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Passwords and Settings for Ark

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I’m glad to announce that a couple of new, long-awaited (5 and 7 years respectively!) features are going to land in Ark. Starting from the 15.08 release (which will be KF5-based), Ark will be able to:

Create password-protected archives from scratch
Show a standard Settings dialog

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What do you think of Mageia 5 KDE?

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MDV

The last time I ran Mageia was in 2013. I wrote two articles about Mageia 3 and its predecessor Mageia 2 in these very pages. I had written several articles about Mandriva for years before eventually moving on to openSUSE, Fedora and Debian so I'm not unfamiliar with Mageia's roots.

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KDAB contributions to Qt 5.5

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The release process of Qt 5.5 has been focused on stabilizing and improving performances. Once more KDAB is proud to be a part of the release, with its engineers constantly providing contributions and patches, as demonstrated by the commit graph of the last 16 weeks.

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Setting Up Shop With KDE’s Plasma

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We’ve all seen those “screenshot tours” of FOSS desktops, but how about a real, guided tour of the Plasma (KDE) desktop? There are still a great many people who simply are not familiar with Plasma’s features. A large number of people never had any computer training, and when they find themselves in such an advanced environment, they feel completely lost. Many people can barely find their way around a single desktop; the concept of multiple virtual desktops is completely lost on them — never mind Plasma’s activities. So let’s take a little time and make some very basic changes to our desktop theme, and then organize our work. After all, that’s what activities are all about.

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Also: VDG + Akademy = Mmmm

Leftovers: KDE/Qt/Plasma

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  • New artwork coming in 5.4 & the tale of a troublesome wallpaper

    The new wallpaper and icons will be available in 5.4. I’d also like to thank the VDG, everyone is doing great stuff. Additionally, if you are attending Akademy I recommend to the utmost that you attend the various VDG events; we’re interested in roping developers to help out, and any coders will be appreciated. Great UI/UX is more than pretty pictures, and we’d love for developers to contribute so we make the entire package together!

  • KDE Plasma 5.4 Getting New Wallpaper, Some New Icons
  • Playback and export

    In order to deliver smooth playback, we cannot simply render the frames on the fly - that would be far too slow, especially once the number of layers starts to build up. Instead, we prerender the animation frames into a cache before playback.

  • GSoC ’15 Post #4: Porting to KF5

    The biggest issue here is porting – the KDE Network Filesharing repository is currently not on KF5, which would make it impossible to work with PackageKit-Qt5, which is currently being used all across. So, a newbie porter, I’ve been working with Jonathan to port things properly and fix as many bugs as I encounter while doing so.

Leftovers: KDE/Qt

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Fiber: Yet Another Web Browser For Qt/KDE

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KDE
Web

Ken was even experimenting with ways for Fiber to potentially remove the address bar from his browser, but those experiments haven't panned out and instead will be complemented by many browser extensions. The design of Fiber are many extensions: everything down to basic navigational elements and bookmark handling will be through extensions.

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Leftovers: KDE/Qt

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  • How to make your Qt application icon appear on Wayland task managers
  • QtAccountsService 0.6.0

    QtAccountsService is a Qt-style API for the AccountsService D-Bus service available for both C++ and QML.

  • LaKademy 2015 – my own Cantor sprint and other tasks

    My main work at LaKademy 2015 was to finish the port of Cantor to Qt5/KF5. I started this work in previous LaKademy, and now it was the time to end it. During the event I was engaged to drop KDELibs4Support from that software. I opened 5 review requests during the sprint, one for each library dropped. Now I am just finishing the plugin loading mechanism and the work will be completed.

  • "... if nothing changes"

    I try to keep memory of how various aspects of development were for me in past years. I do this by keeping specific projects I've been involved with fresh in my memory, revisiting them every so often and reflecting on how my methods and experiences have changed in the time since. This allows me to wander backwards 5, 10, 15, 20 years in the past and reflect.

    Today I was presenting the "final" code-level design for a project I've been tasked with: an IMAP payload filter for use with Kolab. The best way I can think to describe it is as a protocol-level firewall (of sorts) for IMAP. The first concrete use case we have for it is to allow non-Kolab-aware clients (e.g. Thunderbird) to connect to a Kolab server and see only the mail folders, implying that the groupware folders are filtered out of the IMAP session. There are a large number of other use case ideas floating about, however, and we wanted to make sure that we could accommodate those in future by extending the codebase. While drawing out on the whiteboard how I planned for this to come together, along with a break-out of the work into two-week sprints, I commented in passing that it was actually a nicely simple program.

  • 3 weeks till Plasma 5.4 Freeze

    If you have any new modules that need merging, new features, text changes or new artwork we need everything merged before the 6th of August.

GNOME vs KDE: Usability vs. Options

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GNOME

After a week of using GNOME, Eric Griffith concluded that GNOME was more usable than KDE, arranging features more intelligently and conveniently. Even a quick glance shows that he is right. In fact, considering the number of years that GNOME has focused on usability, the only surprising outcome would be if he were wrong.

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Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” KDE RC released!

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Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

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Leftovers: Gaming

Fedora: The Latest

Leftovers: KDE

  • ocs-client GSoC
    So my GSoC is coming to its end. I have no cool screenshots to upload this time and I have no new great features to talk about, in fact Caludio and I manly focused on bugfixing and testing. We have spent time also discussing about possible changes and improvements to the current OCS protocol. So is the client ready do be lunched? In short I would say that no, not yet.. although most of its features are implemented and it is usable, it is still an “under construction” project, we both still have to make some important decisions to make it usable to everyone.
  • The Fiber Engine Poll, Updates, and Breeze
  • Bringing Akonadi Next up to speed
    and refactoring it again, to make sure the codebase remains as clean as possible. The result of that is that an implementation of a simple resource only takes a couple of template instantiations, apart from code that interacts with the datasource (e.g. your IMAP Server) which I obviously can’t do for the resource.
  • New linter integration plugins for KDevelop
  • Artikulate Plans for Randa
    Language learning is often considered as the task of memorizing new vocabulary and understanding the new grammar rules. Yet for most, the most challenging part is to actually get used to speak the new language. This is a problem that Artikulate approaches with a simple idea: to learn the correct pronunciation of a word or even a longer phrase, the learner listens to a native speaker recording, repeats and recordings it, and finally compares both recordings to improve herself/himself with the next try.

Tails 1.5.1 is out

Tails, The Amnesic Incognito Live System, version 1.5.1, is out. This is an emergency release, triggered by an unscheduled Firefox release meant to fix critical security issues. Read more