ships May Updates to Applications and Platform

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Today KDE released updates for its Applications and Development Platform, the first in a series of monthly stabilization updates to the 4.13 series. This release contains only bugfixes and translation updates, providing a safe and pleasant update for everyone.

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Slackel Live KDE 4.10.5 Is a Conservative Linux Distro

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The developers of the Slackel KDE are not trying to get the newest packages into the operating system, but to provide a stable experience for all the users, which the most important aspect for any Linux distribution.

“Slackel live has been created using Slackware Live tool for Slackware / Slackware64 / Slackware-ARM Linux. This tool has been further developed to support keyboard and locale setup on the fly, to add boot menus and splash image, to support booting on 14 locales and timezones, to set root's password, create a new user with password and remove the liveuser, to set the keyboard and locale, set the hostname etc when installing on hard disk.”

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Watch a HD live stream from space

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HowTos

To get that view in Marble, activate Satellites in the View / Online Services menu. Click on the ISS in the map (search for it if you don’t spot it immediately) and select Display orbit in the menu coming up.

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Digia Officially Releases Qt 5.3 RC1 with Feedback Fixes

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Qt, a cross-platform application and UI framework with APIs for C++ programming, is now at version 5.3 RC1 and it gets a little bit closer to the final version.

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Using Qt to make Native Android apps

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Much of the new work planned covers porting existing Qt classes to interface with the Android provided APIs. If you need access to non-Qt provided functionality, you’ll probably need to dip into JNI and call the appropriate Android Java APIs. (That topic is too deep for a 60 minute webinar, but is something that BogDan will be talking about it in depth in the hands-on Coffee & Code sessions. There are still open spots for the North American tour, but space is limited and it’s free, so register and save your seat.)

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